Navigational aids are not the only issue bugging the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental. Its x-ray machines are also operating “on and off”.
Tourism department wants more flights at Laguindingan, 3 other Mindanao airports for ASEAN integration in 2015
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is working for the opening of additional domestic and international flights to and from Laguindingan Airport and three other major airports in Mindanao in preparation for the integration by next year of the economies of the 10 member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The Development, Operation and Maintenance of Laguindingan Airport is set to be signed in May 2015.
Inquirer Business reporter Miguel R. Camus in his twitter account (LINK), posted that Laguindingan Airport needs some $550 million for expansion including a new 3,500-meter runway and other key facilities.
Flight cancellations at Laguindingan Airport is expected to be minimized as the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is fast tracking the installation of a new Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite based navigational aid system at the airport.
Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez has filed House Bill 3929 proposing the construction of a 240-kilometer Trans-Mindanao Superhighway that will connect at least four provinces in Mindanao to the Laguindingan Airport.
Despite navigational aids still to be completed, Laguidingan Airport’s future with the planned privatization includes expansion of the passenger terminal building to 14,490 sq.m. from the present 7,184 sq.m., expansion of the cargo terminal building to 8,652 sq.m. from the present 350 sq.m. and expansion of the parking lot from 10,300 to 24,600 sq.m.
USAID’s INVEST and COMPETE projects recently organized a Coordination Meeting to resolve issues on the operation of the Laguindingan Airport.
Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) was given a total budget of P48.89 billion to upgrade international airports and mass transport system, and that includes Laguindingan Airport.
CAAP tells CDO to wait until November for completion of Laguindingan Airport navigational facilities
In a closed door meeting during the “Connect and Do Business in Cagayan de Oro” forum at the Intercontinental Hotel in Makati City, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) deputy director general Rodante Joya told Mayor Oscar Moreno and businessmen from Cagayan de Oro that Laguindingan Airport will have to wait until November this year for the completion of its navigational system.
Did you know that based on flight statistics at the Laguindingan Airport, some 304 commercial flights or 56 percent of 546 scheduled flights were cancelled during the 10-day period covering January 10-22, 2014?
The business community of Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental is opposing the request for extension of the completion of the Air Navigation System and Support Facilities (ANSSF) at Laguindingan Airport.