MPIC keen on Clark airport contract bidding

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Metro Pacific Investments Corp. said it is interested in joining the auction for the operations and maintenance of Clark International Airport.

“Yes, we will take a look at it,” MPIC chairman Manuel Pangilinan said when asked if he was interested in the first project of the government that would be auctioned off under the hybrid public-private partnership model. 

State-run Bases Conversion and Development Authority earlier said it would roll out the bidding for the construction of the P12.5-billion expansion of Clark International Airport. 

MPIC chairman Manuel Pangilinan

The auction for O&M of Clark airport will immediately follow, after the award of the bidding for its construction.  The winning bidder for the O&M will have inputs in the design of the new airport. 

MPIC earlier proposed a joint venture with BCDA and Clark International Airport Authority for the express rail services from Makati to Clark. 

The proposed express rail services from Buendia to Clark will enable travelers to reach Clark from Makati within an hour at an average commercial speed of about 107 kilometers per hour. 

The JV also includes the expansion, operations and maintenance of Clark International Airport. 

JG Summit Holdings Inc., Filinvest Development Corp  and Megawide Construction Corp. and partner GMR Infrastructure Ltd. of India also separately submitted proposals to operate and maintain Clark airport.

The Transportation Department earlier said it would no longer entertain unsolicited proposals for Clark airport as the government was pursuing the hybrid PPP model.

Airlines operating in Clark include Qatar Airways, Cebu Pacific, Tigerair Air, Jin Air, Asiana Airlines, Dragon Air, Air Asia Berhad and Emirates Airlines. 

These airlines mount flights to Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Macau, Pudong, Incheon, Doha, Dubai, Davao, Cebu and Kalibo.

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