Philippines largest budget airline, Cebu Pacific remains committed to the development of the Clark International Airport (CIA), some 60 km north of Manila.
Beginning December 16, Cebu Pacific will increase its Clark-Cebu operations from three to six times weekly while Clark-Hong Kong-Clark will be up from seven to 10 times weekly. These additional flights can already be booked from the airline’s official website, mobile app, reservation hotlines and ticket offices.
By adding more flights between Clark and Hong Kong, Cebu Pac. hopes to further stimulate economic trade and investments from one of Asia’s largest financial hubs to North and Central Luzon. On the other hand, increased flights from Clark to the Philippines’ second largest city, Cebu, will boost domestic tourism opportunities.
Cebu Pacific is the only Philippine carrier that operates flights out of Clark and has done so since November 2008. The low cost carrier currently operates 21 flights weekly from Clark to Cebu, Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore, utilizing 180-seater Airbus A320 aircraft. This further growth in Clark operations will increase the airline’s commitment to 27 weekly flights.
“As one of Cebu Pacific’s six strategic hubs in the country, we will continue to grow Clark to serve the needs of North and Central Luzon. The additional frequencies and further investments strengthen our commitment to the development of the country’s airports. We sincerely look forward to the progression of flight and ground operations at Clark as well as a furthering of incentives that Clark will offer to the carriers,” says JR Mantaring, Vice President for Corporate Affairs.
In 2015, Cebu Pacific carried over 330,000 passengers to and from Clark. The robust figures continue into 2016, which saw CEB flying more than 190,000 passengers to and from Clark from January to July. The airline has a market share of 45% of all passengers using Manila alternative gateway, north of the capital. Expansion of the airport is still on the map with a new terminal due to welcome some 15 million passengers a year.