CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose Luciano said Wednesday they are pushing for the construction of a budget terminal here that will handle about 10 million passengers a year at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).
The new facility, amounting to P12 billion, will take three years to complete and make DMIA the second largest airport in the country, next to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
“This budget terminal is the kind of terminal that meets the requirements of our airport in Clark. Our terminal right now can only accommodate 2.5 million. So we need a budget terminal to effectively say that DMIA is the next budget airline airport of the country,” Luciano said.
This, he said, has been signaled by the arrival of AirAsia in DMIA. He said the airlines’ current operations would demand an increased capacity for the DMIA.
Luciano said the budget terminal would pave the way for the expansion of DMIA and also in consonance with the government plan to make DMIA a gateway terminal that would feature bigger airlines.
“AirAsia is seen to carry some 800,000 passengers every year and an additional increase of 500,000 each year. AirAsia alone is expecting to have five million passengers out of Clark in the next four years,” Luciano said.
He added that funding for the new terminal can be sourced from public-private partnership program with the government and the private sector.
He said they would present the proposal to the Department of Transportation and Communications.
“The airlines are already here. So the budget terminal is timely. You can just imagine the effect this has on the economy here when you have those millions of passengers passing through Clark. The airport is the driver for more industries here in Clark,” Luciano said.
He said they hope to see the terminal realized by 2015.
Other airlines that fly out of Clark are local carriers Cebu Pacific, Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAir) and AirPhil Express; South Korean companies’ Jin Air and Asia Airlines, and Singapore’s Tiger Airways.
SOURCE: Sun.Star Pampanga