Clark International Airport’s new terminal set to open soon – AirlineGeeks.com
By Will Lee
New terminal at Clark International Airport opens soon
Even though the aviation industry is not out of the woods, the Philippines has not stopped expanding its aviation facilities amid the pandemic. The new terminal at Clark International Airport, located in the northern Philippines, has been completed.
Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines, called the new terminal a “massive achievement”.
Earlier, the president went to the new terminal for an inspection. The government had not disclosed the exact launch date, but said the terminal “is expected to open very soon.”
“This will surely help ease traffic at the busy Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and provide a better flying experience for locals and tourists,” added the president. NAIA, Manila International Airport, is known for its traffic jams and delays.
The new terminal can serve a capacity of eight million passengers per year, which is double the current capacity of the airport. The new terminal is a four-storey building and has a contactless baggage handling and passenger check-in and check-in system; it has 18 airbridges and covers 110,000 square meters.
Cebu Pacific Airways, the low-cost carrier of the Philippines, hailed the latest airport extension. The carrier is expected to benefit from the expansion of the airport and will expand its route map in the future. The airline began serving Clark Airport in 2006 and provided international routes before the pandemic, including to Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Tokyo.
“We look forward to restoring our network once travel restrictions ease and passenger demand increases,” said Xander Lao, commercial director of the airline.
Vince Dizon, Managing Director of Luzon International Premiere Airport Development Corporation (LIPAD), said: “It is clear that we will not reach eight million passengers immediately, but we want to put the country in a strong position to meet travel demand. when it comes. ”LIPAD is the operator of the airport. In addition, Changi Airports International of Singapore is one of the shareholders of LIPAD.
Arthur Tugade, the secretary of the Department of Transport, believed that the new terminal would not only provide a modern air travel experience, but would stimulate the economy. The new terminal is expected to create 150,000 new jobs, or 0.4% of the country’s workforce. In addition, Tugade believed that Clark Airport could become “Asia’s next gateway.”
Clark International Airport is not the only ongoing project in the country. In response to NAIA’s overcrowding, the new Manila International Airport is under construction. The new airport is located in Bulacan, close to north and central Luzon, and is expected to open in 2025. San Miguel Corp, the parent company of New Manila International Airport, will operate the airport for 50 years. The new airport will have four runways and will accommodate up to 200 million passengers per year.