Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade has showered Luzon International Premier Airport Development Corporation (LIPAD) with praises for developing Clark International Airport into “a masterpiece.”
This comes after Tugade’s June 8 inspection of the airport’s Terminal 2 – also called the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) – which is scheduled to debut sometime in July.
Clark International Aiport’s four-level infrastructure is currently in the ‘finishing touches’ phase. And once fully operational, T2’s state-of-the-art facilities will be available for use by passengers.
“Ininspeksyon ‘ho natin ang world class New Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) ng Clark International Airport (CRK) sa Pampanga bilang paghahanda sa nalalapit na pagbubukas nito sa buwan ng Hulyo,” Tugade shared.
According to the transportation secretary, the new PTB will increase the airport’s accommodation to 12.2 million passengers, a huge leap from the previous 4.2 million.
“Oras ‘ho na mabuksan ang bagong terminal ng Clark International Airport ay aabot na sa 12.2 milyong pasahero ang kaya nitong maserbisyohan, kumpara sa dating bilang na 4.2 milyong pasahero lamang,” Tugade remarked.
Upon opening, the new airport building will immediately be used to accommodate domestic flyers. Meanwhile, international flights aren’t expected until September of 2021.
Tugade said the opening of the second terminal will spur economic growth.
“Malaki tulong ‘ho ito para sa kaginhawahan ng ating mga pasahero, at marami din ‘ho itong long term economic benefit sa ating bansa, lalo na sa larangan ng turismo, sa pagbibigay trabaho, at iba pang oportunidad para sa ating mga kababayan,” he said.
The project was able to employ 1,600 individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic, DOTr reported.
Here’s what Clark Airport’s Terminal 2 looks like!
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Image credit: PTV Reporter Karen Villanda; Clark International Airport’s Official Website