This marks the beginning of Cebu Pacific Hong Kong flights and 3 other international destinations to and from Clark
Cebu Pacific (CEB) the low-budget airline of the Philippines, will fly directly to Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau from the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA), commonly known as Clark.
Lance Gokongwei, CEB president, said “DMIA is our fourth hub and that operating here will further strengthen our presence and availability of flights especially for the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Central and Northern Luzon.”
Gokongwei said, in addition to the Cebu Pacific Hong Kong route, CEB will mount daily flights to Singapore, four times a week to Macau and three times weekly to Bangkok.
Meanwhile, Victor Jose I. Luciano, Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) president and CEO, said “CEB’s decision is a major development of the DMIA. It is the first major local carrier to mount international flights from the airport.”
Luciano said, CEB has been planning to make Clark their major hub and begin Cebu Pacific Hong Kong flights since last year but they could not get their entitlements until the Philippines secured it recently thru the RP-Hong Kong and RP-Thailand Air Talks.
”As soon as the entitlements were secured, CEB immediately responded and showed interest to mount international flights," Luciano said.
He said the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), the Civil Aeronautical Board (CAB), which are members of the RP panel, along with Clark and representatives of the different airlines that negotiated the air talks, were instrumental for securing the entitlements and instituting the Cebu Pacific Hong Kong and other international flights.
”Despite the slowdown in aviation because of fuel costs, CEB has manifested confidence in Clark as a major hub,” he added.
The hub is CEB’s third major project in the Clark Freeport.
Its two previous projects are the construction of the US$ 11 million flight simulator and a joint project with the Singapore Airline Engineering Company (SIAEC) for the establishment of a US$ 100 million Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) facilities.
Foreign carriers currently operating at the DMIA include, Tiger Airways of Singapore via Clark-Singapore-Macau routes;
Air Asia of Malaysia, Clark-Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu;
Asiana Airlines of South Korea, which flies the Clark-Incheon route and the recently added flights to Los Angeles, New York and Chicago in the United States every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday via connecting flights from Incheon.