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Recently-completed second passenger terminal building of Clark International Airport | Photo from DOTr

The second passenger terminal building (PTB) of Clark International Airport (CRK) was completed at the end of September, ahead of its October target completion despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

Slated to begin operations by January next year as planned, the new PTB is projected to triple CRK’s operational capacity from the current 4.2 million passengers to 12.2 million passengers annually, DOTr said in a statement.

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The second PTB is also envisioned to help spur economic progress and development in Central Luzon, and ease congestion at the country’s main gateway, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) president and chief executive officer Vivencio Dizon earlier said the new PTB is part of a five-phase expansion plan to make CRK a major gateway in the region.

Once the entire expansion project is completed, it will bring CRK’s annual capacity to 80 million passengers, Dizon, who is also presidential adviser for flagship projects, said.

BCDA is the parent company of Clark International Airport Corporation, which oversees the Clark airport complex where CRK is situated.

In 2017, the joint venture between the Philippines’ Megawide Construction Corp. and India’s GMR Infrastructure won the contract to engineer, procure, and construct the CRK expansion project.

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