CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Pampanga — The gross revenues of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) reached an unprecedented PHP1.07 billion in 2018, an official of the government-run corporation said Tuesday.
Jaime Alberto Melo, CIAC president, said this is the first time that CIAC was able to breach the PHP1-billion mark since the agency was created in 1995.
“Numbers of airlines, flights, destinations and business activities increased ever since President Rodrigo Duterte called for greater utilization of Clark Airport. The marketability of Clark Airport and the civil aviation complex were keys to achieving this milestone,” Melo said.
Melo said revenues increased by 32 percent, or the equivalent of PHP257.43 million, from last year’s PHP814.115, while CIAC’s net income also posted an unprecedented growth of 80 percent or about PHP141.94 million.
The revenue was derived from aeronautical and non-aeronautical operations at the Clark Airport that contributed 53 percent and 43 percent, respectively.
The CIAC chief said these record-breaking figures are attributed to the Duterte administration’s full support, citing Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade – whose agency oversees the airport’s operation, and CIAC’s parent company, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), headed by its president Vivencio Dizon.
“The continuing success of Clark Airport reflects the CIAC’s pursuit of higher standards of service for Filipinos. The challenge is to still do better and serve better,” Tugade said.
Clark Airport averages around 11,500 passengers daily and registers 246 international and 480 domestic flights every week.
Last year, there were around 2.6 million travelers via Clark. The airport targets to register 4.5 million annual passengers by 2022