Airports to boost Cordillera connectivity

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Thursday, September 4, 2014


AN OFFICIAL of the Department of Tourism in Cordillera Administrative Region said airports in the perimeters of the region will help boost connectivity of the Cordilleras.

DOT regional director Purificacion Molintas said upon completion of the Lal-lo Airport in Cagyan as well as the Bagabag Airport in Nueva Viscaya both will be able to service parts of the region further improving travel conditions to the highlands.

Molintas said the Lal-lo Airport will be able to service travelers going to the Apayao area cutting travel time and opening the province to a wider market.

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Molintas said Korea is already eyeing flights, which will land in the new airport.

"This will pump prime the economy as well as tourism arrivals," she said.

Molintas said the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (Ceza) anticipates the new airport to open by 4th quarter.

The $34.2-million Cagayan International Airport in Lal-lo, Cagayan is a joint venture between Ceza and a private consortium, which Ceza did not identify in a statement.

The new airport is expected to complement the Cagayan Freeport, an economic zone 12 hours from Manila. The new facility will cut down travel time to the logistics hub into a one-hour plane ride and a 40-minute drive.

There are also plans to add facilities such as typhoon-resistant hangars, refueling stations, maintenance and repair facilities and advanced ground handling units.

Meanwhile, the activation of the Bagabag Airport in Nueva Vizcaya will bring the Mountain Province and Ifugao areas closer, making land trips to both spots easier.

Airports in the perimeters of the region contribute to the growing accessibility of the Cordilleras after failed attempts to revive the Baguio Loakan airport.

The Clark airport in Angeles, Pampanga was designed to declog the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and cater to Northern Luzon passengers accessing a host of budget airlines offering cheap flights.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 05, 2014.

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