Korean Air considers Clark Airport landing

23 Sep 2008

Korean Air is considering increasing frequency to the Philippines by way of Clark Airport ­– also known as Diosdado Macapagal International Airport – in Pampanga province. The country is popular with Korean businessmen as well as students wanting to learn English.

The former US airforce base is also used by two other foreign airlines Tiger Air and Air Asia to link Singapore, Malaysia and other destinations around the region to the archipelago. From November 9, Cebu Pacific will also be utilising this emerging hub for international services.

Korean Air currently flies to Manila and Cebu.

Bali, which lost its appeal over the years due to two high-profile terrorist bomb blasts, is regaining favour with Korean travellers, said In Sub Kim, the airline’s general manager, route management team, Southeast Asia. “We noticed increased demand since March this year.” Flights between Incheon and Denpasar are to be increased to four times weekly at the end of October.

According to Kim, the Korean market is no longer characterised by large group movements. “The numbers are smaller like couples or friends  or two ladies travelling together. It’s very FIT (free and independent travellers).”

After a decade’s absence from Macau, the carrier is considering plans to restart flights which were halted in 1998 due to the Asian financial crisis. Besides gamers wanting to take advantage of the city’s expanded leisure attraction, the service is expected to attract business travellers and investors from Las Vegas who have interest in upcoming local projects.

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