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• Cebu Pa­cific pi­o­neers di­rect Clark-Guangzhou flights

- By RICH­MOND MER­CU­RIO Travel · Cebu · Guangzhou · China · Guangdong Province · Philippines · Shanghai · Manila · Beijing · Xiamen · Shenzhen · Clark International Airport · Subic · Bacolod · Iloilo · Japan · Airbus · Asia · Australia · Middle East · Cebu Pacific · Xiamen Airlines · Narita · Airbus A320neo · ATR

Bud­get car­rier Cebu Pa­cific will fur­ther strengthen its net­work to China with the launch of di­rect flights be­tween Clark and Guangzhou next month.

With the up­com­ing ser­vice, the Gokong­wei-owned low cost air­line will be­come the first lo­cal car­rier to link the two cities.

Flights for the new ClarkGuang­zhou route would com­mence by Nov. 11 and would op­er­ate four times weekly (Mon­day, Wed­nes­day, Fri­day, Sat­ur­day).

Cebu Pa­cific said the new route would cater to in­creas­ing de­mand for leisure and busi­ness travel, while also en­hanc­ing the po­ten­tial for in­vest­ments in the spe­cial eco­nomic zones in Cen­tral Lu­zon, which in­cludes the 9,450-hectare New Clark City.

“With di­rect air ser­vice be­tween Clark and Guangzhou, it will be eas­ier for en­trepreneur­s and busi­ness­men in the e-com­merce space to meet up with sup­pli­ers. They can con­ve­niently at­tend mega-trade events such as the pop­u­lar Can­ton Trade Fair,” Cebu Pa­cific vice pres­i­dent for com­mer­cial Alex Reyes said.

“Chi­nese tourists will also be able to ac­cess the won­der­ful at­trac­tions that Lu­zon has to of­fer. From Clark, the Mt. Pi­natubo ad­ven­ture trek is within a few hours’ drive away,” Reyes said.

Cebu Pa­cific cur­rently flies 27 times weekly be­tween the Philip­pines and main­land China, with di­rect flights be­tween Shang­hai, Manila and Cebu; as well as Manila and Bei­jing, Guangzhou, Xi­a­men and Shen­zhen.

Clark, mean­while, is seen as Cebu Pa­cific’s fastest grow­ing hub in the next five years given on­go­ing im­prove­ments and ex­pan­sion in the Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

The Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port is within prox­im­ity to vi­tal in­fra­struc­ture ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional by 2022, such as the Manila-Clark pas­sen­ger rail­way that will con­nect Manila to Clark, and a cargo rail­way con­nect­ing Su­bic to Clark.

Last Au­gust, Cebu Pa­cific in­au­gu­rated three new flights from Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port, namely to Bacolod, Iloilo and Narita, Ja­pan.

Guangzhou, for its part, is one of China’s nine Na­tional Cen­tral Cities, and as such, is at the fore­front of po­lit­i­cal, cul­tural and eco­nomic devel­op­ment.

It is an ideal des­ti­na­tion for e-com­merce mi­cro-re­tail­ers and start­ing busi­ness­men as well as for leisure trav­el­ers.

Cebu Pa­cific has a 72-air­craft fleet com­prised of two Air­bus A321­neo, seven A321ceo, one A320­neo, 33 A320ceo, eight A330ceo, eight ATR 72-500s, and 13 ATR 72-600s.

It of­fers flights to a num­ber do­mes­tic as well as in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions that cuts across Asia, Aus­tralia and the Mid­dle East.

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