“NO congestion, no flight delays.” These are the strong selling points of Clark Airport in Pampanga, said Atty. Emigdio Tanjuatco 3rd, president and chief executive officer of Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) as he urged travelers in northern Luzon to make use of Clark as an alternate gateway.
“Try using Clark International Airport in Pampanga to avoid traffic congestions and flight delays,” Tanjuatco said.
Tanjuatco added, “Clark Airport has no traffic congestions and flight delays, as low-cost carrier airlines and full-service airlines are arriving on time with their scheduled flights.”
He cited that Qatar Airways even arrives ahead of its 9:20 a.m. scheduled flights at Clark Airport.
“Qatar Airways arrives as early as 8:10 a.m. at Clark Airport,” he said.
He said that there are no traffic congestions in the area especially leading to Clark Airport.
“This is one of the many factors why Clark Airport has an advantage over other airports in the country today,” Tanjuatco said.
Tanjuatco also advised passengers to arrive at the airport two hours before their flights to avoid any inconveniences so that they can enjoy the comfort offered by the facilities at Clark Airport.
But he admitted that they still need to invite more airlines to utilize the airport so that more international and domestic flights can land or take off from Clark for the convenience of passengers in the Northern Luzon area.
“We are currently in talks with other air carriers with the possibility of adding more flights at Clark Airport, as we have a passenger terminal that can accommodate as much as 5 million passengers annually,” Tanjuatco said.
He said he is currently in talks with AirAsia Philippines and Emirates Airlines to encourage them to return to Clark Airport. AirAsia and Emirates temporarily suspended their operations at Clark in 2013.
Last year, CIAC said it was 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.
CIAC had earlier forged a deal with Robinsons Starmills in the City of San Fernando for the establishment of a passenger lounge that would take passengers directly to Clark Airport and vice versa. Similar lounges were also established at the Ayala-owned Trinoma Mall in Quezon City and at the SM City Clark.
Clark Airport has 3.2-kilometer parallel runways that can accommodate large aircraft, such as an Airbus A-380 commercial aircraft that is only allowed to land at the 2,367-hectare Clark Civil Aviation Complex.
Clark Airport is host to various airlines such as Qatar Airways, Asiana Airlines, Dragonair, Air Asia Bhd., Cebu Pacific Air, Tiger Air, Jin Air and Seair.
Based on studies, there are at least 1.5 million passengers coming from Regions 1, 2, 3 and the northern part of the National Capital Region who would rather go to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) because they are not aware of the existence of Clark International Airport.