AirAsia Group intends to submit a bid in the upcoming tender for a 25-year operation and maintenance contract at Clark, said chief executive Tony Fernandes.
“Bringing ASEAN together. Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines to bid for Clark airport in Manila and build a big east ASEAN hub. Walking the talk on ASEAN. Kudos to Indonesia airports. Look what can be done in ASEAN when we work together,” ch-aviation quoted Fernandes, who wrote a series of tweets, referring to the regional economic cooperation body Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The bid will be submitted jointly by the main Malaysian unit of the group, as well as Indonesia AirAsiaand Philippines AirAsia.
Once a new terminal opens in 2020, the airport is poised to become a hub for the entire Clark-Manila region, decongesting the current gateway.
The concession is tentatively scheduled to be awarded by August 30.
According to the ch-aviation capacity module, Philippines AirAsia is currently the second-largest airline at Clark, with a 16.7 per cent market share by capacity. It serves 32 weekly departures, in comparison with 104 offered by flag carrier Philippine Airlines.