September 13, 2018

More suitors eye Clark concession

Malaysia’s AirAsia Group has teamed up with Indonesia’s state airport operator to bid for the 25-year operation and maintenance contract of Clark International Airport in the Philippines.

Philippines AirAsia has joined forces with Indonesia’s PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II), operator of 14 airports in Indonesia, to jointly bid for the project.

Philippines AirAsia resumed operations at Clark in March 2017, after the carrier ceased all flights in late 2013.

Other groups that have purchased bid documents include Megawide-GMR Consortium, Metro Pacific Investment Corporation, Filinvest Development Corporation, San Miguel Holdings Corporation, Prime Assets Venture, Central Luzon Infrastructure Consultancy Consortium, GVK Airport Developers and Groupe ADP.

Megawide-GMR won the bidding to build a passenger terminal at Clark, when the company submitted the lowest bid of PHP9.36 billion ($173 million) in December 2017.

The new terminal building is expected to boost annual capacity at Clark from four million to 12 million passengers.

Airlines operating at Clark include Qatar Airways, Cebu Pacific, Tigerair, Jin Air, Asiana Airlines, Dragon Air, AirAsia, Philippine Airlines (PAL and Emirates, offering flights to Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Macau, Pudong, Incheon, Doha, Dubai, Davao, Cebu and Kalibo.