CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga—The granting of authority for the scheduled commercial international and domestic flights of Royal Air will surely boost the tourism industry of the country especially in Northern Luzon.
Alexander Cauguiran, president and CEO of Clark International Airport Authority, said the granting of authority by the Civil Aeronautics Authority last July 26 will surely boost the tourism and passenger capacity of the airport.
Starting Nov. 12, the Royal Air will start to schedule domestic flights from Clark to Puerto Prinsesa, Cebu, Caticlan, Tagbilaran, and San Vicente in Palawan, Cauguiran said.
Royal Air has also provided chartered service from Clark To Cagayan North (Lal-lo) on a weekly basis since April 29, he said.
No schedule on international commercial flights was reported by the company.
According to Cauguiran, the new airline company will be using the four-engine British Aerospace aircraft with 97 seating capacity in its domestic operations.
Established on Aug. 22, 2002, Royal Air provides domestic and international non-schedule airline and cargo services to Manila, Batanes, Cebu, Laoag, Kalibo, Maconacon, San Vicente, Palawan and Macau.
There are now 21 airline companies operating in CRK with a total of 436 flights—275 domestic and 162 international flights that service about 7,000 passengers daily.
CRK is being groomed as an alternative to the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila as it can service up to 1.8-million passengers a year currently.
Upon the completion of the ongoing P12.55-billion new passenger terminal, the airport can service about eight million passengers a year come 2029, Cauguiran added.