Exec: Clark will be Asia’s next aerotropolis
“Clark is on its way to becoming Asia’s next aerotropolis,” was the statement of Joshua Bingcang Officer-In-Charge for Business Development and Operations Group of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) during the 3rd Annual Aerotropolis Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
IMAGE/ Concept design for New Clark city. Grabbed from newclarkcityph.com
An aerotropolis is a new metropolitan form where the layout, infrastructure, and the economy are centered on an airport. Such is the design for Clark and surrounding cities in Pampanga says Bingcang last month in a conference. The BCDA executive also stated that the project will open investment opportunities because the government will be leading the development of the area under the Duterte administration’s Build, Build, Build Program. The project is composed of the construction of the new terminal building of the Clark International Airport, the new metropolis New Clark City, the Manila-Clark High-Speed Railway, and the Subic-Clark Cargo Railway.
The President has prioritized the development of the Clark International Airport to expand the terminal by 82,000 sq. meters. This project aims to serve more passengers following the recent growth of Clark airport accommodating more flights – 152 international flights and 300 domestic flights per week, a rapid rise from their record of 100 flights per week before 2016.
Meanwhile, Clark Freeport Zone is scheduled to host the Aeoromart Summit for the first time on June 4 to 6, 2018. The annual event is a business convention for the aerospace, maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO); and airport infrastructure industries event bringing together suppliers and contract-manufacturers of the international aerospace industry. This allows the Philippines to maximize opportunities for local aviation and aerospace firms while it entices companies to set up global operations in the country.
During the press launch, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez says that the country is seen to participate more in the global dupply chain and maintenance of aircraft. “The growth of the aerospace industry will mean more export earnings for the country and mean more export earnings for the country and more quality jobs for Filipinos particularly for the graduates of engineering and aviation-related courses” he added.