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Terminal for budget carrier passengers to rise in Clark.

Manila: A dedicated passenger terminal for budget carrier flights will soon rise at the Clark International Airport complex in Pampanga.

According to Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and CEO Egmidio Tanjuatco III, his agency as well as the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) are pushing for the development of the Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga.

"The DOTC had already infused an initial 1.2 billion pesos (Dhs 97 million) for the construction of our new Low Cost Carrier Passenger Terminal Building [LCC PTB]," Tanjuatco said while dismissing criticism that the government is neglecting the CRK.

Located in Pampanga province less than 100 kilometres away from Manila, the CRK was a base for the United States Air Force until the early 1990s when American forces withdrew from the Philippines with the expiration of the bases agreement.

Currently, air carriers such as Dragonair, Asiana Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Seair, Qatar Airways, Tigerair, Jin Air, and Air Asia Berhad use the CRK for its operations. But Tanjuatco said he is currently working towards convincing Emirates and Air Asia to return to the 2,367-hectare Clark Civil Aviation Complex, and is inviting more airlines to operate at the gateway.

CRK mainly serves the northern areas of Luzon and passengers from Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, and Metro Manila.

Tanjuatco explained CRK has its own catchment area in the northern regions of Luzon, while the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) services the southern portion. He clarified the two airports are not competing since their operations and expansion complement each other.

Secretary of Transportation Jun Abaya said, the new LCC PTB is designed to accommodate at least 15 million passengers annually.

"We tapped the services of Aeroports de Paris for the feasibility study not only of the terminal but also other facilities at the aviation complex," he said,

The transport chief likewise clarified that while the proposed Sangley International Airport is still under study, government is focused on the aggressive development of both the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Clark.

Tanjuatco earlier had vowed to draw some three million passengers to Clark Airport within the next two years, as well as to attract more airlines.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:Jan 11, 2015
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