Philippines-China relations

Passenger traffic at Clark airport jump 38% in Jan-Feb
More passengers are flying through Clark International Airport Corp., hiking up the airports revenue collections
MANILA, Philippines – More passengers are flying through Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC), which experienced a 38% jump in traffic to 160,847 in the first 2 months of 2012 compared to the same period last year. 
The increase in number of passengers — which translates to more terminal fees — hiked January and February revenues, the state-run operator of the airport 80 kilometers from Metro Manila said in a statement on Wednesday, March 14.
In January, the CIAC revenues jumped 25% to P37.336 million from only P29.9 million in January 2011. The February 2012 revenues are not yet available.
The majority of that revenue came from taking in more passenger terminal fees, explained CIAC president Victor Jose Luciano. He said collection from passenger terminal fees alone rose by 46% to P6.167 million. 
CIAC collects various fees from passengers and airlines including: security, landing and take-off, cargo and general aviation fees. 
CIAC expects the influx of passengers to continue and to hit the one million passenger mark by year-end, compared to roughly 730,000 international passengers last year.
The growth is expected to come from the 3 budget airlines that will begin operating out of Clark:
  • AirAsia Philippines begins launching domestic flights from Clark to Davao and Kalibo on March 2
  • Airphil Express will mount flights from Clark to Cebu, Davao, Kalibo and Puetro Princesa on March 29
  • South East Asian Airlines (Seair) is expected to mount international flights out of the hub to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and daily flights to Bangkok, Thailand in May
Seair already flies 3 times a day to Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok. 
Currently the airlines operating out of Clark include:
  • Cebu Pacific Air
  • Seair
  • Asiana Airlines (South Korea)
  • Jin Air (South Korea)
  • Air Asia Berhad (Malaysia)
In the longterm, the northern hub and the airlines there will benefit if the government delivers on its plans to transfer the main international gateway from Manila to Clark.
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), however, has acknowledged that plan could take at least 5 years. –

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