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The Clark International Airport (CIA) announced preparations for the expansion of its Passenger Terminal Phase II project to accommodate more travelers.
Worth P360 million, the terminal expansion was announced days after the facility said passengers increased 63 percent from January to August this year compared to the same period last year.
Passenger volumes may reach a record 1.5 million this year, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano.
Earlier, Luciano had proposed another plan for a separate Budget Terminal worth P12 billion to the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC).
The proposed budget terminal, which is expected to be similar to the one in Kuala Lumpur, can accommodate at least 10 to 12 million passengers annually.
The DOTC had earlier allocated a P100 million for the feasibility study of the entire Clark Civil Aviation Complex in preparation for its transformation as the next Premier International Gateway.
"It was a phenomenal growth, this only manifests that Clark International Airport is showing its potential to become the next premier gateway of the country, and we at CIAC will continue to provide a better air travel transport to the travelling public particularly the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) mostly coming from the Northern Luzon area," Luciano added.
CIAC data showed that Clark Airport recorded 806,574 passengers or a 63 percent increase from the period of January to August 2012, compared to the 495,717 passengers from January to August 2011.
The airport recorded an overall passenger volume of 767,109 in the last 12 months of 2011.