And get this: You can see the majestic Mt. Arayat from here
It’s too premature to be excited about travel in these times, but we can’t help getting giddy after DOTR Sec. Art Tugade announced on July 15 that Clark International Airport’s new passenger terminal will be fully operational by January 2021.
BCDA president and CEO Vince Dizon said that the airport development project had been carried out at a record rate from the start of its construction in April 2018. Currently, the new PTB now stands at 99.14 percent completion rate.
The development of the Clark International Airport, which is under the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program, is envisioned to help spur economic progress and development in Central Luzon. It also aims to help ease the strain of congestion off NAIA. Once completed, the new PTB will boost the operational capacity to triple from the current 4.2 million to 12.2 million annually.
This development, hailed as the “Asia’s Next Premier Gateway,” will not only help ease air traffic congestion at the NAIA, but also pave way for the creation of job opportunities, and bolster tourism and other socio-economic endeavors in the region.
Here are some facts about the new airport terminal.
1. The roof structure is made of glued-laminated (or glulam) timber from Austria, the same material used to build the wave-inspired roof structure of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.
2. The terminal’s architect is internationally acclaimed firm IDA or Integrated Design Associates, the same firm behind the award winning Terminal 2 of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.
3. The majestic roof arches of Clark’s new passenger terminal building were inspired by Mount Arayat and the nearby mountain range of Zambales. On a clear day, Arayat is visible from the terminal’s front.
4. The wood used in the roof arches is made of white spruce imported from Austria. The timber comes from sustainable commercial forests.
5. Once completed, CIA will be the highest airport structure in the Philippines. Its highest glulam timber arch measures 22 meters.
6. The structure extensively uses precast concrete floor slabs and wall elements.
7. The terminal’s designed capacity is 8 million passengers per annum.
8. The terminal building floor area is 112,000 square meters.