MANILA - Philippine Airlines on Thursday said it was launching three new routes out of Clark airport at the end of the month, one of which flies to the booming tourist town of San Vicente, Palawan.
PAL Express president Bonifacio Sam said the company expects demand for the San Vicente route to pick up quickly, as it allows travelers to bypass Puerto Princesa en route to the resort town of El Nido.
"On December 18, we will increase the frequency of this flight to a daily flight," said Sam.
PAL Express senior assistant vice president Harry Inoferio said the flight to San Vicente will be offered at a promotional rate of P819 one way. Flights begin on Oct. 28.
Another new route will be to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro which will be also launched on Oct. 28, and a third route will be to Cauayan, Isabela which starts Oct. 30.
Flights to these new destinations will start at P599 one-way.
Inoferio said PAL will also increase flight frequencies between Clark and Bacolod, Cagayan De Oro, Catarman, Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Basco, Busuanga, Cauayan, and Siargao.
Rabbi Ang, PAL Express assistant vice president, said flying out of Clark makes more sense for travelers on a budget.
"It's actually better to fly out of Clark. Fares out of Clark are up to 40 percent lower than fares out of Manila,"
Sam said that with the new routes, PAL's Clark operations will connect to 18 domestic and 1 international destination.
"That makes PAL the biggest operator of Clark," Sam said.