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Cauayan Airport arrival

I have so far never failed to take photos of the airports I have gone through in my travels here or abroad. The following photos are of Cauayan Airport in Cauayan City, Province of Isabela in the Cagayan Valley Region (Region 2) to the north-northeast of Metro Manila.

Taxiing towards the apron and the terminal. One can also see the control tower to the right.

Passengers walk to the terminal with each given an umbrella to shield themselves (partially) from the punishing heat of the sun. Isabela is one of those provinces where the heat indices reach well above 45 degrees C.

A look back to the aircraft and passengers deplaning to head to the terminal.

The baggage claim area had a single conveyor belt

Passengers gathering around the belt to claim their checked-in luggage.

Another view of the conveyor

Luggage start to come out as most passengers are gathered around the conveyor.

A look back at the arrival exit of the Cauayan airport terminal

A quick look and photo of the airport entrance for departing passengers.

There are no taxis in Cauayan so its either you book a van or take the local ‘taxi’ in the form of tricycles. Most of these are motorcycles with sidecars but there are also many new tuktuk types, which are more spacious and comfortable to ride.

Tricycles, motorcycles and private vehicles parked at the airport. That’s the control tower in the background.

More photos of Cauayan Airport as well as aerial shots soon!

New ramps for enplaning/deplaning

We were able to use the ramps I mentioned in a previous post. In a recent trip to Cagayan De Oro, we deplaned from the forward door of the aircraft where the ramp was engaged. Here are the photos showing a closer look at different sections of the ramp.

The first ramp upon exiting the aircraft

The second ramp section with passengers basically facing the plane

Final (lower) ramp sections

A look back to the ramps before we walked to the passenger terminal building

I wonder how many of these have been made and deployed at airports around the country…

Persons-with-disabilities- and senior citizen-friendly ramps for aircraft

The trip to Cagayan De Oro via Laguindingan Airport allowed me to take photos of the new ramps being used in our airports. These ramps are suitable for persons with disabilities and senior citizens who may have difficulties ascending or descending the usually steep stairs of aircraft from or to the ground. Not all airports have the tube or bridges connecting the terminal to the plane. Here are some of the photos I took at Laguindingan Airport prior to boarding our plane to Manila.

Compare the ramps to the conventional stairs for the rear door of the aircraft.

Meanwhile, smaller aircraft such as the turboprop plane below have built-in stairs. But these planes are lower compared to the larger Airbus 321’s we flew on our way back home.

I also saw the same ramps at NAIA when we deplaned near Terminal 3. But it seems Cebu Pacific is the only local airline who are using these? We hope there would be more of these in every airport in the country. That will definitely be for the benefit of all and not just those with physical disabilities or physically-challenged.

Airport access by bus at NAIA Terminal 3

The recent trip also afforded me some quick photos of the arrival level driveway of NAIA Terminal 3. Here  are some photos including those of airport taxis and buses serving the terminal and its passengers.

The arrival level (ground level) driveway is not very crowded at 5:30 AM.

From Bay 11 there are taxis and express (e.g., P2P) buses waiting for their passengers. There are booths on the terminal side for those making inquiries or booking their rides. That’s the Runway Manila pedestrian bridge connecting Terminal 3 to the Resorts World Manila complex at the top part of the photo.

Airport P2P buses include those headed for Clark.

Another look at Laguindingan Airport

A quick trip to Cagayan De Oro allowed me to take a few more photos of the airport at Laguindingan. Here are more photos of the airport including the runway and the major buildings.

A look at the length of Laguindingan’s runway as our plane turned towards the terminal

From L-R: hangar, cargo terminal, passenger terminal and control tower

A closer look at (L-R) the cargo terminal, passenger terminal and control tower

The passenger terminal and control tower

Laguindingan’s cargo terminal

Air Asia plane at the passenger terminal

The Air Asia plane did not use the bridge for embarking/disembarking passengers

Bridge access to the terminal

An arriving passenger’s view of transport service providers upon exiting the airport terminal

Air traffic control tower.

Laguindingan Airport – departure

I almost forgot to post this item on Laguindingan Airport. It somehow got lost among the many drafts I had already started but remained unfinished. Here is the departure part of the feature on Laguindingan Airport, which is now the major gateway to Northern Mindanao. The layout and design of the airport reminded me of Iloilo’s International Airport what with the spur road, parking lot and driveways that are somewhat similar between the two airports.

Approaching the airport

Parking lot across from the terminal building

Driveway at the departure area – taxis and other PUVs use this driveway

Driveway for private vehicles

Check-in counters

Cebu Pacific counters

Philippine Airlines counters

View of the airline check-in area as we ascend to the departure level via escalator

Pre-departure area

Pre-departure area

Pre-departure area

Shops at the terminal’s pre-departure area

Charging station at the pre-departure area

Not shown in the photos are other shops and restaurants in the pre-departure area including the Seattle’s Best Coffee and Kenny Rogers Roasters. There are also good souvenir items for sale at the many concessionaires at the pre-departure area. Among those to be considered for some last minute shopping are food and beverage items like peanuts, pastries and coffee. There’s also a shop selling meat products, which I highly recommend. They have hams and bacon for sale, which they package well so it survives the trip all the way to your home.

Laguindingan Airport – arrival

A few years ago, Cagayan De Oro’s airport was closed in favour of a new airport located in another town, Lagundingan. My first time to visit Laguindingan Airport was when it was still under construction almost a decade ago. Afterwards, I had not had the chance to visit Cagayan De Oro again to use either the old or new airports. A recent trip to CDO provided an opportunity to finally see the airport and take some photos I could share here. The following photos were taken last July 2018.

A view of the airport terminal as our plane taxied towards it after landing at the airport

A view of the terminal as our plane berthed to unload passengers

Deplaning passengers pass through the airbridge to the terminal building

Ads for hotels and transport greet arriving passengers

Passengers file into the baggage claim area

The baggage claim area only has a couple of racetracks so I assume one is generally for Cebu Pacific and another for PAL. It also means the airport is not equipped (at least for baggage claims) to handle more than 2 flights arriving within minutes of the others.

The baggage claim area can get very crowded. These are just fellow passengers from an A320 plane.

Another photo of the crowded area around one carousel in the baggage claim area

Meanwhile, the area around the other carousel/racetrack is clear of people

Here is what the baggage claim area looks like when passengers have exited

Tourism booths at the airport’s arrival area – one obviously is promoting whitewater rafting, which is quite popular for tourists visiting CDO.

Tourism booth of the Province of Misamis Oriental

Assistance desk of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), which is generally in-charge of airport operations in the country. This agency headed by an Assistant Secretary-level official is under the DOTr.

Automatic teller machine (ATM) and a glimpse of the concessionaires at the departure level of the airport terminal

Passengers exiting the terminal

Arriving passengers are greeted by many booths with people offering transportation services between the airport and various destinations including CDO and Iligan City.

Here’s a view of the terminal building as we walked towards our vehicle.

The airport’s control tower

A view of our plane as we drove away from the airport to head for Cagayan De Oro City, which was more than an hour’s travel from the terminal.

More photos on Laguindingan Airport in the next post!