BUDGET airline Cebu Pacific on Wednesday said it is expanding its operations at the Clark International Airport (CRK) starting mid-December this year as it reaffirmed its commitment to the development of the airport.
Lawyer JR Mantaring, CEB vice president for Corporate Affairs, said that the budget airline will increase its Clark-Cebu-Clark operations from three to six times weekly, while Clark-Hong Kong-Clark will increase from seven to 10 times weekly beginning December 16, 2016.
These additional flights may now be booked via CEB’s official website, mobile app, reservation hotlines and ticket offices, he said.
By adding more flights between Clark and Hong Kong, CEB hopes to further stimulate economic trade and investments from one of Asia’s largest financial hubs to North and Central Luzon.
On the other hand, increased flights from Clark to the Philippines’ second largest city, Cebu, will boost domestic tourism opportunities, said Mantaring.
“As one of CEB’s six strategic hubs in the country, we will continue to grow Clark to serve the needs of North and Central Luzon. The additional frequencies and further investments strengthen our commitment to the development of the country’s airports,” he said.
“We sincerely look forward to the progression of flight and ground operations at Clark as well as a furthering of incentives that Clark will offer to the carriers,” he added.
CEB is the only Philippine carrier that operates flights out of Clark and has done so since November 2008. CEB currently operates 21 flights weekly from Clark to Cebu, Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore, utilizing 180-seater Airbus A320 aircraft. This further growth in Clark operations will increase CEB’s commitment to 27 weekly flights.
Aside from operating flights, CEB has also established its own maintenance, repair and overhaul provider at the airport, called SIA Engineering Philippines (SIAEP).
Incorporated in 2008, the state-of-the-art facility is a joint venture with SIA Engineering Company of Singapore (SIAEC) and features three hangars that serve to perform base maintenance, line maintenance, and air-worthiness approvals for CEB.
The airline also utilizes the Philippine Academy for Aviation Training (PAAT), another joint venture with the global civil aviation and defense training leader CAE, at the Clark Special Economic Zone. The training center offers type-rating and recurrency training for the Airbus A320 family.
In 2015, CEB carried over 330,000 passengers to and from Clark. The robust figures continue into 2016, which saw CEB flying more than 190,000 passengers to and from Clark from January to July.
CEB offers flights to 36 domestic and 30 international destinations, covering an extensive network that spans Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.
Its 57-strong fleet is comprised of seven Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320, six Airbus A330, and eight ATR 72-500 aircraft. Between 2016 and 2021, CEB expects delivery of 32 Airbus A321neo, two Airbus A330, and 16 ATR 72-600 aircraft.
Cebu Air Inc. is the largest carrier in the Philippine air transportation industry, offering its low-cost services to more destinations and routes with higher flight frequency within the Philippines than any other airline.