Clark emerging as next aerotropolis in Asia

CLARK Freeport is being recognized as the next aerotropolis in Asia considering its potential to develop into an aircraft repair hub and host other aviation-related businesses.

“Clark is being recognized as another next aerotropolis in Asia and it definitely will put the country in the global stage as one of the manufacturing repair and overhaul (MRO) hubs of planes and aircraft in the region,” said Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez at the media launch of the Aeromart Summit on Friday, April 6.

Lopez said the conduct of the first Aeromart Summit in the Philippines, set for June 4 to 6, will prove that the country is getting recognized as a big player in the aviation industry.

The hosting of Aeromart Summit in Clark will also give more opportunity to local aerospace industry to be recognized, adding that “this hosting of the Aeromart Clark therefore aims to launch the local aerospace industry in a wider scale and create greater awareness of our industry as recognized partner in MRO and aerostructures manufacturing in the Asia- Pacific region,” Lopez said.

Aerospace Industry Association of the Philippines (AIAP) chairman John Lee said Clark is the ideal venue for the summit.

“We have been lucky, of course, with the help of Secretary (Lopez) and DTI, that finally Aeromart in Clark will happen, I believe that this is the best place as an aerotropolis. We are quite fortunate because this can introduce the Philippines into the world not only in manufacturing, but of course, as a MRO hub,” he said.

The Aeromart Summit aims to promote the Philippine capabilities in aerospace parts manufacturing, aircraft MRO, and aviation trainings.

It is also expected to maximize the investment and outsourcing opportunities in the Philippines, especially in Clark for aerospace and aviation by serving as the platform to expand the reach of the local aerospace industry players through business-to-business meetings. (PR)
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