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Friday, December 15, 2017

PAL links Clark to Basco, Batanes

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Rugged and picturesque Basco in Batanes is now a short flight away for leisure travelers from Central and Northern Luzon with the launch on October 1, 2017 of regular Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights from Clark International Airport.

The four-times-a-week service from Clark complements PAL’s existing twice-a-day Manila-Basco flights.

CIAC, PAL OFFICIALS LAUNCH BASCO, BATANES FLIGHT FROM CLARK AIRPORT– Philippine Airlines (PAL) officials led by Ismael Augusto Gozon, PAL Senior VP for Airline Operations (center) and Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) officers led by Acting President and CEO Alexander Cauguiran (3rd from left) and CIAC VP Arnulfo Pan of the Airport Operations Management Group (2nd from left) cut the ceremonial cake launching the Basco, Batanes service from the Clark International Airport (CRK) on Sunday, October 1. With them are: PAL Branch Manager Raphael Loui Romualdo (extreme left); CIAC VP Lauro Ortile of the Administration and Finance Group (4th from right); Genaro Velasquez, PAL Senior Assistant VP for Sales-Philippines (3rd from right); Michael Villaflor Jr., Area Manager for Sales for Metro Manila and Luzon (2nd from right); and, PAL Clark Station Manager Marlon Calasin (right). PAL Flight PR 2688 flies four times weekly between Clark and Basco, Batanes (BSO) every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 11:45 a.m. (CIAC - Corporate Communications Office)

CIAC, PAL OFFICIALS LAUNCH BASCO, BATANES FLIGHT FROM CLARK AIRPORT– Philippine Airlines (PAL) officials led by Ismael Augusto Gozon, PAL Senior VP for Airline Operations (center) and Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) officers led by Acting President and CEO Alexander Cauguiran (3rd from left) and CIAC VP Arnulfo Pan of the Airport Operations Management Group (2nd from left) cut the ceremonial cake launching the Basco, Batanes service from the Clark International Airport (CRK) on Sunday, October 1. With them are: PAL Branch Manager Raphael Loui Romualdo (extreme left); CIAC VP Lauro Ortile of the Administration and Finance Group (4th from right); Genaro Velasquez, PAL Senior Assistant VP for Sales-Philippines (3rd from right); Michael Villaflor Jr., Area Manager for Sales for Metro Manila and Luzon (2nd from right); and, PAL Clark Station Manager Marlon Calasin (right). PAL Flight PR 2688 flies four times weekly between Clark and Basco, Batanes (BSO) every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 11:45 a.m. (CIAC – Corporate Communications Office)

The new flight, operated by PAL Express, departs Clark 11:45 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday. The return flight leaves Basco 2:00 p.m. on the same days.

The Clark-Basco route offers convenient direct flight without the need for Central and Northern Luzon passengers to travel by land to Manila.

The new route is part of PAL’s development of Clark as a third hub of operations, following Manila and Cebu.

Meanwhile, the aircraft used on the Cebu-Cagayan de Oro and Cebu-Butuan routes is being upgraded to the next-generation, dual-class Bombardier Q400 also on October 1.

Passengers get to experience the new Q400’s spacious and quiet cabin comparable to jet airplanes.

The 86-seater Q400 flies twice a day on the Cebu-Cagayan de Oro and Cebu-Butuan service.

PAL has started taking delivery of 12 new Q400 turboprops that are being used to open new inter-island routes.

On November 1, PAL will open three new domestic routes out of Davao – to Zamboanga, Tagbilaran and Cagayan de Oro.

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