By: AirTravellerPH Staff
Korean Air has finally began flights from Seoul Incheon to Clark International Airport last October 27. Flight number KE635 utilizing an Airbus A330-200 was given a Ceremonial water cannon salute at the tarmac upon its arrival. Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, tourism officials, VIPs, and guests, were present at the inauguration of the new route from South Korea.
Secretary Tugade joined joined Korean Air Regional Manager Cheol Lee, Luzon International Premier Airport Development (LIPAD) Corp. President and CEO Bi Yong Chungunco, and former BCDA Senior Vice President Joshua Bingcang, in welcoming the passengers of KE635.
In a statement from the DOTr, Secretary Tugade said, "Today, it's not about coming in and flying out, it's all about trust. And I know that Korean Air came here not only because of the revenue that is to be generated, but more importantly, and this was mentioned to me by Ambassador Han - ‘we are going to Clark, if we are going to expand our operations in the Philippines, it's because we want to show faith and trust in the Republic of the Philippines. It is because we want to show our support to President Duterte.’ - And it is for this reason that I come today, to accept the manifestation that this government is ready and willing to work with you hand in hand."
Sec. Tugade also reiterated that Clark is an attractive and viable destination for air traffic logistics in Central Luzon. Pursuing to make Clark an alternative gateway to the country will improve the travel and tourism industry.
Clark has also become a major hub for other airlines to help decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Also present in the inauguration ceremonies were DOTr Undersecretary for Aviation and Airports Manuel Tamayo, CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco, OTS Administrator Raul Del Rosario, Clark International Airport Corporation Jaime Melo, DOT Regional Director Carolina Uy, CDC Tourism Promotions Manager Noemi Julian, Korea Tourism Organization Director Joon Kil Jo, and other executives from the travel sector.