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Emirates now flies to Clark, Pampanga

Emirates, Clark, Manila Bulletin

Emirates’ first landing at Clark Freeport, Pampanga. (FRANCO G. REGALA)

Emirates, one of the world’s biggest airlines based in United Arab Emirates (UAE), has landed Tuesday at the Clark International Airport (CIA) to start off its non-stop, daily service from Dubai to Clark.


The airline, which has been operating regular flights to Manila since 1990, made Clark its second destination in the Philippines to address the demand for flights from Middle East countries.


Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) CEO and Pres. Victor Jose Luciano said Clark is home to some 2 million overseas foreign workers (OFWs) who would benefit from more flights to Clark. He said the government also spentP350-million to expand the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) to accommodate the Dubai-Clark daily flights.


Gigie Baroa, Emirates Philippines country manager, said the new route offers Emirates passengers the flexibility to  choose where they would want to leave or arrive.


The inaugural Emirates flight to Clark parked at the DMIA terminal around 5 p.m. Tuesday. Onboard the flight were Mohammed Mattar, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Airport Services; Ravishankar Mirle, Emirates’ Vice President Cargo Commercial; media representatives from the United Arab Emirates and the GCC; Matilyn Bagunu, President, Filipino Community (FILCOM) and Ms Jocelyn Sollano, Principal, The Philippines School.


Secretary Joseph Abaya of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), Mohammed Abdul Rahim Mohamed Askar Alnaqbi, Second Secretary and Consul of the Embassy of UAE. Baroa and Luciano greeted the VIP delegation upon their arrival.


Matter expressed gratitude to the Government of the Philippines, the Civil Aviation and the Clark Airport Authority “for their support. “Our services to both Clark and Manila will further enhance key tourism and trade links between the Philippines and the UAE, and beyond to our global network over 130 destinations on six continents,” he said after being greeted by members of the media covering the inaugural flight.