From the PH side: Philippine Ambassador to Germany Irene Susan Natividad, House of Representatives Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Department Trade and Industry Secretary Fred Pascual, and Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) Berlin Special Trade Representative Nicanor S. Bautista
From the Lufthansa side: President and Chief Executive Officer Elmar Lutter

BERLIN, GERMANY – Following their successful maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) operations in the Philippines, the country anticipates another groundbreaking project from Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP). President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. together with the Philippine economic team led by Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Fred Pascual met with Mr. Elmar Lutter, President and CEO of LTP, on 12 March 2024 to discuss the company’s plan to build a second hangar in Clark, valued at around USD 150 million or PHP8 billion.

During the meeting, Secretary Pascual said, “We appreciate Lufthansa’s recent consideration of Manila as a destination for one of its direct flights from Europe to Southeast Asia. It does not only open opportunities for tourism but also for other business services of Lufthansa that the Philippines can support.”

The Philippine delegation also emphasized that the expansion plan of LTP will also provide high-quality and better-paying jobs to Filipinos while strengthening the aerospace MRO capabilities of the country.

The proposed hangar, covering two hectares of leased land, is expected to employ at least 400 workers during its construction. This facility in Clark will complement LTP’s existing 23-hectare technical base and hangar at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), built in the 1980s.

The hangar can accommodate at least two Airbus A380s, with a construction timeline of two years. LTP is considering a partnership with Maharlika Investment Corporation (MIC) for this project, with initial discussions already underway with Maharlika Fund’s President and CEO, Rafael Consing Jr.

LTP also discussed that their customers will include British Airways, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Emirates, and Qantas. The company shared the possibility of a Phase 2 expansion, either in Clark or at new airport sites in Bulacan or Sangley Point. 

In the meeting, the Philippine delegation reassured LTP officials of the government’s commitment to upholding its existing contracts, addressing Lufthansa’s concerns about the impact of future developments in NAIA. Currently, LTP employs around 2,800 mechanics, engineers, and support personnel in the Philippines, operating eight hangar bays and workshops designed to the latest industry standards.  These facilities support a range of services from light to heavy maintenance checks, major modifications, cabin reconfiguration/retrofit programs, and lease return checks. ♦

Date of release: 14 March 2024