Clark International Airport expansion project to finish in 2020—DOTr

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 28, 2019   •   3489

Construction site of the PHP 12-billion Clark International Airport’s newest terminal | Courtesy: DOTr

The expansion project for the Clark International Airport in Pampanga is already 53 percent complete. It will be completed in 2020, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

The DOTr inspected the construction site on Wednesday (March 27) to check the status of the project. It will expand Clark International Airport by 100,000 square meters.

Once construction is finished in 2020, the airport can accommodate around 80 million passengers compared to the current capacity of 4 million passengers.

According to DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade, this is one of the solutions to lessen congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

“If you have facility to an existing facility theoretically you are addressing the congestion how will it address? Of course you are now giving the travelling public the option NAIA or Clark? Clark becomes a very valid option because in 2 1/2 years you will see the train you will see the connections with SCTEX,” he said.

Tugade adds, this will also generate jobs for residents of Central Luzon.

The transportation department will also begin the construction of the second runway of the airport. This is to accommodate more flights and avoid delays such as the incident with Xiamen Air.

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The president of Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) Jaime Melo said the runway will be around 2 kilometers (km) away from the first runway. He said it will be an independent simultaneous runway

“That means pwede pong lumapag ang aircraft sabay na sabay any end or maski magkabilang dulo but not on the same runway of course, (That means two aircraft can land at the same time, at any end but not on the same runway of course)” Melo adds.

The DOTr targets to finish the construction before the term of President Rodrigo Duterte ends.

The Clark International Airport is the second largest airport in the country.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)

Clark Int’l Airport suspends commercial flights beginning April 3

Marje Pelayo   •   April 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Clark International Airport (CRK) announced on Tuesday (March 31) the temporary suspension of all commercial flights for carriers flying out of the airport effective April 3.

The measure is due to continuing travel restrictions being implemented in the country and abroad as a measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the airport’s management said in an advisory.

Flights are expected to resume as travel restriction eases, the advisory said.

Consequently, point-to-point (P2P) bus operations will also be temporarily suspended.

Meanwhile, operations of essential cargo flights will remain in support to the national government‘s effort to ‘flatten the curve.’

MRT-3 orders sanction on security guard caught jogging on train tracks

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 27, 2020

The management Merto Rail Transit (MRT-3) has ordered Kaizen Security Agency to sanction the security guard caught on video jogging on the MRT-3 train tracks.

Based on the management’s initial investigation, the individual in the viral video is a security guard from Kaizen Security Agency who is assigned at MRT-3 Ortigas Station.

“This action is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Thus, the MRT-3 Management has immediately directed Kaizen to apply the necessary sanctions against the guard involved,” their statement reads.

The MRT-3 reminded their personnel to be more cautious of their actions and “follow all rules and regulations enforced by the management to avoid this kind of scenario.” AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Davao City bans flights from Clark Airport

Robie de Guzman   •   March 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The government of Davao City on Sunday announced it will impose a ban on all flights from Clark Airport going to the city in view of the threat of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In Executive Order No. 09, series of 2020, Mayor Sara Duterte said passengers from Manila are now taking flights from Clark International Airport in Pampanga to get to Davao.

Metro Manila has been placed under community quarantine beginning March 15 to April 14 in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 amid the rising number of virus-infected individuals.

President Rodrigo Duterte announced the measure as he approved Resolution 11 by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

During the quarantine period, land, domestic air and domestic sea travel to and from Metro Manila are suspended, subject to the daily review of the government.

In her executive order, Mayor Duterte said there is a need to abide by the COVID-19 IATF resolution banning all flights in and out of Metro Manila.

The presidential daughter said the order will take effect immediately.

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