MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – The Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental opened to the public on Saturday.
The first commercial flights that used the new airport landed at around 6 a.m.
Passengers lauded the facilities inside the airport, saying the departure area was spacious and fully air-conditioned.
The Laguindingan Airport, dubbed the new “gateway of Northern Mindanao,” replaces the Lumbia Airport.
Earlier, President Benigno Aquino III led unveiling ceremonies in Laguindingan, even as the airport's Instrument Landing System and Flight Check Commissioning has not been completed. With this, night flights will not be allowed for now.
The new airport is said to be the second busiest airport in the island with more than 20 flights from various parts of the country daily.