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PH diplomats to promote Clark airport abroad

Philippine ambassadors in town to attend the DFA's global conference of heads of mission get a briefing on Clark Airport. PNA PHOTO means BUSINESS

CLARK, Pampanga - Philippine diplomats assigned to various posts abroad have committed to further promote the Clark International Airport (CRK), which is now the emerging airport of choice north of Manila to various destinations in the country.

Alexander Cauguiran, acting president and CEO of the state-run Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), said Monday the Philippine diplomats came over the weekend here to personally see the CRK's major facilities as part of the group’s economic and cultural diplomacy tour which came onthe heels of the Economic Diplomacy Familiarization Tour of Cebu and the Global Conference of Heads of Posts in Manila.

Cauguiran said he updated the group on additional flights that are seen to bolster CRK’s connectivity with major destinations in the country.

"We hope that the diplomatic tour will help in promoting Clark airport in (the ambassadors’) host countries where thousands of Filipinos are located,” he said.

Cauguiran also presented to the group an update of CIAC’s Master Development Plan which includes the building of a new Passenger Terminal with an 8-million-passenger capacity being implemented by the Department of Transportation headed by Secretary Arthur Tugade. 

The CIAC chief added that the airport management seeks to maximize in the next two to three years the existing terminal with a capacity of 4.2 million passengers annually.

He said travelers from Regions 1 to 3 and the Camanava area (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Malabon) - a combined population of around 24.2 million - comprise the huge market potential of CRK. 

"Under Secretary Tugade’s direction, CRK will definitely help ease the congestion of Metro Manila especially if passengers from these areas will consider Clark as their airport of choice,” Cauguiran said.

The Philippine diplomats who made a walkthrough of the CRK's facilities include Philippine ambassador to Geneva, Switzerland Evan Garcia, Jose Jimeno (Berne, Switzerland), Rowena Sanchez(Ankara, Turkey), Celia Feria (Lisbon, Portugal), Junever West (Amman, Jordan), Maria Thomeczek (Berlin, Germany), Consuls General Teresa Dizon de Vega (New York, USA), Oscar Orcine (Manado, Indonesia), and Charge d’Affaires Elmer Cato (Baghdad, Iraq).