Saturday, February 13, 2010

PGMA inspects DMIA expansion project

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Jan. 11 — President Gloria Macapgal-Arroyo inspected today the on-going passenger expansion project of Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) passenger terminal.

The project, which is being done in two phases, is expected to improve the terminal’s ability to accommodate the expected influx of passengers using DMIA as gateway to other parts of the country. It is also meant to give the already attractive complex a touch of sophistication and entice investors and locators to set up shop there.

Phase I is composed of building a two-storey terminal facility with two passenger boarding bridges equipped with flight information monitor, closed circuit public television, public address system, x-ray machines, and elevators and escalators.

At a cost of P308.88-million, this phase will allow large aircraft to load and unload passengers through tubes at door level. This enhances comfort and convenience since passengers will no longer use stairs.

On the other hand, Phase II calls for the expansion of the pre-departure and arrival areas and the construction of a domestic flight terminal, airline offices, check-in counters, and passenger baggage conveyor belt.

An outlay of P200-million is required for this phase.

Nestor Mangio, chairman of Clark International Airport Corporation, said DMIA will be able to accommodate 400,000 passengers a year once construction of the two phases is completed this year. Nine carriers use DMIA: Jet Air, Asiana, Air Asia, Spirit of Manila, Tiger Airways, Cebu Pacific, Sea Air, Singapore Airlines, and the Philippine Air Force

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