More airlines use Clark for strategic expansion


The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines -  Local and foreign airline companies have started to use Clark International Airport to boost their strategic expansion, a top Clark investor noted.

Mark Williams, chief executive officer of Global Gateway Development Corp. (GGDC), said the simultaneous expansion of airline companies at Clark is a clear indication of robust growth and strong demand in Central and Northern Luzon.

Officials of Clark International Airport Corp. are holding talks with more airlines to connect the premier airport north of Manila to different parts of the country, Asia and even North America.

CIAC president Alexander Cauguiran said the airport operator is currently in talks with air carriers on possible air connection between Clark and North America.

He said Clark has a huge market potential consisting of travelers coming from Northern Luzon, Cagayan Valley Region, Central Luzon, and the northern part of Metro Manila or CAMANAVA area (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela).  Together, these areas have a combined population of 24.2 million.

“Clark ought to be the most logical and practical airport of choice of the people from the northern and central parts of Luzon,” Cauguiran said.

CIAC’s master development plan includes developing a new passenger terminal with an 8-million-passenger capacity.  The Duterte administration plans to construct another terminal by 2019 or before President Duterte steps down from office.

Studies point to the strong growth in the number of passengers in Clark, with the increase in flights. In its report, CIAC seeks to maximize in the next two to three years the existing terminal with a capacity of 4.2 million passengers annually.

The goal of decongesting Metro Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport is on track to being achieved with more airlines mounting flights from the Clark International Airport, according to  Philippine Airlines executives.

Clark now hosts international and domestic flights of PAL, including daily flights to Caticlan, Cebu and Davao.