PH Airlines set to launch first flight out of Clark International Airport

A PAL plane ©
A PAL plane ©

LEGACY carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will launch its first international route out of Clark beginning January 1.  

The new route – Clark to Incheon (South Korea) – will be a daily service using the 199-seater Airbus A-321. The new route is meant for passengers from Central and Northern Luzon who want to fly to Incheon without passing through Manila.

PAL started operating out of Clark International Airport in Pampanga last December 16 with the Clark-Caticlan service using the Q400 turboprop aircraft. 

The legacy carrier said that travelers from Incheon, upon arriving at Clark, can visit interesting attractions in Central and Northern Luzon, or connect on PAL’s direct flight to Caticlan, the gateway to Boracay. From Caticlan, PAL can also take Incheon visitors direct to Cebu, host to a variety of world-class tourist spots and the jump off point to other international PAL destinations such as Los Angeles, Singapore, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and, also back to Incheon. 

The flag carrier will likewise operate Clark-Davao very soon. 

“We will operate more flights outside of Manila not just to decongest the NAIA but mainly to offer convenience to passengers who need not travel to Manila for their desired flights,” PAL President Jaime Bautista said in a statement. 

The flight to Incheon departs Clark at 4:45 pm. It will arrive at Incheon 9:40 pm. Its return flight leaves Incheon 10:50 pm, touching down at Clark at 1:55 pm the following day.

PAL will also launch international flights out of Kalibo within the first quarter of 2017.

Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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