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Emirates optimistic on network recovery by summer 2021; operates one-off A380 flight to PH's Clark airport
MANILA, Philippines, Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

International airline Emirates indicated optimism that it will be able to 
operate 100 percent of its network of destinations by summer of next year, 
returning to serving more than 140 cities, and gradually putting its Airbus 
A380 fleet back into service on routes with high demand.

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Emirates has deployed its flagship A380 aircraft to London, Cairo, Paris, 
Guangzhou, and Toronto, and recently increased to a second daily service to 
London, operated with an A380, to meet demand. The UAE carrier also operated a 
one-off A380 commercial flight to Clark International Airport on August 19, 
becoming the first scheduled commercial flight, utilizing the iconic aircraft, 
to operate to the Luzon-based airport.

Carrying 405 passengers from Dubai that include overseas Filipino workers, the 
one-off A380 to Clark was heartily welcomed complete with a ceremonial water 
cannon salute, underscoring the international carrier's celebration of its 30th 
anniversary of serving the Philippines. 

Emirates has seen a huge demand for its six weekly flights from Dubai to Clark 
as well as in its daily flights to Manila since it resumed operations earlier 
in August. Emirates also recently resumed operations to Cebu as well. 

Saying they are proud to fly their first A380 service to Clark, Country Manager 
for Emirates-Philippines, Satish Sethi, also thanked the authorities in the 
Philippines for supporting the airline through the years. 

"We resumed scheduled passenger services to Clark on 1 August with six weekly 
flights and have since been witnessing tremendous demand from customers in the 
UAE and other cities within our network to travel to the Philippines," the 
airline executive said. 

"In addition to marking a milestone and making its debut to Clark, the 
highly-popular Emirates A380 aircraft will accommodate more travellers on the 
flight, while allowing them to experience its unique features and safety 
protocols we have put in place to protect our customers and crew," Satish added.

The Philippine government has been stepping up efforts to mitigate the impact 
of the COVID-19 pandemic, with its "Build, Build, Build" program forming the 
cornerstone of economic recovery.

"We have to continue to prioritize the infrastructure program to immediately 
create jobs, encourage investments, and increase economic activity," Philippine 
Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez said, explaining that "investments in 
infrastructure have the highest multiplier effect in the economy."

One of the priority projects is Clark International Airport which is close to 
100 percent completion. According to Secretary Dominguez, the international 
airport will help clear the congestion in the airport in Manila and "anchor the 
rapid development of Central and Northern Luzon and other districts of Clark, 
which we expect to become the next investment center in Asia," the Philippine 
official said.

Emirates Airline has been serving the Philippines since 1990 and inaugurated 
its first service to Clark in 2016. In 2014, the Emirates A380 made a one-off 
trip to Manila, marking its first arrival in the country.

Welcoming the passengers during the A380's one-off service were Philippine 
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade; Emirates-Philippines Country Manager 
Satish Sethi; Shaikh Saoud Ali Mohammed Ali Almualla, Chargé d'Affaires, of the 
United Arab Emirates Embassy; Ambassador of France to the Philippines, Nicolas 
Galey; Bases Conversion and Development Authority senior vice president for 
Conversion Development Group Engr. Joshua Bingcang; Clark Development 
Corporation President and CEO Noel Manankil; Clark International Airport 
Corporation President and CEO Gen. Aaron Aquino; and Luzon International 
Premier Airport Development Corp. CEO Bi Yong Chungunco.

SOURCE:  The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA)

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