Loakan Airport

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Loakan Airport

Paliparan ng Loakan
Pagtayaban ti Loakan
Loakan Airport.JPEG
Airport typePublic
OperatorCivil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
LocationBarangay Loakan Proper, Baguio, Benguet
Elevation AMSL1,296 m / 4,251 ft
Coordinates16°22′30″N 120°37′10″E / 16.37500°N 120.61944°E / 16.37500; 120.61944Coordinates: 16°22′30″N 120°37′10″E / 16.37500°N 120.61944°E / 16.37500; 120.61944
BAG/RPUB is located in Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 1,802 5,912 Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Aircraft movements844
Metric tonnes of cargo0
Statistics from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.[1]

Loakan Airport (Filipino: Paliparan ng Loakan, (IATA: BAG, ICAO: RPUB) is an airport serving the general area of Baguio, in the province of Benguet in the Philippines. It is classified as a Class 2 principal (minor domestic) airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). Loakan Airport, the city's only airport, was built in 1934.[2] Its short runway, frequent low visibility, and dilapidated structures along with deep ravines on both ends of the runway continue to challenge commercial operation at the airport.[3]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • A Philippine Airlines DC-3 was lost on takeoff in 1952.[4]
  • On the morning of June 27, 1987, Philippine Airlines Flight 206 a Hawker Siddeley HS 748, bound for Baguio, crashed into the slopes of Mt. Ugo while attempting to land in a monsoon, killing all 50 people on board. A Philippine Air Force Bell UH-1 Huey was lost during recovery operations of that crash.[5]
  • A Philippine Air Force Cessna T-41 crashed right after takeoff on May 25, 2005. All four airmen died.[6]
  • On April 7, 2009, a Bell 412 presidential helicopter owned by the Philippine Air Force carrying eight key aides of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo crashed into the slopes of Mount Pulag in Tinoc, Ifugao while en route to Lagawe, the provincial capital of Ifugao, after attempting to return to Loakan Airport due to bad weather. Mount Pulag is over 50km away from Loakan Airport. All on board the chopper died and Malacañang mourned their deaths. The key aides were checking the area for a planned visit by President Arroyo to inspect a mountain road project. Because of the disaster, she cancelled her trip. U.S. officials dispatched CH-46 Sea Knights to find the downed chopper.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Passenger Statistics 2014". July 23, 2015. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  2. ^ Cabrega, Vincent. "In new plan, Baguio airport likely to take off again". Newsinfo.inquirer.net. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Baguio Airport". Tonetcarlo.wordpress.com. Retrieved 16 May 2009.
  5. ^ "Mt. Ugo Mountaineering". Pinoymountaineer.com. Retrieved 16 May 2009.
  6. ^ "Baguio plane crash kills future combat pilots". Nordis Weekly. May 29, 2005. Retrieved 16 May 2009.
  7. ^ "Missing govt chopper supposed to return due to bad weather". Archived from the original on April 12, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "NETWORK - SUNSTAR". Sunstar.com.ph. Archived from the original on April 10, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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