MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is supporting the construction of a P7.2 billion low-cost carrier terminal in Clark, Pampanga.
Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and CEO Emigdio Tanjuatco III assured the development of the Clark International Airport is on track.
"We fully support the development of Clark Airport. In fact, the DOTC had already infused an initial P 1.2 billion for the construction of our new Low Cost Carrier Passenger Terminal Building... The fact that this project is up for bidding this year is proof that government is serious in developing Clark Airport," Tanjuatco said in a statement.
He said there is no competition between Clark airport and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, since Clark caters to passengers living in northern Luzon, while NAIA services the southern region.
Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya noted the new LCC passenger terminal is designed to accommodate at least 15 million passengers annually.
"We tapped the services of Aeroports de Paris for the feasibility study not only of the terminal but also other facilities at the aviation complex," Abaya said.
While the proposed Sangley International Airport is still under study, the DOTC chief said the government is focused on the aggressive development of both NAIA and Clark.
Earlier, Tanjuatco said he is working to convince Emirates and AirAsia Zest to return to Clark airport, as well as other airlines.
At present, air carriers such as Dragonair, Asiana Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Seair, Qatar Airways, Tigerair, Jin Air, and Air Asia Berhad operate from Clark.