Thursday, October 23, 2008

More flights out of Clark approved by the Philippine CAB

THE Civil Aviation Board (CAB) has approved the applications of local airlines to mount more international and domestic flights out of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) at Clark Field, Pampanga.
Seair was granted 1,260 seats, the equivalent of daily flights, to service the Clark-Hong Kong route. The CAB further allocated 2,520 seats to Seair to mount flights to Macau from Clark. The seats are equivalent to two flights daily.
Seair will also fly to Thailand out of DMIA. It was awarded 1,260 seats, the equivalent of four daily flights to Bangkok.
Seair told the CAB that it has plans to service Palawan and Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei and another new route from Zamboanga to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia.
Zest Air, formerly Asian Spirit, was granted 1,260 seats to service Clark-Hong Kong; 2,520 seats for Clark-Macau and Clark-Thailand with 1,260 seats.
Air Philippines also got two flights to Macau from Clark.
“The latest developments are a result of the success of the series of air consultation talks between the Philippines, Hong Kong and Macau, which granted more air entitlements for Clark,” said Victor Jose Luciano, Clark International Airport Corp. president and chief executive officer.
“Clark will now be linked not only to Mindanao but also to Brunei and Malaysia.” CAB board member Rene Diaz said the Philippine air panel had successfully concluded air talks with Hong Kong, Thailand, Macau, Canada, Finland and Cambodia since the start of the year.
“This is very important because this dramatizes that the policy of President Arroyo of trying to offer more opportunities for the region to attract tourism, trade and investment are beginning to pay off,” Diaz said.
Diaz, at the same time, commended Transportation Undersecretary Doroteo Reyes II, head of the Philippine air panel, for having initiated the conduct and successfully concluding air-consultation talks with Hong Kong, Thailand, Macau, Canada, Finland and Cambodia, among others.
He pointed out that after securing entitlements, more flights could be expected at Clark in the coming months

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