Good news to all travelers! Starting December 16, Philippine Airlines (PAL) will increase its flights at Clark International Airport by adding five domestic and one international destinations. For the mean time PAL will have 32 flights weekly going Incheon, South Korea, via the Clark International Airport (CRK) while PAL will make daily flights to Caticlan and Cebu, four to Davao and Busuanga, and three to Cagayan de Oro. PAL will start its daily flights to Incheon in January.
Chief executive officer of Clark International Airport Corp. Alexander Cauguiran announced the operations of the national flag carrier in CRK during the Clark Development Projects Stakeholders Roadshow here of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority on Thursday November 29.
According to Cauguiran, said PAL transferred these flights to CRK from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City in response to President Duterte’s call to decongest air traffic at Naia and land traffic in Metro Manila. Naia handled 36 million passengers in 2015, almost triple its original capacity of 13 million yearly.
“If half of the eight to 10 million passengers in Central and northern Luzon travel to Metro Manila and fly via Clark, that would be less than four million vehicles in the national capital,” Cauguiran said.
Clark has been struggling to attract people to be able to help in reducing the traffic in Metro Manila because its distance and and lack of mass transit options. To address this matter, Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said that they will be building a railway system linking the capital district, either via Quezon City or Naia itself, to Clark Airport. According to Tugade plans have yet to be finalized, would be finished before the term of President Duterte ends in 2022.