South Korean low-cost airline Fly Gangwon announced on Thursday that it had resumed operations at Clark International Airport, indicating confidence in the air travel market between the Philippines and South Korea.
Fly Gangwon’s operations at Clark Airport have been temporarily suspended due to the pandemic, which has restricted international travel, the company said in an emailed statement.
“The airline only operates in Clark, which makes Clark Fly Gangwon the first and only destination in the Philippines,” he added.
According to the company, travelers arriving in South Korea via Yangyang International Airport can visit Gangwon and downtown Seoul for up to 15 days under the country’s visa waiver program, but must make part of a group visit.
“Tourists should also be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) and should also be booked through accredited travel agencies.”
In May, the tourism department announced that South Korea’s biggest low-cost airlines had been added to the list of airlines operating direct flights from Clark Airport.
“Jeju Air will launch its Incheon-Clark-Incheon route every Thursday and Sunday, while Jin Air will operate the same route from May 16, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,” he said. in a press release.
“Other overseas flights that will use the new passenger terminal include destinations to and from Singapore via Jetstar and Scoot; Doha via Qatar Airways; Air Asia; and Dubai via Emirates. Local carriers Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines will also have flights operating in the new passenger terminal,” he added.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the opening of Clark Airport’s new passenger terminal should spur the recovery of the local travel industry. The new 110,000 square meter passenger terminal is a hybrid public-private partnership project under the government’s Build, Build, Build program.
“Clark is one of the destinations included in the recently concluded World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit. More than just a freeport area, this location is clearly an emerging tourism hub that has great potential to bring new ‘huge gains to the tourism industry,’ she added. Arjay L. Balinbin