The Department of Transportation said the construction of a new passenger terminal at Clark International Airport is on track and will be operational by 2020.
“It’s on track. Hopefully, we can get it operational by 2020,” Transportation Undersecretary for aviation Manuel Antonio Tamayo said.
The Megawide-GMR consortium submitted the lowest financial proposal for the airport expansion project at P9.36 billion on Dec. 14, 2017.
Clark International Airport is the second main gateway into the country, and the new 100,000-square-meter terminal will double its capacity to eight million passengers a year, boosting air transport capacity for the Greater Manila Area.
The project is expected to reduce the strain on the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport and help create jobs and increase development in Central Luzon, a growing economic center.
Clark International Airport is envisioned to be Asia’s next premier gateway. It now has an annual capacity of four million passengers. Airlines operating in Clark include Qatar Airways, Cebu Pacific, Tigerair, Jin Air, Asiana Airlines, Dragon Air, AirAsia Berhad, Philippine Airlines and Emirates Airlines.
These airlines mount flights to Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Macau, Pudong, Incheon, Doha, Dubai, Davao, Cebu and Kalibo.
Megawide-GMR is the consortium of local company Megawide Construction Corp. and GMR Infrastructure Ltd. of India. Its unit GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. is the builder and operator of Mactan-Cebu International Airport.
Earlier, the North Luzon Airport Consortium won the operations and maintenance contract of Clark International Airport’s existing passenger terminal and the new terminal.
North Luzon Airport Consortium members are Filinvest Development Corp., JG Summit Holdings Inc., Philippine Airport Ground Support Solutions Inc. and Changi Airport Philippines Pte. Ltd.