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FILE: President Rodrigo Duterte is leading the inspection of the newly completed Clark International Airport’s new passenger terminal, which is now awaiting the green light to operate aviation regulators. (Photo: The BCDA / Facebook group)

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – Completion of the new passenger terminal at Clark International Airport is expected to help the country’s economy recover from the impact of the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

Department of Transport (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said on Saturday that the new passenger terminal, once operational, will not only provide a modern air travel experience, but will help the economy recover from the crisis and equip northern and central Luzon with transport infrastructure for the future. development.

“Clark International Airport will clearly showcase the best of northern and central Luzon with the world-class service this new terminal will provide and the thousands of job opportunities it will open more for many of our people. kababayes, there is no doubt that Clark International Airport will consolidate its position as Asia’s next gateway. This will prove that the Build, Build, Build of the Duterte administration is not just a dream. It’s real, it’s true, and it’s here, ”Tugade said in his speech during the inspection of the new passenger terminal at the newly completed 110,000 square meter Clark International Airport headed by President Rodrigo. Duterte.

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Chairman and CEO of the Base Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) Vince Dizon, CEO of Luzon International Premiere Airport Development Corporation (LIPAD) Bi Yong Chungunco, l ‘Civil Aviation Authority, joined the inspection. from the Philippines (CAAP) and private sector partners.

The inspection included testing of check-in kiosks, bag drops and other contactless features of the new terminal.

Dizon said the modernization and expansion of Clark International Airport is needed more than ever, as it will help the country “bounce back better” not only through the jobs it creates, but also through the chain of supply that it supports and to the trade that it facilitates.

Clark International Airport is expected to create 150,000 new jobs, or 0.4% of the total workforce in the Philippines.

Through production linkages, supporting industries such as tourism, food and beverage, service, infrastructure, agriculture and manufacturing are expected to benefit from the modernization and expansion of Clark Airport. .

“Clearly, we will not reach eight million passengers immediately, but we want to put the country in a strong position to meet travel demand when it comes and continue to contribute to the national and local economy at through the jobs we create and the supply chain we support, ”said Dizon, who is also a presidential advisor for flagship programs and projects.

Angeles City Mayor Carmelo Lazatin, Jr. said the new passenger terminal will create more opportunities and further boost economic growth in northern and central Luzon.

“We congratulate this project because it will bring various jobs to our kababayans. Timely enough to improve traffic control at Clark International Airport as well, especially now that we are still facing a pandemic. A larger terminal to accommodate more passengers while ensuring their safety against Covid-19, ”he said.

LIPAD, the operator and manager of Clark International Airport, said the new terminal was designed to be a space of safety, ease and calm, with the peace of mind of travelers as a top priority, especially in this period of global health. crisis.

Chungunco said his group had equipped the new terminal with cutting-edge technology and contactless solutions vital for smooth and safe operations.

“Intuitive and inclusive – that will be our mantra for the new Clark International Airport. LIPAD designed Clark International Airport to be the airport of choice for travelers entering or exiting the Philippines. The top priority is to fulfill the mission of providing passengers with a world-class travel experience, through new technologies that support a transparent process and commercial offerings that consistently meet the needs of passengers while maintaining that Filipino experience. , and of course, Pampango, ”she said.

The new terminal, which accommodates domestic and international passengers, is located 1.5 kilometers from the existing Clark terminal.

It has four floors, 18 aerodynamic bridges, an area of ​​110,000 square meters and a nominal capacity of eight million passengers per year.

Chungunco said that LIPAD will take all necessary measures to ensure that passengers, both inbound and outbound, adhere to strict security measures.

“LIPAD remains flexible and adaptable to travel needs and assures the public that Clark International Airport is committed to prioritizing public health and is well equipped for it,” she said.

LIPAD is made up of Filinvest Development Corp., JG Summit Holdings, Inc., Philippine Airport Ground Support Services, Inc. and Changi Airports Philippines (I) Pte. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Changi Airports International.

The new passenger terminal at Clark International Airport is the first hybrid public-private partnership (PPP) project carried out under the Build, Build, Build program of the Duterte administration.

Construction of the structure was managed by a consortium of Megawide Construction Corporation and GMR Infrastructure Limited, while the development, operation and maintenance were then auctioned and awarded to LIPAD.

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