The Manila-Clark Railway is now a reality after Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) chief Vivencio Dizon announced the construction of the project will start by December this year as part of the commitment of President Rodrigo Duterte to develop other cities outside Metro Manila.
The project is a most welcome development since it will benefit the development of the Clark International Airport which is currently bustling with international and domestic flights.
CRK is now host of a string of domestic flights such as Caticlan, Cebu, Davao, and Kalibo being service by Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Philippines Air Asia.
Clark International Airport Corporation President and CEO Alexander S. Cauguiran is really working hard to entice other airlines to mount flights at CRK.
Cauguiran recently hinted before a meeting with Travel Agents and Tour Operators in Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, and Subic Bay that CRK will have other domestic flights by July of this year.
Possible flights would be Tagbilaran, Bohol and Cagayan which are among the favorite tourism destinations in the Philippines.
Philippines Air Asia marked its return at CRK by launching the Kalibo and Davao flights last March and April giving travelers in the North Philippines the chance to visit tourism destinations in the Visayas and Mindanao areas.
CRK will be among the government-run facility that will contribute in attracting more tourists as the Tourism Department is targeting at least 3 million tourists to visit the wonders of the Philippines. Philippine Airlines (PAL) also committed to CIAC a plan to make CRK as their second hub that includes setting up their own Terminal and possible flights to the United States before the end of 2017.
PAL has now flights to Caticlan, Cebu, Davao and Incheon in South Korea.