The new terminal building of the Clark International Airport was officially turned over to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) on Friday.
Megawide GMR Construction Joint Venture (MGCJV), builder of the new passenger terminal building, handed over the project’s certificate for completion in ceremonies held on Friday at the airport site at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. The new passenger terminal building is expected to accommodate at least eight million passengers annually.
After the symbolic handover of the project, the DOTr and BCDA officially handed over the operations and maintenance to the Luzon International Premier Airport Development (LIPAD) Corporation, the operator of Clark International Airport, for final preparations before its opening and full operations within the year..
“When we envisioned this project, nobody believed that we can make it happen. There were doubts and skepticism which may have defeated us along the way and hindered the completion of our goal. However, our determination and resolve were much stronger than any disbelief. Now, they will finally believe,” said DOTr Secretary Tugade in his speech delivered for him by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco.
Other officials present during the ceremony were BCDA President and CEO Vivencio B. Dizon, MGCJV Project Director Karri Lacha Reddy, Megawide CEO Chairman and President Edgar Saavedra, LIPAD Corporation CEO Bi Yong Chungunco, and DOTr Assistant Secretary for Communications and Commuter Affairs Goddes Hope Libiran.