Cagayan North International Airport
|Cagayan North International Airport|
|IATA: none – ICAO: none|
|Operator||Cagayan Economic Zone Authority|
|Location||Barangay San Mariano and Dagupan, Lal-lo, Cagayan|
Cagayan North International Airport is an airport located between barangays San Mariano and Dagupan in Lal-lo, Cagayan. The airport has been built to support the Cagayan Special Economic Zone (CEZA) in northern Cagayan, in tandem with Port Irene that will handle seaborne traffic. Expected to be operational by 2015, the airport remains unused for regular passenger flights; CEZA is still looking for airlines to utilize the airport as of May 2015.
In September 2009, Cagayan Economic Zone Authority and private consortium Cagayan Land Property Development Corp. (CLPDC) signed the 50-year joint venture agreement to build the international airport. The joint venture has CLPDC contributing 58.3% in equity or P966 million while CESA's share is 41.7% or P691 million.
On February 19, 2013, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile landed on the airport to pay a visit on the construction and to test the 2,100 metres (6,900 ft) runway. The airport is also eyed to be an aviation park and hangar hub where business and private jets can park at a modern and state-of-the-art facility.
The airport was 98% complete as of August 14, 2014. The international airport is envisioned to be the international gateway in Northeast Luzon. Initially, it could serve domestic flights to other airports in the country and international flights to Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and China.
On June 23, 2016, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) granted the airport new certification allowing it to handle aircraft with up to 100 seats' capacity, up from only 29-seat-capacity aircraft under the previous certification. The new certification will allow the possibility of regular commercial flights to begin operation at the airport. At the time of the new certification, the airport has fielded around 168 flights ranging from tourism, diplomatic visits and emergency services.
The airport’s major facilities are the control tower, passengers’ lounge. It also has a runway measuring 2,100 metres (6,900 ft) long by 45 metres (148 ft) wide, following the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This allows the airport to accommodate large aircraft such as the Airbus A320.
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