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Two big wins for the Philippines’ Clark International Airport: FedEx will return to the Philippines and plans to use the airport as its hub, while surging low-cost carrier AirAsia will build a passenger base there for its new local affiliate, AirAsia Philippines.
At 2,367-hectares, Clark International Airport is about four times the size of Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, about 90 minutes’ drive away. It is located within the Clark Freeport Zone and industrial area on the site of a former US military base.
AirAsia Philippines plans to start flying in October to Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Bangkok with a fleet of four aircraft, before expanding out to other Asian destinations. Its parent company, AirAsia, already flies between Clark and Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu, which will continue alongside the new services.
FedEx’s main Asian hub is at Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, and is the company’s largest outside the United States. Before relocating there, it operated out of another Philippines economic zone (and former US base) at Subic Bay but found itself unable to expand operations to meet customer demand. The loss of FedEx was a blow to the Subic Bay and administrator Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, which lost 600 jobs and around P160 million (US$3.76 million) a year in revenues.
FedEx has chosen Singapore’s Changi Airport for a 282,700 sq foot Regional Hub, the second-largest facility of its type in the Asia-Pacific region. Scheduled for completion in 2012, it will bring Singapore’s FedEx delivery, pick-up and air operations all under the one roof. Singapore, the company said, was chosen for its access to global markets, central location, and aspiration to be a leading regional air cargo hub.
The FedEx facility will form part of Changi airport’s Air Cargo Express (ACE) hub, inside Singapore’s Airport Logistics Park and Changi’s Free Trade Zone. It will be equipped to handle more than 9,000 packages per hour with a 5-belt sorting system and has parking bays to house 250 delivery vans and two aircraft. Singapore Customs and the Immigration & Checkpoint Authority will also have a facility on-site to streamline cargo clearance.
source & article: AsiaOne Business