By Darwin G. Amojelar
Philippine Airlines is expanding its international operations with the launch of Korea and Hong Kong flights from Clark International Airport in Pampanga province.
The flag carrier said it would start regular daily flights from Clark to Seoul Incheon on Nov. 11, along with four weekly flights from Clark to Busan on Nov. 10.
Hong Kong will join PAL’s Clark network in December, with the airline mounting a thrice-weekly seasonal service from Clark to Hong Kong on Dec. 9.
“Clark is on the rise, as Philippine Airlines forges new connections to the business and tourist markets of Hong Kong and Korea,” said PAL president and chief operating officer Captain Stanley Ng.
“We are happy to mount international flights out of Clark International Airport, which will help bring greater flows of tourists and economic activity to the Central Luzon region and offer the convenience of nonstop flights to Hong Kong, Seoul and Busan for our passengers residing in the northern parts of the Philippines. Travelers will enjoy the spacious Clark New Terminal, the country’s latest world-class airport gateway,” Ng said.
PAL will deploy the 199-seater Airbus A321CEO aircraft for the flights, offering business class and economy class cabins.
PAL flies between Manila and Seoul (Incheon) twice daily and between Manila and Busan with four times weekly flights.
PAL, the Philippines’ sole full-service network airline, offers the largest network of international flights between the Philippines and 32 overseas destinations in North America, the Middle East, Australia and various Asian countries.
It also operates an extensive domestic network serving 30 destinations throughout the Philippines.