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Flights to Shanghai soon at Clark airport

Mar 14, 2017

CLARK FREEPORT - China Eastern Airlines is launching its initial Clark-Shanghai flights soon, with an eye for business travelers, the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) said yesterday.

CIAC president-CEO Alexander Cauguiran said China Eastern toured the Clark International Airport (CRK) facilities last week towards finalizing such plans.

“China Eastern is encouraged by the marketability of Clark airport and the increasing number of its local destinations,” Janette Cordero, the airlines’ ground handler representative in the Philippines, said.

Cauguiran, who attended a briefing of China Eastern officials led by the airline’s Manila manager Channe Chen, said the entry of another major airline here reflects the growing investments climate in Central Luzon.

“This will definitely boost Clark’s operations as we are also looking at thousands of business travelers who may now choose Clark to fl y China Eastern,” he added.

The airline also plans to establish an exclusive airport lounge at Clark since it is a legacy carrier with interstate routes and which offers first class and business class seating and a frequent- flyer program, he noted.

China Eastern’s website said the initial route will connect Clark to its main base in Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport where all international and several domestic flights to and from Shanghai are hosted.

The Clark-Shanghai route will also connect to numerous cities in Europe, Asia and North America.

Meanwhile, Cauguiran also announced Air Asia will launch thrice weekly Clark-Kalibo flights starting March 27 and four times weekly Clark-Davao flights by April 22, augmenting the operations of Philippine Airlines whose domestic flights include such destinations as Caticlan, Cebu, Davao, as well as international Clark-Incheon flights.

On March 26, the flag carrier will start servicing a Palawan route via Puerto Princesa and Busuanga.

Clark hosts other airlines, such as Emirates Airlines via Dubai, Qatar Airways via Doha, Asiana Airlines via Incheon, Jin Air via Incheon and Busan, Cebu Pacific Air via Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and domestic flights to Cebu, along with Cathay Dragon via Hong Kong and Tiger Air via Singapore.

International cargo service giants FedEx and UPS likewise mount a weekly average of 23 international and domestic cargo flights at Clark.

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