Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
July 17, 2021
With more and more major infrastructure being built under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ Program, the Chief Executive reassured his administration’s commitment to provide Filipinos an efficient transportation system when he led the inspection of the newly built passenger terminal building (PTB) of Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga.
“The structure before us reflects the administration’s unyielding commitment to improve the quality of life of every Filipino by providing big ticket infrastructure projects such as this that will improve connectivity, mobility, create jobs and disperse economic activity to the regions,” President Duterte stated.
Separated into two (2) components, the construction of the airside infrastructure, the new apron, the extension of taxiways as well as the taxiways and apron shoulder were undertaken by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) through the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC).
On the other side, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) handled the construction of the landside infrastructure, which covers the 116,000 square meter passenger terminal building, a secondary access road, parking facilities and a transport terminal hub.
“I commend the Department of Transportation, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority and all our partners from the private sector for this massive achievement,” said the Chief Executive while citing that the newly built infrastructure will definitely benefit the Filipino people, boosting economic growth in Northern and Central Luzon.
The new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) is a four-storey building with domestic and international gates, featuring 18 passenger boarding bridges, over 3,000 parking spaces and 20 bus parking spaces.
The first of the hybrid public-private partnership (PPP) project to be built under President Duterte’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ Program, the new PTB is expected to improve connectivity of the CRK as a main gateway in Central Luzon serving Regions I, II, III and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), as well as to help decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) by providing an accessible and convenient alternative.
The airport is expected to receive a boost to its operational capacity, tripling its volume of passengers from 4.2 million to 12.2 million annually once the new terminal building commences operations.
“As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and adapt to a new normal, may we all look forward to a safer, easier and more comfortable travel experience here at the Clark International Airport,” President Duterte ended.
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