The Clark International Airport (CIA) accommodated over 215,000 passengers in the month of March while over 8,000 travelers passed through Clark in a single day, April 2, breaking previous records anew.
“These numbers are the highest, so far, in the history of CIAC since 1995,” announced Alexander Cauguiran, CIAC president and CEO of the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC).
The average daily passenger volume at the Clark airport is 7,000 and served by a total of 481 weekly flights, 158 of which are international flights while the remaining 323 are domestic routes.
“From January 1 to March 31 this year alone, 600,811 passengers that passed through Clark airport.
At this rate, we will be able to break the 2017 record of 1.5 million passengers and will probably reach the two million mark this year,” the CIAC chief added.
Airlines operating flights include Asiana Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Cebu Pacific, Emirates, Jetstar Asia, Jinair, Philippines AirAsia, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, Scoot, while chartered flights are operated by AirSwift and Alphaland Aviation.
“Number of flights, destinations and passenger volume are surging, along with the improvement of Clark airport’s facilities,” the executive reiterated.
Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade lauded the management and staff of CIAC for ensuring the convenience and safety of the commuting public particularly during the recent observance of Holy Week.
Tugade extended his deepest and sincerest gratitude to CIAC personnel who, he said, “unselfishly sacrificed their off days to give and assure the riding public the safety, security and comfort in their Holy Week journeys and travels.”
At the same time, five CIAC were commended for “honesty and exemplary service in the performance of their duties” which, Cauguiran pointed out, “gave a breath of fresh air in the light of social media post that have put Clark airport in a bad light the past several months.”
CIAC security officers Christopher Ferry and Larry Magcalas were cited for promptly returning on March 10 the belongings left behind by a passenger and politely turning down a reward.
In February, outsourced personnel Eduardo Labarda returned a passenger’s lost mobile phone and Eranie Decena surrendered a Rolex watch while last December, parking attendant John Pamintuan assisted a troubled balikbayan beyond his duty at the CIAC Park and Fly facility. (EVA)