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New Clark air hub on track for opening

May 18, 2019

The construction of the new terminal building in Clark International Airport is on track for completion next year, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said.

Infact, BCDA President Vivencio Dizon said construction of the project is “ahead by 5 percent.”

“[We are] way, way ahead of schedule,” Dizon said, adding they are confident the new facility will be opened in mid next year as scheduled.

The construction of the new terminal is in accordance to the 25-year operations and maintenance concession bagged by the North Luzon Airport Consortium — comprised of Changi Airport of

Singapore, Filinvest Corp., JG Summit Holdings, Inc. and Philippine Airport Ground Support Solutions — in December last year.

With the new 100,000-square meter terminal in place, Clark airport is expected to decongest the busy Ninoy Aquino International Airport as it would be expanding its accommodation capacity to

8 million passengers yearly. This is four times its current capacity of 2 million.

The airport deal also eyes to generate more jobs to increase economic activities in Central Luzon.

Clark airport was temporarily closed for two days following the earthquake that jolted parts of Luzon in April 22. The terminal underwent inspection, clearing and repair before reopening for operations.

No damages to the new terminal being constructed were recorded after the quake.

Last year, Clark International Airport Corp. saw its net income grow by 80 percent to P319.11 million from P177.17 million in 2017, with aeronautical operations accounting for the bulk of revenues.

On average, it served 11,500 flyers daily and accommodated 246 international flights and 480 domestic flights weekly last year.

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