PH’s tallest control tower, first among several Clark aviation complex projects

CLARK FREEPORT — The country’s tallest airport tower will be the first of several infrastructure development projects at the Clark aviation complex, an official of the government-run Clark International Airport Corp. said

Aaron Aquino, CIAC president, announced on Saturday the 18-storey high airport control tower will be among several projects aimed at improving the aviation complex facilities servicing the Clark International Airport.

Also in the pipeline are the primary and secondary radar and the detailed engineering design of a secondary runway at Clark which will soon be also up for bid, Aquino added.

“As directed (to the technical committee), the detailed engineering and architectural design of the tower must be completed by March 25 so the project will commence construction immediately (and) to be finished by December 2021,” Aquino said.

He also noted the project committee, led by the agency’s vice president Irish Calaguas, was also instructed to fast-track the detailed specifications of the new airfield ground lighting system, another undertaking this year to improve the air traffic control system at Clark.

Early last week, an executive of the Clark Development Corp., the government agency tasked to develop the Clark Freeport Zone, said Clark is envisioned to be a modern sustainable aerotropolis or an airport city.

CDC’s mandate is to develop the commercial, industrial and tourism industry in the Freeport zone, while CIAC is tasked to develop the remaining prime government lands within the aviation complex which hosts the Clark airport.

CDC and CIAC are both subsidiaries of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority.

“The development of an aerotropolis will create more economic opportunities, and the CIAC’s tower and ground lighting projects are just the first among several infrastructure activities to attain that vision shared by CDC along with Clark investors and locators,” Aquino said.

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