Lufthansa Technik explores $100M hangar project at Clark Airport

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Lufthansa Technik Philippines' Hangar 1A in Pasay City. Photo from LTP.
  • Lufthansa Technik Philippines is studying the construction of a two-bay hangar for MRO services in Clark International Airport with an investment value of about $100 million
  • Ground breaking is planned for 2024 with construction to be completed in 2026
  • The hangar will be able to service wide-body aircraft such as the Airbus A380

Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) is exploring the construction of a two-bay hangar for maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services at Clark International Airport (CRK) with an investment value of about $100 million.

This was confirmed by Lucio Tan-led MacroAsia Corp. in a regulatory disclosure. LTP is a joint venture between Hamburg-based Lufthansa Technik AG and Philippine aviation support service provider MacroAsia.

The hangar is envisioned to accommodate base maintenance services for wide-body aircraft like the Airbus A380, as LTP has been facing huge market demand for its base maintenance services.

The study is still in the planning stages and LTP has yet to submit this for board and shareholders’ approval, MacroAsia said.

Elmar Lutter, president and CEO of LTP, told reporters at the sidelines of the recent German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry they are “maxed out” in Ninoy Aquino International Airport and are looking at building its hangars at CRK.

“We cannot build anything anymore. New hangars have to be built somewhere else. We are looking at Clark because its airport is ready, it fits our operations,” Lutter said.

The expansion plan would be done in two phases: the first phase is envisioned to have capacity to service two aircraft at a time, and the second phase, six planes.

Lutter said the first phase of the planned expansion will cost an estimated P5 billion while the second phase as much as P10 billion.

Ground breaking is planned for 2024 with construction to be completed in 2026, he added.

In 2022, LTP formally opened its US$40-million (P2.24 billion) hangar in Pasay City. The 9,000-square meter Hangar 1A added three lines to the seven base maintenance lines in the Metro Manila hub of LTP. The facility is located at the MacroAsia Special Economic Zone in Villamor Air Base.