MANILA, Philippines – The number of passengers at the Clark International Airport (CIA) increased by 54% in the first half of 2012, authorities said.
The increase in passenger traffic was attributed to the expansion of low-cost carriers AirPhil Express, Air Asia Philippines, and Cebu Pacific flying out of Clark.
International and domestic passenger traffic from January to June climbed to 547,556, compared to the 354,585 recorded in the same period last year, based on data from the CIAC (Clark International Airport Corporation) Corporate Planning Department.
“This manifests the continued support of our fellow Filipinos as well as foreigners, travelers, tourists and Overseas Filipino Workers using the CIA," CIAC President and chief executive officer Victor Jose Luciano said.
Luciano expressed confidence that CIA will soon reach its target of serving 5 million passengers by end of the year as international and domestic aircraft movements at the airport also increased by 38%.
The airport is currently serving at least 300 aircraft movements weekly.
AirPhil, Air Asia Philippines and Cebu Pacific began operating international flights from CIA this year.
Air Asia will soon fly to Macau and Hong Kong starting July 19.
Cebu Pacific also announced recently that it will operate the Clark-Incheon route this year.
South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR), in partnership with Tiger Airways of Singapore, also offers flights to Kota Kinabalu, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore.
Dragon Air, a subsidiary of Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific, also started its daily Hong Kong flights out of CIA in 2012.