LOW-COST carrier Tigerair Philippines on Friday said it will mount flights to South Korea and Japan early next year.
Tigerair Philippines President Olive Ramos said the budget airline wants to further expand its Clark operations by conducting international flights via Clark to Incheon in South Korea and Tokyo, Japan, by early 2014.
“Clark International Airport is a vital location for our operations, especially in our flights in the Asia-Pacific region, and we intend to expand our presence in the area,” Ramos said.
At present, Tigerair flies to Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok with domestic flights to Kalibo via Clark Airport.
“With these flight, travelers from the Northern and Central Luzon no longer need to drive all the way to Metro Manila to take their flights to these destinations,” Ramos added.
Also, Tigerair will formally launch its Clark-Davao flights on December 17 with a tri-weekly frequency as part of its expansion programs at Clark International Airport.
“Tigerair will maximize its presence in Clark and as a hub for its flights because of its ideal location. Unlike the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila, it is not as busy and congested,” Ramos said, while adding that “operating in Clark offers many incentives, such the fuel is tax free, and fuel is 60 percent to 70 percent of the cost of operating carriers, That’s why it is cheaper to fly out of Clark.”
For his part, Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) President Victor Jose I. Luciano welcomed the additional domestic flights of Tigerair as this would boost passenger volume at the Clark International Airport.
Luciano said the French and the Philippine governments are set to sign a memorandum of agreement that will pave the way for French company Airport Du Paris to plan and design a separate Budget Terminal for Clark International Airport that is designed to handle 15 million passengers annually.
He said the funds for the project amounting to P7.2 billion will be provided by the Department of Transportation and Communication. The project will be implemented in two phases.
Tigerair also mounts domestic flights from Naia Terminal 4 with its Manila-Cebu, Manila-Davao, Manila-Tacloban, Manila-Bacolod, Manila-Iloilo, Manila-Kalibo and Manila-Puerto Princesa flights. It is also flying the Manila-Phuket route.
Source: Lenie Lectura, Business Mirror