Industry: Phase I of Clark Airport expansion may be auctioned off in Q3

The government expects to bid out by the third quarter the first phase of the Clark International Airport Expansion Plan.

French builder Aeroports de Paris will oversee the P7.2-billion Clark International Airport Expansion Plan, Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) President and Chief Executive Officer Emigdio P. Tanjuatco III said yesterday. 

“The P7.2-billion master plan is in three phases. The first one is the P1.2-billion budget terminal aimed at increasing the capacity to 8 million from 5 million passengers. We’re expecting to secure NEDA (National Economic Development Authority) Board approval in May and then bid it out in the third quarter. Construction will be completed in 2018,” he said.

Mr. Tanjuatco told reporters that just because it is called “low-cost carrier terminal” doesn’t mean it is just for budget airlines. The new terminal building will be mixed-use because legacy airlines can use it as well.

“Besides, we’re convincing Emirates to operate their international flights, as well as AirAsia Philippines and PAL Express to operate their domestic flights here,” he added.

Clark International Airport currently hosts operations of DragonAir, Asiana Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Seair, Quatar Airways, Tiger Air, Jin Air and Air Asia Bhd. 

Mr. Tanjuatco said that with pending approval from the NEDA Board, his office is expecting the second phase to start “as soon as the terminal is done.”

For the second phase, CIAC is expecting to increase capacity of the Clark Airport to 46 million passengers a year by 2025. 

The third phase involves building “three parallel runways and a high-speed train,” added Mr. Tanjuatco, bringing capacity to 80 million a year by 2032.

Clark International Airport currently has two 3,200-meter parallel runways, one of which will be extended to 4,000 meters to accommodate new-generation wide-body aircraft. The primary runway has a length of 3,200 meters and a width of 60 meters, while the secondary runway is the same length but is 45 meters wide.