The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is pushing for the Clark International Airport development through the assistance of the private sector via the Public-Private Partnership program of the government.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade announced last Tuesday that this is the fastest way to decongest air traffic.
“The DOTr does not have the core competence of putting up airports,” Tugade admitted at a forum hosted by the Management Association of the Philippines.
“It has been pushed that the improvement at [Clark Airport] should be borne by government… I have adopted a different position. I have proposed that it be done by PPP,” Tugade added.
Located in San Fernando Pampanga, the Clark International Airport has an annual capacity of four million passengers.
In previous statements, Clark Airport’s operator Clark International Airport Corp. said it was planning a P7.2-billion low-cost passenger terminal.
The new facility will boost the development of Clark Airport, mainly to attract more airlines and investors to operate at the 2,367-hectare Clark Civil Aviation Complex.
31 August 2016 Source: Inquirer.net By Miguel R. Camus