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Monday, November 10, 2008

RP’s largest aviation facility rises in Clark

THE largest hangar facility in the country will rise at the Clark Civil Aviation Complex at a cost of a billion pesos to house a fleet of wide-body Airbus 380-800s and Boeing 747-8s.

This is a project of the Spirit of Manila, a Filipino-owned air carrier offering flights from Manila to key Asian cities and Middle East countries.

Officials of the Clark Development Corp. and Clark International Airport Corp. graced the groundbreaking and capsule-laying ceremonies yesterday.

An initial investment of $20 million had been made available to operate an in-house aircraft-maintenance center, according to airline president Juan Paraiso III.

Spirit of Manila received its approval to operate out of the Dios-dado Macapagal International Airport (Dmia) from the Civil Aeronautics Board, along with Tair Airlines, which made its maiden flight last month.

Paraiso said the hangar is being put up because the airworthiness and safety of their aircraft remain paramount. It was also part of a commitment by the air carrier to President Arroyo “to develop Clark as a leading world-class hub in Asian aviation.”

The carrier, together with its technical partner from the leading Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul provider in Europe, has started the project’s construction, including fabrication of airframe and component overhaul.

The project will be completed next year, and will surpass in acreage the hangar at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).

The facility will generate more jobs in its construction, operation and maintenance phases.

Dmia is being developed as an alternative gateway in Central Luzon, and could be a replacement to the Naia once the latter had achieved its projected volume of 20 million passengers within the decade.

The new hangar project will complement the administration’s grand plan to develop the Dmia as a logistics and services hub in the Subic-Clark corridor.

The Spirit of Manila’s bold drive is based on a five-year vision to make itself a dominant carrier and service provider in Asia with Dmia as its base. by Recto Mercene - BusinessWorld

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