DOTr Announces Completion of CRK Terminal Building
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced that the new passenger terminal building (PTB) of Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga was already finished on September 30, 2020, ahead of its original completion date in October. Only its interior fittings need to be installed, said the agency. Once operational, this terminal building will almost triple CRK’s capacity from the present 4.2 million passengers to 12.2 million passengers annually, and will also decongest traffic at the Ninoy Aquino InternationalAirport (NAIA).
This project is also intended to spruce up economies and livelihood around Pampanga.
“The new PTB is slated to commence operations by January next year, as directed by DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade,” the DOTr said.
In a statement, DOTr Assistant Secretary Goddes Libiran said the PTB will start to function next year. “The PTB fit-outs/interiors will still have to be completed. Likewise, there is a need to ensure operational readiness and transfer, to ensure a smooth transition,” he said.
“Nevertheless, the government already provided and made available improved infrastructure to increase operational capacity.”
While the CRK is soon ready to accommodate more passengers and flights, Libiran said that the flight frequency depends on whether the airline can use this increased capacity.