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In 1902, Clark was established by the Americans and was formerly known as Fort Stotsenburg.In 1917, the eastern portion of Fort Stotsenburg was converted into an airfield and was renamed Clark Air Field in 1919. In 1947, the first RP-US Military Bases Agreement was signed. This integrated Clark Field and Fort Stotsenburg into the Clark Air Base.In November 1991, the Clark Air Base was reverted back to the Philippine government.RA 7227, also known as the Bases Conversion Act of 1992, created the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) as the implementing arm of the government to accelerate the conversion of the former Clark Military Reservation into the Clark Special Economic Zone, where Clark Development Corporation (CDC) became a subsidiary corporation of BCDA, and in turn, the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) as a subsidiary of the CDC.

In April 2008, Executive Order 716 was issued, transforming the CIAC as a subsidiary of the BCDA. Pursuant to EO 716, series of 2008, the Clark International Airport Corporation is tasked and mandated to develop, operate, manage and maintain the Clark Civil Aviation Complex. The Clark Civil Aviation Complex, located within the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga, the biggest American military base outside the United States, covers an area of approximately 2,367 hectares with a 3,200-meter long runway and associated taxiways, aircraft parking apron, a passenger terminal building and related facilities.Within its immediate environs, Clark has a local catchment area with an estimated population of 23 million. It covers Regions 1, 2 and 3, the CAR and the northern part of NCR which are the Quezon City and the KAMANAVA area.

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At the center of the Clark Civil Aviation Complex is the Clark International Airport (CRK).The Clark International Airport (CRK) is located at the heart of Central Luzon, making it the most viable and convenient airport of choice for travelers from North-Central Luzon and the northern Metro Manila area who wants to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city streets. It is easily accessible by shuttle bus from various points of Metro Manila and North Luzon. The Clark International Airport (CRK) is one of the biggest aviation complexes in Asia with two (2) runways in parallel configuration that can easily be extended to 4 kilometers to accommodate new generation wide-bodied aircrafts. The primary runway (Runway 02R/20L) has a length of 3,200 meters and a width of 61 meters.

It is fully equipped with all navigational aids and lighting facilities and has a Category 1 rating for precision approach. The secondary runway (Runway 02L/20R) has a length of 3,200 meters and a width of 45 meters. It is not yet equipped with navigational aids and lighting facilities and is currently used for Visual Flight Rules (VFR) only. The airport is well equipped with a Terminal Radar Approach Control, Navigational Aids, Meteorological Equipment, Airfield Ground Lighting System and Crash, Fire and Rescue facilities.

The Clark International Airport (CRK) takes pride in its modern amenities complemented by airline support services such as Gate Gourmet, the world’s largest in-flight catering service provider; SIA Engineering Philippines, for Maintenance Repair Overhaul Facility; Lubwell Corporation, for into plane fuel service provider and Clark Airport Service Support Corporation (CASSC), for ground handling facility to name a few.All these are being undertaken with the end vision of developing the Clark International Airport (CRK) as the next premiere international gateway of the Philippines and the best services and logistics int he Asia-Pacific region

JIN AIR TO ADD BUSAN ROUTE AT CLARK AIRPORT

Korean air carrier- Jin Air will start their four times weekly Clark-Busan flights from July 27 to August 24, 2015 at Clark International Airport (CRK) in a bid to attract more Korean tourists to the country.

Officials of the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Central Luzon led by President Jong Pil Choi welcomed the development saying it will greatly benefit the Korean population in the region.

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and CEO Atty. Emigdio Tanjuatco III said that the new Clark-Busan route of Jin Air at the Clark airport will not only boost passenger traffic at the gateway but also support the marketing efforts of CIAC to promote the airport.

The Jin Air Clark-Busan service will arrive at 1 am and depart at 2 am four times a week. The Clark-Busan flights will commence on July 27 and will run until August 24, 2015. The flights will resume in November during the peak season.

“We are pleased to welcome the Clark-Busan flight and we also would like to express gratitude to the Jin Air management for expanding their operations at Clark International Airport. CIAC will continue its effort to bring in more flights at the Clark airport,” Tanjuatco said.

Earlier this year, Jin Air increased its Incheon, South Korea service at the Clark airport from four flights a week to daily.

“The Clark-Busan flight will further attract more Korean tourists to visit Clark as well as to utilize Clark airport for their flights,” Choi said.

Busan, or officially Busan Metropolitan City, is South Korea’s second largest city after Seoul with a population of approximately 3.6 million. Busan was the host city of the 2002 Asian Games and APEC 2005 Korea. It was also one of the host cities for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and is a center for international conventions in Korea.

Busan has Korea’s largest beach and longest river, and is home to the world’s largest department store, the Shinsegae Centum City.

Choi said there are an estimated 20,000 Koreans residing in Central Luzon and around 50,000 Korean nationals in the Northern Philippines that would benefit from Jin Air’s additional route at the Clark airport.

The Korean businessman hopes that the Korean carriers operating at the Clark airport will add more flights, especially during the months of November and February which is the peak season.

Raymond Rendy O. Isip
Media Relations Officer
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