Clark International Airport has started operating its new passenger terminal, which can handle eight million passengers a year.
The Department for Transport said the first flights departing and arriving at the new hub received ceremonial water cannon salutes to commemorate its first day on May 2.
It has started serving passengers at a time when travel demand is returning amid the easing of mobility restrictions.
The 110,000 square meter terminal includes contactless passenger check-in booths. It has also implemented self-deposit baggage systems.
Other amenities include gender-neutral restrooms, nursing stations, multi-faith prayer rooms, and an exclusive lounge for overseas Filipino workers.
“With this new modern aviation center and the start of its operations, it will not only help relieve air traffic congestion at NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) in Manila, it will also open doors for employment opportunities, tourism more progressive and advanced socio-economic efforts in the region and throughout the archipelago,” said DOTr.
In a separate statement, Cebu Pacific’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Michael Ivan Shau, said on Monday that “the new terminal will further enhance customer journeys with its state-of-the-art contactless solutions aligned with [the airline’s] mission to provide safe and convenient travel for all.
The low-cost carrier offers daily flights between Clark and Cebu.
“As more borders open and leisure travel becomes available, we look forward to growing our network in this key hub to meet anticipated demand,” Shau said.
The new terminal, a hybrid public-private partnership project under the “Build Build Build” program, was built by the consortium of Megawide Construction Corp. and GMR Infrastructure, which is the operator of Mactan Cebu International Airport.
Luzon International Premier Airport Development (LIPAD) Corp. operates and maintains the Pampanga Gateway.
LIPAD is a special purpose company comprising Filinvest Development Corp., JG Summit Holdings Inc., Philippine Airport Ground Support Solutions Inc. and Changi Airports Philippines (I) Pte. ltd.
Filinvest holds a 42.5% stake while JG Summit holds 33%. Changi Airports and Philippine Airport Ground Support Solutions, meanwhile, hold 15% and 9.5% shares, respectively.
The consortium won the operations and management contract in August 2019.
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