Airphil Express ends services to Clark airport

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Philippine low-cost carrier Airphil Express has ended services to its third hub in Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, Manila's secondary airport at Clark.

On 21 February, the airline operated its last service on the Clark-Puerto Princesa route, according to its network timetable.

The carrier's thrice weekly Clark-Singapore service ended on 16 February, while its four times weekly services from Clark to Cebu, Kalibo and Hong Kong ended on 20 February.

Airphil Express had signed an agreement with the airport in August 2011 to set up a hub at the airport, its then senior vice-president for marketing and sales Alfredo Herrera told Flightglobal Pro, adding that two Airbus A320s would also be based there by the third quarter of last year.

He added that congestion at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport had prompted the airline to establish a base at Clark, and that the new hub would allow it to expand internationally and gain domestic market share.

Airphil Express, however, did not respond to requests made by Flightglobal.

Data from Flightglobal Pro shows that Airphil Express operates 15 A320s, and nine Bombardier Dash 8 Q300s and Q400s.