Travelers might need to wait a little bit longer before experiencing the hustle and bustle of an airport again.
In the mean time, here’s a virtual tour of the futuristic, newly completed Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), the Terminal 2 of the Clark International Airport (CRK).
Dubbed as “Asia’s Next Premier Gateway”, the newest terminal located in the heart of Pampanga aims to redefine the travel experience of its passengers and strengthen the overall capability of the airport.
- The best of Central Luzon, at a glance
The highlight of the airport as you approach one of the country’s most historic Luzon provinces –Pampanga, is its exterior.
In a Facebook post shared by BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture+Design, by the tandem of Budji Layug and Arch. Royal Pineda, the new CRK will introduce modern Filipino design by their firm.
The roofline of the newest terminal is inspired by the peaks of Mt. Arayat, Mount Pinatubo and Sierra Madre, the largest mountain range in the Philippines. It reflects the organic shape of the mountains. The airport’s vibe also used warm and tropical tones.
Earth tones and the central color of soft gray grace the terminal floors and pillars in the Check-In Hall. Cool and soothing, accents of green and blue were also inspired by the greenery and Mt. Pinatubo’s crater lake. The water formation on Mt. Pinatubo crater lake is also represented through a specific tint of blue, near turquoise. It is present in glass structures in the terminal, and is prominent on the Security Screening Area.
Hanging fixtures in the central Airside Retail Area are the signature “parol”, or star lantern, of Pampanga, with different display of colors.
- Contactless kiosk
In this time of pandemic, “contactless” solutions are better. As the airport prioritizes the safety and peace of mind of their passengers, the newest terminal is having a common-use self-service kiosks (CUSS) and self-service bag drops. Passengers or travelers can check-in at the designated kiosk without the need for ground staff. These features lessen the risk of spreading the virus and can effectively maintain physical distancing.
- Silent airport policy
Say goodbye to ear-aching calls for boarding and departures, except for emergencies. Travelers will rely on posted updates and directions.
- Gender-neutral restrooms
Clark International Airport is one of the airports in the country to have neutral restrooms. This provides comfort and safe travel experience regardless of the travelers’ gender.
- Heroes lounge
The newly completed terminal has dedicated a transit lounge exclusively for the country’s modern-day heroes, the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), military, police, and other uniformed personnel. Equipped with comfortable furnishings, it’s the best place to relax while waiting for their flights– FREE OF CHARGE.
- Railway Connection
The CRK Terminal 2 is also connected to the Philippine National Railways North 2 (North-South Commuter Railways System), connecting National Capital Region (NCR) with Clark International Airport and New Clark City. This will shorten travel time between NCR to the airport to 55 minutes.
According to Department of Transportation (DOTr), once the CRK Terminal 2 is fully operational, the airport can accommodate up to 12.2 million passengers –nearly thrice the current traveler’s rate of 4.2 million. This will also create jobs, improve connectivity, mobility, and disperse economic activity to the regions that will definitely boost the economic growth in North and Central Luzon. Something to look forward once we adapt to the new normal, isn’t it?
What do you think about the new CRK terminal?
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TINGNAN: Pinangunahan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte, kasama sina Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade at BCDA CEO and President Sec. Vince Dizon, ang inspeksyon sa bagung-bago at modernong Terminal 2 ng Clark International Airport (CRK) sa Pampanga, ngayong araw, Hulyo 17, 2021. (n.d.). Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 8, 2021, from https://dotr.gov.ph/55-dotrnews/3716-tingnan-pinangunahan-ni-pangulong-rodrigo-roa-duterte-kasama-sina-department-of-transportation-dotr-secretary-art-tugade-at-bcda-ceo-and-president-sec-vince-dizon-ang-inspeksyon-sa-bagung-bago-at-modernong-terminal-2-ng-clark-international-airport-crk-sa-pampanga-ngayong-araw-hulyo-17-2021.html
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