The return of Clark-Bacolod-Clark flights in sight

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BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The resumption of Clark-Bacolod-Clark flights is now being considered by the provincial government of Negros Occidental, after having authorized 21 flights per week for three airlines.

Provincial administrator Rayfrando Diaz said yesterday that he and the Provincial Tourism Board as well as the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines – Bacolod’s office and representatives of Clark Airport authorities, the Office Provincial Tourism Authority of Pampanga discussed details of the possible takeover of Clark-Bacolod-Clark Flights by Philippine Air Lines and Cebu Pacific on November 24.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Diaz said PAL and Cebu Pacific, which serve the Bacolod-Silay route and Clark Airport, had an average load factor of 60%.

The tentative schedule for the resumption of the Clark-Bacolod-Clark flight has been set for the third week of next month.

But Diaz said both airlines were reluctant to open flights to those areas, as they stressed there could be on the losing side if there wasn’t enough demand for it.

With the pandemic underway, Diaz said the two airlines were unsure whether they could reach the carrying capacity of 60% of passengers.

Although he offered the option to change some Manila-Bacolod-Manila flights to Clark-Bacolod-Clark, Diaz said both airlines turned down the offer, stressing that the Manila-Bacolod-Manila flight was viable for they.

Based on the proposed resumption of travel, there will be three flights for each airline, which will depart from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. from Clark and the Bacolod flight to Clark may depart in the afternoon.

Diaz said airlines have a choice of which day they choose for the Clark-Bacolod-Clark route.

The proposed resumption of the Clark-Bacolod-Clark route would provide another option for easier, more comfortable and cheaper travel for residents of Negrenses and Bacolod City, while improving the economy, he added. *


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