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PAL to start Clark-Virac flights Dec. 15
By Ashley Manabat

Oct 12, 2017

CLARK FREEPORT – The country’s flag carrier, Philippine Airlines (PAL), is mounting flights to Virac, Catanduanes via the Clark International Airport (CIA) here.

In a statement on Wednesday, PAL said it will begin the thrice weekly Clark-Virac route starting December 15.

PAL said this is in response to the clamor of residents of the Province of Catanduanes for a direct link to Central Luzon. Virac is the capital municipality of Catanduanes located in the Bicol Region.

According to PAL, the Clark-Virac link is a prime initiative of Catanduanes’ Lone District Representative and concurrent chairman of the House Committee on Transportation Rep. Cesar V. Sarmiento. The solon has been in dialogue with airline officials amidst calls for expanded air links to Virac.

According to the Virac website, only one airline, Cebu Pacific, has direct link to Virac Airport via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport 3 in Manila.

PAL president and chief operating officer Jaime J. Bautista said: “This latest pioneer route enables us to serve the flight needs of our ‘kababayans’ in the Province of Catanduanes. It will be our pleasure to serve the Clark-Virac route and provide them our trademark heartfelt service on this short hop.The new flights further expand our domestic route network and our hub at Clark International Airport giving travelers the flexibility to choose from our wide array of domestic services.”

Rep. Sarmiento thanked PAL, citing ‘the benefi ts of the service in terms of spurring tourism and economic activity between both provinces.’

“As a company imbued with public interest, it is important to respond to the needs of the flying public, particularly the untapped markets. I am pleased with PAL’s positive response to my request for this much-needed service,” he said in a statement.

The Clark-Virac flights will operate Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, departing Clark at 6 a.m. and arriving in Virac at 7:30 a.m.

The return flights will operate on the same days, leaving Virac at 8 a.m. and touching down in Clark at 9:30 a.m. PAL will operate the 76-seater Bombardier Q400 fleet for the new route. PAL’s domestic hub operations in Central Luzon serve the following routes: Clark – Basco, Clark-Busuanga, Clark-Caticlan, Clark-Cebu and Clark - Puerto Princesa.

New domestic flights out of Clark this December will serve Bacolod, Cagayan, Davao and Tagbilaran. From Clark, the flag carrier also serves Seoul (Incheon) four times weekly.

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