Reopen Lumbia Airport, solon asks

Citing the indegent facilities of Laguindingan Airport, a Mindanao solon has pleaded to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to reopen the Lumbia Airport so as not to hamper business in the region.

Misamis Asian 2nd district Rep. Juliette Uy in a letter addressed to DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya dated Jan. 29 requested for the reopening of Lumbia Airport for commercial flights “as the Laguindingan Airport terminal is not yet at par along with international standards due to the absence of air navigational facilities, which are very essential to the airport’s operations. ”

“We believe that since this has not really been immediately acted upon by the City Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), flight cancellations due to simple rain or cloudiness have become the norm in the Laguindingan facility, ” stated Uy as she described the current situation.

The congresswoman mentioned how the Laguindingan Airport has been derisively dubbed by the public as “Di-Malandingan Airport, ” meaning an airport terminal that is unsafe for landing planes.

Among those most affected by the problematic airport are abroad Filipino workers (OFWs) and entrepreneurs from Region 10, who frequently miss their connecting flights due to flight cancellations.

“That could have been prevented if the Laguindingan Airport terminal was opened complete with the navigational facilities needed by an airport terminal facility, ” Uy pointed out.

“It is of major issue to local businesses that cancelled flights always result to tremendous losses in the local economy. Flight cancellations seriously limit the influx of visitors and investors in Misamis Asian and other affected cities and provinces as well as the revenues of affected flight companies, hotels, restaurants and passengers, ” she added.

Uy said that the public clamor to get reopening Lumbia Airport came to a head amid the inclement weather in the region brought about by Typhoon Agaton, where the operations of the Laguindingan facilty only grew to become magnified.

“This just shows that the facility has no VHF Omni-Directional Range Navigation System, a Meteorological Observing System and a Precision Lights System, ” Uy said.

Reports reveal that the completion of Laguindingan Airport has been moved back by five months due to the nationwide government’s insistence to open it as being a Visual Flight Rule (VFR) airport terminal.

“What the DOTC should do is reopen the Lumbia Airport for commercial flights till such time that the Laguindingan Airport terminal is fully operational. This will deal with the problems faced by all flight passengers, and local businesses associated with Misamis Oriental and Region 10 due to the rushed opening of the Laguiningan facility, ” concluded Uy.


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Citing the poor facilities associated with Laguindingan Airport, a Mindanao solon has pleaded to the Department associated with Transportation and Communications (DOTC) in order to reopen the Lumbia Airport so as not to hamper commerce in the region.

Misamis Oriental 2nd region Rep. Juliette Uy in a letter addressed to DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya dated Jan. twenty nine requested for the reopening of Lumbia Airport for commercial flights “as the Laguindingan Airport is not yet at par with international criteria due to the absence of air navigational facilities, which are very essential to the airport’s operations. ”

“We believe that since this has not been immediately acted upon by the Civil Aviation Power of the Philippines (CAAP), flight cancellations due to simple rain or cloudiness have become the norm at the Laguindingan facility, ” stated Uy as the girl described the current predicament.

The congresswoman noted how the Laguindingan Airport has been derisively dubbed by public as “Di-Malandingan Airport, ” meaning an airport that is dangerous for landing planes.

Among those most affected by the challenging airport are overseas Filipino employees (OFWs) and businessmen from Region 10, who often miss their own connecting flights due to flight cancellations.

“That could have been prevented if the Laguindingan Airport was opened up complete with the navigational facilities needed by an airport facility, ” Uy pointed out.

“It is of major concern to local businesses that cancelled flights frequently result to tremendous losses in the local economy. Flight cancellations severely limit the particular influx of tourists and traders in Misamis Oriental and other affected cities and provinces as well as the profits of affected airline companies, resorts, restaurants and passengers, ” the girl added.

Uy stated that the public clamor for reopening Lumbia Airport came to a head among the inclement weather in the region brought about by Typhoon Agaton, where the operations of the Laguindingan facilty only became magnified.

“This just shows that the particular facility has no VHF Omni-Directional Range Navigation System, a Meteorological Observing Program and a Precision Lighting System, ” Uy said.

Reports reveal that the completion of Laguindingan Airport terminal has been moved back by five months due to the national government’s insistence to open it as a Visual Airline flight Rule (VFR) airport.

“What the DOTC should do is usually reopen the Lumbia Airport to get commercial flights until such time that the Laguindingan Airport is fully operational. This will address the problems experienced by all airline passengers, plus local businesses of Misamis Asian and Region 10 due to the rushed opening of the Laguiningan facility, ” concluded Uy.

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