The Aquino administration welcomed reports that the Clark International Airport was ranked 3rd best airport in the world by the London-based Financial Times Business Group, a Palace official said on Monday.
"We welcome the assessment made by the London Financial Times Group. Certainly, we are in the process of improving our airport facilities," Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Monday.
"That has been the commitment made by Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas to the President and, therefore, the said agency will exert all its best efforts to improve the facilities of not only Clark but also the other airports," Lacierda said.
President Benigno Aquino III vowed to improve the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Mactan Cebu International Airport and other airports before the end of his term.
The President also assured that new airports will be built in the different parts of the country, which includes the New Bohol Airport in Panglao, New Legaspi Airport in Daraga and Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental.
"As you know, NAIA-1 is undergoing rehabilitation in phases. We will be improving the facilities of NAIA-2 and NAIA-3," Lacierda said.
The London-based Financial Times Business Group also ranked Clark Freeport Zone 8th best freeport zone in the world.
With the Financial Times ranking, the Clark Freeport Zone is now part of an elite list of freeport zones in the world, including the Dubai Airport Free Zone (Dafza), the Dubai International Financial Centre in UAE and Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone in China.