After Tiger Airways launched its first Manila-Cagayan de Oro night flight last Sunday, March 29, CAAP officials expressed their optimism that Laguindingan Airport would become the busiest regional transport facility.
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and airport manager Jose Bodiongan said the airport is now equipped with runway lights, state-of-the-art navigational equipment and two new fire trucks, all to ensure safety.
It can be recalled that this airport was bombarded with criticisms when it opened in June 2013. At that time and for more than a year, the airport operations had to be limited on daytime operation only because the precision instruments were not yet available. Numerous flight cancellations also took place as airplanes could not land on bad weather conditions.
Today, Laguindingan Airport has two scheduled night flights already namely Cebu Pacific’s Cebu-Cagayan de Oro launched last March 12 and Tiger Air’s Manila-Cagayan de Oro. At present, Laguindingan has 24 flights daily going to and from Manila, Cebu, Davao and Iloilo.
These night flights operations would attract more passengers not only from Cagayan de Oro but from the rest of Mindanao cities and provinces as well as tourists and investors.
Director Catalino Chan also expressed his excitement of this significant development especially that Cagayan de Oro is slowly regaining its status as a convention capital after the July 2013 bombing at Rosario Arcade. This year, the Philippine College of Surgeons will be bringing around 1,000 delegates to their convention in the City of Golden Friendship.
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