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Korea’s Jin Air starts Clark flights

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – Korean air carrier Jin Air will fly four times a week between this Freeport and Busan, South Korea starting July 27.

Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) president and chief executive officer Emigdio Tanjuatco said this new development is expected to attract more Koreans to Central Luzon, including nearby Angeles City which hosts a Korean town.

Officials of the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Central Luzon, led by its president Jong Pil Choi, said the new flights would greatly benefit Koreans who normally take their flights to Clark only at the Incheon airport in Seoul.

“The new Clark-Busan route of Jin Air at the Clark airport will not only boost passenger traffic, but also support our marketing efforts to promote the Clark airport,” Tanjuatco said.

CIAC said the Jin Air Clark-Busan service will arrive at 1 a.m. and depart at 2 a.m. four times a week. The Clark-Busan flights will commence on July 27 and will run until August 24. The flights will resume in November during the peak season, CIAC added.

“We are pleased to welcome the Clark-Busan flight and would also like to express gratitude to the Jin Air management for expanding their operations at Clark International Airport. CIAC will continue its effort to bring in more flights at the Clark airport,” Tanjuatco said.

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Earlier this year, Jin Air increased its Incheon, South Korea service at the Clark airport from four flights a week to daily.

Busan, or officially Busan Metropolitan City, is South Korea’s second largest city after Seoul with a population of approximately 3.6 million. It was the host city for the 2002 Asian Games and APEC 2005 Korea. It was also one of the host cities for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and is a center for international convention in Korea.

Choi said there are an estimated 20,000 Koreans residing in Central Luzon and around 50,000 Korean nationals in northern Philippines would benefit from Jin Air’s additional route at the Clark airport.

He urged CIAC to work for more flights between Clark and Korea especially during the peak months of November and February.

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