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New Terminal In Clark International Airport 99% Complete, To Operate By January 2021

New terminal in Clark International Airport

Traveling is the last thing on our minds these days, but it’s good to hear that while we set aside our luggage for a while, local travel infrastructure development doesn’t stop. 

For instance, the new, second terminal of the Clark International Airport in Pampanga is 99% complete already, according to the Department of Transportation, and will be fully operational by January 2021.

Inspired by Mount Arayat and mountain ranges of Zambales

New terminal Clark International Airport
Image credit: The BCDA Group 

Having begun its construction in April 2018, the almost finished terminal is about 112,000 square meters.

New terminal Clark International Airport - roof archesImage credit: Department of Transportation – Philippines 

It’s most recognizable for its roof arches which took inspiration from the natural wonders of Mount Arayat in Pampanga and the mountain ranges of Zambales. On a clear day, these sights are even visible from the terminal’s windows. 

The wood in the arches is made up of white spruce imported from Austria, and is the same material used in the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. 

New terminal will boost economic activity in Central Luzon

New terminal Clark International AirportImage credit: Department of Transportation – Philippines 

The terminal is envisioned to help in amping up economic activity in the Central Luzon area, as it’s expected to triple Clark Airport’s current passenger capacity from 4.2 million annual passengers to 12.2 million a year.

“Envisioned to be the keystone in spurring economic progress and development in Central Luzon, the new passenger terminal building, once completed, will boost the operational capacity of the CRK, and will triple its passenger volume,” the Department of Transportation stated.

New terminal Clark International AirportImage credit: The BCDA Group 

This will also help ease the congestion in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay. 

Making way for Clark International Airport

The number of Filipino travelers is growing exponentially through the years, thanks to budget airlines’ piso fares. And domestic travellers will be sure to troop into our airports again once this pandemic is all over – so a new, local terminal is the upgrade we all need as we travel again after being stuck at home for a long time. 

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Cover image adapted from: The BCDA Group, Department of Transportation – Philippines