Loakan Airport

Satellite image of Loakan Airport in Baguio City.

The Loakan Airport (Wikipedia) in Baguio City has the distinction of being the country’s highest airport with an elevation of 1296 meters. (Actually, Baguio City probably has the highest whatever in the country, being the highest city. For instance, Baguio has the highest SM mall.) Loakan is designated by the Air Transportation Office (ATO) as a major commercial domestic airport.

Loakan Airport has only one runway running almost directly east-west with a length of 1.8 kilometers and a width of 35 meters. This is a really small runway and this means that no jet aircraft can land in this airport and only propeller-driven planes can make use of it. The runway’s length is already maxed out since there are steep ravines on both ends. Currently only Asian Spirit flies daily (weather permitting) to Loakan via 50-minute flights from Manila.

Photo of the runway of Loakan Airport on approach. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.

According to this article, the first plane that touched down on Loakan was a Klemm trainer plane on March 11, 1932. From the same article, we learn the more disturbing story of how the U.S. colonial government bought the farmlands in Loakan Valley from the Ibalois that owned it at less than just prices. The Ibalois first protested the conversion of their farmlands, and then the meager compensation given to them.

This year, President Arroyo proposed to have the airport closed to expand the Baguio City Economic Zone and because there was little traffic to and from the airport. She suggested that the San Fernando (Poro) Airport in La Union province be developed instead into an international airport. Tourism groups in the city, the Department of Transportation and Communication, and various other groups opposed the closure and instead pushed for rehabilitation and repairs.

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September 2, 2007
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  1. louise valerie conjusta wrote on January 15, 2008 @ 09:44PM

    correction…there are many jets that land here…jets are not only the big ones but small ones too…i guess you should be more specific…kahapon nga may naglanding dito e…i live right beside the airport itself…my mom is one of the controllers here…hehe

  2. Adamae joy Simeon wrote on December 19, 2008 @ 12:53AM

    what are the domestic destinations flights of loakan airport…is there a Baguio-Iloilo or Baguio- Cebu flight?

  3. mm wrote on March 17, 2009 @ 05:36AM

    how do i book a ticket? Could it be to bicol particularly in daet, camarines norte?

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