AirAsia Philippines said Monday it plans to revive its Clark hub by the fourth quarter or once the government further eases travel restrictions.
“AirAsia is one with the Filipino people in celebrating this milestone in infrastructure development. This will definitely boost our initiatives for a stronger rebound post pandemic,” AirAsia Philippines chief executive Ricardo Isla said.
“Once travel restrictions ease and demand picks up soon, we are eyeing to strategically restore AirAsia’s Clark hub hopefully by fourth quarter of 2021,” he said.
AirAsia began its Philippines operations in Clark in March 2012, making it one of the carriers actively boosting connectivity, mobility in various local economies in North and Central Luzon.
Pre pandemic, AirAsia Philippines flew to 10 domestic and three international destinations from Clark including Cagayan de Oro City, Caticlan, Cebu City, Davao City, Iloilo City, Puerto Princesa City, Tacloban City, Incheon, Kaohsiung and Taipei.
AirAsia Philippines joined leaders of the government and industry partners in witnessing the inspection and dry run of the world-class passenger terminal building of the Clark International Airport on July 17.
Dubbed as Asia’s next premier gateway for North and Central Luzon, the new terminal is expected to decongest passenger traffic at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport with its annual 8 million passenger capacity.
Luzon International Premiere Airport Development Corp., the operator and manager of the Clark International Airport, assured that the new terminal building was designed to be a space of safety, ease, and quiet, with peace of mind of travelers high in its priority, especially in this time of global health crisis.
LIPAD is composed of Filinvest Development Corp., JG Summit Holdings Inc., Philippine Airport Ground Support Services Inc. and Changi Airports Philippines (I) Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Changi Airports International.