BAGUIO CITY—Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya announced that the 1.6-kilometer Loakan airport remain for general aviation to support the air transport requirements of the Philippine Military Academy, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority and other major businesses in the city.
Secretary Abaya said that matter on the commercial operation of the airport will be left to the discretion of the commercial airlines wanting to service the Manila-Baguio-Manila air route.
“We have to maintain the Loakan airport for general aviation but it will now be up to the airline companies if they want to service the route amidst geographic issues and the absence of appropriate airport facilities,” Secretary Abaya added.
However, the DoTC official failed to outline whether or not the government will be implementing projects that will upgrade the units of equipment in the airport to convince commercial airline companies to consider servicing the route.
Earlier, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said that the rehabilitation of the Loakan airport is not part of the projects that it lined up for the development of the different domestic and international airports in the different parts of the country.