The Department of Transportation (DOTr) expects the Clark International Airport (CRK) to ‘spur economic growth, boost connectivity and mobility’ in the northern parts of Luzon due to its upcoming ‘state-of-the-art facilities.’

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said CRK’s newest infrastructure addition will induce a ‘multiplier’ effect on traveler numbers, which will stretch to the hospitality and tourism sector in the Philippines.

“This is now a reality waiting to be used. This facility is filled with features, many of which had been unthinkable in the Republic of the Philippines, in the history of this country,” Tugade shared during the inspection of the newly built passenger terminal building (PTB) of CRK’s Terminal 2 in Pampanga.

During the inspection, President Rodrigo Duterte, who was also present, said that his administration is committed to improving Filipino lives through its Build, Build, Build Program.

“This structure before us reflects the administration’s unyielding commitment to improve the quality of life of every Filipino by providing big-ticket infrastructure projects such as this that will improve connectivity, mobility, create jobs, and spur economic activity in the regions,” he proclaimed.

Tagged as ‘Asia’s Next Premier Gateway,’ the CRK will be equipped with contactless baggage handling, passenger check-ins and check-outs, and an ordering system that will make travel by air hassle-free and effortless.

It will also sport gender-inclusive and PWD-friendly restrooms, an advanced docking guidance system, and a Heroes Lounge for soldiers, police officers, and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

Meanwhile, the new PTB will accommodate an additional 8 million passengers, tripling the airport’s current capacity of 4.2 million to 12.2 million annually. It will officially start operations within the year and is expected to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila.

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Image credit: Clark International Airport’s Official Website