New aircraft hangar to improve Clark aviation complex
Friday, November 12
The Singapore Airlines Engineering Company (SIAEC) is set to build a new aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) hangar for Boeing 747 and 777 aircraft at the Clark Civil Aviation Complex.
The project reportedly costs about P1 billion. Victor Jose Luciano, president of Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), stated his anticipation of some 300 jobs to be generated by the expansion project. Luciano added that the hangar construction will begin next week.
This will be SIAEC’s second hangar construction in the Clark aviation complex. Its first hangar cost some P800 million and was built for the Airbus 320 and 319 series in a joint venture partnership with Cebu Pacific Air. The first hangar has been operational since July 2009.
The latest development in the Clark aviation complex is certain to boost the appeal of Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA). Built by the US Air Force during their occupancy of Clark Air Base, DMIA’s runways meet international standards and can accommodate various types of aircraft. What remains to be improved are the infrastructure to service both planes and passengers. It has been suggested by many groups in Pampanga, both in public and private sectors, that DMIA has the potential to be the main international gateway to the Philippines.
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