Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade led travel and tourism officials, guests and VIPs during the inaugural ceremony of Korean Air’s new route between Clark and Incheon, South Korea, at the Clark International Airport on October 27.
After an early meeting with DOTr Air sector officials, Secretary Tugade proceeded to Clark and witnessed the arrival of the maiden voyage of Korean Air’s Flight KE635, which was feted with a Ceremonial Water Cannon Salute at the tarmac.
He then joined Korean Air Regional Manager Cheol Lee, Luzon International Premier Airport Development (LIPAD) Corp. President and CEO Bi Yong Chungunco, and former BCDA Senior Vice President Joshua Bingcang, in personally welcoming the passengers of KE635.
“Today, it’s not about coming in and flying out, it’s all about trust. And I know that Korean Air came here not only because of the revenue that is to be generated, but more importantly, and this was mentioned to me by Ambassador Han – ‘we are going to Clark, if we are going to expand our operations in the Philippines, it’s because we want to show faith and trust in the Republic of the Philippines. It is because we want to show our support to President Duterte.’ – And it is for this reason that I come today, to accept the manifestation that this government is ready and willing to work with you hand in hand,” Secretary Tugade expressed.
He further reiterated that Clark remains to be an attractive and viable destination for air traffic and logistics hub in Central Luzon, and that pursuing its full development as alternative gateway will vastly improve the country’s travel and tourism industry.
Also present in the ceremony were DOTr Undersecretary for Aviation and Airports Manuel Tamayo, CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco, OTS Administrator Raul Del Rosario, Clark International Airport Corporation Jaime Melo, DOT Regional Director Carolina Uy, CDC Tourism Promotions Manager Noemi Julian, Korea Tourism Organization Director Joon Kil Jo, and other executives from the travel sector.
The Clark-to-Incheon flight will run daily, with one round trip each day. DOTR