MANILA - Clark airport’s new passenger terminal will be ready to operate by January next year, Cabinet members said on Wednesday after inspecting the facility.
The government said the new terminal is 99.14-percent complete, and is expected to triple the Clark airport’s annual passenger capacity up to 12 million once it opens.
Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade said Clark airport will be linked to the Manila-Clark Railway Station, which will cut travel time from Metro Manila to Clark in less than an hour.
“[Magkakaroon dito ng koneksyon ng tren], papasok ang tren dito so talagang mayroong people’s mover. Bakit ginagawa ito? Kasi naniniwala kami sa kapasidad ng sambayanan,” Tugade said.
“This facility is very important for us because it opens up the Central Luzon area to the international market. This will help passengers, especially from the Northern part of Luzon, access international flights in and out,” Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said.
The new terminal was built by Filipino-Indian consortium Megawide-GMR, which also built the award-winning Mactan-Cebu International Airport.
The government originally said the new terminal would open by mid 2019.