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Clark wants to be Philippines' first 'aerotropolis' means BUSINESS

MANILA - Clark International Airport Corp (CIAC) is pushing for the transformation of the former US airbase into an "aerotropolis."

In a briefing on Wednesday, Benjamin Solis, adviser to CIAC, said the agency is pushing for a new land use plan for the Clark Special Economic Zone.

An "aerotropolis" refers to a development tack wherein the airport serves as the center around which cities grow.

Under the land use plan, the airport would be divided into business zones, Solis said.

"These business zones can be bid out to business groups to run these as businesses. They can put [up] malls, hotels, residential condominium, among others near the airport," he said.

"With this type of business zoning within the airport itself, you are now putting out the beginning of an aerotropolis. You are now putting communities that would be there to support the airport, not the other way around that we put an airport in the middle of the city. In this case, you are now creating a community that is there which has a sole purpose in supporting the airport itself as a gateway," he added.

Jeff Pradhan, vice president of sales and marketing of Peregrine Development International, said the government should implement a land use plan that would further develop Clark.

"You already have the first wave of investment there... the pace of growth in Clark is one of the fastest in the world," he added.

Perigrine is the owner and developer of Global Gateway Logistics City, a 177-hectare master planned mixed-use aviation-oriented logistics facility at Clark.

Its facilities are divided into four zones, the logisitic park catering to warehousing, distribution and light manufacturing operations; the business park for office requirements; the aero park for research and development, modeling and simulation, IT and centers of higher learning; and the town center to support retail and shopping needs.

In partnership with Global Gateway Logistics, CIAC will hold an aviation conference with the theme, "The Case for Asia's Next Aerotropolis," on February 21-22 at the Widus Convention Center in Clark.

"The event will highlight Clark International Airport's critical role in easing air traffic congestion in Manila and driving economic expansion in Central Luzon. It will also identify infrastructure and policy developments at Clark Freeport Zone that are designed to attract airport-related businesses and investments," Victor Jose Luciano, CIAC president said in a statement.