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Clark reports surge in int’l, domestic flights

Clark International Airport saw a sharp increase in both international and domestic flights in the first quarter of the year as more passengers used the fast-growing budget airline hub in Pampanga.

In a statement on Wednesday, Clark International Airport Corp. president and CEO Victor Jose Luciano said that, from January to March, total passenger volume at the facility reached 408,895 passengers—62 percent more than that reported in the same period last year.

The fastest rate of rise was seen in January, with passenger volume surging by 71 percent to 153,920. In February, volume rose by 57 percent to 123,349. In March, volume was up by 56 percent to 131,626.

Gains were mainly attributed to the rise in international flights out of Clark, and the trend would likely continue, the airport operator said.

Dubai-based Emirates is expected to start operations by October as it begins to link passengers to the Middle East and Europe. The airline will be using its Boeing 777-300ERs, which have a passenger capacity of 437, the statement said.

To meet growing demand, the management of Clark Airport is preparing to double the current capacity of the facility—to four million passengers annually from the existing two million—through a P360-million expansion project.

The airport has been growing as budget airlines make air travel more accessible to a larger portion of the population.—Miguel R. Camus

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  • ovalboy

    mag ingat daw po sa mga Immigration officials sa Clark. KOTONG to the max ang mga nandyan. Dapat eh ma-surveillance video ang mga hayup na mga animal na mga ito.

  • http://www.besthomescebu.com/ Dan Lester

    The same thing is happening in Cebu. Hopefully, the new Mactan International Airport bidding will finally be realized. Construction will then follow…

  • tilamsik

    sana ma privatize na nga ang BOC dahil sa sobrang inefficient ang mga tao don sa Clark International Airport sa paghanap kung sino ang puedeng pagkaperahan na mga foreigners at kung ano ang mga puedeng ma “confiscate” sa mga dumarating na pasahero…. SHAMELESS people! ginagawa nilang second class citizen ang mga Pilipino sa sariling bayan dahil lamang sa “facilitation fee” ng mga koreano at chekwa… may feedback email pa naman kunwari na naka post sa wall nila.. mag email ka goodluck na lang kung may magbabasa.

  • rickysgreyes

    PNoy develop Clark airport already instead of debating and studying, which your team been doing all these past 3 years. Sayang ang oras. Di naman issue yung 2 airport for a mega city like Manila. Other big cities like Tokyo, NYC, LA all have more than 1 airport. Just do it! You once have 3 years left, y’know.

    • josephacheng

      Buti pa si PGMA with the Clark Airport.

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