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CIAC gears for 2nd runway

In line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s two-fold directive on regional development and decongestion of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade announced Wednesday, 27 March 2019, the construction of the much-needed second runway at the Clark International Airport (CRK).

The announcement was made at the site inspection of the Clark International Airport Extension Project led by Secretary Tugade. The second runway, according to the transportation chief, will allow more flights to be launched and received at the CRK.

“We roll up our sleeves as we did in putting up Terminal 2. We have to concretize the second runway and set the framework to turn into reality the aspiration for Clark Airport to be a premier and primary gateway for investments in Asia,” Secretary Tugade said.

Construction of the second runway is set to be completed in 2022.

New Passenger Terminal Building halfway into completion

Construction of CRK’s second runway is seen to augment the ongoing works for the airport’s new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB). Since its groundbreaking in December 2017, the new terminal is 53% complete as of March 2019. It is expected to be operational in the middle of 2020.

Once completed, the new PTB will boost the operational capacity of the airport, and increase passenger volume to 12.2 million annually.

Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and CEO Vince Dizon explained that the expansion project is in anticipation of the projected increase in passenger volume in the next few years.

“This is just the first phase of the five-phase expansion plan – five phases over several years which will bring the capacity of Clark international airport to 80 million passengers per year,” Dizon emphasized.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III also noted this is the fastest project implemented by the national government – setting the template for all other strategic projects of the Duterte administration.

“The Clark International Airport Extension Project exemplifies the government’s commitment to ensure that the Filipino people reap the benefits of the Build, Build, Build Program,” Secretary Dominguez said.

Regional Development Plan

Secretary Tugade explained that the CRK expansion project forms part of President Duterte’s overall regional development plan for North and Central Luzon. This complements big-ticket projects such as the New Clark City, the Subic-Clark Cargo Railway, and the North-South Commuter Railway that will connect Clark to Manila all the way to Calamba, Laguna.

According to the transportation chief, this underscores the government’s efforts to enhance mobility and connectivity in the country as a response to the President’s marching order to make the Filipino life comfortable.

“When we were planning on what to do in the Clark International Airport, it was all talk, talk talk. As I come up and look at what surrounds us, you really find meaning in President Rodrigo Duterte’s project of Build, Build, Build. We have to plan not only on the basis of today but also on the basis of tomorrow to bring the Filipinos a comfortable life,” Secretary Tugade said.

Also present in the said event were Senator JV Ejercito, Senator Joel Villanueva, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President Jaime Melo, transport officials, and private sector partners.

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Press Release

29 March 2019