The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) has lauded the daily flights of South Korea’s budget carrier Jin Air at Clark International Airport (CRK) expected to boost passenger volume this year.
CIAC President and CEO Atty. Emigdio Tanjuatco III said that “Jin Air’s daily flights send a clear signal of their trust and confidence to the Clark International Airport.”
“This is a welcome development and we thank Jin Air for their trust and confidence and their support to the development of Clark Airport,” Tanjuatco said.
He also added that the daily flights of Jin Air would greatly contribute to the increase of passenger volume this year wherein Clark Airport is aiming for 3 million passengers within the next two years.
Tanjuatco is also hoping that other airlines operating at Clark Airport will follow the same move of Jin Air so as to attract more passengers in the Northern Philippines.
On May 6, 2015, Jin Air officially launched their daily flights to Clark Airport since operating four times weekly in 2011. The airline is a subsidiary and a low cost carrier of South Korea’s flag carrier Korean Air.
Jin Air began operations in 2008 with routes to regional destinations in Korea. In October 2009, Jin Air began flights to Macau, Guam and Bangkok. Jin Air was formerly named Air Korea.
Clark Airport is host to other airlines such as Asiana Airlines, Qatar Airways, Dragonair, Cebu Pacific Air, CebGo (formerly Tiger Air Philippines), Seair, and Air Asia Berhad.
Tanjuatco said that CIAC is currently in talks to other airlines for possible operations at the airport as well as those airlines such as Emirates and Air Asia Philippines which suspended their flights in 2013.
He said that the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) had been fully supportive to the development of Clark Airport citing the recent initial approval of the National Economic Development Authority Investment Coordinating Council (NEDA-ICC) of the first phase amounting to P1.2 Billion Passenger Terminal for Clark Airport.
The project is set to be discussed to the NEDA Board Meeting this month and will be presented to President Aquino.