Clark International Airport (CRK) serviced a total of 24 inbound and outbound international flights bringing home more than 5,000 returning overseas Filipinos since the resumption of its commercial operations on June 5 until June 30, 2020.
On Friday, June 5, Emirates resumed its commercial operations from Dubai to CRK enabling stranded Overseas Filipino Workers in Dubai to finally come home to the Philippines, while Philippine Airlines began operating repatriation flights from Barbados (via Vancouver) to CRK to bring home Filipino seafarers who were stranded in the Caribbean Island due to COVID-19. Qatar Airways also operated two special flights from Doha while Spanish airline Wamos Air brought home seafarers from Madrid.
The Luzon International Premier Airport Development (LIPAD) Corporation who manages Clark International Airport, worked alongside the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (The BCDA Group), Clark Development Corporation (CDC), Bureau of Quarantine, Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines (DFA), Department of Tourism – Philippines (DOT), OWWA Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG Philippines) to ensure a seamless arrival experience for all passengers. The fast processing of test results at Jose B. Lingad Memorial General Hospital made it possible for the passengers to receive their medical certificates within 72 hours, allowing those who tested negative to go home to their families in less than four days.
“It is a very heartwarming experience to witness our fellow Filipinos finally come home, and we are happy that CRK is able to serve as their gateway back to the Philippines. We are looking forward to serving more flights and more passengers in the coming weeks, in compliance with further guidelines set by the IATF and our government.”, said Bi Yong Chungunco, Chief Executive Officer of LIPAD Corporation.
More airlines are expected to resume their operations at CRK this July, with at least 1x a week flight to Incheon, Korea via Jin Air and JeJu Air. Meanwhile, Emirates will continue to operate its 2x weekly Dubai-CRK-Dubai commercial flights.
On the domestic front, AirAsia continues to fly from CRK to Davao every Saturday while Philippine Airlines will resume its CRK to Davao operations every Friday, starting July 3.
All passengers are encouraged to observe departure and arrival guidelines published on this Facebook page.