Clark the next big investment in Asia – BCDA
Set to emerge as Asia’s next aerotropolis, Clark is a strategic investment opportunity, the
Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said.
BCDA is one of the key government agencies tasked to implement President Duterte’s
ambitious Build Build Build program that will improve and modernize the Philippines’
infrastructure. Build Build Build is the boldest, most ambitious infrastructure program in
“Clark is on its way to becoming Asia’s next aerotropolis with the development not only of
the airport, but the Clark Freeport as well, and the construction of the first smart, green,
and resilient New Clark City (NCC),” BCDA Senior Vice President for Business
Development and Operations Group Joshua Bingcang said.
Aerotropolis is the concept of developing a city with the airport at its center.
Bingcang was joined by airport operators, city planners, social infrastructure developers,
and city council representatives during the 3rd Annual Aerotropolis Conference held in
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Aside from Bingcang, distinguished guest speakers who attended the conference were
Alan Isaacs, director of Asia Pacific International Business at the Munich Airport
International in Germany; Jomon Varghese, managing director and CEO of Aerotopolis
Group in Australia; Rob Mactaggart, chief executive officer of The Airport Group Australia;
Arja Lukin, project director of Airport City Aviapolis in Vantaa, Finland; Caspar Baum,
director aviation of Surbana Jurong Private Limited in Singapore; and Cosmas
Hamadziripi, director of policy and planning of the Department of Economic Development,
Tourism and Environmental Affairs in South Africa.
At the conference, the BCDA invited potential investors for the construction of the access
road from CRK to the NCC, the new metropolis that will rise in the Clark Special Economic
Zone; and the operations and maintenance (O&M) of the Clark airport.
The Clark International Airport (CRK) is envisioned to be a major gateway, with its
capacity expected to increase to 80 million passengers yearly at full development.
A new world-class terminal building, which broke ground last December 2017, is projected
to accommodate eight million passengers per annum. Phase 1 is expected to be
completed by June 2020.
In 2017, CRK accommodated a total of 1.5 million passengers. Of the total, 1.08 million
passengers took international flights while 431,343 were domestic passengers. As of
March, domestic and international flights per week increased to 452 from 406 last
BCDA is also building the NCC, which is expected to attract investors to further propel
economic growth in the region. Apart from modern transport hubs and a mixed-use
business and industrial community, the NCC will also feature the National Government
Administrative Center (NGAC).
The NGAC involves the development of back-up offices of various government agencies
to ensure continuous business operations in case of calamities and disasters. Phase 1A of
the project also features the construction of world-class sports facilities to be used for the
Southeast Asian Games in November 2019. It covers 40 hectares.