The construction of Megawide Construction Corp. and Bangalore-based GMR Infrastructure Ltd. said that construction of the Clark International Airport (CIA) new terminal will be “in full swing” next month with completion expected after 28 months.
The government, including the Department of Transportation and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), and Megawide-GMR broke ground yesterday on the CIA Phase I upgrade project. The consortium won the contract after hurdling the post-qualification process, having been declared the lowest bidder at P9.36 billion, or about 25% below the P12.55-billion auction ceiling.
“Megawide-GMR is looking forward to commencing work on the Clark International Airport New Passenger Terminal Building (NPTB),” Megawide-GMR said in a statement.
The proposed 101,977 square-meter terminal area will increase CIA’s current capacity of four million passengers annually to 12 million passengers by 2020.
“At the peak of construction, the project is expected to create 2,000 jobs mostly for local construction workers. It will also engage the services of a network of local construction suppliers, service providers, and related businesses. This will help maximize efficiencies while meeting the highest levels of quality workmanship,” the consortium said.
The CIA project marks the second airport project for Megawide, having won in 2014, also in a consortium with GMR, the 25-year public-private partnership (PPP) contract to build, operate and maintain a new Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) terminal for about P17.52 billion.
The CIA is being funded using the “hybrid” mode of financing big infrastructure under the government of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, involving use of government funds to get projects started in the construction phase, with PPP coming in later for the operations and maintenance segment.
The government is positioning ClA as an alternative gateway to decongest Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NIA), which accommodated over 39.5 million passengers last year, above of its 30.5 million designed capacity.
The government is also developing New Clark City in the Clark Special Economic Zone in Capas and Bamban, Tarlac, which is the flagship project of BCDA.
New Clark City will include a National Government Administrative Center (NGAC), mixed-use real estate development, an agro-industrial park, and a food-processing terminal, with the aim of spurring development outside Metro Manila and easing congestion in the capital region.