CIAC submits P6-B airport plan to DOTC-A A +A
Sunday, March 3, 2013
CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) are set to submit to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) a list of projects, including the construction of the P6-billion budget terminal, navigational equipment, and others.
Luciano said the updated list, including costs of the projects submitted by other attached agencies of DOTC, would also be consolidated and submitted to National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) for processing.
Luciano at the same time denied claims that businesses inside the Freeport are suffering because of the alleged “indecisiveness of the national government over the fate of the Clark airport.”
Local officials, businessmen, and residents in the Metro Clark area are urging President Benigno Aquino III to make the Clark international airport as the country’s alternate gateway.
CIAC adviser Captain Benjamin Solis earlier said that the government should act quickly on the development of Clark airport as the NAIA is already 40 percent over the capacity of its terminals and runway.
According to Solis, the development of Clark airport as an alternative gateway to NAIA would be cheaper compared to putting up a new airport or putting up a high-speed railway.
He also supports the idea of developing the airport as low-cost carrier terminal similar to that of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
Luciano said that CIAC and DOTC are considering the twin airport system where NAIA and Clark airport would complement each other’s operation.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 04, 2013.