Cebu Pacific has unveiled plans to launch
flights from its rapidly growing
hub in Clark, Philippines to Narita Airport near Tokyo, Japan.
The airline will operate four flights per week between Clark and Narita
on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, beginning 9 August 2019.
Cebu Pacific will also begin direct flights between its hubs in Clark and
Iloilo; as well as between Clark and Bacolod on 9 August 2019; as
well as daily flights between Clark and Puerto Princesa in Palawan
by 9 October 2019.
The four new routes will boost Cebu Pacific's total
capacity in Clark by 40% in 2019 alone, following a 75% increase
in 2018 with the launch of direct flights to and
from Davao and Panglao (Bohol); as well as additional frequency
for the Clark-Macau route.
"There is so much untapped
potential in Clark, and we are committed to expanding our Clark
hub to expand tourism, trade and investment opportunities. This
will open up the areas around Clark to more investors and
entrepreneurs," said Candice Iyog, Vice President for Marketing
and Distribution of Cebu Pacific.
With a population of over 23
million in its catchment area, Clark International Airport is
one of Asia's fastest-growing airports, with passenger volume
reaching about 2.5 Million in 2018.
Cebu Pacific has been operating flights
in and out of Clark since 2006 and today
has direct flights to Cebu, Caticlan, Tagbilaran, Davao,
Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong.
"With direct air service
between Clark and Narita, it will be easier for Japanese tourists
to access destinations in Pampanga, Pangasinan, Baguio, La Union
and the rest of Luzon. Conversely, it will also be easier for
residents in these areas to enjoy Tokyo, with a direct flight from
Clark," added Candice Iyog.
Japan is one of the Philippines' top sources of
inbound tourists, with 631,801 Japanese visiting the country in
Cebu Pacific flew 20.3 million passengers on over 2,130 weekly flights
across 37 domestic and 26 international destinations.