The RDC-CAR urgently requested the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP ) to conduct as soon as possible an Aeronautic Study for the Baguio City Airport as the first step towards re opening the Baguio airport where the last commercial flight was in July 2011. The request was in the form of resolution adopted by RDC – CAR during its first joint meeting with Regional Peace and Order Council ( RPOC) held at Mansion House last June 23 presided by Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan, who chairs both the RDC and RPOC in the region.
The Aeronautic Study will be the first step towards securing the full rehabilitation and modernization of the Baguio City Airport. A prerequisite for any plans to upgrade let down procedures, the study will generate obstacle data requirements for the design of instrumental procedures by flight procedure designers and provide critical information to effectively regulate man made obstacles to air navigation in order for the airport to achieve a satisfactory level of safety and security.
A study commissioned by RDC-CAR in 2012 also identified other needs of the airport aside from the aeronautic study. These are site acquisition and construction of access road at Runway 09, airfield lightning system, perimeter fencing and runway widening.
For several years now, RDC CAR has been lobbying for the full rehabilitation and modernization of the Baguio Airport through the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the CAAP as it is a vital transportation facility for a landlock region like the Cordillera. The operationalization of the airport will significantly cut short travel hours from Manila to Baguio and vice versa and therefore expected to increase tourist arrivals to the city. Also, a modern and fully functional airport will not only benefit Baguio City but the whole Cordillera Region as Baguio City is the gateway to the Cordillera Regions’ scenic and cultural tourism sites. (neda/drd)