Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano made the announcement during the eight leg of the 2009 DMIA Product Update held at the CAMP-John Hay Trade and Cultural Center in Camp John Hay, Baguio City on Tuesday.
Luciano said that the DMIA posted a 21-percent increase in international passenger volume from the period January and May this year compared to the figures posted in 2008 in the same period.
Based on a report by the CIAC Corporate Planning Department, 251,719 international passengers passed through the DMIA from January to May this year compared to 208,858 in 2008 in the same period, or a difference of 42,861 passengers.
The report also showed a significant increase of passenger volume in the month of January alone by as much as 27 percent with 53, 068 compared to the 41,944 January 2008 figure proving that DMIA is one of the busiest airport in the country.
“I am happy to report to you that despite a 16-percent slump in the first five months of 2009 in the entire aviation industry in the Asia Pacific Region caused by the global economic recession and more recently the A (H1N1), the DMIA posted a 21-percent growth over the first five months of 2009,” Luciano told some 200 participants of the DMIA product update.
Luciano stressed that DMIA being the Premier International Gateway of the Philippines have remained strong and continues to attract passengers saying that “the CIAC Road Show is a big boost to the airport’s thrusts in the promotion of international flights especially in the North Luzon.”
“We are here to invite you, the leaders of the travel agencies, the hotel industry, the chambers of commerce, the Rotary Club and the Jaycees, among others, to come to and fly in and out of Clark,” Luciano stressed.
“People of Northern Luzon, Baguio and Central Luzon this is your airport, Clark is your airport.”
“We want Baguio to be the focal point of the growth of DMIA,” Luciano added.
The road show had covered the provinces of Pampanga, Bulacan, Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, and the Northern Luzon area such as Pangasinan, Ilocos Norte, and the summer capital of Baguio City in Benguet Province.
DMIA is hosts to foreign and local carriers such as Tiger Airways that flies via Clark-Singapore, Air Asia via Clark-Kuala Lumpur and Kotakinabalu, Asiana Airlines via Clark-Incheon in South Korea with connecting flights of the US, China and Japan. Local carrier Cebu Pacific Air also flies via Clark-Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, and Bangkok, South East Asian Airlines (Seair) and Zest Air via Clark-Caticlan to the world famous Boracay Beach.