BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has granted a Limited Aerodrome Registration to the P1.67 billion Cagayan North International Airport in Lallo town.
Secretary Jose Mari Ponce, Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) chief executive officer, said in a statement that the registration is “valid for six months under specific conditions”, which include allowing only aircrafts with up to 29-seater capacity to operate in the airport.
The CAAP granted the Limited Aerodrome Registration on October 9 based on a follow-up inspection it conducted on September 24.
Ponce said CAAP also limited the airport’s operations to daytime period under Visual Meteorological Condition and for having to comply with other registration requirements and to demonstrate satisfactory compliance on minor findings.
“This means that we are still limited to catering chartered flights of investors and guests and cannot accommodate commercial flights as of the moment. The management seeks to complete these documents and other requirements and intends to open commercial flights as soon as possible,” said Ponce.
CAAP is a government agency mandated to issue clearance and permit to operate commercial and private airports and responsible in the implementation of policy on civil aviation to ensure safe, economic and efficient air travel.
Meanwhile, CEZA said they have also started negotiations with potential investors.
“Aside from domestic and international airlines, we have also started exploring and opening investment opportunities in related ventures, such as flying school, support system for airport crew and tourism facilities, among others. We are also considering making it a park and hangar hub of the booming aircraft industry in Asia,” Ponce said.
The airport is a joint venture of CEZA and the private sector through a 42-58 sharing scheme respectively.
CEZA officials said the 150-hectare airport has a 2.1- kilometer and 45-meter wide runway capable of accommodating large aircrafts.
Ponce said the airport was built in line with CEZA’s mandate of transforming Cagayan as well as northeast Luzon as one of the country’s economic, tourism and logistic hubs.
Under Republic Act 7922, CEZA was created as a government owned and controlled corporation. It is tasked under the management and supervision of the Office of the President the development of the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport.
CEZA center is located in the coastal town of Santa Ana town in Cagayan where President Marcos also established the international port Irene.
The new airport is a two-hour drive from Tuguegarao City, the Cagayan Valley’s regional center, and less than an hour drive to Santa Ana. LEANDER C. DOMINGO