Laguindingan Airport

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Laguindingan Airport
Tugpahanan sa Laguindingan (Cebuano)
Paliparan ng Laguindingan (Tagalog)
Laguindingan International Airport main building.JPG
Facade of the Laguindingan Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
Serves Cagayan de Oro, Iligan City
Location Barangay Moog, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental
Opened June 15, 2013 (2013-06-15)
Elevation AMSL 58 m / 190 ft
Coordinates 08°36′45″N 124°27′26″E / 8.61250°N 124.45722°E / 8.61250; 124.45722Coordinates: 08°36′45″N 124°27′26″E / 8.61250°N 124.45722°E / 8.61250; 124.45722
Website Official Website
CGY/RPMY is located in Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,100 6,890 Concrete

Laguindingan Airport (Filipino: Paliparan ng Laguindingan, Cebuano: Tugpahanan sa Laguindingan) (IATA: CGYICAO: RPMY) is the main airport that serves the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, as well as the provinces of Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte, and the rest of the region of Northern Mindanao in the Philippines. The airport is classified as a Principal Domestic Airport Class 1 by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines a body of the Department of Transportation and Communications responsible for implementing policies on civil aviation to assure safe, economic and efficient air travel, and the handling of operations on all airports except major international airports.[1]

The airport sits on a 4.17 square kilometres (1.61 sq mi) site in Barangay Moog, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental,[2] and is located 46 kilometres (29 mi) away from Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental and 57 kilometres (35 mi) from Iligan City, Lanao del Norte. The airport opened on June 15, 2013 which replaced Lumbia Airport in Barangay Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro.[3][4] The Lumbia Airport now serves as an military airbase for the Philippine Air Force.


The airport project is located in the Municipality of Laguindingan, Province of Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao, Philippines. The airport project envisages the development of new major trunkline airport compliant to international standards as to safety and operation in order to meet the air transportation demand of the region.[5] The airport project also aims to boost the economic activities specifically of the Cagayan-Iligan Corridor, and expected to serve as the northern gateway to Mindanao.

The airport complex features a single 2,100 x 45 meter runway, which can accommodate four plane landings and takeoffs an hour.[6][7] It also features a 7,184 square metres (77,330 sq ft) passenger terminal building which can accommodate 1.6 million of passengers a year.[8] The airport can accommodate 2,000 passengers a day.[9]


Funding and implementation[edit]

Sources of funds for the Laguindingan Airport Development Project[10]
Source of funds Funds (in millions of US$)
from the South Korea's Economic Development and Cooperation Fund 30.60 million
from the Export Credit Loan facility of the KEXIM 62.75 million
from the Philippine Government 60.36 million
for the Air Navigation and Support facilities from KEXIM[11] 13.38 million

The airport project is implemented by the Philippine Government through the Department of Transportation and Communications. After the completion of the project, the airport was turned-over to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

The approved cost of the airport project is US$ 167.09 million or 7.853 billion.[12] The cost was duly approved by the National Economic and Development Authority Board on August 30, 2007. Plans for the airport have existed since 1991, but have been stymied by land acquisition and financing problems. Although the Philippine government has signed a US$ 25 million soft loan agreement with the South Korean government through its Economic Development Cooperation Fund, there has been difficulty in raising counterpart funding for acquisition of the estimated 300 hectares of land eventually required by the airport complex.

The Laguindingan Airport Development Project was inaugurated on January 10, 2006 with groundbreaking ceremonies presided by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who advocated the idea of an international airport in the Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Corridor.[13][14]


By July 2007, the construction of the 4.4 kilometer four-lane access road had been undertaken to connect the new airport to the national road.

By early 2008, the start of grading of the airport site area. It is headed by the Department of Transportation and Communications and its foreign and local consultants, South Korea based Yooshin Engineering Corporation and Ortigas Center, Pasig based SCHEMA Konsult, Inc. respectively, and Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Company as the general contractor of the project. As of March 15, 2013, it is 98.66% completed.[15]


President Benigno Aquino III expects that the opening of the airport will happen within April 2013,[16] however, On April 18, 2013, DOTC announced that the opening of the airport would be pushed back to June 15, 2013 instead of April 30, 2013[17] because CAAP has received requests from airline companies to postpone the transfer until after the summer peak season, because the April 30 opening would require the cancellation of several daily trips.[18] The airport is expected to facilitate night landings by December 2014 upon the completion of the installment of Instrument Landing System and other equipments in the airport.[19] The airport was inaugurated by President Benigno Aquino III last June 13, 2013, two days prior to its opening.[20]

Recent developments[edit]

On March 12, 2015, the airport began to accommodate night flights. This became possible after the installation of navigational equipments for night operations made last 2014. With this recent developments, the airport's operating hours was increased to 5 a.m.–9 p.m. from the usual 6 a.m.–6 p.m. daily schedule.[21]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

A flight information screen seen at the arrival area.
Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Zest Cebu
Cebu Pacific[9] Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Manila
Philippine Airlines Manila
Philippine Airlines
operated by PAL Express
Cebu, Manila
Tigerair Philippines Cebu, Manila



In August 2013, the Project Development and Monitoring Facility Board has approved for the revision of the operations and maintenance of the airport. The operations and maintenance of the airport was already approved for funding, but was revised to include the construction of a new airport terminal to the winning PPP bidder. The Department of Transportation and Communications was tasked to construct the airport terminal along with other airside civil works, air navigational facilities, landslide building works, and as well as other facilities. The revision was part of maintaining the airport in par with ICAO standards.[22]

An expansion of the passenger and cargo terminals, and parking lot are also currently being planned. With the large South Korean presence in Cagayan de Oro, the regional Department of Tourism is eyeing flight routes from Busan to Cagayan de Oro via Singapore or a direct route from Busan to Cagayan de Oro to further bolster the tourism industry in the region.[23]


Ayala Land, who originally owns 183 of 417 hectares of the land acquired by the government to develop the airport complex, has future plans to develop an aerotropolis around the airport.[24][25] This is part of the pre-conditions granted by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines for expropriating the lands the government bought from the corporation.[2] Ayala Corporation, the parent company of Ayala Land, is also one of the bidders in privatizing, through the public-private partnership scheme, the operations and maintenance of the airport.[8]


Laguindingan Airport Complex
The airport complex as seen from the airport access road.
View of the Laguindingan Airport Complex from the airport access road. 
Zest Airways Flight RP-C8997 parking at the tarmac. 
Zest Airways Flight RP-C8997 parking at the tarmac.
The arrival area of Laguindingan Airport. 
View from an aircraft turning at the end Runway 09. 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Philippine Principal Class I/II Airports". Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. 
  2. ^ a b Ma. Cecilia Rodriguez (July 22, 2007). "Waiting for the flight from Laguindingan". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Laguindingan airport in Misamis opens". ABS-CBN News. June 15, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Laguindingan airport to open on June 15". BusinessMirror. June 3, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Laguindingan Airport Development Project "On Schedule"". Laguindingan Airport Development Project. November 21, 2009. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ Elaine O. Ratunil (February 27, 2013). "PNoy: P7.9-B airport will boost econ of M. Oriental". Philippine Information Agency. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "After 22 years, Laguindingan Airport starts commercial operation June 15". MindaNews. Mindanao Times. June 13, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "San Miguel keen on Laguindingan airport PPP". Rappler. June 13, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Darwin G. Amojelar (June 3, 2013). "Laguindingan Airport to start operations on June 15". Interaksyon. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  10. ^ "About the Laguindingan International Airport". Laguindingan International Airport. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Laguindingan airport fully operational by June 15". Malaya. June 4, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ Mike U. Crismundo (June 11, 2013). "Security tight in run-up to Laguindingan airport opening". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ Louie Logarta (November 22, 2012). "Laguindingan Airport a tragedy waiting to happen". The Daily Tribune. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  14. ^ Kris Bayos (June 10, 2013). "Laguindingan Airport opens June 15". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Laguindingan Airport Development Project (LADP) Status as of 15 March 2013". Department of Transportation and Communications. March 15, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Int’l Airport in CDO Opens in April – Aquino". Manila Bulletin. Yahoo! News Philippines. February 16, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  17. ^ Gerry Gorit (June 11, 2013). "Laguindingan Airport to open June 15". GMA News. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  18. ^ Edu Lopez (April 18, 2013). "DOTC resets transfer to new Cagayan de Oro Airport to June 15". Manila Bulletin. Civil Aeronautics Board. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Laguindingan Airport may see night flights by Dec". Port Calls Asia. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  20. ^ Efren Montano (June 12, 2013). "PNoy inaugurates new Laguindingan airport". Journal Online. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  21. ^ "First night flight arrives at Laguindingan airport in Northern Mindanao". GMA News. March 13, 2015. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  22. ^ Cai U. Ordinario (August 7, 2013). "PDMF approves pre-feasibility funding for three PPP projects". BusinessMirror. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  23. ^ Mike Banos (March 13, 2014). "Still a long way to go for international flights in Laguindingan". Businessweek Mindanao. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Ayala Eyes Aerotropolis Concept for Laguindingan" (PDF). National Economic and Development Authority. September 16, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Ayala eyes Aerotropolis concept for Laguindingan". CDO Dev. September 19, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 

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