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Thursday, June 24, 2021
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New Clark airport terminal to open in July

PREPPING FOR JULY OPENING. Workers do finishing works at the new Clark airport terminal in preparation for its July 2021 opening. (PR)

TRANSPORTATION Secretary Arthur P. Tugade recently led the inspection of the new Clark International Airport (CRK) passenger terminal, which is scheduled to open this July.

The new CRK is expected to accommodate 12.2 million passengers annually once it operates.

“Ininspeksyon ‘ho natin ang world class New Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) ng Clark International Airport sa Pampanga bilang paghahanda sa nalalapit na pagbubukas nito sa buwan ng Hulyo," Tugade said.

The Department of Transportation DOTR chief said he checked the actual construction of the world-class airport terminal.

"Personal ko 'hong nilibot ang terminal, upang makita ng malapitan ang kinalabasan ng konstruksyon," Tugade said.

He added that the capacity of the old terminal will triple once the new one is opened.

“Oras 'ho na mabuksan ang bagong terminal ng Clark International Airport ay aabot na sa 12.2 milyong pasahero ang kaya nitong maserbisyohan, kumpara sa dating bilang na 4.2 milyong pasahero lamang," Tugade said.

Domestic flights at the new terminal will start in July while international routes will commence in September, according to the DOTR official.

“Sa Hulyo po ay magbubukas na ang bagong terminal para sa domestic operations, samantalang sa Setyembre naman ito magbubukas para sa international operations," he said.

Clark airport will spur economic growth and provide convenience to the passengers, Tugade said.

“Malaki tulong ‘ho ito para sa kaginhawahan ng ating mga pasahero, at marami din ‘ho itong long term economic benefit sa ating bansa, lalo na sa larangan ng turismo, sa pagbibigay trabaho, at iba pang oportunidad para sa ating mga kababayan," he said.

Some 1,600 individuals were employed in the project amid the Covid 19 pandemic, the official added.

“Sa katunayan, sa gitna ‘ho ng pandemya ay mahigit 1,600 na manggagawa 'ho ang nabigyan noto ng trabaho, at asahan 'ho ninyong dadami pa ito oras na maging full scale na ang operations ng paliparan."

“You wait and see — this is a real 'world-class' terminal. It's coming up, it’s coming up in Clark. Thanks to Lipad (Luzon International Premier Airport Development), the men and women of the Clark International Airport are really very good," Tugade said.


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