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Emirates Starts Clark-Dubai daily flights, plus SkyCargo

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Clark, Pampanga – Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, further expanded its global network on October 1, 2013 with the start of its non-stop, daily service between Dubai and Clark International Airport, the airline’s second destination in the Philippines.

 

Emirates has been operating flights to Manila, the capital of the Philippines, since 1990 and, due to the demand, has continued to increase its flight frequency on the route to its current triple daily, non-stop service.

Clark, Pampanga, located 80 kilometers north of Metro Manila, is the county’s second international gateway, with two million Overseas Foreign Workers (OFWs) based in the area. Its strategic location also offers a catchment of 17 million passengers.

“The launch of Clark represents our ongoing commitment to the Philippines and the opening up of Emirates’ second gateway after Manila,” Mohammed Mattar, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Airport Services told reporters on Wednesday October 2 presscon.

“Clark has become the 135th route on our expanding global network, it is a network of opportunities and we will be promoting the Philippines to the business and leisure markets in all of the 77 countries that we fly to around the world,” he underscored.

“Our partnership with the Philippines began 23 years ago when we launched non-stop flights between Manila and Dubai. We also value the longstanding partnership that we have with Philippines Airlines. We have a code share agreement with them on our existing Manila triple daily service.”

“Due to the growing demand for Emirates’ services, the new Clark-Dubai route will offer our passengers the flexibility of choosing from two destinations in the Philippines,” said Gigie Baroa, Emirates Philippines country manager.

“Clark is shaping up to be a one-of-a-kind tourism and business center and we are proud that Emirates is a part of that development,” she added.

Emirates currently uses a Boeing 777 in a two class configuration on the route, with 42 Business Class flatbed seats and 216 Economy Class seats. Emirates flight EK 338 departs Dubai International Airport at 0400 hrs arriving at Clark International Airport at 1640 hrs. The return flight EK 339 departs at 1835 hrs arriving in Dubai at 2305 hrs.

With the new daily flight to Clark International Airport, Emirates SkyCargo will be able to provide more than 160 tons of additional cargo hold capacity each way per week, further supporting Philippines exports of perishables, such as dairy products, fruit and vegetables, meat, seafood and electrical and electronic equipment, and its imports of textiles, apparel, plants, flowers and chemical products.

Emirates is a fast-growing international airline with one of the youngest fleets in the sky and more than 500 awards for excellence worldwide. Last year, the airline hauled in US$19.9-billion revenues and averages a 15-17 percent growth per annum. Manila Bulletin

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