Philippines AirAsia picks Clark over NAIA as main hub

Philippines AirAsia has chosen Clark International Airport as its main hub for operations, over the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) due to inadequate space for the budget airline’s operational fleet expansion.

The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) waived Philippine Air Asia’s airport, landing and takeoff fees, according to budget airline’s chief executive officer Dexter Comendador.

In March this year, Philippines AirAsia returned to its Clark roots. In 2013, the budget carrier moved its operations to NAIA Terminal 4 in Manila after its then-affiliate Zest Airways suffered heavy losses.

“We plan to establish Clark as our main hub, because Manila is too crowded. If I have 70 planes in 10 years, I do not have a place to park in Manila,” Comendador told reporters on the sidelines of a briefing in Taguig City last week.

To spur outbound traffic, the CIAC waived landing and takeoff fees as well as other airport charges for Philippines AirAsia.

CIAC chief Alexander Cauguiran earlier said discounts on similar fees have been granted to other airlines operating at the Clark International Airport.

Philippines AirAsia operates a fleet of 17 aircraft with domestic and international flights out of hubs in Manila, Cebu, Kalibo, and now Clark.

It flies to Manila, Davao, Cebu, Kalibo, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Puerto Princesa, Clark, Shanghai, Taipei, Incheon, Hong Kong, Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, and Singapore.

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