CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – The Clark International Airport has posted a significant increase of 38 percent in international passenger volume in the first two months of 2012.Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano said international passenger volume at the Clark International Airport rose to 160,847 during the months of January and February representing a 38- percent increase compared to the 2011 figure of 116,125 in the same period, clearly showing Clark as the airport of choice of international passengers.
The growth in passenger volume has resulted in the growth of gross revenue earnings for the state-owned airport corporation as well, increasing collections in January to P37.336 million or an increase of 24 percent over January 2011 collections of P29.9 million. Luciano also noted a 46 percent increase in Passenger Terminal Fees of P6.167 million that primarily contributed to the increase in the gross revenues of the corporation.
The collection of gross revenues covers air traffic, namely Landing and Take-Off, Cargo and Passenger Flights, General Aviation, Passenger and Security Fees. Revenues generated by non-Aero activities, meanwhile, include Rent, Business Income, Parking Fees, Check-In Counter Fees, Ground Handling and Miscellaneous Fees, among others.
Luciano said the number of international passengers that passed through the Clark airport also increased in January and February this year to 85,868 and 74,979, respectively, compared to 62,013 and 54,112 for January and February 2011, respectively. He also revealed that the domestic passenger volume is also expected to increase in 2012 with the slated start of four domestic flights by Airphil Express on March 29 to Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Davao and Kalibo. At the same time, AirAsia Philippines, a subsidiary of Malaysia’s Air Asia Berhad, will also launch domestic flights from its hub at the Clark airport to Davao and Kalibo on March 28, 2012 along with the slated start in May of domestic flights by South East Asian Airlines (Seair) to Kalibo as well as international flights from Clark to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and daily flights to Bangkok.
Luciano pointed out that with the operation of more flight this year, CIAC is targeting to service close to one million passengers before the end of 2012 that will add to last year’s tremendous increase in international passengers. In 2011, more than 730,000 international passengers passed through the Clark airport. Seair currently flies out of Clark thrice daily to Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok. Airlines operating at the Clark Airport include Asiana Airlines and Jin Air of South Korea, Air Asia Berhad of Malaysia and domestic low-cost carrier Cebu