This Lounge at Clark International Airport Is Exclusively for OFWs

It's available for free.

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(SPOT.ph) Clark International Airport in Pampanga has been serving foreign and domestic flights since it opened in 1996. It's an alternative international gateway to Metro Manila, but far enough if you don't want to deal with the capital's congestion and just go straight to another destination in the Philippines. And as its new passenger terminal nears completion, people can't wait to travel again and enjoy its sleek design, contactless self-check in, and increased capacity. The free lounge dedicated to Overseas Filipino Workers is also one of the main draws of the new four-level terminal.

Also read: Clark International Airport's Newest Terminal Looks Amazing

Clark International Airport Passenger Terminal
The new passenger terminal of Clark International Airport.
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Clark International Airport OFW Lounge
The four-level terminal features a lounge exclusively for OFWs.
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"Through the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Lounge, we extend to our country's modern-day heroes this facility for their exclusive use. The workers, who may be coming home for their scheduled breaks to be reunited with their families or who may be headed for long periods of stay in host countries, or who may be traveling for recreation, truly deserve special attention," Bi Yong Chungunco, chief executive officer of the Luzon International Premier Airport Development Corporation, said in a statement.

Clark International Airport OFW Lounge
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Clark International Airport OFW Lounge
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As in most international airports in the Philippines, OFWs form the bulk of frequent airport users. This is especially true at Clark International Airport, which is seen to be a "a growing catchment area in Central and Northern Luzon, due to the rapid rise of Clark as a preferred hub for business, economic and leisure activities," Chungunco added.

"Clark’s new terminal is envisioned to be an international gateway that all Filipinos can be proud of, not just because of its state-of-the-art facilities, but because it reflects Filipino values. Kasama na po rito and pagtanaw ng utang na loob. OFWs make a huge sacrifice for our country. The OFW Lounge is our small way of saying thanks, and reassuring our kababayans that we value them, wherever they are in the world and especially here at home," Vince Dizon, president of Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), also said.

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Where to Stay Near Clark International Airport

Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort in Mabalacat, Pampanga opened their doors to the public on December 30, 2020. It's less than 15 minutes away from Clark International Airport and just an hour and a half away to Balintawak in Metro Manila.

Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort near Clark International Airport
Swimming pool at Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort
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The luxurious resort features 308 rooms that range from a King Guest Room to a King One-Bedroom Suite with Balcony. All room options use a digital key (yes, you can tap the door lock with your phone) and feature Hilton's signature Serenity bed. Guests can choose from three dining outlets: Olive, which has an open-kitchen concept, Chinese restaurant XI, and the casual spot Treat. You also have access to their swimming pool and fitness center.

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