Clark Airport: PH’s Gateway to Boost Tourism
In the coming years, “phenomenal opportunities” await the country’s tourism as the Clark International Airport (CRK) is fully developed. The CRK is seen as the next major gateway in the Philippines.
A tremendous growth has been seen at the Clark airport, according to Jetstar Asia Regional CEO Barathan Pasupathil. At the end of March, Jetstar Asia launched its inaugural flight from the CRK to the Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan. The airline services Clark to Osaka flights thrice a week.
In an interview with Bloomberg TV Philippines, Pasupathi mentioned he did not expect the popularity that their airline services gained in Clark.
He said, “Clark, as a destination for foreign nationals visiting here, from a tourist point of view, is growing. We have already seen the initial flights at full load factor. That goes to tell you the pent up demand that has been in Clark for the Northern Luzon area and Central Luzon.”
Pasupathi pointed out, “Manila used to be the predominant market, but now, we are bringing an airport close to their doorstep.”
The Clark International Airport is expected to increase its capacity to almost 80 million passengers per annum upon its full development. Phase 1 is set to be finished by June 2020.
“With the new political administration [and its] infrastructure development point of view in getting agencies to work together to promote culture, tourism, and investment, we see phenomenal opportunities in the Philippines,” Pasupathi shared.