Seair Establishes Hub At Clark International Airport

South East Asian Airlines International has decided to establish a hub at Clark International Airport after Cebu Pacific's acquisition of Tigerair Philippines put the carrier's slots at Ninoy Aquino International Airport at risk. The airline announced earlier this week that it will launch flights from Clark on April 16 to Palawan and Boracay.
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Seair International will begin operating flights using a 32-seat Dornier 328 aircraft under the airline code XO. Flights from Clark to Caticlan will operate five times weekly while a route from Caticlan to Puerto Princesa will operate three times per week. If the flight schedules are approved by the Civil Aeronautics Board, Seair International will become the only carrier operating these routes with Seair promo fares starting at P2,085.

"We're back at what we are good at and it is providing air services to the exotic destinations of the country," said Avelino Zapanta, President of Seair International. "We plan to operate in Clark and make it our base of operation because we would like to improve the interlining engagement that we have started with airlines operating in and out of Clark."

Seair International intends to re-establish itself as the country's top leisure airline for international and local tourists. It will operate scheduled flights from Clark International Airport, while continuing to operate chartered services from Manila. Seair International will compete with SkyJet Airlines, which is also competing for the top spot as the country's leading leisure carrier. SkyJet currently operates service to Batanes and Coron from Manila with plans to launch service to Caticlan very soon.

Meanwhile, Seair International intends to build interlining relationships with Clark carriers: Qatar Airways, Asiana Airlines, and Dragonair. "We have touched base with them already and we are looking at the connectivity of the flights," said Zapanta. Asiana Airlines recently revealed that it intends to launch its own direct flights from Incheon to Kalibo.

The flights out of Clark are expected to benefit travellers living north of Manila. "Clark to Caticlan is targeted at the population north of Manila up to Baguio and further because it will be the easiest way for them to get to Boracay without having to enter Metro Manila," said Patrick Tan, Seair International's Chief Operating Officer. "Even for those living in Valenzuela and Quezon City, Clark is a good alternative especially with the coming traffic jams with the EDSA upgrading."

Seair International eventually plans to acquire more aircraft and serve tourist spots including Bantayan, Masbate, Camiguin, Marinduque, and Guiuan. It also plans to restore international service with chartered flights to China, Taiwan, and Japan.

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