Wednesday, February 11, 2009

FedEx to use Clark airport as transit point for Taiwan-China flights

FedEx, the world’s largest express transportation company, announced that it will use the Clark international airport to transit its Taiwan flights to and from its newly opened hub in China. 
The company will be using Clark as a landing and takeoff site to meet its needs that comply with current aviation regulations, the company said in a statement. 

“FedEx will maintain its presence in the Philippines and remains committed to the Philippine market in the long term as we expand our operations gateway in Manila, with back-office facilities being ramped up as part of a regional strategy to centralize certain services," said FedEx. 

The announcement was made a day after FedEx officially opened its $150 million AsiaOne superhub in Baiyun International Airport in Gaungzhou, China. 

The China hub, the company’s largest facility outside the US, replaced the Subic Bay facility. An estimated 136 flights will arrive at and depart from the new hub weekly. 

Meanwhile, the Subic Bay hub, which served its Asian market for 13 years, will be the company’s regional operations point for the next 30 years. 

However, FedEx did not say why it chose the Clark airport as its transit point over its previous home at the Subic Bay International Airport. 

It will serve the Philippines through the airports in Manila and Cebu.

Last Thursday, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) said that FedEx will continue to have a contingent operating in Subic Bay until April this year. Around 550 employees will be affected by its China transfer.

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