Philippine Airlines moving flights from Manila to Clark

Filipino Time - Philippine AIrlines move to Clark

9 Responses

  1. Mario Basa says:

    Is it difficult to imagine that Filipinos leaving in Central Luzon would like also to go to Boracay? Not all Filipinos live in Metro Manila.

    • waebi says:

      Hi Mario,

      Of course not!
      How many “Central Luzon Filipinos” do you think fly every day to Boracay? 10, 100, 1000?
      But of course, it is a great advantage to have domestic and international flights just out of the door step.
      I wouldn’t say no to have these flights from our local airport.

      I just tried to understand PAL’s move. They surely didn’t do it to free capacity for NAIA, they want to make more money.
      One of the other theories I heard is, that PAL will free some of their slots in Manila for future long haul flights.
      The near future will explain …

      Cheers, waebi

  2. Mario Basa says:

    Well, the number will definitely be more than the Koreans or Arabs that will go to Boracay from Clark (btw, the arrivals from the Middle East to Clark are mostly OFWs which can now easily transfer to the Visayas).

    I really wish we can have numbers of how many passengers there are who have to bear EDSA just to go to NAIA from North Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Zambales, Pangasinan, etc.

    Anyway, PAL moving to Clark is good news and hopefully more airlines will follow, both domestic and international.

  3. Leandro Cruz says:

    There use to be daily flights Clark-Kalibo from Air Asia and a few days a week fromTiger Air. Very convenient for me and wife,since I’m from Pampanga and my wife is from Aklan. I hate the drive on EDSA to NAIA,I wish they will bring more international flights from LA to Clark,our home base to decongest metro Manila. Instead of single flight from Asiana that cost $200 more from MNL.

  4. Andrew Powell says:

    There were 24 flights per day from Clark 6 years ago. When Aquino stepped in and forced CRK to raise its’ landing fees to force the flights away from what he saw as Gloria’s airport, a number of international carriers refused to transfer to the now dangerous NAIA and stopped flying to the Philippines altogether, hurting tourism and Philippine commerce. It also hurt the thousands of Central and North Luzon based passengers who then had to endure a 4 – 6 hour ride very often, to NAIA instead of departing from the now hobbled CRK. Has anyone looked at the safety margin between landings & take-offs at NAIA. I landed there and 17 seconds after the wheels touched, I saw the next waiting plane accelerate down the runway… This is a major accident waiting to happen!!!! FAA Be Aware……

    • waebi says:

      Hi Andrew,
      Thank you for your comment.
      That NAIA is dangerous everybody knows. The daily delays are also well known and feared.
      The problem with the landing fees is a Philippine speciality. The fee not only depends on weight and size, but also on the distance flown between origin and destination. This is why KLM introduced a “technical” stop over in Taiwan. The fee is much lower when flying in from Taipei than from Amsterdam.
      I really hope that the PAL operation from CRK will be successful. For instance they only move their Q400/DHC8-400 flights with one or two exceptions.
      Cheers, waebi

  5. Clark Hotel says:

    Hi what is the update on this moving flights to Clark?

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