DOTr opens new CRK passenger terminal bldg.

May 2, 2022 Jun I. Legaspi 190 views
The new Clark International Airport passenger terminal building. Photo courtesy by: DOTr/LIPAD

FROM enhancing air connectivity and mobility, the Department of Transportation (DOTr), under the tireless leadership of Secretary Art Tugade, likewise aims to make the travel experience seamless, comfortable, and beyond expectations.

In line with this, Clark International Airport’s new passenger terminal building (CRK) is set to open for the air-riding public, as all departing and arriving flights were successfully transferred to the state-of-the-art facility, primed to be Asia’s next premier gateway.

The design capacity of the 110,000-sqm new terminal building enables the airport to serve eight million passengers every year.

Domestic and international travelers at the terminal will experience a “new normal” way of air travel, as they will be welcomed with the airport’s contactless features, such as self-service check-in kiosks and bag drop systems, on top of inclusive amenities including all-gender restrooms, nursing stations, multi-faith prayer rooms, and the country’s first-ever lounge dedicated exclusively for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

With this new, modern aviation hub and the start of its operations will not only help in decongesting the air traffic at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila – it will also open doors for job opportunities, more progressive tourism, and advanced socio-economic endeavors in the region, and the entire archipelago.

A joint project by the DOTr and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), the new CRK passenger terminal building is the first hybrid public-private partnership (PPP) project under the “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) Program of the Duterte administration.

In January 2021, the DOTr and BCDA turned over the airport terminal to its operations and maintenance partner, the Luzon International Premiere Airport Development (LIPAD) Corporation.

As Secretary Tugade heartwarmingly expressed, “CRK is a realized dream” and pride for every Filipino.