A new flight service connecting Clark with Shanghai will help link the airport cities across Europe, North America and the rest of the world.
China Eastern airline is now in the final stages of plans to use the airport just outside Angeles City as a hub.
The first route — expected within a few months — will connect Clark to the airline’s main base at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport. From there, fliers can catch connecting flights to almost anywhere.
The airline also has plans for an exclusive airport lounge at Clark.
Alexander Cauguiran, CEO of Clark International Airport Corporation, said: “This will definitely boost Clark Airport’s operations as we are also looking at thousands of business travellers who may now choose Clark to fly China Eastern.”
Airline spokesman Janette Cordero said: “China Eastern is encouraged by the marketability of Clark airport and the increasing number of its local destinations.”
In the meantime, AirAsia will launch three weekly flights to Kalibo on March 27, and four weekly flights to and from Davao by April 22.
This will add to routes run by Philippine Airlines, which has services to Caticlan, Cebu, Davao, and international flights via Incheon in South Korea.
On March 26, PAL will start servicing a Palawan route via Puerto Princesa and Busuanga.
Clark Airport hosts other airlines, such as Emirates Airlines via Dubai, Qatar Airways via Doha, Asiana Airlines via Incheon, Jin Air via Incheon and Busan, Cebu Pacific Air via Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and domestic flights to Cebu, along with Cathay Dragon via Hong Kong and Tiger Air via Singapore.
As we have recently reported (here) plans are also afoot for direct flights between Clark and North America.
We have also reported (here) how Clark could be in line for a huge expansion under plans to create a “multi airport system” to serve Manila and take the pressure off NAIA. This is also expected to involve the creation of a high-speed rail link between the airport and the capital.