CIAC President and Chief Executive Officer Alexander Cauguiran said they are continuously visiting nearby regions to encourage passengers to use the CRK during the CRK North Philippines Roadshow 2018 at the Baguio Country Club last week.
Cauguiran said that the roadshow is part of the marketing campaign to lure more passengers particularly from Regions 1, 2, 3 and Cordillera and the CAMANAVA area of Metro Manila which has an estimated population of 23 million.
CRK is the gateway of choice that provides an easy, predictable, and hassle-free experience so people can spend more time at their destination, instead of trying to get there, he explained.
With more passengers using the CRK, more airlines will also be encouraged to use the CRK and offer more flights for domestic or international, he added.
As of May 24, 2018, the Clark airport served its 1-millionth passenger, a feat achieved in just the first five months of the current year, a result of the increase in the number of flights.
In 2017, CRK tallied 1,514,531 international and domestic passengers, or a 59 percent increase from the previous year’s 951,007 passengers – indications that positively point to exceptional marketing strategies that made an impact on CRK’s future development plans.
Currently, CRK is host to 12 international and domestic airlines with nine destinations in major cities in Asia and the Middle East and 19 domestic destinations.
CRK offers direct flights to tourism destinations such as El Nido, Balesin Island, Cebu, Davao, Basco (Batanes), Puerto Princesa and Busuanga (Palawan), Cagayan de Oro, and Tagbilaran. International flights include Incheon and Pusan in South Korea, Hong Kong, Doha, Qatar, Singapore, Dubai, Macau, and Osaka, Japan.
Cauguiran also presented that they are implementing a four-phase development program worth PHP17 billion to further improve its facilities for the convenience of the millions of passengers using the airport. Clark airport's development plan is set to be completed before President Rodrigo Duterte ends his term in 2022.
The CRK roadshow kicked off last year to showcase the various developments, facilities and flight services available at the Clark Airport after President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to develop the “Airport of the North” as part of the government’s program to decongest Metro Manila, particularly the Ninoy Aquino International. (PIA CAR)