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LOOK: New Clark International Airport showcases the best of Central Luzon

Manila, Philippines — A series of glorious peaks greet travelers as they approach Pampanga, one of the country’s most historic Luzon provinces. These Mt. Arayat and the Zambales mountains are gods of folk tales that stand as guards of the province and the people.

The spacious Departure Hall’s unique arc is inspired by one of the peaks of mountains in the region as other elements of design at the hall have similar take-offs from nature that define the province’s landscape.

The builders of the sprawling new terminal of the Clark International Airport pay homage to these mountains, as their majestic silhouettes are reflected in the edifice, reflecting a deep sense of place.

Other features of the province, such as those on renowned Mt. Pinatubo and the serene Sacobia riverbed, provide further inspiration in the airport’s interior design of vital sections.

The new terminal’s Arrival Corridor and Immigration  Hall are  clad in soft grey and cream colors, mimicking hues  on rock formations by the mountainside, and by the riverbed unique to the surroundings.
The new terminal’s Arrival Corridor and Immigration Hall are clad in soft grey and cream colors, mimicking hues on rock formations by the mountainside and the riverbed unique to the surroundings.

Bundled with the ease and the comfort that will be accorded to travelers in this new terminal, the design inspirations all come together to make the new Clark International Airport experiences pleasurable and meaningful.

The melding of Central Luzon’s natural and cultural heritage is manifested in the interesting interplay of shapes, textures, and forms in its functional areas.

The Meet and Greet Area is a bright and radiant space with hints of blues and greens that serve as reminder of the clear waters and greeneries in Pampanga’s landscape.
The Meet and Greet Area is a bright and radiant space with hints of blues and greens that serve as a reminder of Pampanga’s landscape’s clear waters and greeneries.

The completed structure of the new terminal is currently undergoing the fitting of all necessary installations and the preparation of the operational readiness protocols, according to Bi Yong Chungunco, CEO of the Luzon International Premier Airport Development Corp. (LIPAD).

LIPAD is in charge of the airport’s operations and management. Terminal building construction was accomplished by Megawide – GMR, structural design by Budji + Royals. For the fit-out and interiors, LIPAD appointed international design firm Populous together with Casas + Architects.

The finish of the ceiling and walls of The Baggage Claim Area, as shown in this rendered photo, is inspired by the formations in Pampanga’s caves
The finish of the ceiling and walls of The Baggage Claim Area, as shown in this rendered photo, is inspired by Pampanga’s cave formations.

Formal hand-over of the terminal building by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) to LIPAD for fit-out and installations is to be scheduled soon.

The new, fully fitted, and expansive international airport in Pampanga, with increased logistics capacity, technology, and total service offerings, marks a milestone in aviation history. Its predecessor facility, the former Clark Air Field, was at the 13th US Air Force’s home base, the then largest US airfield outside of US soil. Its transfer to the BCDA, after the withdrawal of the bases from the Philippines, coincided with other developments in the area to usher in a new phase for Pampanga and the rest of the country.

As the new Clark International Airport opens to the world as the premier gateway to Asia, new records in economic and social development for Central Luzon are expected to follow suit.

The new Passenger Terminal Building is 1.5 kilometers from the existing passenger terminal and serves domestic and international flights, with the boarding gates for each directionally color-coded. It has a design capacity for 8 million passengers per year and has 4-floor levels, 18 aerobridges, and has, in totality, a floor area of 110,000 square meters.

Earth tones and the central color of soft gray grace the terminal floors and pillars in the Check-In Hall. Cool and soothing, green and blue accents are thrown in to emulate the greenery and Mt. Pinatubo’s crater lake, respectively. A specific tint of blue that is near turquoise represents the water formation on Mt. Pinatubo crater lake. This tint is likewise present in glass structures situated around the terminal, particularly the Security Screening Area.

Photo above shows the rendered depiction of the Security Screening Area at the International Departure.
The photo above shows the rendered depiction of the Security Screening Area at the International Departure.

The undoubtedly Pampangueno “parol,” or star lantern, with a rhythmic display of colors, are hanging fixtures in the central Airside Retail Area. The kaleidoscope-like colors are symbols of family merriment and meaningful moments.

Passengers will also be able to easily decipher international boarding gates from domestic boarding gates. A vibrant green dominates the international boarding gates, while a serene blue does the same for domestic. The blue refers to Manila Bay’s waters, where the area faces, while the green represents the landscape of Mt. Arayat, which faces the domestic boarding gates of the airport.

Passengers are greeted with a refreshing air of grays and creams at the Arrival Corridor leading up to Immigration. At the Baggage Reclaim Area, passengers are treated with a ceiling design that mimics the jagged stonewalling of majestic caves found in Central Luzon.

About the LIPAD Corporation

Luzon International Airport Development Corporation (LIPAD) is a special purpose company established to manage the operations and maintenance of Clark International Airport. The LIPAD Corporation members are Filinvest Development Corporation, JG Summit Holdings Inc., Philippine Airport Ground Support Services Inc., Changi Airports Philippines (I) Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Changi Airports International. The consortium members each has vast experience in airport operations, air transportation, and property development.

LIPAD Corporation has committed to bring in this expertise to transform Clark International Airport into a world-class airport.

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