Tigerair launches Clark-Davao flights

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Friday, December 13, 2013

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Tigerair Philippines has launched its Clark-Davao flight eyeing Clark International Airport as its operation hub in the region.

Tigerair president and chief executive officer Olive Ramos said their new three-times-a-week flights will start on December 17.

"Tigerair will maximize their presence in Clark and as a hub for its flights because of its ideal location. Unlike the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila, it is not as busy and congested," Ramos said during a press conference at Holiday Inn Resorts Clark.

Ramos also revealed that Tigerair will also embarked on plans to further expand their Clark operations by conducting international flights to Incheon in South Korea and Tokyo, Japan by early 2014.

"Clark International Airport is a vital location for our operations especially in our flights in the Asia Pacific Region, and we intend to expand our presence in the area," she stressed.

At present, Tigerair flies to Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok with domestic flights to Kalibo via Clark Airport.

"With these flight, travellers from the Northern and Central Luzon no longer need to drive all the way to the NAIA to take their flights to these destinations," she added.

Ramos stressed "that they will be focusing in Clark because of its potentials as a gateway to the North and Clark is a tax-free zone, making operations out of its airport less costly for carriers. Lower operations costs mean more affordable rates for travellers."

"Operating in Clark offers many incentives, such the fuel is tax free, and fuel is 60 to 70 percent of the cost of operating carriers, That’s why it is cheaper to fly out of Clark," Ramos added.

Victor Jose Luciano, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and Chief Executive Officer, welcomed the carrier's additional domestic flights.

He said this would boost passenger volume at Clark Airport.

Luciano revealed that the French firm Airport Du Paris and the Philippine Governments are set to sign a memorandum of agreement for the design of a budget terminal for Clark.

He said that the funds for the project will be provided by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) amounting to P7.2 billion.

The Budget Terminal capacity is about 15 million passengers annually, according to Luciano.

Tigerair's other flights include Manila-Cebu, Manila-Davao, Manila-Tacloban, Manila-Bacolod, Manila-Iloilo, Manila-Kalibo, and Manila-Puerto Princesa.

It also has international flights from Manila to Phuket.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 14, 2013.

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