Starting April 30, Starting June 15, all operations in Lumbia Airport (CGY), private and commercial, are required by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to transfer to the new Laguindingan International Airport (LIA).
Laguindingan International Airport.
The Laguindingan International Airport is the first international airport in Northern Mindanao serving Misamis Oriental and nearby provinces. It is built on international standards. Categorically, the airport is capable to cater international flights. For instance, Laguindingan has the capacity to eventually handle direct flights coming from that airport to destinations like Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Singapore.
LIA It can accommodate aircraft such as the A-319, A-320, and A-330. The airport can handle four flights (arrival/departure) per hour using the Visual Flight rule while 6-9 flights (arrival/departure) per hour using the Instrument Flight Rule, Elaine O. Ratunil, Philippine Information Agency.
Airlines flight cancellations and flight schedule changes.
LIA does not have any runway lights installed yet, thus prohibiting any nighttime flights. As a result of having insufficient navigational aids, flight schedule changes and flight cancellations were made by various airlines currently operating in the Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro.
Many were disappointed with the transfer. Complaints and criticisms proliferated around social networking sites. On top of which is the inconvenience brought by the distance between the two airports. Some traveling guest has to travel all the way to Laguindingan to make up with their flight once the transfer is implemented.
Another thing which the passengers worry about was their safety due to lack of navigational aids. However, CAAP guaranteed that the Laguindingan International Airport is much safer than Lumbia Airport.
Hofileña said with the low altitude of the Laguindingan airport, the visibility of the runway is high compared with the higher altitude of Lumbia that requires a closer visibility as clouds may hamper perceptibility at a distance, Sun.Star Publishing, Inc., sunstar.com.ph.
In a contract between the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and SKY-KR Consortium, the Procurement Laguindingan Airport Air Navigation System and Support Facilities Supply costs 8,500,066,055.73 Korean Won or 78,932,912.72 in Philippine Peso. It will install air navigation systems such as Instrument Landing System (CAT-I:ILS), Doppler VOR/DME (DVOR), ATC Communication System and an Automated Water Observation System, aeronautical ground lighting and control system, etc. You may view a copy of the contract at goo.gl/hZ3fL.
It would take some time to finish the Laguindingan project “the time of completion for the Project shall be Fifteen (15) months, inclusive of the period for the testing and commissioning from the date on which the Contract entered the legal force and effect,” it said.
The Philippine government especially President Aquino is confident that the new Laguindingan International Airport will further promote tourism.
‘The Laguindingan airport will ferry tourists who want to visit the island of Camiguin, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan,’ the President said today during his visit to Cagayan de Oro … The President added that with the new airport, more than 460,000 tourist arrivals in the city as tabulated in 2011 can be expected and can reach up to 2.5 million foreign and domestic tourist arrivals in 201, Elaine O. Ratunil, Philippine Information Agency.