CLARK FREEPORT -- China Eastern Airlines is set to mount its Clark-Shanghai flights in the next few months targeting mostly business travelers.

CIAC President and Chief Executive Officer Alexander Cauguiran disclosed that said executives of China Eastern toured the Clark International Airport (CRK) facilities last Wednesday.

The visit set off the airline’s initial step in finalizing plans to augment its flight network and to use Clark airport as one of its hub, according to Cauguiran.

Janette Cordero, ground handler representative of the China Eastern, said that the carrier is encouraged by the marketability of Clark airport and the increasing number of its local destinations.

Cauguiran led the briefing of China Eastern officials led by Channe Chen, the airline’s General Manager in Manila.

The CIAC chief said the entry of another major airline will further increase passenger traffic.

“This will definitely boost CRK’s operations as we are also looking at thousands of business travelers who may now choose Clark to fly China Eastern,” he added.

The airline also plans to establish an exclusive airport lounge in Clark airport.

China Eastern is a legacy carrier which offers interstate routes. It has first class and business class seats.

China Eastern’s initial route will connect Clark to its main base in Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport where all international and several domestic flights to and from Shanghai are hosted.

Cauguiran said the Clark-Shanghai route will also connect to numerous cities in Europe, Asia and North America.