Laguindingan airport needs another terminal - Caap-A A +A
Monday, July 7, 2014
DUE to influx of passengers at Languindingan airport, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) revealed it is planning to put up additional terminal building and facilities.
CAAP chief William Hotchkiss said the plans are now underway to study the new location and facilities needed for this terminal.
“We need additional terminal for the airport. We never anticipated this increase on the number of passengers that passes through our Laguindingan terminal. The airport was constructed from a 20 year-old study that suggested an estimate of 1.6 million passengers a year. In 2013, we had a moderate estimate of around 1.8 million passengers and we expect this to rise in the next few years,” said Hotchkiss.
Hotchkiss, a former air force chief of staff, showed a comparative data to explain the number of passengers the terminal catered to over the past few months.
“We started our operation last June 2013 in Laguindingan, the data I have showed that from July 2012 to December 2012 when the airport was still in Lumbia in Cagayan de Oro City compared to July 2013 to December of 2013 in Laguindingan, we had a 13 percent increase. That is significant numbers considering we still lack some facilities,” said Hotchkiss.
He furthered that with the planned new flights from other Southeast Asian countries, the existing terminal would not be able to accommodate the passengers coming in and out of the airport.
“Laguindingan will be an international airport with at least flights from other Asian countries. But the airport project is under the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and it has not yet been completely turned over to us because it lacks night landing facilities. Right now, the airport is still utilizing the visual flight rules but soon it will have the performance based navigation using satellite to guide pilots,” said Hotchkiss.
He did not specify the dates the navigational facilities could be installed, but assured it would be within this year.
“The airport in Laguindingan still has massive open spaces for expansion, so I don’t think it would be a problem if a new building would be added to the existing facility,” he concluded.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 08, 2014.