By Emmie V. Abadilla
Royal Air Charter Service, Inc., a Philippine-registered air carrier, will be mounting daily direct flights from the Clark International Airport (CRK) to Puerto Princesa, Cebu, Caticlan, Tagbilaran, and San Vicente (Palawan) starting November 12 this year.
The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) granted Royal Air the authority to operate as a commercial scheduled airline with both domestic and international flights this July 26.
“These new destinations promoting tourist attractions in the southern Philippines will draw in more foreigners wanting to visit the country via Clark,” according to Alex Cauguiran, president of the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC).
Royal Air has been servicing the Clark to Cagayan North (Lal-lo) weekly chartered flights since April 29.
The carrier will be using the British Aerospace (BAe) AVRO 146-100 aircraft, a four-engine 97-seater regional airliner, for its daily service.
Beginning November 12, daily flights between Clark and Puerto Princesa departs at 7 a.m. and arrives at 10 a.m.; Caticlan departs at 11 a.m. and arrives at 1:10 p.m.
Its Tagbilaran service leaves at 2:10 pm and arrives at 5:00 p.m. while the San Vicente, Palawan service leaves at 7:00 a.m. and arrives at 9:30 a.m. The Cebu service leaves at 10:30 a.m. and arrives at 1:10 p.m.
CRK currently hosts 436 flights per week with 274 domestic and 162 international flights and records an average of 7,000 passengers daily.
As of September 17, the airport of the north has already serviced a total of 1.8 million passengers.
Royal Air was established on August 22, 2002 and provides domestic and international non-scheduled airline and cargo services to Manila, Batanes, Cauayan, Cebu, Laoag, Kalibo, Maconacon, San Vicente (Palawan), Macau and Clark starting November this year.