New Cagayan airport open to 5 countries initially
Charlie Lagasca (The Philippine Star) - June 25, 2014 - 12:00am

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines – The international airport in Lallo, Cagayan, the first such international gateway in northeast Luzon, would initially cater to direct flights from at least five countries once in full operation by the end of the year.

The new airport, according to the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA), will cater to both domestic and international flights, especially from Asian countries like Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore and mainland China.

CEZA deputy administrator Julian Gonzales said the airport’s major facilities such as control towers, runways and passengers’ lounge have been completed but the airport is expected to go on commercial operation still by the end of the year.

Located in Lallo, Cagayan, the P1.67-billion, 150-hectare Lallo airport or Cagayan North International Airport is a joint venture between the government through CEZA and the private sector with 48-52 sharing, respectively.

CEZA senior deputy administrator Nilo Aldeguer said the airport’s 2.1-kilometer, 45-meter wide runway could accommodate Airbus 320s.

CEZA said the airport would make the economy of Cagayan and the entire Cagayan Valley as well stronger and sustainable, especially since the region is considered one of the country’s food baskets.

“The airport would further generate investment and tourism opportunities and other related ventures such as a flying school, medical and other support systems for the airport crew and tourism facilities, among others,” said CEZA administrator Jose Marie Ponce.

CEZA is based in Cagayan’s northern coastal municipality of Santa Ana where Port Irene, an international port established during the Marcos administration, is also located. Santa Ana is less than an hour’s drive from the new airport.

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