Legacy carrier Philippine Airlines has announced it is set to open three new routes to and from Clark International Airport in Pampanga.
The new routes are Clark-San Vicente (Palawan), Clark-San Jose (Mindoro) and Clark-Cauayan (Isabela) where PAL will utilize its brand-new 86-seater Bombardier Next-Generation Q400 turboprop aircraft which is fitted with six Economy Plus premium seats and 80 roomy Economy Class regular seats.
The Q400NG flights are operated by PAL’s affiliate airline PAL Express.
Services to San Vicente and San Jose begin Oct. 28, 2018, while flights to Cauayan start Oct. 30, 2018.
The PAL flights to San Vicente will commence with five weekly flights (on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday), and will increase to daily flights by Dec. 18, 2018. Flights depart Clark at 7 am, arriving in San Vicente one hour and 40 minutes later.
PAL is pioneering regular flights to the newly opened airport at San Vicente, a first class municipality and gateway to El Nido in north Palawan. San Vicente’s 14-kilometer, white sand Long Beach is a fast emerging tourist attraction.
Meanwhile, San Jose in Occidental Mindoro will have four weekly flights (on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday), leaving Clark at 11 am.
The return flight departs San Jose at 12:05 noon.
Vacation spots in San Jose include Aroma beach, Ambulong and White islands, ancient burial caves and shell divers at Ilin island and Mt. Iglit National Park.
Beginning Oct. 30, 2018, three times weekly flights (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) to Cauayan in the center of Isabela are intended to help hasten economic growth in the country’s second biggest province.
The Q400NG will leave Clark 11 am, arriving Cauayan 45 minutes later.
PAL used to fly the Manila-San Jose and Manila-Cauayan routes several decades back as two of the so-called missionary routes operated out of Manila.
The decision to make Clark the origin for new routes to Mindoro and Isabela reflects the flag carrier’s confidence in the emerging popularity of Central Luzon as an economic center and strategically important aviation gateway in its own right, observers said.
“PAL made a big decision to invest in Clark. The Clark International Airport is not just a stop-over or refueling station. Clark is our fastest growing hub airport, center of a network of flights that connects the country,” said PAL Express President Bonifacio Sam.