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President Marcos officially opens the new terminal of the Clark International Airport

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. officially opened the New Passenger Terminal Building (NPTB) of the Clark International Airport (CRK). He unveiled a marker at the airport that signifies a milestone for Philippine air travel, and for Central and Northern Luzon connectivity with the terminal’s megastructure enabling an annual 8 million passenger capacity, which is double that of the old terminal.

President Marcos walked through the facilities of the modern terminal that earned global citation for its aesthetic melding of a deep sense of place in its design to achieve ease, comfort, and safety for a pleasurable passenger experience.

Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr and First Lady Liza Araneta Marcos unveils the CRK new terminal building marker

In his message, the President mentioned that the airport’s grand opening is a distinctly important event for the following reasons: first, it shows how to leverage assets of the government and second is how to leverage partnerships with the private sector. “This is a perfect example of what the government and private sector can do. This is exactly the kind of partnership that we need to encourage.’, said President Marcos.

The project, which broke ground in December 2017, has a total cost of PHP19.25 billion. The management and operations of Clark International Airport were awarded to and currently being undertaken by the Luzon International Premiere Airport Development (LIPAD) Corp., a private consortium composed of Filinvest Development Corporation, JG Summit Holdings Inc., Philippine Airport Ground Support Services Inc., Changi Airports Philippines (I) Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Changi Airports International. The consortium members each have vast experience in airport operations, air transportation, and property development. LIPAD Corp has committed to bringing in this expertise to transform Clark International Airport into a world-class airport.

Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr said in his speech This is a perfect example of what government and the private sector can do

Massive benefits are foreseen from the project. It improves the attraction of the airport as the main gateway in Northern Luzon serving Regions I, II, III, and the Cordillera Administrative Region, with the CAMANAVA area. It also helps decongest Ninoy Aquino International Airport by providing a more convenient and accessible alternative while accommodating the growing traffic through North and Central Luzon.

Also present in the program were Department of Transportation Secretary Jamie Bautista, Department of Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia-Frasco, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) Chairman Delfin Lorenzana, BCDA President Aileen Zosa, Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda, Pampanga Vice-Governor Lilia Pineda, Tarlac Governor Susan Yap, LIPAD Chairman Frederick D. Go, LIPAD and Filinvest Development Corporation Director Francis Gotianun and LIPAD Director Jefferson Cheng.

from left to right BCDA Chairman Delfin Lorenzana DOTr Secretary Jaime Bautista President Ferdinand Marcos Jr First Lady Liza Araneta Marcos DOT Secretary Christina Frasco LIPAD Chairman Frederick Go LIPAD Director Francis Gotianun

The building of the new terminal features two components. One involves the construction of the horizontal or airside infrastructure, composed of a new apron and the extension of taxiways, and the other is the construction of the vertical or landside infrastructure covering the new 110,000 square meter passenger terminal, a secondary access road, parking facilities, and a transport terminal hub.

“Today, we have this modern, state-of-the-art terminal that will immensely improve the way Filipinos travel–a terminal where all travelers will feel like they are VIPs. This is not just a distant dream anymore, it is our reality,” BCDA Chairman Delfin Lorenzana said.

BCDA President and CEO Aileen R. Zosa added “We are proud to say that the Clark International Airport is a game-changer, as it will bring immense benefits to the economy. Aside from boosting the tourism industry, this new terminal, which is a joint project of the BCDA and the DOTr, will help further strengthen the Subic-Clark Corridor’s position as a major logistics hub in the country, making this region more attractive to local and foreign investors. The presence of this airport is also expected to create 150,000 new jobs for Filipinos, spanning different sectors and supporting industries, such as the hospitality, food and beverage, agriculture, and manufacturing sectors, just to name a few”.

Valuable cooperation and masterful coordination among parties, government agencies, and LIPAD leaders during the challenging first two years of the pandemic was a fitting testament to the Filipino will to push forward the goal of readying the new terminal that leads not just to more economic growth, but the uplift of the national spirit.

group photo LIPAD team together with the President First Lady and other important guests

Addressing the President in his welcome speech, LIPAD Chairman and President and CEO of Robinsons Land Corporation Mr. Frederick D. Go said, “We are so grateful that His Excellency is inaugurating this new terminal today and signal to the Philippines and to the world that the new CRK is open for business. Our goal is to continue working towards expanding our network above pre-COVID levels, connecting Clark to more domestic and international points. CRK has started to chart new growth rates, with the recent return of international and domestic travel.”

LIPAD and Filinvest Development Corporation Director Mr. Francis Gotianun shared “international gateways such as CRK have an essential role in a country’s development. We at LIPAD are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to our country’s economic progress and remain committed as partners in nation-building. After all, nation-building starts with a dream, translated into a promise, accomplished through partnerships and fueled by passion.”

The opening rites were closed with a feast featuring Central Luzon cuisine, highlighted by delectable Pampango dishes, which distinctively put Pampanga among the best places to be visited and experienced by travelers.



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