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Sunday, July 17, 2005

More Asian airlines set to mount flights from Clark airport to Hong Kong, Macau

Two more Asian airlines will soon mount regular flights to and from Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) here, while another one is set to open new route to serve passengers in Central and Northern Luzon.

This was announced by Clark Development Corp. (CDC) Executive Vice President and COO Victor Jose I. Luciano who said that Hong Kong Express Airways Ltd. (HK Express) and Far Eastern Transport Corp. (FETCo) are the latest additions to the growing number of airlines that fly to DMIA.

HK Express is a feeder airline to China from the former Crown Colony, while FETCo is one of Taiwan’s oldest airlines.

Likewise, Tiger Airways of Singapore — one of the best low-cost carriers in Asia — will be opening a Macau-Clark-Macau flights. The airline currently has five-a week flights to and from Clark.

Luciano said that HK Express will fly to Clark twice weekly from the former British colony starting on Aug. 7. HK Express is Hong Kong’s newest airline.

From its base at Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport, HK Express Airways intends to operate services between Hong Kong and popular cities in Mainland China, using the new EMBRAER 170.

With the new flights, the number of tourists to Hong Kong is expected to double, Luciano said.

The new airline will be the second airline to fly the HK-Clark-HK route. Earlier, China Rich Airways launched a thrice-weekly flights to Clark from the Special Administrative Region of China.

Likewise, Luciano said FETCo, Taiwan-based airline with 48 years in the service, will fly to Clark three times a week starting at the end of the month.

FETCo was a recipient of Best Airline awards from the Civil Aeronautics Administration, especially in the area of maintenance quality in 2000. The airline will use either Boeing 757s or MD 80s aircraft in the Taipei-Clark-Taipei route starting July 31.

FETCo was founded in 1957 as the first privately owned airline in Taiwan. It now operates 11 domestic routes and four international routes, served by a fleet of 16 jet aircraft.

Luciano said the decision of FETCo to make DMIA a regular destination came after some Taiwan’s key officials saw the potential of Clark airport as a viable destination for the growing tourism industry in Chinese-Taipei.

In October, Tiger Airways will launch its daily Macau-Clark-Macau flights after the airline was able to secure approval for the route from Macau authorities.

Singapore’s budget carrier increased its flights to the Philippines to five a week from the present three flights


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