Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) said it is aiming to increase its passenger volume by at least 3 million in the next two years in line with efforts to establish the facility as a major transportation hub in Northern Luzon.
Lawyer Emigdio Tanjuatco 3rd, chief executive officer of CIAC, said the corporation is now focused on marketing Clark International Airport in order to attract more passengers and airlines.
“Based on studies, there are at least 1.5 million passengers coming from Regions 1, 2, 3 and the northern part of NCR (National Capital Region) who would rather go to Ninoy Aquino International Airport for the reason that they are not aware that there is Clark International Airport,” he said.
“Clark International Airport has its own catchment area which I think needs to be tapped in order to attract more passengers to come to the airport,” he added.
Clark International Airport registered passenger volumes of 1.3 million in 2012 and 1.2 million in 2013, CIAC data showed.
Tanjuatco also noted that CIAC is currently engaged in letting the government and air carriers see that the Clark International Airport is an important part of the country’s airport system.
The CIAC official said, “We want to engage these airlines and [convince]them to give priority to Clark Airport.”
“We have to show the national government that Clark Airport is relevant to the Philippines,” he added.
AirAsia Berhad of Malaysia recently re-launched its four weekly Clark-Kuala Lumpur flights, which are expected to boost passenger traffic at the airport this year.
“Let’s focus now in marketing the airport,” Tanjuatco said.