Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ major low-cost carrier, will further expand.
With South Korea a key market sector, the Clark hub will host the launch of daily flights to South Korea from Clark International Airport (CRK), providing travellers from both north and central Luzon access to travel to the K-pop capital of the world.
Starting May 5, CEB will operate direct flights from Clark to Incheon daily. 5J 176 will depart Clark International Airport at 4:35 PM and will arrive in Incheon at 9:45 PM KST.
Its return flight, 5J 177 will leave Incheon International Airport at 10:45 PM KST and will arrive in Clark at 2:05 AM on the following day.
Just a four-trip flight from Clark, South Korea is home to one of the most vibrant cultures in East Asia.
Known for its world-famous K-BBQ, highly sophisticated television shows and films, beautiful hanbok traditional clothing, and delicious Korean dishes, South Korea remains as a go-to destination for Filipinos of all ages.
South Korea as a key market
There is a significant amount of air travel between the Philippines and South Korea. South Korea is a popular destination for Filipino travellers, with many visiting for tourism, work, or study purposes.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, South Korea was the top destination for Filipino tourists, with over 1.6 million Filipino visitors in 2019.
As a result, several airlines have operated flights between the Philippines and South Korea, including Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Korean Air, and Asiana Airlines, among others.
These flights operate between various airports in the Philippines, such as Manila, Cebu, and Clark, and various airports in South Korea, such as Incheon, Busan, and Jeju.
Fleet expansion at Clark
The launch of the Clark – Incheon route brings the total number of international destinations that can be reached from Clark to six. Previously, CEB announced that it would operate eight domestic and five international destinations in Clark.
To support the expansion, CEB will lease and base 3 aircraft at Clark International Airport. These are on top of the 10 new Airbus NEO aircraft that will be delivered in 2023 to expand the airline’s entire fleet.
About Cebu Pacific
Cebu Pacific is a low-cost airline based in the Philippines. It was founded in 1988 and began operations in 1996.
The airline’s main hub is located in Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, with secondary hubs at Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Clark International Airport, and Iloilo International Airport.
Cebu Pacific currently flies to 34 domestic and 25 international destinations, spanning across Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. The airline operates a fleet of Airbus A320, A321neo, and A330 aircraft.
Cebu Pacific is known for its affordable fares and has been consistently ranked as one of the top low-cost carriers in Asia.