CIAC: Qatar Airways robust

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014


CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport Corporation said that the operation of Qatar Airways here is in good condition and the airline company continues to attract passengers for its daily flights.

CIAC President and CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano noted that the passengers of Qatar Airways via Doha-Clark-Doha increased since its launching on October 28, 2013.

“Qatar Airways flights are always fully booked and that passengers prefer their flights to Clark International Airport,” Luciano said. The CIAC official added that the passengers, who are mostly overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), come from the northern part of the country.

Passengers from Metro Manila also use Clark airport for their flights to Doha in Qatar, said Luciano.

Qatar Airways flies an Airbus 330 with a capacity of 305 passengers. The carrier was awarded Best Airline in the World in 2011 and 2012 by SkyTrax.

Emily Torralba, an OFW in Qatar residing in Metro Manila, said she prefers Clark International Airport for her flight because of convenience.

“Clark Airport is more convenient for me since I travel from Metro Manila and it only takes me an hour to catch my flight,” she said.

Romeo Araullo, another OFW in Qatar, said, “Qatar Airways should double their flights in Clark Airport.”

He said the flights are always fully booked and the passengers prefer flights here. Araullo, who hails from Baguio City, said he has been using Clark Airport since Qatar Airways launched their non-stop flights last year.

Joselito Aguilar, who works as a staff reporter of Gulf Times in Qatar, said Clark International Airport is fast becoming the “Airport of the North.”

Clark Airport facilities are undergoing rehabilitation for the improvement of service as it is gearing up as the country’s alternative airport next to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Metro Manila.

The new Passenger Terminal Building is completed and in full operation.

The facility can accommodate four million passengers annually. It has 34 check-in-counters, 24 immigration counters. From 8,587 square meters, the airport area is now 18,573 square meters. CIAC spent P417 million for the construction of the Phase 2 Expansion project.

The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) had tapped the services of the French firm Aeroports De Paris for the conduct of a Feasibility Study for Clark Airport.

The study, which started last February, includes the design of the proposed P7.2 billion Low Cost Carrier Terminal, which can accommodate 10 million passengers annually.

Other airlines operating at Clark Airport includes, Cebu Pacific Air, Tiger Air Philippines, Asiana Airlines, Dragonair, Jin Air, and Seair-International.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 15, 2014.

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