Friday, February 24, 2012

DMIA renamed CIA

Clark International Airport Corp. president and chief executive officer Victor Jose Luciano said the renaming of DMIA was ordered by Malacañang and approved by the CIAC board.

Amid the impending renovation of Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, the facility will be renamed “Clark International Airport.”

Luciano said the DMIA will now be called Diosdado Macapagal Passenger Terminal. He said the CIAC loaned P1 billion from the Land of the Philippines to upgrade the entire facility.

Luciano signed the loan agreement yesterday and brushed off speculations that the renaming was politically motivated and ordered by President Benigno Aquino.

“The Chief Executive did not order the renaming of the airport back to its original name. The CIAC board decided on it because Clark is a practical name and is known internationally,” Luciano said.

In 2003, the CIAC board passed a resolution naming the Clark airport as DMIA in honor of the late father of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Luciano said the name was actually referred only to the terminal and not to the entire aviation complex.

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