Budget airline Jetstar Asia will be spreading its wings to fly directly from Singapore to the Philippines via Clark International Airport starting November this year.
The airline will operate three weekly services from Singapore to Clark in Pampanga province. This is in its aim to broaden the low-fares options for Singapore travellers and Filipinos working in Singapore.
In the midst of a burgeoning metropolitan area, Clark International Airport provides a gateway to Central Luzon island and the Philippines' National Capital Region (NCR).
Jetstar Asia CEO Bara Pasupathi said this new route is the airline's first services from the said airport. Additionally, this comes as the Philippine government ramps up its efforts to launch other metropolitan regions beyond NCR.
"Low fares travel in the region is booming, and these additional services give another option for direct services to the Metro Manila Area," he said in a statement,
He furthered, "Throughout the year, we see constant demand for travel between Singapore and Luzon. Providing this low-fares option from Singapore means that the Filipino population in Singapore – and their family members – can now enjoy the option of affordable travel on Asia's best budget carrier."
The addition of the new route enables the airline to provide more than 410,000 seats a year in total between the Philippines and Singapore.
"The new Singapore-Clark service, which offers 56,000 extra seats per year, is Jetstar Asia's support towards the Philippine Government's agenda to ease congestion at NAIA," Pasupathi adds.
NAIA, or the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, is the Philippines flagship airfield located in NCR.
Clark International Airport President and CEO Alexander Cauguiran said Jetstar Asia recognises the marketability of Clark airport and the increasing number of the airport's local destinations.
"This is great news and the Clark-Singapore flights will definitely boost our operations as we are looking at more travellers who may now choose Clark to fly Jetstar," he told the media in a statement.