LIPAD rents the Clark terminal to e-merchants

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Richmond Mercurio – The Filipino Star

February 28, 2022 | 00:00

MANILA, Philippines – Luzon International Premiere Airport Development Corp. (LIPAD), a consortium led by Gokongwei and Gotianun, plans to lease Clark International Airport’s existing passenger terminal to e-commerce and logistics companies once operations of the new passenger terminal begin.

“Once we move to the new terminal, the existing terminal will be decommissioned and made available for rental,” LIPAD general manager Bi Yong Chungunco told a forum.

Chungunco said the existing terminal is ideal for e-commerce, logistics businesses or for manufacturers with fast-moving inventory.

“The facilities are complete, ready to move in for our tenants with minimal investment. This is a very unique access to the airside, allowing the smooth flow of goods to the sorting and storage facilities. It also has landside access for parking your transportation,” she said.

Chungunco previously expressed plans to repurpose the airport’s existing passenger terminal once the new terminal becomes operational.

In January last year, she proposed that the existing terminal be used as a mass vaccination centre.

LIPAD, a consortium consisting of Changi Airports Philippines Pte. Ltd., Filinvest Development Corp., JG Summit Holdings Inc. and Philippine Airport Ground Solutions Inc., signed the 25-year concession contract for the operation and maintenance of the airport in 2019, including the new terminal.

“When LIPAD took over Clark International Airport in 2019, we were able to expand the network to cover 21 domestic destinations and 15 international destinations, serving approximately 700 flights per week from a total of 20 airlines,” said Chungunco.

“Although passenger traffic declined significantly when COVID-19 arrived and the government began to impose travel restrictions, CRK’s cargo operations increased by 18% in terms of number of flights and 67 % in freight tonnages,” she said.

The airport’s new passenger terminal, which was built by Megawide Construction Corp. and GMR Infrastructure Ltd., has a rated capacity of eight million passengers per year, nearly double the 4.2 million capacity of the airport’s existing terminal.

LIPAD ensured the operational readiness of the new passenger terminal in line with its opening, successfully conducting live domestic test flights with Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines last December to further test systems and processes.

“We know Clark International Airport is a major growth engine for this region, so preparing the new terminal is critical to our country’s economic recovery,” Chungunco said.

“With an area of ​​110,000 square meters and a design capacity of eight million passengers per year, the new building will house both domestic and international flights,” she said.

According to Chungunco, one of the unique features that will make Clark International Airport truly world-class are contactless options.

“For the new terminal, we will be introducing contactless self-service kiosks and self-service bag drops to ensure minimal contact between passengers and airport staff,” she said.

“Another first will be the contactless ordering system for our lounges and restaurants. Food ordering can be done via QR code while customers sit securely remotely while waiting for their orders,” Chungunco said.

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