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  • Writer's pictureAnnabelle Mamattong

Baguio Loakan Airport re-opens commercial flights in December

Baguio City, Philippines – The Loakan airport in Baguio City will resume operating commercial flights and open more routes to include Visayas and Mindanao in December this year.

Baguio City Information Office reported that the local government unit of Baguio, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and Philippine Airlines (PAL) held a meeting earlier this week to discuss the opening of the said airport during the Christmas season.

In the meeting, PAL proposed that they will open flight route from Baguio to Cebu, Ilo-Ilo, Davao and other places in Visayas and Mindanao to promote domestic and international tourists to visit Baguio City.

Mayor Magalong relayed that PAL and CAAP are fast-tracking the rehabilitation of said airport before the target reopening date.

The Department of Transportation (DoTr) already allotted P68 million for the rehabilitation and opening of the said airport. The fund shall be used for the airport terminal, upgrading of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) and 100 meters extension of the runway as well as putting up a drainage system.

Said runway can accommodate turboprop aircraft such as Q400 Bombardier with an 80-seater plane.

The mayor expressed his gratitude to the DOTR for its commitment to improving the airport to strengthen the city government’s economic recovery efforts.

“Siguraduhin natin na safe yung airport, kailangan nating tanggalin ang obstruction doon, we cannot compromise safety, kaya malaki rin ang responsibilidad ng ating government, at the same time this will also enhance our tourism industry, it just the right for our recovery,” expressed the mayor.

As recalled, commercial airlines stopped operating in Baguio in the 1990s due to difficulties in landing at the 1.6-kilometer runway with zero visibility conditions because of thick fog, inadequate navigating and landing system, and traffic safety.


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