PAL to relaunch Clark-Basco flights in July 2024

In a move to boost regional connectivity, Philippine Airlines (PAL), the country’s flag carrier, announced plans to resume direct flights between Clark International Airport and Basco, the capital of Batanes, starting July 2, 2024.

The Clark-Basco route will operate four times a week, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, utilizing the 86-seater De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 NextGen aircraft.

The outbound flight, PR 2688, will depart Clark at 11:00 AM and arrive in Basco at 12:35 PM, while the inbound flight, PR 2689, will leave Basco at 1:00 PM and touch down in Clark at 2:35 PM.

“We are delighted to revive our Clark-Basco service commencing on the third quarter of 2024. Convenient connectivity is essential for travelers who wish to experience our island-destinations.”

PAL President and Chief Operating Officer, Capt. Stanley K. Ng

The reintroduction of the Clark-Basco route will provide ease and convenience for travelers in Central and Northern Luzon, eliminating the need to travel to Manila for a connection to Basco. This direct service complements PAL’s existing daily Manila-Basco flights.

“We appreciate the support of Clark LIPAD as we expand our Clark operations,” added Capt. Ng, referring to the consortium that manages Clark International Airport.

“This renewed connection not only signifies the strengthening of ties between two vibrant destinations but also underscores the importance of Basco in the growth of Clark International Airport (CRK). With this renewed route, Philippine Airlines, thru CRK, continues to play a pivotal role in promoting tourism and fostering connections across our country.”

Noel Manankil, President and CEO of LIPAD

In addition to the Basco service, PAL currently operates daily flights from Clark to Cebu, three times weekly to Caticlan (Boracay), and four times weekly to Busuanga (Coron).

The resumption of the Clark-Basco route is expected to benefit residents of Basco by providing increased travel and business opportunities, allowing them to explore other destinations within the Philippines.

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