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Merged: Clark International Airport (IATA: CRK, ICAO: RPLC)

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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.


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--- Quote from: r3mu511 on December 20, 2016, 10:19:58 AM ---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:

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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 . . .

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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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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.

Clark airport named one of country’s safest by CAAP
By: Richie Lopa, InterAksyon.com
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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--- Quote from: adroth on December 21, 2016, 12:23:43 AM ---4 PH AIRPORTS IN ASIA'S BEST AIRPORTS LIST
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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.

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--- Quote from: adroth on March 03, 2017, 08:19:17 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)

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--- Quote from: adroth on February 02, 2017, 08:06:35 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)

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