Construction of Clark airport terminal eyed in 2016

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 10 2015 02:47 PM | Updated as of Mar 10 2015 10:47 PM

MANILA – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will be splitting the construction of the Clark international airport passenger terminal building into three phases, with the construction of the first phase targeted to start in the second quarter of 2016.

The first phase of the P7.2 billion project will be submitted to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board chaired by President Aquino in May for approval, according to Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya.

“The direction of the DOTC is very clear to develop Clark international airport…[For] the Clark terminal, the initial phase of P1.2 billion has been submitted to NEDA, hopefully we get it up to the NEDA board chaired by the President by May of this year,” he said.

Upon getting approval from the NEDA Board, the project will then be auctioned to prospective bidders by the third quarter of this year.

Abaya said construction is expected to start by the second quarter of 2016. Completion of the first phase is being targeted in 2018.

The first phase aims to increase the capacity of the Clark airport to 8 million from the current 5 million passengers per year.

The second phase, meanwhile, is expected to increase the capacity to 46 million passengers by 2025 and to 80 million by 2032.

“There is not much of an issue except that plans drawn up by the Aeroport De Paris is quite aggressive and on a larger side, but we are sticking to their plans and we will defend the plan before the NEDA board,” Abaya said.

Aeroport De Paris is a French firm that was hired by the DOTC to conduct the feasibility study on design.

Government is expecting the development of both the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the Clark international airport to attract more airlines to fly out of Pampanga.

Clark International Airport Corp. president and chief executive officer Emigdio Tanjuatco III earlier said passengers at the Clark airport is seen to grow 150 percent to 3 million over the next two years from the current 1.2 million passengers per year.