Clark International Airport CRK - also referred to as 'CIAC' - serves the immediate vicinity of the Clark Economic Zone of Central Luzon and Angeles City, and is the Philippine's fastest-growing airport. Due to its strategic location, it is only between 1.5 to 4 hours by air from most major Asian cities, and less than 2 hours by car from Metro Manila or the Subic Bay Freeport.
Clark Airport is managed by the government-owned Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), who is aiming to make Clark International a competitive aviation services center for the Asia-Pacific region by 2015; a secondary airport of choice by 2017, and a premier world-class airport of the Philippines by 2020.
CIAC Airport is located in Angeles City, in the province of Pampanga, directly accessible from the Clark South Interchange from the Subic-Clark / Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx). It is 80 km from Metro Manila or Subic Bay, reached directly by the NLEX (Northern Luzon Expressway).
With two runways and an estimated 1.2M passengers a year, Clark International Airport is hub to Asia & beyond, presently served by major and low-cost carriers offering flights within the Asia-Pacific region.
- According to the Philippine Transportation Department DOTC - Both Clark & NAIA (Aquino) airports are being developed into international hubs.
- All Airport Staff has recently attended the 'Business Excellence Self-assessment Training' - benefiting the passengers they serve, as well as raising the bar at Clark Airport. Airport Management is making drastic positive changes and passengers & airlines take note of it.
- The new Robinsons Starmills Transport Hub/ Bus Terminal in San Fernando (Pampanga) provides transport options to/from the Airport, and a ticketing lounge.
- A passenger service charge /Terminal fee applies to all passengers, with the exception of children under 2 years, overseas Philipino workers with OEC's, PSC ahtletes & government officers: International departing passengers pay Php 600; domestic departing passengers pay Php 150.
Terminal 1 houses two boarding bridges, X-ray walk-through machines, centralized air conditioning system, two VIP lounges, a concession area, and new elevators and escalators. With the completion of its expansion project, the Terminal now has a capacity of handling 6M passengers annually; covers 19,800 sq.meters, and is able to accommodate the wide-body planes of Emirates and Qatar on their long-haul flights from the Middle East.
The new LCC (Low-Cost-Carrier) Terminal is to open in 2016 (no further news available).
Present and future Airport Development: Note that Clark Airport is to receive both domestic & international flights; however, with a capacity of 4.2M passengers per year - compared to NAIA with a 30M capacity - Clark will only be able to accept 7-10 additional flights during its non-peak hours between 1pm & 6pm.
As of Dec 2016, the Clark-Caticlan route's daily flights commenced.
As of Jan. 2017, Clark adds domestic flights to Cebu, Davao, Busuanga and Cagayan De Oro, and international flights o Incheon (South Korea) - totaling 21 flights per week.
- The first phase of Airport development aims for 3M passenger capacity a year - expected to be completed by 2017.
- The second phase of development is to reach another 5M capacity and will include extension of the eastern runway to 4,000 meters, and construction of a new runway, a shopping center, new taxiways & aprons, new cargo terminal complex & a new control tower .
- China is is constructing a railway system between Manila and the Airport - to be completed within two years. There is also a proposal for a railway to the Luzon area in the North with a catchment of 22M people.