PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) has launched a new route - Clark to Incheon (South Korea) - starting January 1.
The daily service using the 199-seater Airbus A321 jet allows passengers from Central and Northern Luzon to fly to Incheon without passing through Manila, the flag carrier said in a statement.
Last December 16, PAL started operating out of Clark International Airport in Pampanga with the Clark-Caticlan service using the Q400 turboprop aircraft.
"Clark-Incheon will be PAL's first international route out of Clark," PAL said.
Travelers from Incheon, upon arriving at Clark, can visit interesting attractions in Central and Northern Luzon, or connect on PAL's direct flight to Caticlan, gateway to Boracay, it said.
From Caticlan, PAL can also take Incheon visitors direct to Cebu and the jump off point to other international PAL destinations such as Los Angeles, Singapore, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and also back to Incheon.
The flag carrier will also operate Clark-Davao very soon.
"We will operate more flights outside of Manila not just to decongest the Naia (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) but mainly to offer convenience to passengers who need not travel to Manila for their desired flights," said PAL President Jaime Bautista.
The flight to Incheon departs Clark at 4:45 pm. It will arrive at Incheon 9:40 p.m. Return flight leaves Incheon 10:50 p.m., touching down at Clark 1:55 a.m. the following day.
Also to be launched by the flag carrier within the first quarter of 2017 are international flights out of Kalibo, PAL said. (SDR/Sunnex)