Thursday, October 21, 2010

Clark International Airport Corporation


WE ALL know that Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) president and CEO Victor Jose Luciano performed some business miracles in the former US air base that is now a special economic zone.

In the process, nevertheless, Luciano created enemies among politicos in Pampanga, particularly those with business interests at the Clark aviation complex.

For instance, a politico in the province got a contract for a food business in the complex. Without much ado, thank you, the son of his mother subleased the space to a Korean manufacturing firm. And that was right inside the high security aviation complex, mind you!

Another politico operated a hotel in the economic zone, but he wanted to get some more buildings in the aviation complex, for which he was turned down.

And so now Luciano is facing cases before the Ombudsman, plus a congressional inquiry in aid of legislation.

This is the man who, way back in 2004, already brought in the first commercial passenger flights to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) in the special zone, through the Asiana Airlines of South Korea.

And so today there are now over 20,000 Koreans in Clark and Subic, who have set up businesses in those areas.

The DMIA, now posting over 600,000 international passengers yearly, is preparing for the entry of more foreign airlines.

Among them is Jin Air, the budget carrier of Korean Airline (KAL), which is set to take its inaugural flight at DMIA this month.

Other Asian airlines are already serving DMIA, such as Tiger Airways (daily to Singapore) and Air Asia (daily to Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu).

That is why Luciano has this expansion plan for the DMIA terminal to accommodate two million passengers annually.

In other words, the aviation complex is becoming big business. Politicos can make a lot of money there. It is time for them to eliminate the stumbling block called Luciano.

By Conrado Banal III
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:58:00 10/20/2010

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