Clark International Airport showcases new passenger terminal

Clark International Airport terminal
The Clark International Airport terminal building is covered with an undulating roof sitting atop a predominantly metal, lahar concrete, and glass building façade. Photo from BCDA.

The Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga is set to showcase its new passenger terminal after today’s ceremonial hand over to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) officials, who in turn awarded it to Luzon International Premier Airport Development Corp. (LIPAD), the private consortium operating the airport.

The new Clark International Airport Terminal 2 design by Filipino architectural firm Budji+Royal highlights the Philippines’ iconic scenes to allow the country’s gateway to blend with the landscape. It has been described as reflecting the nearby Zambales mountain range where the world-renowned Mt Pinatubo lies.

The redevelopment of the Clark International Airport, expected to help decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, is envisioned to have one of Asia’s Best Airports celebrate modern Filipino architecture and design.

The new terminal was turned over to BCDA on January 22, 2021, by its builders the joint venture GMR-Megawide which began construction in August 2018 and declared completed in October 2020.

The new Passenger Terminal Building is 1.5 kilometers from the existing passenger terminal and serves both domestic and international flights, with the boarding gates for each directionally color-coded.

It has a design capacity for 8 million passengers per year and has four-floor levels, 18 aerobridges, and has, in totality, a floor area of 110,000 square meters.

The new airport new terminal would be operational in July 2021.

Central Luzon showcase

The CRK Facade. Screengrab from BCDA video.

LIPAD describes the new Clark International Airport Terminal:

The sprawling new terminal of the Clark International Airport pays homage to the peaks of Mt. Arayat and the Zambales mountains, considered gods of folk tales that stand as guards of the province and the people of Pampanga.

The designers say these mountains’ majestic silhouettes are reflected in the edifice, reflecting a deep sense of place.

Other features of the province such as those on renowned Mt. Pinatubo and the serene Sacobia riverbed provide further inspiration in the interior design of vital sections of the airport.

The melding of Central Luzon’s natural and cultural heritage is manifested in the interesting interplay of shapes, textures, and forms in its function areas.

Earth tones and the central color of soft gray grace the terminal floors and pillars in the Check-In Hall. Cool and soothing, accents of green and blue are thrown in to emulate the greenery and Mt. Pinatubo’s crater lake, respectively. A specific tint of blue that is near turquoise represents the water formation on Mt. Pinatubo crater lake. This tint is likewise present in glass structures situated around the terminal, particularly the Security Screening Area.

The undoubtedly Pampangueno “parol”, or star lantern, with rhythmic display of colors are hanging fixtures in the central Airside Retail Area. The kaleidoscope-like colors are symbols of family merriment and meaningful moments.

Passengers will also be able to easily decipher international boarding gates from domestic boarding gates. A vibrant green dominates the international boarding gates while a serene blue does the same for domestic. The blue refers to the waters of Manila Bay where the area faces while the green represents the landscape of Mt. Arayat which faces the domestic boarding gates of the airport.

Passengers are greeted with a refreshing air of grays and creams at the Arrival Corridor leading up to Immigration. At the Baggage Reclaim Area, passengers are treated with a ceiling design that mimics the jagged stonewalling of majestic caves found in Central Luzon.

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