CLARK, PAMPANGA - A flagship project of Bases Conversion and Development Corporation, the new passenger terminal of Clark International Airport will help decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The new passenger terminal of the Clark International Airport is also the fastest infrastructure project to be implemented by the national government.
The new passenger terminal is already 93-percent complete as of February 03 and is expected to be operational by mid-2020. By then, passenger capacity will be tripled, adding another eight million to the current capacity of 4.2 million.
The full airport development which spans four phases will generate over 80 million passengers annually, making Clark International Airport at par with the biggest airports not only in the region but in the world.
Upon full development, the Clark International Airport will be the nation's next premier gateway helping to clear the congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
According to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, "This facility will anchor the rapid development of the other districts of Clark. It is not only a model for rapid implementation of projects but also a model for effective governance in the modern age."
According to BCDA, The development of the airport is guided by the master plan and feasibility study of Aeroport de Paris Ingenierie (ADPI) completed in 2013 and pursued through a grant by the French government.
Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President Jaime Alberto Melo, for his part, cites the impact of building another runway. "The second runway doubles the capacity of the airport. It can cater to three more terminals such as this (referring to the new passenger terminal)."
Clark International Airport is the second main gateway in Luzon. The new 100,000-square-meter terminal will double its capacity to eight million passengers a year, easing the strain on Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Paranaque City and boosting development of Central Luzon.
A formidable barrier to flag carrier Philippine Airlines is the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport though they have a goal to transform the country's main gateway into a global transit hub.
Although, the congestion and delays are not unique to NAIA. They occur in all airports. The problem is that NAIA only has two runways to accommodate the entire load of aircraft movements while other airports have a third and fourth runway to serve as back-up.
NAIA Consortium plans to spend P102 billion to increase NAIA's design passenger capacity by 60 percent and takeoff and landing movements by 30 percent in four years and this was planned last year. NAIA's passenger volume is already about 40 percent above its design capacity of 31 million passengers yearly.