Contactless self check-in and bag drop and implementation of a “silent airport” policy are some of the innovative features of the new passenger terminal building at Clark International Airport in Pampanga.
With the terminal’s contactless self-service kiosk, the traveler no longer has to touch the machine. Instead, simply scan the QR code, and the screen of the kiosk will appear on the cellphone.
The required details will be entered on the cellphone before the traveler can get a boarding pass and baggage tag.
The passenger will also bring his luggage to the bag drop counter. When the weight limit is exceeded, the counter will not work.
Under the “silent airport policy,” there will be no more announcements at the terminal. Still, travelers will check the signage for details of flights, according to Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.
President Rodrigo Duterte led an inspection of the building on Saturday night, aiming to make it an alternative to Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The construction of the building started in 2018 but was only completed in 2021.
Contactless check-in, bag drop featured at Clark airport’s new terminal
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the Department of Transportation said it targets to open the building for international and domestic flights before the end of the year.
The travel of those from Metro Manila to Clark will also be expedited when the North-South Commuter Railway System is completed.
“Rutang Makati papunta rito, 55 minutes na lang, compared sa 2 hours,” said Tugade.
“This is to show the world we are ready when we ease travel restrictions, ready tayo to open up,” said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
“Lahat dito ay contactless. Hinahanap ng travelers ang less contact. COVID-proof na siya,” said Puyat.
About P19 billion was spent on the project, including other infrastructure such as taxiways.
The airport can accommodate up to 8 million passengers per year.