PGMA opens Clark's new P338-M passenger terminal
Clark Air Base, Pampanga (28 June) -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo inaugurated Saturday (June 26) the new expanded passenger terminal of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport that will increase passenger handling capacity to an additional 600,000 a year.
Costing P338 million, the expanded passenger terminal contains two passenger boarding bridges, two escalators, two elevators, concession areas, two VIP lounge areas, X-ray walk thru machine, flight information display system (FIDS), closed circuit television, background and music/public address system, centralized airconditioning system and building maintenance system, said Alex Cauguiran, DMIA Executive Vice President.
It sits on 2,790 square meters of land inside the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga, where flights from Asia now make their call. The annual capacity of the DMIA is 2 to 2.7 million passengers.
The expansion of the terminal 1 of DMIA was deemed necessary because of increasing passenger traffic and because a lot of Asian aircraft are looking for aero-bridges instead of the tarmacs, said Caugiran.
From just 20,000 passengers two years ago, visitor arrivals at Clark have increased to about 600,000 and still expected to grow by about 10 percent annually with the Philippines tourism now booming and Clark now becoming a favorite among Asian airlines.
Airplanes landing and taking off from Clark are those from Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Macau and Malaysia. Flight frequencies are: two from Malaysia daily, one Singapore, one in Korea, then we have in Bangkok, Taiwan and Macau. Most of the flights come in daily while others are six times a week.
Since the DMIA operated, it has been able help ease the congestion at Manila?s Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
"Our goal is to make Clark as the premier gateway of the future, complimentary with NAIA," Cauguiran said. (PIA-MMIO) [top]