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₱9.3-B new Clark Airport terminal nearly finished

Despite a Luzon-wide lockdown, construction of the ₱9.36-billion Clark International Airport’s new passenger terminal building is almost complete, according to Megawide, project proponent.

“Construction of the new terminal, access roads, bus station, and car parks is 96 per cent complete with only minor works remaining. We were actually ahead of schedule before the ECQ was implemented in Luzon,” according to Megawide Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Edgar Saavedra.

Megawide completed the new terminal building shell. It also installed mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire-protection works. Landside works are already in the final stages.

The proponent is confident the construction project may still be turned over to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority before the July 31, 2020 deadline.

“The ECQ has minimal impact on our construction timelines for Clark International Airport primarily because engineering and construction are Megawide’s core strengths and the fact that we leveraged on what we learned from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport expansion,” the CEO pointed out.

Megawide GMR Construction Joint Venture, Inc. (MGCJV) won the construction package of the Clark International Airport expansion project in December 2017 by submitting the lowest bid at ₱9.36 billion under a hybrid Public-Private Partnership scheme.

The Clark International Airport’s new terminal is designed to increase the capacity of the airport from 4 million passengers per annum (mppa) to 12 mppa.

Clark International Airport is envisioned to be Asia’s next premier gateway and is seen to help decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.

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