Hong Kong-based Metrojet has begun construction of its regional expansion project of a business aviation parking and maintenance facility in Clark, Philippines, expected to be operational in 2020.
With a 50-year lease contract, Metrojet broke ground this week (March 6) to officially commence the construction for this new facility, with the hangar being constructed by Aircraft Support Industries (ASI) under a design-build contract managed by Merx Construction Management.
With a dedicated taxi-way and parking ramp of over 11,000 square metres it will provide secure and private aircraft parking, maintenance and fixed-base operator (FBO) services.
Vince Dizon, president and chief executive officer of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority said: “Clark is currently seeing rapid growth not only as a strong business district but also as an ideal aviation and logistics hub. The ongoing expansion of the Clark International Airport positions Clark as a premier international gateway in the Philippines.”
The 26,000 square metre facility has been designed to provide maximum safety and productivity in all activities. With over 7,100 square metres of hangar floor space, the facility can accommodate up to 10 long-range business jets and a maximum of Boeing Business Jet or Airbus Corporate Jet.
Built with a fully hurricane-proof structure and an aviation specific fire suppression system, the facility also includes over 2,500 square metres of customer accommodation and storage, FBO capability, and engineering support workshops with a material warehouse.
Bruce Watson, chief operating officer of Metrojet, said: “The growing strategic importance of Clark with its freedom of operations and freeport zone, enables us to provide our clients with a high quality and very competitive hangar parking and maintenance facility in the region, especially with locations such as Hong Kong and Singapore becoming increasingly expensive and having capacity constraints.”
Watson revealed the development represents the largest investment made by Metrojet in its 21-year history.