PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL) wants Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga to become one of its major hubs, according to the state-run Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC).
This as PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime Bautista committed to set up an additional hub in Clark in two years.
PAL has also committed to build its own passenger terminal building and a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility inside the Clark Civil Aviation Complex.
“PAL’S expansion (in Clark) allows passengers to experience our unique brand of service and ensures convenience and connectivity,” PAL senior vice president for airline operations Ismael Augusto Gozon, who spoke during the inaugural CRK-Busuanga flight, said.
Meanwhile, the flag carrier announced during its recent three-day expo at Bonifacio Global City that it expects the delivery of more new planes starting this year, with two new Boeing 777–300ERs set to arrive in December 2017 along with the arrival of the Q400 Next Generation turboprops for domestic flights starting July 2017, and the first of six brand-new A350-900s expected to arrive in 2018.
Clark airport hosts PAL’s Cebu, Caticlan, Davao, Busuanga (Coron) routes and international flights via Incheon in South Korea, along with the CRK-Puerto Princesa thrice a week flights which began on March 28.