CLARK, PAMPANGA, 15 December 2017 – AirAsia is now flying direct to Boracay via Caticlan airport from Clark, Pampanga. The airline voted the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for nine years running flew its maiden flight today with summer inspired theme held at pre-departure area in Clark International Airport. AirAsia flight Z2 922, with pilot in command Captain Samuel Yu-Asensi arrived at 10:55AM. AirAsia’s iconic red plane was greeted with a traditional water cannon salute upon landing.
Philippines AirAsia’s chief pilot for training and standards Captain Darren Acorda, said, “Today marks another milestone for AirAsia operations in Clark airport with the addition of our third domestic route. We are closing the year with Clark-Caticlan route but this early we have already started offering our signature low fares to three more new destinations out of Clark. Clark-Iloilo, Clark-Puerto Princesa and Clark-Tacloban commencing in January, and we are here to give only the best quality service that every traveller from Central and Northern Luzon deserves.”
To celebrate, AirAsia is offering promo fares for Clark-Caticlan from as low as P1,566 now available for booking at airasia.com today until 31 December 2017 valid for travel between 18 December 2017 until 8 January 2018.
Clark International Airport officials led by CIAC President Alexander Cauguiran, DOT Regional Director Carol Uy, and Mabalacat Mayor Crisostomo Garbo graced the send-off ceremony with Philippines AirAsia chief pilot for training and standards Captain Darren Acorda representing the airline CEO Captain Dexter Comendador.
“AirAsia believes in Clark. We established our base operations here and launched commercial flights in 2012 with only two planes – and now we have a fleet of 17 jets and we are aiming to expand and grow operations here in the coming years,” Acorda said.
AirAsia’s Clark-Caticlan operates daily with flights departing Clark at 1:50PM and arriving in Caticlan at 3:05PM.
Meanwhile, AirAsia is also set to launch three domestic flights starting January 26, 2018. Clark – Puerto Princesa and Clark – Iloilo routes will operate three times a week or every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday while Clark – Tacloban route is every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
AirAsia has marked its return to Clark with the launching of flights to Davao and Kalibo from Clark International Airport last March.
AirAsia launched commercial flights from Clark in 2012 before transferring its hub to Metro Manila following a strategic partnership with a local carrier in 2013. AirAsia has since been operating on a much larger scale from Metro Manila and has expanded its domestic and international network with flights from secondary hubs in Cebu and Kalibo operating a fleet of 17 aircraft from only two planes when it opened in Clark five years ago.