Philippine Airlines to Resume Clark-Basco Flights in July 2024

Philippine Airlines to resume Clark-Basco flights in July 2024, providing convenient connectivity for travelers in Central and Northern Luzon to the picturesque Batanes, boosting tourism and economic activity in both regions.

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Philippine Airlines to Resume Clark-Basco Flights in July 2024

Philippine Airlines to Resume Clark-Basco Flights in July 2024

Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced that it will resume flights between Clark International Airport (CRK) and Basco, Batanes starting July 2, 2024. The national carrier will operate four weekly flights every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, using an 86-seat De Havilland Dash 8-400 turboprop aircraft.

The Clark-Basco route will depart Clark at 11:00 AM and reach Basco at 12:35 PM. Return flights will leave Basco at 1:00 PM and touch down in Clark at 2:35 PM. This resumed service will provide convenient connectivity for travelers in Central and Northern Luzon, allowing them to fly directly to Basco without having to go through Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila.

PAL President and COO Capt. Stanley K. Ng expressed delight in restoring the Clark-Basco service, stating, "We are excited to reopen the Clark-Basco route and offer travelers in Central Luzon convenient access to the picturesque island of Batanes. PAL will continue to expand its network from Clark as we aim to provide more travel options for our passengers."

The management of Clark International Airport welcomed the return of the Clark-Basco flights. Bi Yong Chungunco, CEO of Luzon International Premiere Airport Development Corp. (LIPAD), the operator of CRK, said, "The resumption of PAL's Clark-Basco service strengthens the ties between these two destinations and underscores the importance of Basco in the growth of Clark International Airport. We appreciate PAL's continued expansion at CRK."

Why this matters: The restoration of direct flights between Clark and Basco will boost tourism and economic activity in both regions. It provides a more convenient travel option for residents of Central and Northern Luzon who wish to visit the northernmost province of Batanes, known for its stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage.

PAL currently operates several routes out of Clark, including daily flights to Cebu, thrice weekly to Caticlan (Boracay), and four times weekly to Busuanga (Coron). The flag carrier reported a 92% growth in its bottom line for 2023, attributed to increased passenger traffic both domestically and internationally as travel demand recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Takeaways

  • PAL to resume Clark-Basco flights in July 2024, 4 weekly flights.
  • Flights will depart Clark at 11 AM and reach Basco at 12:35 PM.
  • Restored service to boost tourism and economic activity in both regions.
  • PAL operates several routes out of Clark, including Cebu, Boracay, and Coron.
  • PAL reported 92% growth in 2023 due to increased domestic and international travel.