Clark airport expansion seen to start in April

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The government is set to start work on the expansion of the passenger terminal at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga, the country’s fastest growing airport.

Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) president and CEO Vic Luciano said the Department of Transportation and Communications had finally approved the budget for the expansion of Clark’s terminal 1.

“We’re starting next month. That’s phase two of the existing terminal. The budget’s already been approved,” Luciano said.

Luciano said the last hurdle would be the Monetary Board’s approval of a P1-billion debt from Land Bank of the Philippines that would bankroll the project. He said he was confident that there would be no problem in getting the board’s approval.

The existing terminal in Clark has a capacity of 2.5 million passengers a year. Once phase 2 is completed, its capacity will increase to four million passengers yearly.

Clark International was the country’s fastest-growing international airport last year, with the number of passengers using the terminal rising by 71 percent to 1.3 million.

Clark mainly serves the international market, with international passengers accounting for 1.01 million, 77 percent of total volume. The Pampanga airport is used by eight budget airlines as a cheaper and less congested alternative to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).

Last month, Emirates Airlines announced it would start direct flights between Dubai and Clark in October. It will be the first long-haul flight out of this airport.

Also in October, Cebu Pacific will launch its first long-haul flight out of Manila, also to Dubai. Philippine Airlines will, for its part, resume services to the Middle East with its Manila-Abu Dhabi service.

With the expansion commitments of the airlines using Clark, the number of passengers using this facility should reach five million this year.

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  • Khalil cirej

    I am so happy about this. I am a Kapampangan OFW and I’ve been waiting for this good news. Hope wala ng aberya at magtuloy tuloy na itong expansion nila. Sayang kasi ang panahon at sobrang laki ng potential ng airport na ito. Siguro alam naman na ngayun na merong 24/7 buses available from TRINOMA to Clark, for the meantime eto yung pwde muna gamitin habang wala pang balita dun sa NorthRail Speed trains from Metro Manila to Clark,,,hopefully yun naman ang susunod coz wala na mapaglalagyan na mga pasahero sa NAIA terminals . Yung NAIA 3 nga di pa naumpisahan ng Takenaka yung completion ng terminal para maging 100% na siyang magamit. Kapag naia 3 is fully operational dun nila ilipat ang lahat ng International airlines from NAIA 1 to 3…double sa laki ng NAIA 3 ang NAIA 1, tapus ang mga budget airlines like Cebu Pacific, PAL Express will transfer to NAIA 1, at pati yung Zest AIR and Tiger airways/SEA AIR …kumbaga yung NAIA 1 ang maging budget terminal ng Pinas. At yung NAIA 2 hanggat wala pa yung pinapagawa ng PAL na International AIport nila e doon pa din sila.

    • Khalil cirej

      by the time na maging Budget terminal ng Pinas ang NAIA 1 i am sure wala ng masasabi mga airline websites na worst terminal ang NAIA 1 coz budget terminal siya di tulad ng mga legacy airports sabuung mundo at nirerenovate na din kasi ang NAIA 1 , ang pang International airlines standard na airport ang NAIA 3 talaga.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jackie.chen.5496 Jackie Chen

    go go cia fly high

  • dodong1

    The existing terminal in Clark has a capacity of 2.5 million passengers a year. Once phase 2 is completed, its capacity will increase to four million passengers yearly…I UPGRADE AND IMPROVE YUNG ACCESSIBILITY BETWEEN MANILA AND CLARK AT GAWIN NALANG EXCLUSIVELY FOR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS ANG CLARK AT GAWIN NALANG TOTAL DOMESTIC ANG NAIA 1,2, 3 …

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