Baguio City Is Planning To Reopen The Loakan Airport To Commercial Flights

Loakan Airport remains unused due to difficulty in landing aircraft there.
PHOTO: COURTESY OF L.A. ADRIANO

In an effort to bring back Baguio City’s vibrant tourism industry, Mayor Benjamin Magalong is eyeing to rehabilitate the Loakan Airport with the help of San Miguel Corporation (SMC).

According to a report from PhilStar, “Mayor Magalong said that PAL Express bought five airplanes that could fly in and out of Loakan Airport while Cebu Pacific has also signified its intention of opening a Cebu-Baguio-Cebu route.” 

Loakan Airport's location high up in the mountains make it difficult to land aircraft there, especially in bad weather. The airport remains closed to commercial flights, but it is only used by chartered and military flights.

On Facebook, Mayor Magalong met with SMC CEO Ramon Ang, who offered to build an elevated highway “traffic reliever” around the city. The mayor added, “His technical experts will prepare the design and will formally submit the unsolicited proposal in due time.”

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Mayor Magalong has been pushing to re-open the Loakan Airport. Early this month, Mayor Magalong attempted to convince the Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to invest P160 million to revive the airport, and the money will be used to turn the airport into an “all-weather commercial airport.” 

While the development of the Loakan Airport may still be a plan, for now, there are other ways to get to Baguio City, including a P2P bus that can get travelers to Baguio in just five hours.

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