Thursday, February 9, 2012
A feasibility study will be done by a third party before the project is auctioned off sometime this year.
But as a necessary pre-requisite, Clark needs a high-speed train to the mainland, possibly in the central business district of Makati City so commuters will have a direct access going to the DMIA.
The CIAC used to be under the supervision of the Office of the President.
A P12-billion budget terminal will rise on a 40-hectare area at the Clark Freeport in Pampanga that can handle about 10 million passengers a year. If all goes well, it will start operating in 2015.
The feasibility study on it will be finished by the end of next month or early April, at the latest, according to a top official of the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC).
The study will then be turned over to the Department of Transportation and Communications transportation department.
The Asia Foundation was tapped to conduct the study, at no cost to the government, said Luciano.
This new terminal will be linked to the existing passenger terminal. “The terminal itself will cost only P4 billion. But the civil works, new software system, and equipment are going to be expensive. We need a huge area where the airplanes will be parked. The pavement is going to be expensive,” Luciano said.
He said the need was for a new passenger terminal for budget carriers flocking to Clark. “Our existing terminal is not going to handle the rising number of passengers. It is being expanded, yes. But it may not handle future traffic,” Luciano said.
The volume of passengers within the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) is expected to jump to 1 million this year from 765,000 last year. “Budget airlines are coming in and adding more planes. That’s where the growth will come from,” said Luciano. He added that the DMIA handled 600,000 passengers in 2010.
The DMIA in Clark, Pampanga, is being considered to replace the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia). There are three Naia terminals, all of which are expected to reach and exceed their designed capacity soon.