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Title: Merged: Clark International Airport (IATA: CRK, ICAO: RPLC)
Post by: adroth on November 29, 2016, 04:29:47 PM



In 1902, Clark was established by the Americans and was formerly known as Fort Stotsenburg.

In 1917, the eastern portion of Fort Stotsenburg was converted into an airfield and was renamed Clark Air Field in 1919. In 1947, the first RP-US Military Bases Agreement was signed. This integrated Clark Field and Fort Stotsenburg into the Clark Air Base.

In November 1991, the Clark Air Base was reverted back to the Philippine government.

RA 7227, also known as the Bases Conversion Act of 1992, created the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) as the implementing arm of the government to accelerate the conversion of the former Clark Military Reservation into the Clark Special Economic Zone, where Clark Development Corporation (CDC) became a subsidiary corporation of BCDA, and in turn, the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) as a subsidiary of the CDC.

In April 2008, Executive Order 716 was issued, transforming the CIAC as a subsidiary of the BCDA.

Pursuant to EO 716, series of 2008, the Clark International Airport Corporation is tasked and mandated to develop, operate, manage and maintain the Clark Civil Aviation Complex.

The Clark Civil Aviation Complex, located within the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga, the biggest American military base outside the United States, covers an area of approximately 2,367 hectares with a 3,200-meter long runway and associated taxiways, aircraft parking apron, a passenger terminal building and related facilities.

Within its immediate environs, Clark has a local catchment area with an estimated population of 23 million. It covers Regions 1, 2 and 3, the CAR and the northern part of NCR which are the Quezon City and the KAMANAVA area.At the center of the Clark Civil Aviation Complex is the Clark International Airport (CRK).

The Clark International Airport (CRK) is located at the heart of Central Luzon, making it the most viable and convenient airport of choice for travelers from North-Central Luzon and the northern Metro Manila area who wants to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city streets. It is easily accessible by shuttle bus from various points of Metro Manila and North Luzon.

The Clark International Airport (CRK) is one of the biggest aviation complexes in Asia with two (2) runways in parallel configuration that can easily be extended to 4 kilometers to accommodate new generation wide-bodied aircrafts. The primary runway (Runway 02R/20L) has a length of 3,200 meters and a width of 61 meters. It is fully equipped with all navigational aids and lighting facilities and has a Category 1 rating for precision approach. The secondary runway (Runway 02L/20R) has a length of 3,200 meters and a width of 45 meters. It is not yet equipped with navigational aids and lighting facilities and is currently used for Visual Flight Rules (VFR) only. The airport is well equipped with a Terminal Radar Approach Control, Navigational Aids, Meteorological Equipment, Airfield Ground Lighting System and Crash, Fire and Rescue facilities.

The Clark International Airport (CRK) takes pride in its modern amenities complemented by airline support services such as Gate Gourmet, the world’s largest in-flight catering service provider; SIA Engineering Philippines, for Maintenance Repair Overhaul Facility; Lubwell Corporation, for into plane fuel service provider and Clark Airport Service Support Corporation (CASSC), for ground handling facility to name a few.

All these are being undertaken with the end vision of developing the Clark International Airport (CRK) as the next premiere international gateway of the Philippines and the best services and logistics in the Asia-Pacific region.



Mr R

here's a pic on the net (googling for "clark airport radar") showing a better view of the PSR-below-SSR-above mounting for the ATCR33 plus SIR-S combo without the radome:


Looks like I found your photo above. The roads in the pic seem to match. But this time, it has a radome


Lines up with SG99n1's contribution


Found a Flickr photo with a communications tower at Clark. That, methinks, is what Clark management folks were standing in front of. Having a dish that close to a radar didn't really make sense. But in front of a comms tower . . .


PAL to launch international, domestic flights at Clark
By Ding Cervantes, Louella Desiderio, Jess Diaz (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 26, 2016 - 12:00am

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is launching on Dec. 16 its first regular international and domestic flights from Clark International Airport (CIA). File photo
CLARK FREEPORT, Philippines – Philippine Airlines (PAL) is launching on Dec. 16 its first regular international and domestic flights from Clark International Airport (CIA).

This is PAL’s response to President Duterte’s call to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) .

Clark International Airport Corp. president Alexander Cauguiran said PAL president Jaime Bautista gave him the green light to announce that PAL is launching on Dec. 16 its first Clark-Caticlan daily flights.

PAL will add more flights starting January 2017, including daily flights to Cebu, flights to Davao four times a week, weekly flights to Busuanga and flights to Cagayan de Oro thrice a week.

PAL will also launch daily international flights to Incheon, South Korea in January 2017. Cauguiran said that PAL would have a total of 21 flights per week at ClA.

Cebu Pacific Air earlier announced the increase of its flights at CIA, including flights to Hong Kong three to 10 times per week starting in December and Clark-Cebu flights six times per week.

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Title: Sorry, Diosdado, but pilots prefer Clark
Post by: adroth on November 29, 2016, 04:40:39 PM
Sorry, Diosdado, but pilots prefer Clark
By Eva Visperas (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 25, 2014 - 12:00am

DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines – Why did the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) drop the name of the former president and revert to its original name, Clark International Airport?

Bienvenido Manga, executive vice president and chief operations officer of Clark International Airport Corp., said yesterday during the Region 1 Tourism Convention here that they decided to retain the airport’s old name because pilots had difficulty articulating Diosdado Macapagal International Airport during flights.

“Namimilipit ang dila nila (It’s tongue-twisting),” he said. “They said it is hard to pronounce.”

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Clark International Airport was renamed DMIA during the presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo by virtue of a resolution approved by the Clark Development Corp. board of directors on the occasion of the 91st birthday of her father on Sept. 28, 2001.

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Manga said he had received complaints about difficulty of pronouncing the airport’s name, especially by Chinese and Korean pilots.
Title: Clark airport named one of country’s safest by CAAP
Post by: adroth on December 20, 2016, 11:43:52 PM
Clark airport named one of country’s safest by CAAP
By: Richie Lopa,
December 14, 2016 11:24 AM
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA, Philippines -- The Clark International Airport has been named one of the safest in the country by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines for its compliance with the Civil Aviation Regulations Governing Aerodromes and Manual Standards.

The citation was made during the celebration Monday of Civil Aviation Day at the CAAP offices in Paranaque City, which was led by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco.

Clark International Airport Corporation President Alexander Cauguiran received the citation. 

Cauguiran said the Aerodrome Certification is vital to the operations of the CRK, which has also passed the international standards set by the International Civil Authority Organization and CAAP.

The Aerodrome Certification covers several procedures: safety management system, aerodrome reporting, access to the movement area, aerodrome emergency plan, rescue and firefighting service, aerodrome inspection, visual aids that include electrical systems, and aerodrome lighting, movement area maintenance, aerodrome works safety, aircraft parking control, ramp safety management, airside vehicle control, wildlife hazard management, airside vehicle control, obstacle control, disabled aircraft removal, handling of hazardous materials, low visibility operations, and protection of radar and navigation aids.

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MANILA, Philippines – Iloilo International Airport, Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Clark International Airport, and Davao International Airport made it to the online travel website The Guide to Sleeping in Airports' top 30 best airports in Asia for 2016.

Iloilo International Airport ranked 12th, while Mactan-Cebu International Airport was at 14th, Clark International Airport at 15th, and Davao International Airport at 26th, among the airports surveyed by the travel website.

This marks the first time the Davao airport made it to the list, while the airports in Iloilo, Cebu, and Clark all moved up in ranking.

"lloilo International Airport is, at the moment, probably the best-looking and most efficient airport in the Philippines," a traveler quoted in the survey said.
Title: Re: Merged: Clark International Airport
Post by: adroth on March 03, 2017, 08:20:06 AM
Clark Airport gears up for Tagaytay radar shutdown

CLARK,  Pampanga, March 1 (PNA) -- Authorities of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) have ironed out contingency plans for the possible diversion of flights at the Clark International Airport (CRK) from March 6 to 11 due to the temporary shutdown of the Tagaytay radar for upgrading and maintenance.

CIAC president and CEO Alexander Cauguiran said the CRK is prepared in the event that some flights from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will be diverted to CRK next week.

“Clark airport is ready should there be flight diversions and we are more than willing to help ease the discomfort of passengers affected by the diversion,” Cauguiran said, adding that CRK has ample aircraft parking slots, hotel accommodations, transportation services, and emergency and technical services.

Although two radars will remain operational during the maintenance of the Tagaytay radar, the latter’s temporary shutdown will result in a reduction of flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Hilarion Ritche Nacpil, CRK Terminal Operations manager, said the airport can accommodate at least 33 aircrafts during the day and 26 aircrafts at night.

The upgrading of the Tagaytay radar will include a new technology called the Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM), a system that ensures safer and more efficient air traffic flow. (PNA)

Title: Re: Merged: Clark International Airport
Post by: adroth on April 01, 2018, 07:49:37 AM
Clark-Davao flight takes off, Palawan route next

CLARK, Pampanga, Feb. 1 (PNA)-- The Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Wednesday ramped up its operations by formally launching its third domestic flight that will connect Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga to Davao, President Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown province.

PAL Airbus 321 PR831 with more than 170 passengers took-off at noon after the send-off ceremonies held at the Clark Passenger Domestic Terminal graced by House Deputy Speaker and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Governor Lilia Pineda, Angeles City Mayor and League of Cities of the Philippines president Edgardo Pamintuan, Clark International Airport Corporation president Alexander Cauguiran, Clark Development Corporation president Noel Manankil and Department of Tourism Regional Director Ronaldo Tiotuico.

The Davao route came at the heels of the January 30 Clark-Cebu flight launch, the international flights to Incheon in South Korea on January 1, and Clark-Caticlan last December 16, 2016, making Clark Airport as PAL’s secondary hub for their North Luzon operations.

The Davao route flies every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

PAL president and CEO Jaime Bautista said the direct flights to Davao will allow passengers from Central and Northern Luzon to fly to President Dutere’s hometown without transiting Metro Manila.

“The history of PAL shows that wherever PAL flies, progress follows as what happened to Cebu, Bacolod and Iloilo and other major cities in the country,” Bautista said, adding that preparations are underway for the launching of two additional domestic flights to Palawan on March 26 that include Puerto Princesa and Busuanga.

Clark International Airport is included among several huge infrastructure development projects in what is billed by the Department of Transportation as the ‘golden age of infrastructure’ under the term of President Duterte.

"President Duterte’s directive is to develop Clark―the premier airport of the North,” Cauguiran said, citing CIAC’s vision is aligned with DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade’s efforts to develop CRK with the support of private proponent initiatives. 

Meanwhile, Arroyo commended PAL for its newest flight route in Clark that will benefit passengers wishing to tour various destinations in Mindanao.

"I want to see the Subic-Clark corridor to be the best logistic and service center in Southeast Asia,” the former president added.

PAL said its direct Clark domestic flights especially to Cebu will connect passengers to various international destinations in Asia and North America.

Cauguiran said PAL’s operation at Clark is essential in easing the issue of decongestion in Metro Manila, particularly the Ninoy Aquino International Airport which already reached passenger capacity to 37 million last year.

“Clark Airport offers convenience and comfort to passengers especially those coming from the CAMANAVA area and northern and Central Luzon,” the CIAC chief added.

Other flagship projects the Duterte administration is set to pursue include a railway system from Manila to Clark, the Subic-Clark railway, and the Clark Green City.  (PNA)
Title: Re: Merged: Clark International Airport
Post by: adroth on September 02, 2018, 03:13:16 PM
Decongest NAIA, develop other hubs: Pimentel
 August 20, 2018, 1:53 pm

MANILA -- Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III reiterated his two-year call to "go full blast" with the development of other air transport hubs such as the Clark International Airport after a recent landing mishap of an international carrier at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) that resulted in to delays and cancellations of local and foreign flights.

"We can't dillydally anymore. I made the same call in 2016. Let's not wait for another airplane incident which hassled thousands of passengers to realize there should be an urgent and comprehensive government plan to decongest the NAIA," Pimentel said in a news release issued Monday.

A Xiamen Airlines passenger plane slid off a NAIA runway during a heavy downpour late Thursday night, August 16. All 157 passengers and eight flight crew were safely removed from the aircraft.

The incident, however, led to flight delays and cancellations for two consecutive days because airport authorities needed to remove the stalled aircraft from the runway.

"We require two airports as our main international gateways. NAIA can serve South Metro Manila and Southern Luzon to Bicol, and Clark can address the needs of passengers from North Metro Manila and Northern Philippines. Both hubs may share handling of travel and logistics flow to the Visayas and Mindanao," Pimentel noted.

The underutilized airport in the former US military base at Clark in Pampanga has an area of 2,367 hectares, compared to NAIA's 700 hectares.

With its single runway, flight delays averaging to 45 minutes are a daily occurrence at the NAIA, aside from monstrous traffic jams to and from the airport.

Pimentel said Clark could eventually service "flight transfers of international passengers, such as our OFWs, who need to go home to their families in the Visayas and Mindanao."

"If you're going to the province anyway via a connecting flight and you don't need to stay in Manila, Clark International could be a better transfer point. Proposals such as these can work and should be tried," he added.

He said the development of Clark should be a core component of the government's “Build, Build, Build” program.

"An integrated transport system is needed to fully realize Clark's potential. We require a convenient, high speed rail network from Pampanga to Manila, as well as more flyovers and wider NLEX lanes. At present, P2P buses are not enough to give the speed and comfort of a world-class hub."

Pimentel pointed out that a low-cost international carrier has already chosen Clark as its center of operations. Domestic flag carrier Philippine Airlines has also committed to boost its operations in Clark as well as in Cebu and Davao.

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Title: Re: Merged: Clark International Airport
Post by: adroth on November 05, 2018, 03:34:05 PM
Priority airport projects seen to vitalize PH aviation industry
Published On October 31, 2018

MANILA, Oct. 31 -- In line with the administration’s ambitious Build Build Build program, 28 airport projects for construction/rehabilitation/ upgrade are listed in the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) priority agenda. Of the 28, three international airport projects - Lal-Lo, Puerto Prinsesa, and Mactan-Cebu -  and four domestic airport projects - Tuguegarao, Calbayog, Ozamis, and Naga - have already been finished.

The Clark International Airport expansion project is due to be completed on June 2020.

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Title: Re: Merged: Clark International Airport
Post by: adroth on July 09, 2019, 05:35:05 AM
Korean Air to launch Incheon-Clark route in October
By Ma. Cristina Arayata  July 3, 2019, 3:52 pm

MANILA -- South Korean flag carrier Korean Air (KE) will launch Incheon-Clark flights, its new southeast Asian route, in October.

Seven weekly flights between Clark, Philippines, and Incheon, Korea, will start by end of October, the carrier announced on Wednesday.

KE cited that Clark is a popular destination among family travelers, as it offers a variety of activities like golf.

At present, KE serves the Manila-Incheon route 18 times a week.

So Yeon Park, Korean Air's Global Communication Team assistant manager, earlier said there are no plans yet to increase the Manila-Incheon flight frequencies.

Meanwhile, aside from the Philippines, KE will also launch three Chinese routes in the second half of 2019.

KE got the traffic rights to Nanjing, Zhangjiajie, and Hangzhou after a successful aviation talk between China and Korea last March.

The carrier plans to diversify its Chinese routes and develop tourism by offering new direct routes.

From its current 14 flights a week between Incheon and Beijing, this will be increased to 18 weekly flights by end of October.

Due to popular demands, KE will also be increasing its Incheon-Delhi operations by September 1. (PNA)
Title: Re: Merged: Clark International Airport (IATA: CRK, ICAO: RPLC)
Post by: adroth on August 10, 2019, 10:31:02 AM

The Clark International Airport (CRK), once an underutilized airport, is poised to get a huge boost in its operations, following the launching of three (3) new direct flights to Iloilo, Bacolod, and Narita, Japan, and back, from Cebu Pacific.

Starting today, 09 August 2019, flights from Clark to Narita, Japan will run four (4) times a week during Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade congratulated Cebu Pacific for the new direct flights, as these shall enhance connectivity to Iloilo, Bacolod, and Japan.

“Today, we are all happy because we are commemorating three flights: Iloilo, Bacolod, and Narita. These are the places that have been tagged as the city of love, the city of smiles, and the city of business. If we can sum it all in one sentence, Cebu Pacific is full of love and smiles in its quest and travel in the skies for business. Today’s inauguration is a game changer, as so far as Clark is concerned,” Secretary Tugade expressed.

The transportation chief noted that the new routes will boost growth not only of CRK, but of Clark, as well, which is being primed as Asia’s next investment center.

“Ngayon, you connect Clark to Iloilo, Bacolod, and Japan, all happening for the first time. With this initiative, not only are we boosting our airport operations in Clark, but we are also increasing the overall potential for growth and development of Clark as whole. This is what the President is talking about when he said transport infrastructure and initiatives should spur regional growth,” Secretary Tugade added.

Cebu Pacific President and CEO Lance Gokongwei expressed that Cebu Pacific has been supportive of Clark ever since, and that the direct flight to Japan opens a gamut of opportunities for tourism, investment, and enhanced connectivity for overseas workers with families in Central and Northern Luzon.

“We are proud to say that since 2006, we have never stopped flying to Clark. We are very excited to be the first carrier that will offer a direct connection between Clark and another large metropolis, Tokyo, enabling easier access for tourists and investors, and more importantly, giving tens and thousands of Filipino workers and migrants from Japan the opportunity to come home more frequently and more easily,” Gokongwei said.
Title: Re: Merged: Clark International Airport (IATA: CRK, ICAO: RPLC)
Post by: adroth on October 27, 2019, 12:55:34 PM

A closer look at Korean Air Flight KE635 arriving at Clark International Airport, under a water cannon salute.

This is the maiden flight of Korean Air’s new service route connecting Clark and Incheon, South Korea, which travelers can now avail, beginning today 27 October 2019.

Title: Re: Merged: Clark International Airport (IATA: CRK, ICAO: RPLC)
Post by: adroth on November 10, 2019, 09:41:16 AM

The new Passenger Terminal Building of Clark International Airport is now 87.61% COMPLETE!

To date, construction of the main terminal building, utility building, and ancillary facilities are ongoing and in various stages of completion.

Landside works are also being accelerated, which include the terminal forecourt, elevated road, main access road, secondary access road, passenger car park, employee car park, rental car park, taxi buffer area, bus station, and vehicle control post.

Once the expansion project is completed by mid-2020, Clark International Airport will see a boost in its operational capacity from 4.2 million passengers to 12.2 million passengers anually.

The expansion will significantly improve air connectivity in Luzon, and help ease decongestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).















Title: Re: Merged: Clark International Airport (IATA: CRK, ICAO: RPLC)
Post by: adroth on December 09, 2019, 03:49:56 PM
North- South commuter railway system being rolled out
Published December 8, 2019, 12:00 AM
By Emmie Abadilla

After more than 14 years of waiting, the government finally broke ground this year for the over ₱2-billion Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark Phase 1, linking Tutuban, Manila with Malolos, Bulacan.

It is part of the ₱777.5-billion North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Extension Project, spanning 147-kilometers, with a total of 36 stations from Clark International Airport to Calamba, Laguna.

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Phase 1 of the railway with cut travel time to Bulacan from the current one and a half hours to 35 minutes and will serve more than 340,000 passengers per day when it becomes operational by 2021.

This initial phase of the PNR Clark Railway Project will eventu­ally extend all the way to Clark, Pampanga.

It will have 10 stations: Tutuban, Solis, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Mey­cauayan, Malolos, Marilao, Bocaue, Balagtas and Guiguinto, with a de­pot in Valenzuela city.

Furthermore, Phase 1 will be seamlessly integrated with PNR Clark Phase 2 going to Clark, Pam­panga and PNR South Commuter going to Calamba, Laguna, forming one integrated commuter railway system serving commuters travel­ling to, from, and within NCR, Re­gion III, and Region IV-A.

Also, the NSCR System will be linked with existing railway lines LRT-1, LRT-2, MRT-3 and the Met­ro Manila Subway. It is expected to serve some 500,000 passengers per day once the system is fully opera­tional.

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As for PNR Clark Phase 2 Con­tract Packages 4 (worth ₱32.7 bil­lion) and 5 (₱18.1 billion) with a combined worth of ₱50.8 billion, a handful of international firms plus one local company turned up to submit bids in October this year.
The bidders include Acciona (Spain), EEI (Philippines), GS En­gineering & Construction (Korea), Posco Engineering & Construction (Korea), PT Waskita (Indonesia) and PT Wika (Indonesia).

PNR Clark Phase 2 is a 53-kilo­meter segment from Malolos, Bu­lacan to Clark, Pampanga and will feature the country’s first airport express railway service. It is part of the ₱777.55-billion North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR), a mega network spanning 148 kilometers with 37 stations.

Contract Package 4 consists of 8 kilometers and includes Clark In­ternational Airport Station. Contract Package 5 consists of the NSCR’s Clark Depot.

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Title: Re: Merged: Clark International Airport (IATA: CRK, ICAO: RPLC)
Post by: adroth on July 10, 2020, 03:33:35 PM

As of 30 June 2020, the new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) of Clark International Airport (CRK) is now 99.14% COMPLETE!

Under the "Build, Build, Build" Program of the Duterte Administration, construction work for the airport expansion project is being rolled out at an accelerated pace. And in the midst of the current pandemic, stringent health and safety measures were put in place, when work resumed.

Envisioned to be the keystone in spurring economic progress and development in Central Luzon, the new PTB, once completed, will boost the operational capacity of the CRK, and will triple its passenger volume from the current 4.2 million to 12.2 million annually.

This development for the CRK, hailed as the "Asia's Next Premier Gateway," will not only help ease air traffic congestion at the NAIA, but will also pave way for the creation of job opportunities, and will bolster tourism and other socio-economic endeavors in the region.