Ever since Laguindingan Airport opened in June last year, travelers had a common observation that the airport terminal building most of the time can accommodate the current maximum number of travelers using the airport and so much better and convenient than the old Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro City.
However, they are also in agreement that the current terminal cannot accommodate the increasing number of travelers in the future that it needs to be expanded soonest. Knowing how government projects progress from conception to implementation, the need to expand Laguindingan Airport should begin now. And by the way, quoting a news article last August (LINK), the government has already included the expansion plan:
The O&M of Laguindingan Airport, which has already been previously approved by the PDMF for funding, was recently revised to include the construction of a new passenger terminal in the scope of work of the winning bidder.
Under the original scope of work, the Department of Transportation and Communications was tasked to construct a new passenger terminal along with the construction of airside civil works (runways, apron, taxiway, etc.) and air navigational facilities, landside building works, as well as all other facilities as per International Civil Action Organization (Icao) standards.
The long lines at the check-in counters continue to bug travelers.
Here’s a picture (photo credits to Ian Limpangog of freedomwall.net) of a cramped terminal…well, they just found a way to have a “picnic” while waiting for their flight. More photos HERE.
The space below could be used for the expansion.
Figures from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) showed that in 2012, Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro served 1,614,157 passengers, which already exceeds the Laguindingan Airport design capacity of 1,600,000 passengers annually. CLICK THE IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW.
Download the full statistics HERE.
Four passenger planes side by side at the airport with one cruising along the runway.
photo credits to Shania Yulo and Jun Yu