New SEAIR Airbus to boost tourism, add more jobs in Clark

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MABALACAT, PAMPANGA  – President Benigno S. Aquino III was the guest of honor at the blessing of the first Airbus aircraft of South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR).

A second Airbus will start operating early next year.

“Using the new 144-seat A319 jet aircraft, SEAIR projects monthly air passenger traffic in Clark to increase by more than 60 percent or an additional 200,000 passengers annually,” said SEAIR president Avelino Zapanta.

SEAIR will initially offer low-cost jet flights between Clark and Singapore beginning December 16. Additional routes will be added in the coming months.

“The introduction of these new flights will create a welcome boost to the Philippine tourism industry and create more high-caliber local jobs,” said Zapanta.

SEAIR is the first airline locator in the Clark Special Economic Zone and the second firm to put its trust and confidence in the Clark Development Corporation.

It is also the first Tiger Airways Partner Airline and it will be marketing and distributing its seats using Tiger Airways’ established Internet booking system

“The resulting operational and cost efficiencies will ensure more low fare seats are available and contribute to the growth of SEAIR and the Clark gateway, benefiting customers in the Philippines and across the Asia Pacific region,” added Zapanta.

According to Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), an average of 25,000 passengers land every month at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) in Clark.

SEAIR was founded in 1995 with an initial investment of two million pesos and two nine-seater planes.  This year, SEAIR was named Gold Brand by the Gold Brands Council Philippines for brand image appeal and trust and market acceptance.

SEAIR currently flies to Boracay, Batanes, and Romblon. The airline recently announced that it will be increasing its Batanes flights to up to twice daily from December to June.

(Photos courtesy of SEAIR)

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