Clark Freeport―Luzon International Premier Airport Development Corp. is taking over today the maintenance and day-to-day operations of Clark International Airport, sending almost 15 percent of the workforce jobless.
“Lipad will absorb more than 80 percent of CIAC [Clark International Airport Corp.] employees while those who opted to retire or resign were given due benefits,” Lipad chief executive Bi Yong Chungunco said at the sidelines of Cebu Pacific’s Clark-Narita flight launching.
Lipad is a private entity composed of JG Summit, Filinvest Development Corp., Philippine Airport Ground Support Solutions Inc. and Changi Airports Philippine Pte. Ltd.
Chungunco said Lipad is taking over Clark’s new passenger terminal building while the old terminal is undergoing repair, rehabilitation and refurbishing.
“CIAC took care of the 15 percent [of employees] after they decided not to join us,” Chungunco said.
She said Lipad would decommission the old terminal. “The new one will be used for our operations and maintenance and once we hit the capacity, we plan to go back and use the old terminal,” she said.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Bases Conversion Development Authority president and chief executive Vince Dizon will lead the inspection and turnover of the newly completed terminal building which has a capacity of 8 million passengers per year.
Aside from operating and maintaining CRK for 25 years, Lipad also has the rights to the commercial development of the new terminal building.
CRK, envisioned to be a premier gateway, is the first hybrid infrastructure project under the Duterte administration.