Baguio eyes P150M rehab of Loakan airport

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BAGUIO CITY: The Baguio city government is hopeful for the pending P150 million rehabilitation project of the Loakan Airport here aimed to increase the arrival of international tourists and serve as the only facility for commercial air transportation of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

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This was learned from City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan who revealed that the fund needed will be sourced out from public funds through the possible sponsorship of Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr.

Revilla was in town recently for an official functions and met with city officials to learn from them the pressing needs of the city, dubbed the country’s “summer capital”.

According to Domogan, the revival of the airport’s services will cut by 90 percent the travel time of international tourists and businessmen who want to reach this city the soonest possible time and leave with comfort once they finish their tour or business in Baguio and outlying areas.

Records show that more foreign tourists prefer air transportation before the year 2000 which marked the closure of the sustained air transport services of the Philippine Air Lines.

Many smaller air transport companies tried to locate their business here but fold up after only brief operations. They cited the need to improve the runway.

To date, the Air Transportation Office (ATO) is maintained in the airport to direct the private and military aircraft which make use of the facility frequently.

Domogan said, the revival of the Loakan airport’s commercial flights will be a big boon not only to the city’s tourism industry but also in enhancing commerce and investments as shown in various studies for the past 10 years. PNA

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