Laguindingan International Airport
Pandaigdigang Paliparan ng Laguindingan (Filipino)
Tugpahanang Pangkalibutanon sa Laguindingan (Cebuano)
|Facade of the Laguindingan International Airport.|
|IATA: CGY – ICAO: RP02|
|Operator||Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines|
|Serves||Cagayan de Oro, Iligan City|
|Location||Barangay Moog, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental|
|Opened||June 15, 2013|
Laguindingan International Airport (Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Laguindingan, Cebuano: Tugpahanang Pangkalibutanon sa Laguindingan) (IATA: CGY, ICAO: RP02) 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 the first international airport in the region; however, currently the airport has no international routes to serve.
The airport sits on a 4.17 square kilometer site in Barangay Moog, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental, and is located 46 kilometers away from the city center of Cagayan de Oro. It opened last June 15, 2013 which replaced Lumbia Airport in Barangay Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro.
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. 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. It also features a 7,184 square meter passenger terminal building which can accommodate 1.6 million of passengers a year. The airport can accommodate 2,000 passengers a day.
Funding and implementation
|Sources of funds for the Laguindingan Airport Development Project|
|Source of funds||Funds (in millions of US$)|
|from the South Korea's Economic Development and Cooperation Fund||30.60 million|
|from the Export Credit Loan facility of the KEXIM||62.75 million|
|from the Philippine Government||60.36 million|
|for the Air Navigation and Support facilities from KEXIM||13.38 million|
The airport project is implemented by the Philippine Government through the Department of Transportation and Communications. After the completion of the project, the airport was turned-over to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.
The approved cost of the airport project is US$ 167.09 million or ₱ 7.853 billion. 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.
By July 2007, the construction of the 4.4 kilometer four-lane access road had been undertaken by the Davao City based V. Lao Construction Corporation. The four-lane access road was designed 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.
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 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. The airport has still to install an Instrument Landing System, to be installed in May 2014, in order to facilitate evening flights. The airport was inaugurated by President Benigno Aquino III last June 13, 2013, two days prior to its opening.
Airlines and destinations
|AirAsia Zest||Cebu, Manila|
|Cebu Pacific||Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Manila|
operated by PAL Express
|Cebu, Davao, 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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
Accidents and incidents
- On August 8, 2013, the soldiers and the police deployed in the airport complex were alerted after two bomb sniffing dogs stopped in an abandoned Toyota Avanza parked at the airport around 3:30 PM (PST). The suspected bomb was found to be only spray paints. Several flights were cancelled due to this incident.
|The Laguindingan International Airport Complex|
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- Laguindingan International Airport – Official Website
- Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines – Official Website