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Clark International Airport

Clark International Airport (IATA: CRK, ICAO: RPLC) (Kapampangan: Pangyatung Sulapawan ning Clark, Tagalog: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Clark), is an international airport located within the Clark Freeport Zone between Angeles and Mabalacat in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. It is located 43.2 NM (80.0 km; 49.7 mi)[9] northwest of Manila. CRK is accessible through the Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway.

Clark International Airport

Pangyatung Sulapawan ning Clark (Kapampangan)
Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Clark (Tagalog)
Facade crk terminal 04072018 junsephino.jpg
Terminal 1 of Clark International Airport, with the AirAsia Airbus A320 parked at the terminal.
Airport typePublic/Military
OwnerBases Conversion and Development Authority[1][2]
OperatorLIPAD Corporation[3][4]
Philippine Air Force[5]
ServesCentral Luzon and Greater Manila Area
LocationClark Freeport Zone
Opened16 June 1996[6][7]
Hub for
Elevation AMSL148 m / 484 ft
Coordinates15°11′09″N 120°33′35″E / 15.18583°N 120.55972°E / 15.18583; 120.55972Coordinates: 15°11′09″N 120°33′35″E / 15.18583°N 120.55972°E / 15.18583; 120.55972
CRK/RPLC is located in Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02R/20L 3,200 10,499 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2018)
Increase 75.92%
Aircraft movements24,873
Increase 97.09%
Source: CIAC[8]

Clark serves Central Luzon, Northern Luzon, and to an extent Metro Manila. The name is derived from the former American Clark Air Force Base which was the largest overseas base of the United States Air Force until it was closed in 1991 and handed over to the Government of the Philippines.

The airport is managed and operated by Luzon International Premiere Airport Development (LIPAD) Corporation, a consortium of JG Summit Holdings, Filinvest Development Corporation, Philippine Airport Ground Support Solutions Inc., and Changi Airports Philippines Pte. Ltd.;[3][4] with the southern part of the facility is utilized by the Philippine Air Force as Clark Air Base.[5]

Clark serves both international and domestic flights. A new passenger terminal building is under construction and is expected to be finished in 2020.


The logo of Clark International Airport used until 2019.

The United States Cavalry established Fort Stotsenberg in 1902 and later converted a portion of which into an air field, which was, in turn, renamed Clark Air Field in 1919—in honor of aviator Major Harold Melville Clark—and was used as one of the most important overseas bases during the 2nd World War.

In 1947, the RP-US Military Bases Agreement was signed, integrating Clark Air Field and Fort Stotsenberg into Clark Air Base but, after the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in June 1991 and the non-renewal of the military bases agreement, Clark Air Base was reverted to the Philippine Government.

The Bases Conversion Development Act of 1992 accelerated the conversion of Clark Air Base into a Special Economic Zone, and in 2007, the Philippine Congress enacted a law (RA 9400) which renamed the base to Clark Freeport Philippines. It is now segregated in two separate entities: Clark Freeport Zone administered by the Clark Development Corporation, and the Clark Civil Aviation Complex administered by the Clark International Airport Corporation.

In 1993, the former Clark Air Base was reopened as the Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ) after the area was cleared from lahar debris from the Mount Pinatubo explosion and a typhoon that followed. During the administration of President Fidel V. Ramos, it was designated to be the future primary international gateway of the Philippines and the major international airport of Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces when Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila has reached full capacity and can no longer be expanded.

CIAC traces its origin from Republic Act No. 7227, otherwise known as the "Bases Conversion and Development Act of 1992", which authorized the conversion of several military reservations, including the former Clark Air Base, into sustainable economic zones. Jurisdiction over the corporation shifted from the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) and the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) since its formal incorporation with the SEC in 1995.

In 2003, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo renamed Clark International Airport as the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA), in memory of her father, former President Diosdado Macapagal, and ordered the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) in February 2007 to fund the US$1.7 billion (PH₱76.5 billion) expansion of DMIA and the approval of a US$2 million (PH₱90 million) study plan financed by the Korean International Cooperation Agency. The first stage of Clark Airport's expansion program, a PH₱130 million terminal expansion, was completed in January 2008 to accommodate more than 2 million passengers annually.[10]

In 2011, CIAC was transferred from the Bases Conversion and Development Authority and became an attached agency of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) by virtue of Executive Order No. 64 issued by President Benigno Aquino III.[11]

The airport's name reverted to Clark International Airport in February 2012,[12] but the passenger terminal continued to bear Diosdado Macapagal's name.

On 28 February 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte issued Executive Order No. 14, reverting CIAC as a subsidiary of the BCDA, but with the Department of Transportation maintaining supervision and operational control of the airport.[13]

On 22 April 2019, the airport was temporarily closed as all flights to and from Clark are canceled due to a magnitude 6.1 earthquake occurred, originating in Zambales. The earthquake caused heavy damage to the main terminal as the ceiling collapsed, rendering the airport temporarily closed. It reopened on 24 April 2019, after repairs were made.[14]

Future developmentEdit

Four new terminals are expected to be completed and all will be fully operational by 2025. Upon completion, these four terminals will boost Clark's passenger capacity to more than 110 million annually. The airport is also being groomed to become one of the country's first "aerotropolis" or a community that features a world-class airport and surrounded by business clusters and residential developments.[15] The project involves the operations and maintenance of the existing and the proposed new passenger terminal buildings on the airport with a 25-year concession period. The ₱12.55-billion project involves the construction of a new 82,600m² passenger terminal building with a design capacity of 8 million passengers per annum. The new passenger terminal building is expected to be finished by 2020.

North Luzon Airport Consortium (NLAC), which is a consortium of JG Summit Holdings, Filinvest Development Corp., Philippine Airport Ground Support Solutions Inc. and Changi Airports Philippines Pte. Ltd. (which is a subsidiary of Changi Airports International Pte. Ltd, which is itself a subsidiary of Changi Airport Group, one of the operators of Singapore Changi Airport) won the open bid by the BCDA to take over the operations and maintenance of the airport.[16] On 25 January 2019, NLAC signed the 25-year contract for the operations and maintenance for the airport.[17] On 16 August 2019, Clark International Airport's operations and maintenance were officially handed over to the winning bid (now renamed as Luzon International Premiere Airport Development (LIPAD) Corporation) in the ceremony held at the new terminal building with the unveiling of its new logo.[3][4]

Geographical locationEdit

Clark International Airport is located in Luzon Island, approximately 98 kilometers (61 mi) from Manila in the south, 163 kilometers (101 mi) from Baguio in the north, and a substantial portion of which is surrounded by Angeles. The airport lies in between the Mount Pinatubo on the West and the Mount Arayat on the East.

The airport site is inside the Clark Freeport Zone's Civil Aviation Complex which occupies 2,367 hectares (5,850 acres) and directly linked to the Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) which is connected to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) providing a direct link to Metro Manila.

It has a local catchment area with an estimated population of 23 million covering Regions 1, 2 and 3, Cordillera Administrative Region, and the northern part of Metro Manila (Quezon City and CAMANAVA area).

Passenger terminal complexEdit

Views of the departure hall of the passenger terminal

The original terminal was expanded for $3 million (PH₱130 million) to accommodate 1 million passengers annually. The expansion project was inaugurated by President Arroyo on April 2008 to serve the growing passenger volume due to the entry of foreign and local budget carriers at the airport.

Phase I expansion started in April 2010 for $12 million (PH₱550 million) that saw a second story, arrival and departure lounges, and two aerobridges added to the terminal building. The expansion boosted Clark's capacity to 2.5 million annually.

In 2013, Phase II expansion which costs $9.6 million (PH₱417 million) increased the capacity of the passenger terminal from 2.5 million to 4.2 million passengers per annum. The expansion increased the size of the passenger terminal building from 11,439m² to 19,799m². It added 21 new check-in counters, increasing the total number of counters from 13 to 34. Five arrival counters and 12 departures counters were also constructed. The expanded terminal currently has eight entry points and three customs stations. The modernized terminal started operations in May 2013.[18]


Clark Airport used to have two 3,200-meter parallel runways. Since the runways are closely spaced, the secondary runway (02L/20R) has been decommissioned and is no longer in use. A new maintenance hangar is currently being constructed on the stopway of Runway 02L.[19]

  • The primary runway (Runway 02R/20L) has a length of 3,200 meters and a width of 60 meters. It is equipped with various navigational aids and lighting facilities, and it has a Category 1 rating for precision approach.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

CRK currently hosts 490 flights per week (332 Domestic flights, 158 International flights). As of February 2019, the airport services 22 local destinations, 11 international destinations.[citation needed]


AirSWIFT El Nido
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon
Cathay Dragon Hong Kong
Cebu Pacific Bacolod, Caticlan, Cebu, Davao, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Iloilo, Macau, Puerto Princesa, Singapore, Tagbilaran, Tokyo–Narita
China Eastern Airlines Shanghai–Pudong
Emirates Dubai–International
Jeju Air Seoul–Incheon
Jetstar Asia Airways Osaka–Kansai, Singapore
Jin Air Busan, Seoul–Incheon
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon
Pan Pacific Airlines Seoul–Incheon
Philippine Airlines Cebu, Davao, Seoul–Incheon
Philippine Airlines
operated by PAL Express
Bacolod, Basco, Busuanga, Calbayog, Catarman, Caticlan, Cebu, Davao, Puerto Princesa, San Jose (Antique), San Vicente, Siargao
Philippines AirAsia Cagayan de Oro, Caticlan, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Kaohsiung, Puerto Princesa, Seoul–Incheon, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Taipei–Taoyuan
Platinum Skies Aviation Charter: Bagabag
Qatar Airways Doha
Royal Air Philippines Caticlan, Puerto Princesa
Charter: Basco, Cauayan, Cebu, Lal-lo, Laoag, Maconacon, San Vicente
Scoot Singapore
T'way Airlines Seoul–Incheon
XiamenAir Quanzhou


AirBridgeCargo Airlines Hong Kong
FedEx Express Guangzhou, Taipei–Taoyuan
Suparna Airlines Cargo Xiamen
Tri-MG Intra Asia Airlines Hong Kong
UPS Airlines Dubai–International, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tokyo–Narita


Data from Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC).[8][citation needed]


  • Center for Asia Pacific Aviation
    Low-Cost Airport of the Year (2006)[20]
  • Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Aerospace and Defense Awards
    Airport of the Year (2008) (for airports under 15 million passengers category)[21]
  • Routes Airport Marketing Awards
    Winner (2013) (for 'Under 20 Million' Category)[22]

Ground transportationEdit

Motor vehicleEdit

The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) provides access through the airport, with two exits: Clark North and Clark South interchange, where the latter leads directly to Clark. Passengers with connecting flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila can take North Luzon Expressway which is linked via SCTEx, then passing through Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, Roxas Boulevard and finally onto NAIA Road. The future corridor between NAIA and Clark International Airport is the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 from NLEx to SLEx and NAIA Expressway from Skyway and SLEx to NAIA Terminals. The target completion of the NLEx-SLEx elevated expressway link project is 2019.

Park and fly services are provided within the airport as well.[23]

Public transportationEdit

Regular bus services going directly to Metro Manila and Northern provinces are served by Victory Liner, Partas and Philtranco; although not operating after midnight hours. On 15 January 2013, an additional stop was opened in TriNoma Mall that will operates 24 hours a day and will be initially offered by Genesis, Five Star, and Philtranco.[24]

Clark is also served by air-conditioned jeepneys en route to nearby Dau bus terminal and SM City Clark. Most buses running to the northern provinces of Luzon and back to Metro Manila include a stopover at Dau bus terminal.

Clark will also be served by the planned North–South Commuter Railway.

Accidents & incidentsEdit

  • On 10 July 2018, a South Korean man was caught with an unlicensed gun and bullets as well as sachets filled with suspected shabu as he tried to depart for Incheon.[25]
  • On 22 April 2019, an intensity 6 earthquake, the 2019 Luzon earthquake struck the airport, leaving the interior and facade of the airport was destroyed due to structural damage. Work was currently ongoing for main terminal repairs and are expected to be completed on 24 April 2019, where they will resume flight operations.[14]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "BCDA to build Clark International Airport under DOTC Leadership" (Press release). Bases Conversion and Development Authority. 24 October 2011. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2012. BCDA wrote Sec. Mar Roxas to map out its plans and strategies for major infrastructures under BCDA’s ownership and mandate such as the Clark International Airport.
  2. ^ Amojelar, Darwin G. (22 October 2011). "BCDA to build Clark International Airport". The Manila Times. Archived from the original on 23 May 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2012. Casanova emphasized that the BCDA owns the properties and assets of the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) and Clark Development Corp. (CDC) which gives it legal authority to undertake the development of the airport.
  3. ^ a b c "Lipad Corporation takes over Clark airport operations". Rappler. 18 August 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Orejas, Tonette (16 August 2019). "Lipad consortium takes over Clark airport". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Clark Air Base". Philippine Air Force. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2012. Though the air facility principally handled civilian air traffic (it was planned to replace Ninoy Aquino International Airport as Metro Manila's primary airport), the Philippine Air Force maintained a presence there, and part of it was still known as Clark Air Base.
  6. ^ "2007 Annual Report" (PDF). Clark International Airport Official Website. Clark International Airport Corporation. p. 16. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Remembering CRK's 1st flight 20 years ago, June 16, 1996". Facebook. Clark International Airport Corporation. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Vital Information" (PDF). Clark International Airport Corporation. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  9. ^ Baluyut, Joelyn (10 October 2012). "NAIA flights diverted to Clark". Philippine Information Agency. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  10. ^ "". Archived from the original on 28 September 2008.
  11. ^ "Executive Order No. 64, s. 2011". Official Gazette. 21 December 2011.
  12. ^ "Clark airport name-change plan sparks debate". ABS-CBN News. 28 February 2012.
  13. ^ "Executive Order No. 14, s. 2017" (PDF). Official Gazette. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Clark International Airport shut down after quake damages terminal". 22 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Central Luzon: The newest emerging business destination". 4 February 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Changi-led consortium to take over Clark airport ops, maintenance". GMA News Online.
  17. ^ Rey, Aika (25 January 2019). "Filinvest, JG Summit sign 25-year Clark airport operations deal". Rappler. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  18. ^ "Clark International Airport (CIA) Expansion, Pampanga".
  20. ^ "DMIA bags Low-Cost Airport Award". Archived from the original on 22 October 2012.
  21. ^ "DMIA awarded 'Airport of the Year' by global consulting group". Archived from the original on 11 April 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2008.
  22. ^ "Routes Asia 2013 :: Routes Airport Marketing Awards". Routesonline. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  23. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Clark International Airport Corporation. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  24. ^ Pavia, Joey (13 January 2013). "CIA eyes 2M passengers in 2013, launches Clark-TriNoma bus route". The Business Mirror. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  25. ^ "Korean caught with shabu, gun at Clark Airport". Retrieved 25 September 2018.

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