CLARK FREEPORT – A top official of the Clark International Airport (CRK) said the airport’s 282 flights weekly has proven the viability of President Duterte’s Dual Airport Policy.
Alexander Cauguiran, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) officer-in-charge, said the increasing flights of major airlines here confirms the viability of the National Government’s plan for Clark Airport and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) dual airport scheme.
Cauguiran said the number of CRK’s weekly flights reached 282. President Duterte called for the utilization of Clark airport and ordered for dual airport policy.
“Compared to previous years, more airlines are now appreciating CRK’s marketability and its increasing number of local destinations,” Cauguiran said.
He added that Clark airport’s established domestic connectivity to major islands in the country.
According to the CIAC Chief, CRK has already recorded 1.1 million passengers from January to October 31, 2017 and passenger traffic is projected to reach 1.4 million by December.
“Clark can never be the main airport of Manila and we do not compete with NAIA operations since Clark caters to passengers from Northern and Central Luzon while NAIA targets Metro manila and the southern population,” Cauguiran said.
“Right now we are tapping a goldmine by servicing our catchment population of 21.4 million potential passengers and airlines are appreciating this,” Cauguiran added.
He cited Clark airport’s ready market population from Region 1 to 3 and the Cordillera Administrative region which easily entice airlines to mount operations at Clark.