Airport to New Heights: Loakan Airport in Baguio Opening Soon

Oct 21, 2022

Baguio City has become a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. The city is known for its beautiful scenery, friendly people, and authentic Filipino culture. As a result of this popularity, the airport of Baguio has become overcrowded and unable to accommodate more passengers. In the past, the airport's passengers were 100-200, but now it can hold up to 2,000 people simultaneously.

The city's tourism industry relies heavily on the airport, which is open and accessible to tourists from other countries and local travelers. Tourism is one of Baguio City's most lucrative industries, and without an operational airport, it will be difficult for them to attract more tourists in the future.

Suppose they cannot attract more tourists because they lack an operational airport. In that case, these businesses will suffer due to low business volume, which means less revenue, resulting in job losses among employees.

Re-opening of Loakan Airport

Last October 5, 2022, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced that the long-closed Loakan Airport of Baguio City will soon be revived and accepting commercial flights before 2023.

According to the City Government of Baguio, the airport was closed due to weather conditions in the city.

The Loakan Airport, for the past two decades, has been used for chartered and military flights; only Philippine Air Forces planes have been using the airport. The CAAP said it would rehabilitate the airport to make it more efficient and safe for commercial flights. 

With an initial budget of P50 million for rehabilitation, the Loakan Airport will include upgrading its runway to comply with safety standards and constructing a passenger terminal building to accommodate commercial airlines. The airport will also improve, such as landscaping and perimeter fencing. The airport will also enhance the runway landing system and extend its runway by 100 meters. 

A Christmas Gift

According to Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, the city aims to widen the types of visitors going to Baguio since most tourists come from the Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, and Metro Manila.

In addition, the city also hopes to convince "high-end" tourists to prioritize Baguio City as their go-to destination, and thus the revival of tourism and the economy in Baguio City. 

Regardless of the situation of the pandemic, the effects of the outbreak left a scar on the tourism and economy of Baguio City. The CAR region has suffered a 10.2% loss from the regional domestic product since the lockdown. 

The targeted re-opening of Loakan airport for commercial flights in December will surely be one of the preferred destinations of tourists, especially with the cold weather and Christmas getaway events. 

The city has always been a tourist destination, but the lack of means to travel by bus and van and the subsequent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus have adversely affected its tourism industry. To address this issue, the city needed to implement new programs and projects to help revive the tourism industry in Baguio City. 

Of course, this will create job opportunities for Filipinos and improve the economy by increasing revenue collection.

If you're thinking about visiting Baguio, this is one place where you can find everything that you need for your trip. Hotels, resorts, restaurants, and cafes are all within walking distance of the airport. You can rent bikes or other vehicles to get around faster and more efficiently. Rest assured that your money will not be wasted because everything you spend is worth every peso you have.


The airport is a massive opportunity for travelers and tourists. Baguio City has a lot to offer, and it's positioned perfectly for travelers who want to get away from their daily commute. The new airport will make travel more accessible, affordable, and enjoyable.

Re-opening Loakan airport for commercial rides does not only open doors for tourists but also opportunities for investors and small businesses. The airport re-opening is an excellent opportunity for small businesses and residents to get involved in tourism. 

With this influx of visitors, there are many potential opportunities for small businesses and residents alike. For example, more hotels, restaurants, and other services are now available to accommodate them. 

If you're looking for an opportunity to start your business in Baguio, now is the time to do it. While it is still too early to tell how much the opening of Baguio Airport will impact tourism in the area, there are signs that it will bring significant changes. For example, hotels and other accommodations are increasing prices due to this influx of visitors. If you're considering visiting Baguio or starting your own business in the city, now is the time to do it.

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With that, we can all see how much tourism impacts our economy. We need more tourists to continue growing and improving our lives as a nation. Tourism is one of our country's most important industries, so we must do everything we can to attract more people here. Airports are very accessible and convenient to travelers which attracts to new tourists.

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