Flying from or to Clark International Airport? Located along the boundary of Angeles and Mabalacat in Pampanga, this airport is easily accessible by travelers coming from Metro Manila, North Luzon, and Subic.
It serves local and international flights, with more than 20 flights daily. A new terminal is expected to be completed in 2020.
Here’s a first-timer’s guide to the airport.
Philtranco terminals in Pasay and Megamall offer bus services to passengers going to Clark. The Pasay Terminal is beside the MRT Taft station while the SM Megamall terminal is behind the mall’s Building A, in front of St. Francis Square.
There are also P2P buses from Trinoma, Ortigas, and NAIA Terminal 3.
You also have the option to take a bus to Dau bus terminal in Pampanga. Several bus terminals in Manila, such as Victory Liner and Philtranco, have this route.
From the Dau bus terminal, take a jeepney to Clark International Airport.
If you’ve flown before from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, you won’t have problems checking in as the process is almost the same. In fact, it’s easier in Clark International Airport as the counters are close to each other.
Have your passport, boarding pass, and travel documents ready for inspection upon entering the Departure Area. There will be airport security personnel to check these requirements.
Present your passport and boarding pass in any of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) counters.
International departing passengers shall pay the travel tax amounting to P1,620. Don’t forget to keep the receipt as proof of payment. Those who are traveling locally don’t have to take this step.
Line up at your designated check-in counter where you will be asked to present your passport, travel tax receipt, and plane ticket. Check-in your baggage at the counter and get your boarding pass from the officer.
Proceed to the Terminal Fee counter to pay the passenger service charge. This is a requirement for all departing passengers.
For international-bound passengers, they are required to pay PHP600. Meanwhile, the fee for domestic-bound passenger is PHP150.
After checking-in your baggage and getting your boarding pass, go to the immigration counter. Make sure that you have completely filled out the departure card as this is a requirement. The immigration officer may ask you questions related to your travel. Answer honestly and politely.
You, along with your hand-carry luggage, will be inspected again for the last time. Once cleared, collect your things and head towards the gate listed on your boarding pass.
Patiently wait for your boarding time. Clark International Airport announces boardings, change of gates, and delays, so it’s best to be attentive all the time. Once you’re up for boarding, prepare your pass and passport and present them to the attendant.
Before landing in Clark International Airport, the crew of the airplane will hand you a disembarkation card. All foreign passport holders and local passport holders with a foreign immigrant visa are required to fill this out.
Queue in front of the designated counter and wait for your turn. This is where you will present your passport and the disembarkation card.
Proceed to the baggage claim area and wait for your bag to come out.
After collecting your bag, walk towards the Customs area. Line up in the red lane if you will declare items, and in the green lane if not.
Head over to the exit. Coordinate with your fetcher to look for you in the correct spot.
It helps to have a checklist of items you must not forget when traveling, especially if you have an international trip. Here’s a list of items to bring:
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The process takes as short as a minute.