Friday, August 19, 2011

AIRASIA Philippines Flying from Clark Air Base


AirAsia Philippines airline plans to first flight from legendary Clark Airport in October 2011, after the operating licenses issued by local authorities. On Monday, August 15, 2011, AirAsia Philippines has received the first Airbus A320 aircraft.

Clark Air Base is a United States Air Force base on Luzon Island, Philippines. Located 3 miles from the City of Angeles, and 40 miles northwest of Manila. Since 1991, this airport is used for a commercial flight, after being used by U.S. military forces from the years 1903-1991.

Hontiveros, AirAsia Philippines president and CEO, quoted from various online media the Philippines said, today is a proud moment for AirAsia Philippines, with the arrival of our new aircraft.

AirAsia Philippines expects to receive a second plane in the quarter-IV in 2011, while the other two Airbus A320 will arrive in 2012. Low-cost airline, has announced will also fly to regional destinations such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Macao.

From Clark Air Base which now well known as Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA), AirAsia Philippines will flies aggressively the cities with a maximum of four hours travel time.

Hontiveros also emphasized that the airline was trying to change the DMIA into the airport for international flights to Europe and America. AirAsia Philippines sister company, AirAsia X which is already flying to London and Paris.

Clark Air Base or Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) has been operating 24 hours, with a target to the main gate of the Philippines in 10 years. Moreover, DMIA is one of the largest airports in Asia. There are two parallel runways with a length of 3.2 kilometers each of which will be extended to 4 kilometers to serve wide-bodied aircraft. The main runway (the primary runway 02R/20L) has a length of 3,200 meters and 60 meters wide. Equipped with all the navigation equipment and lighting. While the second runway, 3,200 meters in length with a width of 45 meters.