Construction of Clark budget terminal starts in 2014
CLARK, Pampanga - Clark will soon get its own low-cost carrier terminal.
Clark International Airport Corp. president and CEO Victor Jose Luciano on Wednesday said construction of the proposed P7.2 billion budget terminal is expected to start in the second quarter of 2014.
Luciano said the budget terminal will be finished by the second quarter of 2016. The proposed terminal would have a capacity of between 10 million and 15 million passengers.
Luciano said the government is looking at the possibility of funding the project or tapping the private sector through the public private partnership scheme. Earlier, San Miguel Corp. and Metro Pacific offered to fund the construction of a new passenger terminal in Clark.
He said France government's Aeroport de Paris has offered to conduct a detailed and design study for the proposed passenger terminal.
Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the Aquino administration is pushing for the low cost carrier terminal in Clark, as Emirates and Qatar Airways mount long-haul flights.
"The government is currently studying the concept of a low cost carrier terminal at Clark Airport, because of its potential as gateway of the country," he said.
At the same time, the ongoing expansion of the existing Clark passenger terminal, which started in July, is expected to be finished six months ahead of schedule.
"The way things are going, the construction phase would be completed by December of this year, instead of the June 2014 deadline,” Luciano said.
The expanded passenger terminal is designed to accommodate five million passengers annually.