Philippines works to develop Clark as aerospace hub

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AlsimThe Philippines has launched a campaign encouraging global aerospace companies to establish facilities at Clark International Airport to serve the Asia region and global market. The companies it is targeting includes maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) firms, aerospace manufacturers, fixed based operators (FBO), business aviation companies, original equipment makers (OEMs), cargo airlines, logistics companies, regional and international airlines and training organisations.

Berthaphil Inc., a key stakeholder and pioneer investor and developer in the Clark Freeport and at Clark International Airport has over 25 years’ experience and is the leading property developer in the Clark Freeport. It has already completed 12 real estate developments there, including the airport’s first bonded warehouse and logistics centre. The company is offering a vacant 10-hectare airfield site, with primary runway access, which is immediately available ‘as is’ or for a build-to-suit project. Berthaphil is now actively promoting this site to aerospace companies around the world.

Clark International Airport is within the Clark Freeport trade zone, so businesses there can receive incentives and favourable tax concessions – up to a seven-year tax holiday and then a 5% corporate income tax rate.

Clark International Airport (IATA: CRK, ICAO: RPLC) is an international gateway to Asia and capable of handling the largest widebody aircraft. The airport has a 3,200m-long (10,500 ft) and 60m-wide (196 ft) primary runway. It also has the tallest air traffic control tower and the newest international airport terminal building in the Philippines with capacity of up to 80 million passengers per year. The airport is 43.2 nautical miles (80.0 km; 49.7 miles) northwest of Manila, and is accessible to Manila via the Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX). A new passenger and cargo rail system is due to open in 2025.

“Besides world-class airport infrastructure, a strategic location within Asia’s burgeoning aviation market and a favourable business environment; another key strength of Clark International Airport as an aerospace centre, is the Philippines’ skilled and qualified workforce,” says Berthaphil Inc. chairman, Michael Herman. “Building a hangar, for example, doesn’t mean you have a MRO business. The key to having a successful MRO organisation is having the skilled and qualified maintenance engineers and technicians, which is what the Philippines has,” says Herman.

MRO organisations that have already established operations at Clark include SIA Engineering, which does airframe maintenance there. There is also Hong Kong’s MetroJet which maintains business jets at Clark.  And, it is a global gateway for UPS, DHL and FedEx.

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