DOTr eyes launch of newly completed Clark International Airport terminal in Jan 2021

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CLARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced on Tuesday the completion of the new passenger terminal building of this airport.

The airport expansion project for the Clark International Airport (IATA Code: CRK) under the aegis of the Duterte administration’s Build, Build, Build infrastructure buildup program  has been completed by end September, ahead of its original October target date,  the DOTr said in a news statement posted in its official Facebook page.

It was completed despite the current challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic. The DOTr, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and GMR Megawide ensured the accelerated construction works at CRK, and made a huge headway while still observing strict health and safety protocols to protect workers and other project stakeholders.

The new terminal building is slated to commence operations by January next year as directed by Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade.

“Once operational, it is projected that CRK’s current operational capacity will get a boost, and the airport’s passenger volume will be tripled from the current 4.2 million to 12.2 million annually,” the DOTr statement added.

The expansion will also elevate CRK’s stature as “Asia’s Next Premier Gateway,” and is expected to significantly help in decongesting  passenger traffic at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.

This airport is also seen to accelerate economic progress in Central Luzon and will provide an array of opportunities for job generation and more rapid tourism and socio-economic pursuits in the entire region, and the rest of its neighboring cities.

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