Aquino supports P12-B budget terminal in Clark-A A +A
Thursday, March 29, 2012
CLARK FREEPORT — Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas said President Benigno Aquino III will support plans to establish a P12-billion budge terminal at the Clark International Airport.
Roxas disclosed this as he reads the message of the President during the launching of the Air Asia Philippines domestic flights on Wednesday.
“The government will support the proposed P12-billion budget terminal that will benefit our people in the North and Central Luzon areas,” Roxas said.
This is due to the continued growth of passengers as well as the entry of low-cost carriers at the airport, according to Roxas.
Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose I. Luciano said the proposed budget terminal will have a capacity of 10 million passengers annually and would be served to low-cost carriers plying in and out of Clark.
“We need to have another terminal because Air Asia Philippines alone will carry around more than 5 million passengers within the next five to seven years and Air Asia made Clark Airport as its hub of operations in Southeast Asia,” Luciano said.
“Budget carriers will come to Clark Airport in the coming years and we should be ready to accommodate the increase in flights, as well as the passenger volume” Luciano added.
Luciano also said passenger volume is expected to increase before the end of this year by as much as 1 million passengers due to the additional flights of Air Asia and Airphil Express’s domestic operations.
Meanwhile, Airphil Express launched Thursday morning its domestic flights at Clark Airport via Kalibo and Puerto Princesa thrice a week.
A simple send-off ceremonies held at the terminal was led by Luciano and Airphil Express vice president for Marketing Group Alfredo Hererra.
Airphil Express will also fly via Clark-Cebu and Kalibo four times a week.
He said the budget terminal is similar to those of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
The existing terminal has a capacity of 2 million passengers annually.
CIAC already started the bidding of the P360-million Phase II expansion project to further increase the capacity of the facility.
Air Asia Philippines, a subsidiary of Air Asia Berhad of Malaysia, commenced its domestic operations on March 28. Clark-Kalibo and Clark-Davao will have twice daily flights using the 183-passenger capacity Airbus A320s.
The launching also coincided a Signing of an Airport Sister City Agreement between Clark International Airport and Davao International Airport headed by Luciano and Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carpio.
The signing was witnessed by Air Asia Philippines chairman Antonio Cojuangco, vice chairman Mikee Romero, president and CEO Maan Hontiveros, among others.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 30, 2012.