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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.
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.
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.
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
Cebu Pacific counters
Philippine Airlines counters
View of the airline check-in area as we ascend to the departure level via escalator
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.
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!
Here’s another set of photos care of a good friend who recently went through NAIA’s Terminal 4 en route to Palawan. Terminal 4 was what many people used to call the Manila Domestic Terminal. This was because it used to be the terminal for all domestic flights via Manila.
The concierge’s desk greets travelers as they enter the terminal.
The terminal’s airline check-in area appears to be very spacious.
It was an early morning flight for my friend and that’s probably why, she says, it was much less crowded at the time she checked-in for her flight.
Passengers waiting for their boarding calls – the concessionaires are visible to the back in the photo.
I asked a good friend to take a few photos of the airports she used in her recent trip to Palawan. Here is the first batch consisting of pictures of the pre-departure area of Puerto Princesa airport. It’s been a while since my last travel to Palawan and that was through its old airport terminal.
Here’s a look at the pre-departure area of the terminal. It is obviously a significant upgrade from the old terminal.
Here’s another look at the spacious are for passengers as they await their boarding calls.
Here are some of the food concessionaires at the terminal.
Passengers have a lot of choices for food and drinks as they wait for their flights.
I hope to be back in Palawan in the near future for some R&R and perhaps take more photos of this terminal for another article.