AirAsia plans to restore Clark hub

AirAsia Philippines joined leaders of the government and industry partners in witnessing the inspection and dry run of the world-class passenger terminal building of the Clark International Airport (CRK) last Saturday.

President Duterte experienced firsthand the state of the art features of CRK’s passenger Terminal 2 as it boasts end-to-end contactless experience from the bus ride, check-in, bag drop and even when ordering meals.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricky Isla said, “AirAsia is one with the Filipino people in celebrating this milestone in infrastructure development. This will definitely boost our initiatives for a stronger rebound post pandemic.”

“Once travel restrictions ease and demand picks up soon, we are eyeing to strategically restore AirAsia’s Clark hub hopefully by the fourth of 2021.”

Dubbed Asia’s next premier gateway for North and Central Luzon, the new terminal is expected to decongest passenger traffic at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) with its annual capacity of 8 million passengers.

Among the officials present were former President and now Presidential Adviser on Clark Programs and Projects Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Speaker Lord Allan Jay Velasco, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Bases Conversion and Development Authority Chief Vince Dizon.

AirAsia began its Philippines operations in Clark in March 2012, making it one of the carriers actively boosting connectivity, mobility in various local economies in North and Central Luzon.

Before the pandemic, AirAsia Philippines flew to 10 domestic and 3 international destinations from Clark—Cagayan de Oro, Caticlan, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, Incheon, Kaohsiung, and Taipei. Recto L. Mercene

AirAsia’s efforts in protecting its guests against Covid-19 have been globally recognized, with a perfect 7-star rating from

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