ROUTES: Clark airport aims to have LCC terminal by 2016

Abu Dhabi
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Clark International Airport hopes to have a new budget terminal ready by 2016 to cater to growing demand in the Philippines.

The airport, which serves as an alternative to the capital Manila's crowded Ninoy Aquino International Airport, says the expansion is in line with plans put forward by low-cost carriers such as Cebu Pacific, Philippines AirAsia, and AirPhil Express.

"We have six low-cost carriers serving our airport, more than the four who go to Ninoy Aquino, for example," says chief executive Victor Jose Luciano. "Many of the airlines are growing their fleet and adding more domestic and international services. We have to increase our capacity to cater to this increase."

A tender for the consultation process will go out in the first quarter of 2013, with the final design and engineering to be fixed by the fourth quarter of next year. A tender will go out to select a private sector partner who would help develop the terminal and operate it, says Luciano.

The airport is also expanding the annual capacity of its existing terminal from 1.5 million to 4 million. The first phase will be completed in June 2013 and the entire project will be completed in 2014, he adds.

"We are one of the fastest growing airports in the world, with the passenger numbers expected to be 80% higher in 2012 than in 2011," says Luciano. "The Philippine airline market is growing rapidly and we are at the forefront of that."