CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – The Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) is set to build the country’s newest Airport Control Tower, said to become the tallest in the country at 54 meters.

The tower will upgrade the airfield’s ground lighting system at the emerging airport complex within the year.

Its construction at the cost of PHP375 million, and of the PHP500-million upgrading of the Airfield Ground Lighting (AGL) System, are both in conformity with the master plan of the Clark International Airport.

“The new airport tower will be the tallest in the country, 18-stories in height or around 54 meters, much higher than the existing one built by the Americans when Clark was still a US military base,” Aaron Aquino, CIAC president, said in a statement on Sunday.

He also said the government-run corporation has initiated the bidding process for the “design and build” project.

“The projects are expected to improve Clark’s air traffic control system even as a new terminal building, with an annual capacity of 8 million passengers, is slated to become fully functional by January 2021,” Aquino said.

The control tower at Mactan-Cebu International Airport is 30 meters high while the one at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is measured at about 40 meters.

The projects are two major components of CIAC’s airport infrastructure expansion program whose funding was approved via the General Appropriations Act of 2020 under the account of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority, the CIAC’s parent company.

Meanwhile, Clark airport is operated and maintained by Luzon International Premier Development (LIPAD) Corp.

The CIAC has refocused its operations to further develop the 2,367-hectare Clark Civil Aviation Complex for commercial use in the next two to three years. (PNA)