Philippine Airlines has launched its thrice-weekly Clark-Davao-Clark flight on February 1, 2017.
An inaugural flight celebration at Clark International Airport was attended by Clark Airport President Alex Cauguiran, PAL President Jaime Bautista, PAL VP for Marketing Ria Domingo, former Philippine President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda, PAL Senior VP for Airline Operations Ismael Gozon, and Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.
Without Manila stopovers, Davao travelers can reach northern attractions through the gateway to Central Luzon.
Flights, utilizing 199-seater Airbus A321, are scheduled every Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
“Davao travelers can now reach Baguio, Vigan, Pagudpod. This is PAL’s little way to help decongest the airport in Manila by developing Clark as a secondary hub of operations. Within the first quarter of 2017, PAL will operate four new flights from Clark, to Cebu, which we launched last Monday, to Puerto Prinsesa, Caticlan, and now here in Davao,” said Siegfred Mison, PAL’s senior vice president for legal and corporate communications and general counsel.
“Davao as an airport can be our hub, if in case PAL expands operations for Mindanao. That’s why this is a test case if we can really fly out of Davao and make the city a hub. For now, we have hubs at Manila, Cebu, and Clark. Exciting times are really coming for us if in case we can generate interest for people not only domestic but also from outside the country,” said Mison.
Department of Tourism-Davao regional director Roberto Alabado III said the new route will allow Dabawenyos to explore more parts of the Philippines. “This is also an additional flight for those living in Luzon and we can offer them the things that we have here like our diving sites, Mt. Apo, ecotourism sites, and as a destination for conventions,” he said. With plans now to make the Clark International Airport an international hub, tourists coming in the Philippines via Clark will now have a better access to Davao City and Mindanao.