• Emirates starts flights out of Clark

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    Emirates, one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines, further expanded its global network with the start of its nonstop, daily service between Dubai and the Clark International Airport, which is the airline’s second destination in the Philippines.

    “Emirates and the Philippines are inextricably linked and we look forward to building our successful relationship with the country,” said Mohammed Mattar, Emirates divisional senior vice president for Airport Services.

    The official added that, “Our services to both Clark and Manila will further enhance key tourism and trade links between the Philippines and the UAE, [United Arab Emirates] and beyond to our global network over 130 destinations on six continents.”

    The carrier has been operating flights to Manila since 1990 and increased its flight frequency on the route to three times daily. The flights are nonstop.

    “Due to the growing demand for Emirates’ services, the new Clark-Dubai route will offer our passengers the flexibility of choosing from two destinations in the Philippines,” said Gigie Baroa, Emirates Philippines country manager.

    She added that, “Clark is shaping up to be a one-of-a-kind tourism and business center, and we are proud that Emirates is a part of that development.”

    Emirates flights will attract overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) mostly residing in North Luzon, and attract tourists from the Middle East and Europe.

    More options for OFWs
    “Clark International Airport is proud to host the 2013 Skytrax world’s best airline, Emirates. This is just one of our efforts to provide more options to our overseas Filipino workers and tourists,” said Victor Jose Luciano, Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) president and chief executive officer.

    Currently, the carrier is using a Boeing 777 in a two class configurations on the route, with 42 business class flatbed seats and 216 economy class seats.

    With the new daily flights to Clark, Emirates SkyCargo will be able to provide more than 160 tons of additional cargo hold capacity each way per week, further supporting
    Philippines exports of perishables, such as dairy products, fruits and vegetables, meat and seafood, and electrical and electronic equipment. The service also supports imports of textiles, apparel, plants, flowers and chemical products from the UAE.

    Emirates is a fast-growing international airline with one of the youngest fleets in the sky and more than 500 awards for excellence worldwide.

    “It’s a business, it’s like opening a shop, it takes time [to]people [will]know you,” Mattar said.

    Rosalie C. Periabras

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