Clark seen to con­nect whole Philip­pines

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY REY­NALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CLARK FREEPORT — Philip­pine Am­bas­sador to Switzw­er­land Evan Gar­cia said that Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port (CRK) will con­nect the whole Philip­pine archipelago.

Gar­cia is­sued the state­ment dur­ing the re­cent visit of Philip­pine diplo­mats abroad in a bid to pro­mote Clark air­port to var­i­ous des­ti­na­tions in the coun­try.

“Clark in the heart of Cen­tral Lu­zon will con­nect the whole coun­try,” Gar­cia said.

Gar­cia and other of­fi­cials made a walkthrough of the CRK’s ma­jor fa­cil­i­ties as part of the group’s economic and cul­tural diplo­macy tour which comes at the heels of the Economic Diplo­macy Fa­mil­iar­iza­tion Tour of Cebu and the Global Con­fer­ence of Heads of Posts in Manila.

Other am­bas­sadors who ac­com­pa­nied Gar­cia in­clude Jose Ji­meno (Berne, Switzer­land),

Rowena Sanchez (Ankara, Turkey), Celia Fe­ria (Lis­bon, Por­tu­gal), Jun­ever West (Am­man, Jor­dan), Maria Thome­czek (Ber­lin, Ger­many), Con­suls Gen­eral Teresa Di­zon de Vega (New York, USA), Os­car Orcine (Manado, In­done­sia), and Charge d’Af­faires Elmer Cato (Bagh­dad, Iraq).

“We hope this diplo­matic tour will help in pro­mot­ing Clark air­port in (the am­bas­sadors’) host coun­tries where thou­sands of Filipinos are lo­cated,” Alexan­der Cau­guiran, head of the Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port Cor­po­rati­ion, said.

Cau­guiran gave the of­fi­ci­cials an up­date on ad­di­tional flights that are seen to bol­ster CRK’s connectivity with ma­jor des­ti­na­tions in the coun­try.

Clark air­port hosts the daily flights of Philip­pine Air­lines to Cat­i­clan, Cebu, and Davao, and daily in­ter­na­tional flights to In­cheon in South Korea.

Philip­pines AirAsia’s has set thrice weekly Clark to Kal­ibo flights on March 27.

The flag-car­rier is also set to launch its Palawan route via Puerto Princesa and Busuanga do­mes­tic flights by March 26.

CIAC of­fi­cials also pre­sented the Clark Air­port Master De­vel­op­ment Plan which in­cludes the build­ing of a new Pas­sen­ger Ter­mi­nal with an eight mil­lion-pas­sen­ger ca­pac­ity be­ing im­ple­mented by the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion headed by Sec­re­tary Arthur Tu­gade.

The CIAC chief added that the air­port man­age­ment seeks to max­i­mize in the next two to three years the ex­ist­ing ter­mi­nal with a ca­pac­ity of 4.2 mil­lion pas­sen­gers an­nu­ally.

The huge mar­ket po­ten­tial of CRK are trav­el­ers com­ing from Re­gions 1 to 3 and the Ca­manava area (Caloocan, Mal­abon, Navotas, Mal­abon) with a com­bined pop­u­la­tion of around 24.2 mil­lion.

“Un­der Sec­re­tary Tu­gade’s di­rec­tion, CRK will def­i­nitely help ease the con­ges­tion of Metro Manila es­pe­cially if pas­sen­gers from these ar­eas will con­sider Clark as their air­port of choice,” Cau­guiran said.

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