Friday, January 22, 2021

First for Indian infra majors: GMR Group builds its second airport terminal in Philippines

New Delhi: The GMR Group has built a new passenger terminal building (PTB) at Clark International Airport (CIA) near Manila, its second project in Philippines.

This terminal, built with a capacity to handle 80 lakh passengers annually and expected to decongest Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), was handed over to Philippines government’s Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) on Friday. The capacity of this terminal can be further expanded to handle 1.2-1.6 crore passengers annually.

GMR Airports, India’s largest private airport company in India, is the only Indian airport developer to have developed and operated airports outside India. It is in a JV with Megawide Construction Corporation of Philippines operating and developing Mactan Cebu International Airport, the second largest airport of Philippines.

GMR Group subsidiary, GMR Airports, says its JV with Megawide Construction Corporation has built the over 1.1 lakh square metre terminal in a record time of 24 months during the pandemic. “It is one of the fastest completed projects in the Philippines and first project of the Philippines government under the hybrid PPP framework… (CIA) has the potential to emerge as a future destination for direct flights to and from India,” it says.

GMR Group chairman of energy and international airports, Srinivas Bommidala, said: “We feel proud to be part of (Philippines) president Duterte’s ‘build-build-build program’ through the development of Clark Airport and would very keen to further contribute in growth of aviation sector of the country through more projects. We are delighted to have been able to complete the new passenger terminal building in a record time of 24 months and hand over to BCDA successfully. Adhering to GMR’s concept to showcase local culture at the airport, the new terminal will give a rich feel of the Philippine culture. It has been designed and constructed using the latest innovative technologies and as per international standards and environmental best practices.”

22/01/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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