Clark's new terminal to be operational by January 2021

Aviation Updates Philippines – The Philippines Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced that the new Passenger Terminal Building of Clark International Airport, tagged as the “next major global gateway, will be operational by January 2021.

Present during Wednesday’s site inspection were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, and the ‘Build, Build, Build’ economic team led by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado and Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects Secretary Vince Dizon, among other officials.

Dizon, during the on-site press conference, mentioned that the new terminal is already 99.14-percent complete. Once finished, Clark Airport will now have an annual passenger capacity of over 12 million from the current 4.2 million.

“When we envisioned this project, nobody believed. But today, they must believe. I am very excited that this project is almost finished,” Secretary Tugade said.

“Let’s make this operational by January of next year at the latest. I’m not inclined to make any extensions,” the transportation chief stressed.

The Clark airport terminal project began construction in April 2018 and was supposedly scheduled to be finished mid-2020. However, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic slightly delayed the construction.

With a construction timeline of only over two years, Dizon said that the Duterte administration might have set a record for completing a swiftly mega-infrastructure project any government administration has undertaken.

Tugade said that Clark, including the airport projects in Sangley and Bulacan, will hopefully decongest the aging Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Aside from the Passenger Terminal Building, there are more developments underway for Clark International Airport. There will be a new eight-story Air Traffic Control Tower, airfield ground lighting system, and new airport radar.

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