According to officials from the the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT), work and evaluations have been ongoing to bring commercial flights to Baguio City.
Loakan Airport in Baguio serves the popular destination in central Luzon known for its cool climate compared to most Philippine cities. The airport has been the topic of discussions to reopen it to flights to alleviate motor vehicle congestion within the city.
In a report from the Sun Star Baguio, DOT – Cordillera region officer-in-charge Jovita Ganongon stated: “DOT-CAR is presently conducting talks with a travel agency to look into the potentials of having a domestic commercial flights operate at Loakan Airport coming from Manila.”
The airport opened in 1934, and has seen domestic flights in the past. The maiden flight of flag carrier Philippine Airlines landed at Loakan in 1941. Since then, it has seen limited operations of private aviation companies and the Philippine Air Force. Loakan has not seen any regular scheduled commercial flights since 2009.
However, pilots and airlines have been challenged by the short 1802 meter (5912 feet) runway, frequent low visibility, lack of adequate facilities, and deep ravines on each end.
Previous reports from Philippine news reports have stated the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) are working to upgrade the facilities and equipment, including the landing systems to allow for arrivals even during inclement weather conditions.