Clark Hub Design Too Big—Abaya

The Transportation Department said it plans to construct the P7.2-billion Clark International Airport budget terminal in phases to accommodate the “too big” design of Aeroports De Paris of France.

“Aéroports de Paris designed a huge terminal that is beyond what we thought would be the actual demand. Our struggle, we don’t need it yet,” Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said.

Abaya said as the French firm refused to modify the design, the government would instead build the project in Pampanga province in several phases.

“We should do it in phases. At first, they don’t want to revise it. We think it is too big a design,” he said.

More than 1 million passengers currently use Clark International Airport annually, a figure that is expected to rise dramatically in the coming years as the government aims to decongest Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila.

The department tapped Aeroports de Paris to conduct the feasibility study of the Clark budget terminal as part of the government’s move to decongest Naia.

Aeroports De Paris was tasked to conduct the feasibility study for the master plan as well as the design of the budget terminal building that would be set up at the 2,367-hectare Clark Civil Aviation Complex.

“The compromise is, we’ll still honor the design but we construct in phases as the demand comes in, we will build it. Next year [2015], we have funding for the first phase,” Abaya said.

The new budget terminal building is estimated to cost P7.2 billion, with a passenger capacity of 15 million annually.

The government decided to keep Naia as Luzon’s premier gateway, while expanding the capacity of Clark as the alternative hub.

Investors such as San Miguel Corp. offered to build another airport on reclaimed portions of Manila Bay, but the proposal was shelved after the conglomerate divested from flag carrier Philippine Airlines.

“We recognize that Naia and Clark both have significant impacts to the country’s economic growth, particularly in terms of tourism and logistics. In line with this, we are working to maximize the capacity of Naia and to further develop that of Clark,” Abaya said earlier.

Abaya said “the medium term plan is to operate both Naia and Clark to serve Luzon.”

“To further support this, a feasibility study is also being developed for the North-South commuter railway, which will make Clark more accessible from Metro Manila,” he said.

Source: Alena Mae S. Flores, Manila Standard Today

P7.2-B Clark Budget Terminal To Be Done In Phases – Abaya

Construction of the P7.2-billion budget terminal at the Clark International Airport (CIA) in Pampanga will be done in phases as the design prepared by the French consultant was “too big” for the actual demand.

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya disclosed that Aéroports de Paris had designed a “huge” terminal in its master plan for the Clark “aerotropolis.” Although the feasibility study is still on going, the bidding for the construction contract is scheduled this year.

“We have budget for the construction in 2015 but the problem is Aéroports de Paris (ADP) designed a huge terminal that is beyond what we thought would be the actual demand,” Abaya said.

The existing passenger terminal building (PTB) at CIA previously caters to 2.5 million passenger yearly. The annual passenger capacity ballooned to 4 million with the PTB expansion project that was completed last May.

Based on the original concept design, the proposed LCC terminal will boost CIA’s capacity between 8 and 16 million passengers per year. But Abaya did not disclose the new rated capacity of the terminal that ADP had designed.

“We think it is too big a design,” Abaya said. “Our compromise is to honor the design but to construct it in phases as the demand comes in.”

Abaya said bidding for the construction of the new LCC airport will commence this year but the project structure and timeline are still not clear as of press time. The CIA project is among the 50 infrastructure projects under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) pipeline.

“Since the design is too huge, construction will be in phases. We have funding (this year) for the first phase,” Abaya added.

At present, CIA’s PTB increased in size from 11,439 square meters to 19,799 square meters, and increased its check-in counters from 13 to 34. In order to accommodate more passengers and ease queuing, 12 departure counters and five arrival counters have also been added.

The modernized portion of the terminal itself has eight entry points and three customs stations. This allows CIA to expand its airport operations by accommodating more international flights. Airlines currently operating at CIA include Air Asia Zest, Asiana Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Jin Air, Qatar Airways, Tiger Air, Air Philippines or PAL Express.

The government’s long-term expansion plans for CIA is meant to compliment the decongestion efforts at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Aside from grooming CIA as a regional hub, the Aquino Administration is also planning to build a new international airport in Sangley Point, Cavite to serve as another international gateway of the country.

Source: Kris Bayos, Manila Bulletin


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