New Clark airport terminal includes inclusive features

Published September 9, 2021, 5:45 PM

by Gabriela Baron

The new Clark International Airport (CRK) passenger terminal building, which will open to public by the end of 2021, features inclusive amenities such as all-gender restrooms, nursing stations, and multi-faith prayer rooms.

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“Creating welcoming and inclusive spaces is at the heart of CRK. CRK will be a space where we embrace a positive atmosphere and treat everyone with utmost respect,” Bases Conversion and Development Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Vince Dizon said in a statement.

Dizon stressed that CRK “is about accommodation and inclusion for all.”

Restrooms at the new CRK terminal will provide all-gender accommodation for transgender, non-binary identifying individuals, and cis-gender people traveling with opposite sex children or elderly companions.

Other inclusive features include nursing stations and prayer rooms, each with a foot-washing area for Muslims.

Inclusivity and intuitiveness are among the key principles that Luzon International Airport Development Corporation (LIPAD) follows in terms of operating and managing the new CRK terminal.

With a vision to be the quietest gateway in the Philippines, LIPAD will operate a “silent airport policy” where passengers and visitors will rarely hear boarding calls and instead rely on posted announcements and quick reference.

Colors and signages will guide passengers and visitors at the new CRK terminal.

LIPAD, led by Filinvest Development Corporation, JG Summit Holdings Inc., Changi Airports Philippines Pte. Ltd., and Philippine Airport Ground Solutions Inc., won the 25-year concession for the operations and management of CRK in January 2019.

The CRK New Passenger Terminal Building Project is the first hybrid public-private partnership project that was planned, constructed, and completed–from start to finish–under the Build Build Build program.