The construction of the P7.853 billion (approximately $167.09-million) international airport here is already 65 percent completed, the Laguindingan Airport Development Project (LADP) Management Office disclosed Saturday.

The Laguindingan International Airport is set for completion on the last month of next year and will be open to airlines on the first month of 2012.

Engineer Ryan Gico of Laguindingan Airport Development Project Management Office, said requirements for the full operation of airport like an access road was completed last January 2010 while civil works and building construction is already 65 percent complete as of May 14.

“We have already reached, as of May 14, a 65 percent completion rate of the airport’s civil works while land acquisition for the main airport area is 99.24 percent accomplished with 390.95 hectares already acquired,” he said.

The main airport requires 393.94 hectares of land.

The Laguindingan International Airport sits on a 4.17 square kilometer site in Laguindingan’s Moog village and it is located 46 kilometers from the Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro City.

Once completed, it will be the fourth international airport in Mindanao, after the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City, Zamboanga International Airport in Zamboanga City, and the General Santos International Airport in General Santos City.

It will also have the distinction of being the first International airport in Northern Mindanao.

The Laguindingan International Airport is the flagship project of the Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Corridor Special Development Project, which covers both cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, including the five coastal towns of Lanao del Norte and 22 towns of Misamis Oriental.

The airport will primarily replace the existing Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro City and it is also expected to replace the Maria Cristina Airport in Iligan City.

A five-person team from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund appraisal mission on LADP-Air Navigation Aid System Supply Project recently visited Northern Mindanao for a site survey and to conduct fact-finding activities on the sub-project.

The team also visited the Lumbia Airport Control Tower in Cagayan de Oro City to appraise the air navigation system equipment there.

Gico said the occupants of the land where the airport site sits have already been relocated to their new houses and each family were also given relocation fees.

He said 370 families have been relocated – 134 families at the Phase 1 resettlement site in San Isidro village, and 236 families at the Phase 2 resettlement site in Tubajon village.

The construction of the P7.853 billion (approximately $167.09-million) international airport here is already 65 percent completed, the Laguindingan Airport Development Project (LADP) Management Office disclosed Saturday.

The Laguindingan International Airport is set for completion on the last month of next year and will be open to airlines on the first month of 2012.

Engineer Ryan Gico of Laguindingan Airport Development Project Management Office, said requirements for the full operation of airport like an access road was completed last January 2010 while civil works and building construction is already 65 percent complete as of May 14.

“We have already reached, as of May 14, a 65 percent completion rate of the airport’s civil works while land acquisition for the main airport area is 99.24 percent accomplished with 390.95 hectares already acquired,” he said.

The main airport requires 393.94 hectares of land.

The Laguindingan International Airport sits on a 4.17 square kilometer site in Laguindingan’s Moog village and it is located 46 kilometers from the Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro City.

Once completed, it will be the fourth international airport in Mindanao, after the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City, Zamboanga International Airport in Zamboanga City, and the General Santos International Airport in General Santos City.

It will also have the distinction of being the first International airport in Northern Mindanao.

The Laguindingan International Airport is the flagship project of the Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Corridor Special Development Project, which covers both cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, including the five coastal towns of Lanao del Norte and 22 towns of Misamis Oriental.

The airport will primarily replace the existing Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro City and it is also expected to replace the Maria Cristina Airport in Iligan City.

A five-person team from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund appraisal mission on LADP-Air Navigation Aid System Supply Project recently visited Northern Mindanao for a site survey and to conduct fact-finding activities on the sub-project.

The team also visited the Lumbia Airport Control Tower in Cagayan de Oro City to appraise the air navigation system equipment there.

Gico said the occupants of the land where the airport site sits have already been relocated to their new houses and each family were also given relocation fees.

He said 370 families have been relocated – 134 families at the Phase 1 resettlement site in San Isidro village, and 236 families at the Phase 2 resettlement site in Tubajon village.

By NONOY E. LACSON of Manila Bulletin

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