Source: Manila Bulletin
Emirates, one of the world’s largest airlines, announced it will launch its daily non-stop flights from Clark to Dubai on October 1, 2013 to cater to Filipinos and tourists whose destination is Northern Luzon.
This move makes Emirates the only international full service carrier operating westbound from Clark International Airport (CIA). And with the Manila and Clark route, Emirates offers four daily operations between Dubai and the Philippines.
The award-winning airline, which flies to over 120 destinations worldwide, first flew to the Philippines in 1990 via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
This year, with the Philippines’ tourism efforts, the new gateway is in line with the country’s vision to attract 4.5 million annual tourists, which the government hopes to increase to 10 million by 2016.
“Filipinos now have the freedom to choose between Clark International Airport and Ninoy Aquino International Airport, which demonstrates our commitment to our customers,” said Gigie Baroa, Emirates Philippines’ country manager. “And with this new route, we are reaching more Filipinos who live in Northern Luzon, bringing them and their loved ones closer than ever.”
The Clark route will also serve as the new exit point for the millions of Filipinos working in the Middle East, which has the second largest number of temporary overseas Filipino population of around 2.7 million, with 1.5 million in Saudi Arabia and 680,000 in the UAE.
A two-class Boeing 777-300ER will operate on the new route. The two-class configuration variant allows the airline to add more seats to the aircraft in the economy and business classes while the aircraft’s first class will be scrapped.
Recently awarded ‘World’s Best Airline’ by Skytrax at the 2013 World Airline Awards, Emirates offers the best service in the business. Its world-renowned in-flight entertainment system, which includes Wi-Fi connectivity and the acclaimed ice Digital Widescreen entertainment, has also been awarded ‘World’s Best In-flight Entertainment’ for the ninth consecutive year.