The Philippine Airline announced on Friday to expand their operations at Clark by 2017, eyeing Japan route.
This was gleaned during the launch of the inaugural flight of Philippine Airlines' daily Clark-Caticlan flights at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga on Friday.
PAL officials said the nation's flag carrier would further expand their operations by 2017, one of these is the Japan route.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said that "he is now in talks with the Minister of Transportation of Japan and PAL Officials for the establishment of Japan flights at Clark Airport through Okinawa that will provide more international service to our passengers especially in Central and Northern Luzon."
"This will further develop Clark Airport as it now being prioritized by President Rodrigo Duterte to help decongest Metro Manila," Tugade stressed during the formal launching of the Clark-Caticlan flights at Clark Airport.
He also said that by January 1, 2017, PAL will start daily flights to Incheon, South Korea to further boost connectivity throughout the world.
"We thank PAL and PAL Express for coming in Clark and rest assured that this administration will continue to develop Clark Airport and attract more airlines to operate in Civil Aviation Complex," he added.
Tugade said that PAL Express constituted 22 flights operations at Clark Airport wherein the local carrier would also introduce domestic flights such as Davao, Busuanga , Cebu and Cagayan De Oro by January 2017 as part of their commitment to transfer several flights at Clark.
PAL Express flight PR2371 with 76 passengers formally took-off via Clark-Caticlan, signaling the start of their daily flights leading to the world famous Boracay Island.
At the same time, Pal Express President Bonifacio Sam said that "Travelers from Central and Northern Luzon can now enjoy the beaches of Boracay and Cebu without having to endure the traffic gridlock in Metro Manila."
"This daily service to Caticlan marks the start of PAL developing Clark as another hub of operations,"
"After Caticlan, we plan to mount flights from here (Clark) Davao, Busuanga, Cebu and Cagayan De Oro by next year." Sam said
He said that "this is part of our commitment to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, we recognize the potential of Clark as the country's premier gateway, given the requisite infrastructure support."
The PAL inaugural send-off ceremonies were also attended by officials of DOTr and Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) headed by President and CEO Alexander Cauguiran.
Cauguiran said that "PAL Express operations at Clark Airport will further boost the local economy and the communities surrounding Clark Freeport Zone."
He said that CIAC would continue to support all the endeavors of PAL as this will further enhance the development of the Airport of the North.
Source: Philippines News Agency