Dragon Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Airways, has launched its inagural flight to Hong Kong via Clark International Airport in the Philippines.
Clark International Airport Corp. president and chief executive Victor Jose Luciano announced the Clark-Hong Kong daily flight at the airline’s inaugural send off ceremony earlier this week, the Business Mirror reported.
“This is a momentous event in the life of the Clark International Airport, to have been chosen the second destination in the Philippines of this renowned airline, although young in history, has achieved what no other airline has,” Mr Luciano said.
“Dragonair, you come at an opportune to Clark. Today, domestic and international flights, now at the rate of 300 flight movements a week, cover the skies.”
Mr Luciano said from January to May 2012, passenger volume has increased by 50 percent over the same period last year.
“We are all well on our way to receiving toward the end of the year the 5th million passenger who passed this airport since the start of passenger flights in November 2003,” Mr Luciano said.
Tourism Assistant Secretary Benito Bengzon said the new Dragonair flights will help achieve the five year tourism plan of President Aquino.
Mr Bengzon explained over 112,000 people travelled from Hong Kong to the country in 2011 and there were 30,000 tourists for the first quarter of 2012.
“It’s a modest increase of three percent,” Mr Bengzon said.
Dragonair regional manager Wilson Yam said the airline wants to assist in improving tourism business in Clarke despite the challenges due to the recent global recession.
“We are glad to be part of the opportunity to improve leisure and business in Clarke, Mr Yam said.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P