DOTC: Regular night flights kick off at Laguindingan Airport

April 1, 2015 5:55 am 

MANILA, March 30 — The Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental began regular night flight operations to Northern Mindanao on Sunday night, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) announced on Monday.

DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said this following the opening of another airport gateway, the Kalibo International Airport (KIA) in Aklan last March 26.

Abaya said the beginning of regular night flights at Laguindingan Airport will boost accessibility for the residents of Cagayan de Oro City and neighboring areas, as well as for visitors to the region.

To recall, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) gave airlines the option to schedule their night flights at the airport after being fully-equipped for night landing last October.

Evening flights formally opened last March 12 when low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific Air operated round-trips from Cagayan de Oro to Cebu and Davao. It will now offer regular night trips to and from Manila.

Meanwhile, the DOTC said that an enhanced operations and maintenance contract is currently being bid out by the agency along with the Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, and new Bohol airports.

DOTC said that the O&M contract will require the eventual concessionaire to construct a terminal expansion aside from operating and maintaining the airport. (PNA)

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