By EMMIE V. ABADILLA
The ₱12.55-billion Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) of Clark International Airport (CRK) is 93.31 percent complete, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced. It will be finished by the middle of this year, tripling CRK’s current passenger capacity from 4.2 million to 12.2 million per annum.
To date, the site preparation works, earth works, foundation and substructure works, superstructure works, hollow core slab and the roof structure and sheeting have been completed.
Ongoing works which are in various stages of completion include the exterior finishes, ancillary facilities, specialist systems and equipment, as well as the landside works.
The development of the Clark International Airport will help ease congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), aside from generating more jobs and boosting economic growth in North and Central Luzon.
Once underutilized, the CRK is now one of the country’s busiest airports.
It tallied a total of 2.1 million passengers during the first six months of 2019, from both international and domestic flights. The figure is a 63 percent increase from the same period last year and so far the highest mid-year number of travelers in the airport’s 24-year history.
Some 11,500 passengers fly via Clark daily, served by a total of 673 weekly flights, with 202 international and 471 domestic flights.