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Emirates Airlines resumes Clark flights starting March 30

Emirates Airlines resumes its daily Dubai-Cebu-Clark (DXB-CEB-CRK-DXB) flights by end of March, 2016 to strengthen international connectivity between the country’s fastest-growing international hubs and service over 900,000 Filipinos living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the carrier announced yesterday.

The airline first serviced the Clark International Airport (CRK) in 2013. Its return will connect travelers in both Cebu and Clark with the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas via Dubai.

“Travelers in the Philippines will be able to connect to 39 cities in Europe, 16 in the Middle East as well as a number of destinations across our extensive network in Africa and the Americas, including Panama from February 1,” announced Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates.

Emirates currently flies two daily flights to Manila. The carrier used to operate a third daily flight to the capital until 2014 when Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) decided not to extend its right to operate the third flight and slapped Emirates with US$40,627 fines for selling tickets up to March, 2015.

Now, its Dubai-Cebu-Clark service will use of two-class configured Boeing 777-300ER with 42 seats in Business Class and 386 seats in Economy.

“This service supports the Department of Tourism’s ‘Visit the Philippines Again 2016’ campaign, expand travel options for Filipinos in Northern Luzon and Visayas and offer more flexibility for overseas workers departing Philippines or looking for options to fly home,” he added.

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will be delighted with the return of Emirates in Clark since most of the OFWs in the Middle East hail from Central and Northern Luzon, according to Atty. Emigdio Tanjuatco III, CRK President and CEO.

Maximizing the use  of CRK will address issues on traffic congestion, tourism and land and air safety, he pointed out.

Soon, Emirates will re-join other airlines servicing CRK:  Qatar Airways, Asiana Airlines, Dragon Air, Cebu Pacific Air, CEBGO, Air Asia Berhad, Tiger Air Singapore and Jin Air.

CRK is one of the largest aviation complexes in Asia with two runways in parallel configuration that can be easily extended to 4 kilometers to accommodate new generation wide-bodied aircrafts.

On the other hand, Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) is the second busiest airport in the Philippines with the capacity for 4.5 million passengers a year, expandable to  12.5 million once its new terminal becomes operational in June, 2018.

GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) is “pleased” at the return of Emirates to MCIA, stated Chairman Srinivas Bommidala.