CIAC exec: ‘Clark is now the airport of the North’-A A +A
Monday, September 2, 2013
CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose Luciano said during the Tourism Forum Road Show in Baguio City over the weekend, that "Clark is now the airport of the North."
He addressed participants in the twin presentations at the Rose Bowl Restaurant and Azalea Residences dubbed as "Connecting BLISTT (Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay) to Clark-The International Gateway," spearheaded by Regional Director Purificacion Suanding-Molintas of the Department of Tourism-Cordillera Administrative Region.
Local officials in the six towns and executives from hotels, travel agencies and tour operators, academe and civic organizations attended the road show.
Luciano stressed the connectivity of Northern Luzon particularly Baguio City with Middle East because of the Clark Airport.
"There will be a boost in Tourism in the North especially Baguio City were Emirates and Qatar will bring in tourists from Europe and Africa," he said.
Luciano said the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is promoting a "Dual Airport System" that will develop both the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Clark International Airport (NAIA).
This will further attract investments and tourists to visit the country, he said.
"The Manila airport has already reached 30 million annual capacity and will increase to 40 million in the coming years and the government is now studying a dual airport system with Clark Airport to decongest NAIA," he added.
"Clark is forthcoming and will be the airport of the North," Luciano said.
He said that with the construction of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX), Baguio City and the rest of the Northern Luzon area will now be connected to Clark airport that will cut travel time by at least two hours.
TPLEX is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2014.
He said that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) residing in North Luzon will no longer go to Manila Airport.
According to LUciano, Clark Airport recorded 1.3 million passengers in 2012.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 03, 2013.