Philippine Airlines moving flights from Manila to Clark
Philippine Airlines transfers several flights from Manila’s NAIA-2 airport (MNL) to Clark in Pampanga province (CRK). The transfer will be effective as from September 1, 2016.
It is known that Manila International Airport (MNL) is almost permanently congested. Many solutions had been discussed, but none had ever been implemented. Already earlier this year, Cebu Pacific Air (5J) moved all their ATR-72 flights from NAIA-3 to NAIA-4. This decongests NAIA terminal 3, but has no positive effect on usage of the runways. The congestion remains a big problem for airlines and passengers. PAL’s move has a more positive impact, but it is only a small drop of water on a very hot stone!
PAL moves 5 daily flights and 9 flights with lower frequency out of NAIA. This is nothing compared with the daily 650 flights from/to NAIA. PAL’s moved flights make about 1 percent. There must be other reasons. Let’s first have a look on the transferred flights.
This morning PAL (Philippine Airlines) published this announcement on Facebook – yes, Facebook.
Philippine Airlines · Sunday, August 28, 2016
Philippine Airlines will be implementing flight schedule changes effective September 1, 2016 and will soon operate flights out of Clark International Airport. These moves are being carried out in support of the government’s thrust to decongest Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The airline is seeking the kind understanding of its passengers as it implements this move geared towards decongesting the country’s main airport. Affected passengers may rebook within 30 days from their original flight date or within the ticket validity period. They also have the option to reroute their flight to the nearest destination of their choice or to request for a full refund of the ticket within 30 days from their original flight date. PAL is waiving rebooking, rerouting and refund fees / charges of these affected flights.
The following flights which have been given new schedules are as follows:
PR 2045/2046 MNL/CATICLAN/MNL DAILY
PR 2051/2052 MNL/CATICLAN/MNL DAILY
PR 2057/2058 MNL/CATICLAN/MNL DAILY
PR 2927/2928 MNL/LEGASPI/MNL DAILY
PR 2014/2015 MNL/TUGUEGARAO/MNL FR/SA/SU
PR 2041/2042 MNL/CATICLAN/MNL MON
PR 2049/2050 MNL/CATICLAN/MNL DAILY
PR 2063/2064 MNL/CATICLAN/MNL MON
PR 2071/2072 MNL/CALBAYOG/MNL WED (EFF 14SEP 2016)
PR 2975 MNL/KALIBO THU
PR 2196/2197 MNL/LAOAG/MNL MON/WED
PR 1857 MNL/CEBU TUE/THU/SAT
PR 1858 CEBU/MNL THU/SAT/MON
PR 2077/2078 MNL/TABLAS/MNL FRIDAY
Philippine Airlines apologizes for any inconvenience as it continues to support the government’s drive to make air travel safe, secure, and seamless for all passengers.
For more flight information, passengers may call PAL hotline (02) 855-8888, visit www.philippineairlines.com or visit the nearest PAL ticketing office or travel agency which facilitated the issuance of your ticket.
How to get from MNL to CRK?
If for any reason you need to take one of these transferred flights, you have to get to Clark airport. The road distance is about 110 kilometres and travel time is 2 to 4 hours. Just a comparison: in New York the distance from Central Park to JFK airport is 29 kilometres and travel time is around 1 hour.
Philippine Airlines writes nothing about shuttle busses. So you seem to be on your own. We have calculated the taxi and bus fares with our new taxi calculator and bus calculator. An airport taxi costs a minimum of 1684.17 pesos during peak time this amount can go up to 3368.34 pesos. Busses are much cheaper – Aircon bus fare is from 207.00 to 280.00 pesos, but you have first to go to the bus terminal either in Pasay or Cubao. Count another 30 t0 60 minutes with a taxi.
This transferred flights seem only to be interesting for you, if you come from abroad and fly directly to Clark. See below …
What is the real reason for this move?
Earlier we wrote that the transferred PAL flights make only 1 percent of all the passenger flights from/to NAIA. If you count also the cargo and general aviation flights, the percentage drops even lower. In our opinion the praised decongestion cannot be the real reason. So, why do they move?
Currently only Emirates and Qatar offer long haul flights from and to Clark. Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jin Air and Tigerair offer regional connections to Seoul, Singapore and Busan. Comparing these international destinations with PAL’s local destinations makes us think that these operation is a “Boracay pump“. 6 out of 14 flights link Clark with Boracay. If you add also the Kalibo flight, then you get half of the displaced flights going to Boracay. Koreans and Gulf emirates citizens love Boracay. Around former boat station #1 everything is in Korean hands. Higher up in the hills you find the luxurious properties of middle-east owners.
Any other possible reasons? Please use the comment space at the end of the page to share your thoughts.
We are curious?