Tanjuatco underscore national policy on two-airport system

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Emigdio "Dino" Tanjuatco has stressed the need for a national policy for a dual-airport system in order to promote Clark airport as the country’s next gateway.

Tanjuatco stressed this during a consultative meeting organized by the House Committee on Transportation here on Thursday.

The airport official said that the forum is the right time that the topic of the two-airport system to be categorically discussed and comprehensively tackled.

“There is a need for the national government to come up with that policy on that directive in order to promote the airport,” Tanjuatco said.

In general, the airport infrastructure is in the pipeline, according to him.

Through the support of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) and Congress, CIAC was allotted funds to construct a new passenger terminal, which can accommodate more than four million passengers annually, he said.

The airport management is now concentrating on marketing programs to show the airlines that there are passengers in the airport’s catchment area.

“I think that is the problem right now that we are experiencing. Airlines feel that there is not enough market within the area for them to be financially viable to fly in Clark,” Tanjuatco said.

Tanjuatco asked the congressmen, particularly the transportation committee members, to help CIAC in pushing for the issuance of the directive on the twin-airport system.

Guiao said the operation of Clark as the country’s alternate gateway will help in decongesting the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), which already reached its capacity in terms of air traffic and passenger volume.

Once fully developed, Clark airport will help in the development not only of Central Luzon but also the entire country, according to Guiao.

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