|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (May 2009)|
Paliparan ng Labo
Tugpahanan sa Labo
|Exterior of Labo Airport|
|IATA: OZC – ICAO: RPMO
|Operator||Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines|
|Location||Barangay Labo, Ozamiz City|
|Elevation AMSL||5 m / 16 ft|
|Metric tonnes of cargo||3,697|
|Statistics from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines|
Labo Airport (Filipino: Paliparan ng Labo, Cebuano: Tugpahanan sa Labo) (IATA: OZC, ICAO: RPMO), also known as Ozamiz City Airport and Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Airport is an airport serving the general areas of Ozamiz City located in the province of Misamis Occidental in the Philippines. It is the only airport in the province of Misamis Occidental. The airport is classified as a community airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, a body of the Department of Transportation and Communications that is responsible for the operations of not only this airport but also of all other airports in the Philippines except the major international airports.
The airport takes its name from its location, Barangay Labo in Ozamiz.
It was known as Misamis Airfield during the Pre-World War II and Post-World War II until the municipality become a cityhood status in 1948 and was change of what is now Ozamiz Airport. Philippine Airlines, the first airline to operate the airport, serves regular air service to this airport using the McDonnell Douglas DC-3 from Manila. In 80's-90's, Philippine Airlines was using their Fokker 50 and Sunriser planes to Manila and Cebu until the closure of the airport.
The airport was closed in 1998 after Philippine Airlines (PAL) stopped the operation of their smaller Fokker and Sunriser planes because its runway could not accommodate jetliners and wide-bodied aircraft. PAL was affected by financial crisis and labor disputes during that period.
On July 11, 2007, Ozamiz Airport was re-opened to the public with the former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the Provincial and City Officials joined the ceremonial event. Air Philippines(now Airphil Express) was the first airline to land using Boeing 737-200 also the first jet plane to land during the opening of the airport. With the opening of the airport, this would expect the increase of passenger volume due to its strategically located and boost the economic and tourism of the Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental and neighboring towns and provinces.
On November 10, 2008, Cebu Pacific Air launched its Ozamiz-Cebu & v.v. using the brand-new ATR 72-500. With the entrance of Cebu Pacific Air in Ozamiz, this would give to the passengers to be easily access and more choices to choose from Cebu. PAL Express, a subsidiary of PAL and Air Philippines, was the competitor of Cebu Pacific Air to/from Cebu.
On June 16, 2009, after the expansion and widening of the runway and passed the runway jet requirement, the Airbus A319 successfully smooth landed at the airport by Cebu Pacific Air in the morning and the comeback Philippine Airlines at noon. That day was the memorable event of the airport that officially, it is now capable for Airbus A320 family jet.
On March 25, 2012, Philippine Airlines stopped their operations to/from Ozamiz as PR163 and PR164 and retake-over again to Airphil Express(resumes operation to/from Manila last August 2011 using A320). Last Summer 2012, Ozamiz Airport officially known as an Airbus Airport since Cebu Pacific Air and Airphil Express are both using Airbus A319 and Airbus A320 to and from Manila and Cebu. That was also the time when Cebu Pacific Air added its 2nd flight to/from Manila in the late afternoon flight until July 2012.
Currently, Ozamiz-Labo Airport is serving Manila and Cebu routes using A320, A319, Q400 and ATR 72-500 by Philippine Airlines operated by PAL Express(former Airphil Express) and Cebu Pacific Air daily.
Rehabilitation and Expansion
Extension and expansion of the airport runway started in 2005 using congressional funds of Misamis Occidental District 2 Congresswoman Herminia Ramiro. It was reopened to commercial flights on July 8, 2007 with Air Philippines offering direct Ozamiz-Manila v.v. routes. The airport is expected to have a bigger budget from the national government in the coming months because of its strategic location, increasing volume of passengers and cargoes.
Expansion and development of the airport particularly its runway, tarmac and passenger terminal building continued again in the 1st quarter of 2008. Come July 2009, implementation of the asphalt overlay will begin for the entire 1.9 kilometer runway, apron and taxiway. This includes the setting up of runway lights to accommodate night flight operations.
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines(CAAP) announced that 14 provincial airports in the Philippines will have to install night capable landing so that the airplanes can land safely at night and to ease the congestion problem of Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the main airport in the Philippines. Ozamiz Airport is included in the project. Soon, Ozamiz Airport will capable for night landing flights.
Airlines and destinations
|Cebu Pacific||Cebu, Manila|
operated by PAL Express
|Percentage and Rank|
|2007||20,618||100% - None|
|2008||80,290||289.42% - None|
|2009||161,048||100.58% - 21st|
|2010||206,428||28.18% - 19th|
|2011||228,956||10.91% - 18th|
|2012||272,850||19.05% - 16th|
- Volume of Air Passengers and Air Cargo (Air Cargo in Metric Tons) Air Transportation Office, retrieved April 23, 2009