Clark airport certified as one of PHL”s safest

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    CLARK FREEPORT – The Clark International Airport has been classified as one of the country’s safest airports by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) as it squares with the Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR) Governing Aerodromes and Manual Standards.

    An Aerodome Certification on this was awarded to Clark airport, represented by Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) president Alex Cauguiran, during the recent celebration of Civil Aviation Day at CAAP in Paranaque City.

    Cauguiran said “the Aerodrome Certification is vital to the operations of the Clark airport, indicating it has passed the international standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the CAAP.”

    “The Aerodrome Certification has set several aerodrome procedures covering safety management system, aerodrome reporting, access to the movement area, aerodrome emergency plan, rescue and firefighting service, aerodrome inspection, visual aids that include electrical systems, and aerodrome lighting,” Cauguiran noted.

    He also said “the procedure also includes movement area maintenance, aerodrome works safety, aircraft parking control, ramp safety management, airside vehicle control, wildlife hazard management, airside vehicle control, obstacle control, disabled aircraft removal, handling of hazardous materials, low visibility operations and protection of radar and navigation aids.”

    Cauiguiran also said Clark airport has been included in the Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Air Traffic Management (CNS-ATM) system of the CAAP.

    “The CNS-ATM will improve the handling and transfer of information, extend surveillance and improve navigational accuracy. This will lead to, among other things, increased airspace capacity,” he said.

    Cauguiran said “the integration of Clark Airport in the state of the art communications, navigation and surveillance air traffic management system will further enhance the airports capability to monitor the flight movements since more domestic and international airlines are expected to operate at Clark.”

    “Starting Dec. 16, Philippine Airlines (PAL) will start flying daily the Clark-Caticlan route. The daily Clark-Caticlan route will depart at 11:30 am in Clark and 10:00am in Caticlan,” he announced.

    PAL will also commence domestic flights to Davao, Busuanga and Cagayan De Oro and international flights to Incheon South Korea by January next year, he added.

    Cebu Pacific and other domestic and international carriers have also announced increased flights and new routes via Clark.

    “Safety of our passengers is above everything for us at CRK, our compliance with international aviation standards and the inclusion of the Clark Airport in the monitoring system and coverage of the CNS-ATM makes us a lot safer as an airport,” Cauguiran said.

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