Cagayan airport starts operations by 2015

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TUGUEGARAO CITY: Officials of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said they evaluating the compliance of the Lallo International Airport (LIA) to the “international aerodrome standards.”

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A joint venture between the government and the private sector, the P1.67-billion airport in Lallo town in Cagayan will serve both domestic and international flights, especially from Asian countries like Japan, China, Taiwan and Singapore.

Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) officials said the project which is now 94.78-percent complete as to civil works and building structures is seen to spur economic and tourism growth in northeast Luzon, especially within CEZA.

Regional Director Mary Anne Darauay of the National Economic and Development Authority for Region 2 said the on-going construction of the building structures, roadway, perimeter fence, drainage, electrical lines and other airport appurtenances is targeted to be completed in summer.

Darauay said LIA, which will be fully operational before the year ends or early next year, will improve accessibility by air to the economic and free port zone as well as to other places of the region and nearby towns towards the Cordillera.

”The airport will also serve as an alternate gateway for investors, tourists and other visitors coming from countries around the world,” said Darauay, also the acting chair of the Regional Development Council for Cagayan Valley.

Marie Joyce Jayme, CEZA public relations chief, said the project involves the development of a fully operational international airport that is able to accommodate larger aircrafts and international flights.

Jayme said the completion of LIA will be a vital component in the operation of the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Free Port with its 2.1-kilometer long and 45-meter wide runway which can accommodate up to 320 airbuses.

She said the airport would not only make Cagayan’s economy stronger and sustainable but will boost the entire Cagayan Valley, which is one of the country’s food baskets.

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