Qatar Airways assured on Friday its commitment to continue their service to the Philippines particularly at Clark International Airport (CRK) following the suspension of flights by the Emirates Airlines last May 3.

“We are proud to highlight that Qatar Airways’ commitment to the Philippines will continue,” Qatar Airways Country Manager Philippines Abdallah Okasha said during the Clark Aviation Conference held at Holiday Inn Resort here.

Okasha also expressed his gratitude to the Philippine Government including Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and CEO Victor Jose Luciano for their support in the endeavors of Qatar Airways at Clark Airport in Pampanga and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Metro Manila.

“I would like to take a moment to offer my sincere thanks to the government of the Republic of the Philippines, the business communities, trade players and special thanks to the management of Clark International Airport Corporation headed by President Victor Jose Luciano in putting Qatar Airways to the Global Community when we launched our 133 destinations last October 2013 at Clark Airport.” Okasha stressed.

He also said that CIAC management has been very supportive since they started operations last year.

”Again I would like to thank Mr. Luciano for their continued support to make this operations a success,” he said.

Qatar Airways last year launched their non-stop daily flights via Doha-Clark-Doha at Clark Airport that paved the way for Middle East airlines servicing the Central and Northern Luzon area.

Okasha also noted a 50 percent to 90 percent increase of Qatar Airways load factor since starting flights at Clark Airport. The airline is currently utilizing Airbus 330 aircraft with a capacity of 305 passengers.

For his part, Luciano also thanked Qatar Airways for their trust and confidence to Clark Airport, adding that CIAC will continue to support all the endeavors of Qatar Airways’ operations at the 2,367 hectare Clark Civil Aviation Complex.

Qatar Airways flies at least 133 destinations worldwide connecting Clark to the rest of the world. The airlines was awarded back to back as Best Airlines in the World in 2011 and 2012 by Skytrax.

Qatar Airways’ operations at Clark is fast becoming an attraction for overseas Filipino workers residing in the North of the Philippines using Clark Airport as their gateway to the Middle East.

On May 3, Emirates Airlines had suspended their Clark operations citing low load factor, intense competition and the controversial excise tax imposed by the Bureau of International Revenue (BIR) on jet fuel used for international flights.

Source: Headline Gitnang Luzon