Source: Lenie Lectura, Business Mirror
Qatar Airways will use Clark Airport as its second gateway to the Philippines when it starts mounting Clark-Doha-Clark flights on Monday.
Qatar Airways will utilize Airbus A330-300 for its Doha-Clark-Doha flights at Clark Airport. The aircraft’s capacity is about 305 passengers
Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) President and CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano said the entry of Qatar Airways is again a manifestation of confidence of Middle East carriers to operate international flights at Clark airport.
“They [Qatar Airways] see the potentials of Clark airport of becoming another gateway to the world, especially in the Middle East and Europe,” said Luciano.
Qatar Airways will connect Clark International Airport to more than 100 international destinations in the world.
Luciano emphasized the importance of the Middle East flights at Clark airport, saying it will connect Northern and Central Luzon to the rest of the world. “Passengers from the North and Central Luzon will instead use Clark airport to fly to Qatar.”
Early this month, another Gulf carrier, Emirates Airlines, launched its non-stop daily Dubai-Clark-Dubai flights at the 2,367 hectare Clark Civil Aviation Complex in Clark Freeport Zone Pampanga. Emirates vowed to attract 1 million passengers for Clark Airport.
Luciano said the Middle East flights at Clark airport will boosts the program of the government of attracting more tourists to visit the country, consistent with the Department of Tourism (DOT) target of 10 million tourist arrivals by 2016.
He also said overseas Filipino workers from the North and Central Luzon will benefit from these Middle East flights using Clark Airport as their gateway.
Clark airport registered 1.3 million passengers in 2012 as compared to the previous years of 500,000 to 600,000 passengers annually.
Other airlines operating out of Clark are Air Asia Berhad of Malaysia, Asiana Airlines and Jin Air of South Korea, Cebu Pacific Air, Tiger Airways Philippines, Dragonair and Emirates Airlines.