Travelers from Baguio City or any part of Northern Luzon can attest to the seemingly tedious task of traveling from any point of North Luzon to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. It is because NAIA is the only hub for international and local airline travel few years ago, NCR gets really congested from travelers converging into this location. Some travelers would miss their flights due to traffic and for some the only option is to travel really early and wait at the airport for hours just in case traffic on the way to the airport is not that bad.
Fortunately today the Clark International Airport in Clark Pampanga has given travelers a better option. Leading the way to bringing travelers from North Luzon to any domestic and international destination is Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB). This is because last August 9 they have added more flights at Clark International Airport. Travelers can now go from Clark to Tokyo via the Narita Airport. Cebu Pacific also added domestic flights from Clark to Iloilo, Bacolod and Puerto Princesa.
“With direct air service between Clark and Narita, it will be easier for Japanese tourists to access destinations in Pampanga, Pangasinan, Baguio, La Union and the rest of Luzon. Conversely, it will also be easier for residents in these areas to enjoy Tokyo, with a direct flight from Clark,” said Michael Ivan Shau, Chief Operations Officer of Cebu Pacific.
“There’s still a lot of opportunity for expansion within the Philippines—inter-island connections from key cities like Clark and Cebu. We believe that there is a significant untapped market in northern provinces in the Philippines. Creating direct links between domestic destinations and our other hubs will spur tourism and movement of goods and investments, whilst doing away with having to pass through the main hub in Manila,” Shau added.
The Clark International Airport has served as the hub for North and Central Luzon of Cebu Pacific for the past ten years. Serving a population of over 23 Million in North and Central Luzon, Clark has emerged as one of Asia’s fastest-growing airports, Over the past year, CEB has boosted frequency in Clark by over 40%, with direct connections to Cebu, Caticlan, Bohol, Davao, Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong.
Aside from its Clark hub, Cebu Pacific operates flights out of six other strategically placed hubs in the Philippines: Manila, Kalibo, Iloilo, Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan). The carrier has maintained leadership in the domestic market with 37 destinations and over 2,130 weekly flights. Coupled with 27 international destinations, the entire Cebu Pacific network covers over 108 routes spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA.