Travelers can now go to the world famous Banaue Rice Terraces in a more convenient and less time route.

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and chief executive officer Alexander Cauguiran on Monday said it will be easier now to go to the Banaue Rice Terraces as a local carrier will soon fly regularly from the Clark International Airport (CRK) to Nueva Vizcaya, the gateway to one of the country’s top tourist spots.

Cauguiran disclosed that Wakay Air will start its operations at the CRK on May 17 for the CRK-Bagabag (Nueva Vizcaya) route.

He said Wakay Air, the company that offers chartered flights to Basco, Batanes, will mount the CRK-Bagabag flights every four days using a Dornier aircraft with a 31-passenger seating capacity.

“By using Clark, foreign and local travelers will only take one hour and 40 minutes from Bagabag Airport to the Banaue Rice Terraces,” Cauguiran said, adding that the airline’s operations will initially cater to foreigners from tour operators in Europe and local corporations.

From Manila, it normally takes about eight hours of land travel to the Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao.

The airline has no local individual bookings as of this time.

All reservations are package tours amounting to USD1,000 per person for four days and three nights, including domestic airfares, hotel and city tour.

“We are looking forward to having daily (CRK-Bagabag) flights around September this year, which are more affordable and may be booked by local individual travelers,” Cauguiran said.

Wakay Air is an Ivatan-owned company serving travelers, initially to and from Batanes, and later on, to various destinations in the Philippines, in partnership with AirSWIFT Transport Services Inc. (PNA) MDDR

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