Passenger volume at Clark airport up 54%
MANILA, Philippines - The number of passengers at the Clark International Airport (CIA) grew 54% in the first 6 months from last year as more budget carriers operate flights out of Pampanga.
International and domestic passengers reached 547,556 in January to June 2012, against only 354,585 in the same months last year, data from the Clark International Airport Corp (CIAC) showed.
"This manifests the continued support of our fellow Filipinos as well as foreigners, travelers, tourists and Overseas Filipino Workers using the CIA," said CIAC President and CEO Victor Luciano.
The increase in passenger volume came as flights at CIA grew 38% to 4,749 in the first 6 months from 3,435 last year. The airport is serving at least 300 aircraft movements weekly.
Among the local budget carriers that have started operating out of Clark are Airphil Express and AirAsia Philippines.
Airphil commenced on March 29 its domestic flights from Clark to Davao, Puerto Princesa, Cebu and Kalibo. It also mounted international flights to Singapore and Hong Kong out of Clark. Airphil is a subsidiary of flag carrier Philippine Airlines.
In April, AirAsia Philippines launched its domestic flights from Clark to Davao, Puerto Princesa and Kalibo. It also doubled its international flights to Kuala Lumpur to twice daily. AirAsia also flies to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia and will soon fly to Macau and Hong Kong starting July 19.
AirAsia Philipines is a subsidiary of AirAsia Berhad of Malaysia.
Cebu Pacific, meanwhile, operates international flights via Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and Macau with domestic flights to Cebu from CIA. It recently announced that it will operate the Clark-Incheon route this year. - Rappler.com
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