This Wednesday, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr led the opening of the new terminal building at the Clark International Airport in Mabalacat, Pampanga.
In his speech, Marcos said that the project is a perfect example of cooperation between the government and the private sector.
This building is the result of a private-public partnership.
According to Marcos, his administration's plan includes having more projects in partnership with the private sector.
He said this was one of the things he discussed with business groups when he went to New York, United States recently.
The administration also has many plans for the airport in Manila to beautify it and decongest it, said Marcos.
Also attending the event were First Lady Liza Marcos, Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista, and Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco.
Marcos and Frasco reportedly discussed strengthening the regional airports in Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, and Davao by adding direct domestic and international flights.
The President admitted that it was not his administration that built the airport, but he recognized the importance of the project to help the Philippine economy.
New terminal building at Clark International Airport
The Clark International Airport project was funded during the administration of former President Benigno aquino III, and the building was constructed under former President Rodrigo Duterte.
The building was completed in 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and became partially operational on May 2, 2022.
The terminal boasts that most procedures and features are contactless, including self-check-in, flight selection, baggage check-in, and self-printing of boarding passes and luggage tags.
According to the transportation department, the airport can accommodate 8 million passengers per year, which is a big help in decongesting the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila.
The airport provides service to Metro Manila, Northern Luzon, and Central Luzon. The name is taken from the former American Clark Air Facility, which served as the United States Air Force's largest overseas base until it was shut down and transferred to the Philippine government in 1991.
Clark International Airport handles both international and domestic aircraft. The airport has been nominated for the Prix Versailles honors.