Yes, the Laguindingan Airport operation has finally started yesterday. And we, from Tsadagyud did not want to miss such historical day of the people of Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao. Together with Damarre of CDODEV and the Tsadaboys, we traveled to our new airport with excitement in our hearts.
We left Bulua Bus Terminal at 9:50 AM. On our way, I noticed that the roads are gradually being expanded to six lanes. And since the DPWH is still working on it, one has to endure road repairs and traffic. Oh well….
As we arrived at the junction of Laguindingan Airport, we noticed that on-going developments are also taking place in the area. We also saw a Super 5 Transport operated airport shuttle waiting for passengers who took Super 5 bus from CDO and Iligan. Super 5 Transport exclusively operates airport shuttles taking the route Laguindingan Highway-Laguindingan Airport and vice-versa.
The road going to the airport from the highway is really wide with a center island and towering street lights. When we finally arrived at the airport at around 10:45, we were amazed of what we saw. An airport of international standard, the soon to be Laguindingan INTERNATIONAL Airport. This is the new gateway of Northern Mindanao which will open the region’s window to the world.
I am happy to see that they are giving priority of the airport’s landscape with ornamental plants and trees planted on the airport grounds. This adds aesthetics to the airport creating a positive impression especially to tourists visiting Mindanao.
As I stepped down from the car, I did not waste time. I went around and took shots of what was taking place.
I got overwhelmed with so many people passing around. The only sad thing is there are no seats provided outside the airport. The outside part of the arrival area was jam-packed with well-wishers, greeters, families, and friends. What a busy sight.
Then I continued roaming around. I was happy to see a signage of the observation deck only to find out that they do not give access to non-passengers yet. It was quite disappointing but the great thing about this airport is that it has other spots for aviation fanatics like me. The airplanes can be seen from the airport fence.
I wanted to check what’s inside. But the security officers strictly prohibit non-passengers from entering the airport. I asked the airport personnel if I could have access and take pictures inside. It was not easy and all I had was guts. Fortunately, they granted my request. The check-in area was manic! All counters had a long queue.
We found relief in the arrival area. And guess what? We saw Seattle’s Best and Kenny Rogers that have opened already. Unfortunately, only departing passengers have access to them.
New airport, new baggage carts. I thought they are using the old ones.
That is all folks! Generally, I am happy to witness the first day of operation of Laguindingan Airport. It is an honor to be a part of that history. I agree with DOTC Secretary Joseph Abaya that the airport is already on its maximum planned capacity. Thus, it has to expand to provide comfort to passengers.
Laguindingan Airport… tsada gyud!