Emirates already has a significant presence in Philippines with three daily flights to Manila and it has been well known that the carrier was keen to add more capacity to this fast growing city. Yet, Manila (MNL) at present is one of the most crowded airports in Asia - and getting a slot, specially one at your preferred timings is proving to be no easy task. Emirates has found an answer - and one that is both risky and innovative at the same time.
Effective 1st October, the Middle Eastern mega carrier will add a daily nonstop service to Clark in Philippines. Clark, situated 90km from the main Manila Ninoy Aquino International airport, is presently predominantly served by Low Cost Carriers with Asiana as the sole Full Service Carrier.
Emirates will be entering the market with a two class Boeing 777-300, configured with over 400 seats - and fitting into one of its key hub banks which will offer very good connectivity.
EK338 DXB CRK 0400 1640
EK339 CRK DXB 1835 2305
Clark itself offers Emirates an advantage over the crowded Manila International as Luzon, the area where Clark is situauted, is home to a large community working in the Middle East. And Emirates launch of services into Clark could not be more timely with Philippine's own Cebu Pacific planning to launch Manila - Dubai services also in October.