THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has approved the request of Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Region 10 to allow more UV Express vehicles to serve the Laguindingan Airport-Cagayan de Oro route and the Laguindingan Airport-Iligan City route.
The 60 UV Express vehicles—50 in Cagayan de Oro and 10 in Iligan City—was in response to public clamor to augment the land transport through the Northern Mindanao gateway.
Based on LTFRB’s records, the additional vehicles will bring the airport’s total UV Express services to 65 for Cagayan de Oro City and 25 for Iligan City.
Currently, only three companies operate UV Express services at the airport and only one UV Express unit is dispatched per airline arrival.
The LTFRB said the inadequacy of land transportation services to meet passengers’ demands has left them with no option but to hire the more expensive taxi services, with some unscrupulous drivers overcharging passengers.
With these new franchises, airport accessibility will be improved significantly enhancing the convenience, affordability, reliability, and efficiency of the passengers’ travel experience. This will help boost the emerging tourism and agribusiness industries in the region.
The Laguindingan Airport, which replaced the old Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro in June, has an average of 18 to 23 flights daily serving incoming passengers from Manila, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, and Zamboanga. Per records of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, the total passenger arrival is 2,127.
The Laguindingan Airport features a 2.1-kilometer runway and 7,184-square meter passenger terminal building with a capacity of 1.6 million passengers a year. It presently operates under visual flight rules. The installation of the instrument landing system is targeted for completion by mid-2014.