Monday, July 19, 2021

New Clark International Airport

Spread across 110,000m², the new terminal will have the capacity to accommodate eight million passengers annually, increasing the total airport capacity to 12.2 million. It features 18 passenger boarding bridges, 3,881 parking spaces and 20 bus parking spaces. An event space has been created within the building and is installed with lanterns and art installations. The terminal has a four-storey building comprising domestic and international remote gates, baggage reclaim halls, VIP, as well as meeters and greeters space in level one.

Level two includes arrivals corridors, transfers, immigrations and fixed link bridges. Level three is dedicated for departures and houses well-wishers area, forecourt, check-in, security checks, retail space and gate lounges.

The fourth level (mezzanine) features food and beverage area and commercially important person (CIP) lounges.

Tugade inspected the facility recently after the Megawide-GMR Construction Joint Venture Inc. handed over the certificate of completion of the project last Jan. 22.

The newly built passenger terminal of the Clark International Airport will help ease air traffic congestion in Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), promote more convenient travel, and boost economic growth in Luzon, President Duterte declared Saturday.

The terminal offers views of the Sacobia mountain ranges towards its west and Mt. Arayat towards its east. It is connected to the Manila-Clark Railway Station, with the travel time between Metro Manila and the airport now cut to less than 60 minutes.

A 25-year concession agreement was signed between BCDA and LIPAD for the long-term O&M concession in January 2019.

LIPAD, formerly known as the North Luzon Airport Consortium, was officially awarded the O&M contract in August 2019. It comprises Changi Airports Philippines, Filinvest Development, JG Summit and Philippine Airport Ground Support Solutions.

The agreement grants LIPAD to develop the commercial assets, operate and maintain project facilities as well as improve the new passenger terminal.

The design of the terminal’s fa├žade reflects the wavy silhouette of Mount Arayat, Mount Pinatubo and Sierra Madre mountain range. The tallest arch is 20m high and the structure is flanged with 12m and 16m high arches. The remaining arches are 12m tall.

The President visited the new airport terminal building located in Clark, Pampanga, Saturday and lauded the “massive achievement” that would benefit the people. The new passenger terminal will have a capacity of eight million passengers a year, double the existing capacity of the Clark airport.

“I just hope that the local economy can absorb the number of people coming to visit the Philippines,” the President said in his speech.

“It will surely help decongest traffic at the busy Ninoy [Aquino] International Airport and provide a better flying experience for locals and tourists alike,” he said.

The President has commended the Department of Transportation, Bases Conversion and Development Authority as well as partners from the private sector for the completion of the new passenger terminal in Clark airport. It is considered a major project of the administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program.

The new terminal will start handling international passengers in September, DOTr announced last June. It can handle up to 12.2 million passengers yearly.