CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport (CRK) will be the airport of more than 22 million people residing in Central and Northern Luzon.

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President Alexander Cauguiran, during the airport’s eight roadshow in Bulacan province recently, said the CIA is targeting to become the “airport of choice” of the people living in the North Philippines by 2022.

Clark airport accommodates around four million passengers per annum at present.

Cauguiran bared that CIAC master plan for Clark airport is divided into several phases and the airport will eventually accommodate 80 million passengers every year once completed.

The first phase includes a new passenger terminal building project within a 2.5-year period with at least eight-million people capacity, according to him.

In the second phase, Cauguiran said they will expand the passenger terminal from 8 million to 16 million passengers per annum (PPA) in capacity.

Clark airport is eyed as premier airport of the North Luzon particularly in Region 1 (Ilocos), Region 2 (Cagayan Valley), Region 3 (Central Luzon) and Cordillera Administrative Region CAR with a total catchment population of 21,417,721.

CRK has flights to Kalibo, El Nido, Cebu, Caticlan, Davao, Puerto Princesa, Busuanga, Balesin, Bagabag Batanes, Caticlan and Busuanga.

Aside from the domestic flights, various local and foreign carriers also fly Clark to Incheon, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, Dubai, Doha, Pudong, Shanghai (China) and Busan.