CLARK FREEPORT -- Filipino carrier Cebu Pacific opened three new routes at the Clark International Airport on Friday, August 10.
The new flights to Tokyo, Bacolod and Iloilo were launched in a ceremony held at the Marriot Clark Hotel.
The launching ceremony was led by Lance Gokongwei, president and chief executive officer of Cebu Pacific; Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade; and Jaime Melo, president of Clark International Airport.
Also present were Lipad president and chief executive officer Bi Yong Chungunco, Japan National Tourism Organization executive director Daisuke Tonai, Mabalacat City Mayor Crisostomo Garbo, and Pampanga Provincial Board Member Anthony Torres.
Cebu Pacific is the first Philippine carrier to mount direct flights between Clark and Tokyo.
With the expansion of its route network in the Clark hub, Cebu Pacific will become the largest carrier in Clark in terms of capacity by end-2019, capturing 28 percent of total number of seats offered by all carriers operating in Clark.
Flights from Clark to Bacolod and Iloilo run daily, while direct service to and from Narita is scheduled four times weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday).
The carrier also announced earlier that it will begin flying daily between Clark and Puerto Princesa in Palawan by the fourth quarter of 2019.
These four new routes will boost Cebu Pacific's total capacity in Clark by 40 percent in 2019 alone, following a 75 percent increase in 2018 with the launch of direct commercial air service to and from Davao and Panglao (Bohol), as well as additional frequency for the Clark-Macau route.
"We have been operating flights in and out of Clark since 2006. The opening of these new routes is a testament of how committed we are to continuously develop this hub -- we are not only establishing seamless inter-island connections, but also opening up North Luzon to more potential entrepreneurs, both local and foreign, furthering tourism, trade and investment opportunities in Clark and its surrounding areas," Gokongwei said in his speech during the launching.
Cebu Pacific flies to four other domestic destinations (Cebu, Caticlan, Tagbilaran, Davao), and three other international destinations (Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong) to and from Clark.
"As we aim to fly 200 million passengers by 2020; and 300 million by 2022, trust that we have been and will always keep our customers at the heart of the business. Rest assured, we will continue to cater to the growing travel demand by enabling more Juans to travel conveniently and affordably through our year-round low fares," Gokongwei added.
The airline expects to receive over 60 aircraft in the next eight years, guaranteeing even greater growth in and out of the Philippines.
Aside from Clark, Cebu Pacific operates flights out of six other strategically placed hubs in the Philippines: Manila, Kalibo, Iloilo, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan) and Davao.
Cebu Pacific operates over 2,000 flights across 37 domestic and 26 international destinations.