Laoag International Airport
|Laoag International Airport
Sangalubongan a Pagpatayaban ti Laoag (Ilocano)
Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Laoag (Filipino)
Exterior of Laoag International Airport
|Operator||Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines|
|Location||Barangay 43 (Cavit), Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines|
|Time zone||PHT (UTC+08:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||8 m / 25 ft|
Statistics from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.
Laoag International Airport (Ilocano: Sangalubongan a Pagpatayaban ti Laoag, Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Laoag ) (IATA: LAO, ICAO: RPLI) is the main airport serving the general area of Laoag, the capital city of the province of Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. It is the only airport in Ilocos Norte and is the northernmost international airport in the Philippines by geographical location. The airport is a popular charter destination for tourists from China.
It has one 2,420-meter runway and is designated as a secondary/alternate international airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, a body of the Department of Transportation 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 was constructed by Americans before World War II as Gabu Airfield. The Japanese occupied the base on December 1941 and subsequently used it. During the Luzon campaign to retake the islands from the Japanese, Major Simeon Valdez led a raid on the airfield, burning the headquarters and setting fire to a fuel dump. Similar attacks follow in the succeeding days until its recapture on 15 February 1945 when it was abandoned due to guerrilla raids. By April 1945 the airfield was again operational hosting fighter and transport aircraft. The airfield became a staging area for flights and air missions against Japanese forces in Northern Luzon by April and Okinawa by June 1945.
After the war, the airfield was converted into a civilian airport.
Airlines and destinations
|China Eastern Airlines||Guangzhou|
operated by PAL Express
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- "Passenger Statistics 2014". July 23, 2015. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
- http://www.caap.gov.ph/web/airportsLaoag.htm Laoag Airport - Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
- http://www.caap.gov.ph/web/airports.htm National Airports - Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
- "Pacific Wrecks - Laoag Airfield (Gabu)". 2017-05-22. Retrieved 2017-06-03.
- Special Operations Group (AFSOC) - Air Force Historical Research Agency 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
- Louis Edward Curdes
- 3d Fighter Squadron (Commando), an American air unit based in Laoag during World War II
- 353d Special Operations Group, formerly known as 3d Air Commando Group, another air unit based in Laoag during World War II
- Laoag International Airport
- Airport information for RPLI at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Current weather for RPLI at NOAA/NWS
- Airport information for LAO / RPLI at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
- Accident history for LAO / RPLI at Aviation Safety Network
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