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Thursday, October 19, 2017

PAL to start local, int’l flights at Clark Airport next month

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By Emmie V. Abadilla

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will launch domestic and international flights at the Clark International Airport (CRK) by the middle of next month, December 16, 2016, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), President Alexander Cauguiran announced.

PAL starts with Clark-Caticlan route daily flights, in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to decongest the metropolis and transfer flights from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Clark.

20TH A321 FOR PAL – The 20th Airbus A321 of Philippine Airlines arrived from Toulouse, France, last Nov. 18, bringing to 80 the number of aircraft in PAL's fleet. Photo shows the delivery team, composed of (from left): Merwin Espeso – aircraft technical specialist; Angelie Wee – corporate finance officer; First Officer Mark Victor Misa; Capt. Arnold Linantud; Captain Anthony B. Fonghe; A320 Chief Instructor Pilot Capt. George Alvarez; F/O Glenn delos Reyes; F/O James Joseph Estrada; Jorge Delima & Ramon Estellero, both CAAP airworthiness inspectors; and Efren Asturiano – LTP senior inspector.

 The 20th Airbus A321 of Philippine Airlines arrived from Toulouse, France, last Nov. 18, bringing to 80 the number of aircraft in PAL’s fleet. Photo shows the delivery team, composed of (from left): Merwin Espeso – aircraft technical specialist; Angelie Wee – corporate finance officer; First Officer Mark Victor Misa; Capt. Arnold Linantud; Captain Anthony B. Fonghe; A320 Chief Instructor Pilot Capt. George Alvarez; F/O Glenn delos Reyes; F/O James Joseph Estrada; Jorge Delima & Ramon Estellero, both CAAP airworthiness inspectors; and Efren Asturiano – LTP senior inspector.

The flag carrier will be adding more flights to Clark by January 2017, including daily flights from Clark-Cebu and Clark-Davao; four-times-a-week flights from Clark to Busuanga, Palawan, plus three times per week flights to Cagayan De Oro.

In addition, PAL will launch daily international flights to Incheon, South Korea by January next year.

The airline will have a total of 21 flights per week at Clark Airport, according to Cauguiran.

Earlier, Cebu Pacific Air (CEB)  announced it is increasing its Clark to Hong Kong flights from 3 times to 10 times weekly by next month and its Clark-Cebu flights from four times weekly to six times weekly.

 “The development and full utilization of the Clark International Airport will achieve the socio-economic objectives of the Duterte administration,” he concluded.

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