Friday, June 21, 2013

Going to CDO by plane - via Laguindingan International Airport

Laguindingan Airport got its name from it it host town -Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental. If my memory servers me right, new airports are made to serve two or more major cities/towns like the Bacolod-Silay; the future Panglao Airport (which will serve both Bohol and Panglao Islands; and this one -Laguindingan Airport which will serve both cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan (Lanao del Norte). Sadly, since this airport is about more or less 50 kilometers from CDO and/or Iligan, going to the said airport is now - as of this writing - a big question. Here's what I gathered so far.

Flights:

As of now, Laguindingan Airport have no facilities to night flights thus all flights to and from here are from 6am to 6pm only. Cagayan de Oro (CDO in laymans term; CGY in airport code) flights are as follows (as of 21 June 2013 and this will change without prior notice, visit your airline website for more accurate details on their flights)

Cebu Pacific Air have : 7 flights from Manila plus 5 flights from Cebu plus 1 each from Bacolod, Davao, Iloilo and Zamboanga, for a total of 32 flights.

Philippine Airlines (operated by PAL Express) have: 5 flights from Manila plus 2 from Cebu plus 1 from Davao, a total of 16 flights.


AirAsia (operated by ZestAir) have a total of 6 to and from Manila.

Shuttles and Taxis:

The airport is situated near the sea and nearly a kilometer from the highway. Many are skeptical to ride a taxi due to its expensive fare due to distance of about 50Km or about an hour ride. Good thing Shuttle Services are now growing in numbers. here's some of the options: (info taken from Laguindingan Airport Facebook page http://preview.tinyurl.com/k829dcx)

  • MAGNUM EXPRESS
Magnum express is a passenger van provided by Magnum Radio.

Terminal:

They are stationed outside Magnum Radio in CM Recto. For passengers bound for Cagayan de Oro, their vans are stationed outside the airport’s arrival area.

Schedule:

Their first trip bound for Laguindingan Airport leaves at 4 am and the last trip at 3 pm. There is a van that leaves every hour in between. For CDO bound, just take their vans parked outside the arrival area.

Fare:

Their regular rate is P249 per head. Right now, they are offering a promo rate of P199.

Baggage Consideration:

They allow passengers to bring one hand carry baggage and one extra luggage with no weight restriction. However, if a passenger has balikbayan boxes, there is an extra charge equivalent to one person.

Contact Number:

For inquiries, Magnum Express telephone number is 852-1999(this is not a MNL number).
  • LAX SHUTTLE
LAX Shuttle is another good option. It sounds like you are in Los Angeles Airport but actually LAX here stands for Laguindingan Airport Express.

Terminal:

Their pick-up and drop-off point is located outside SEDA Hotel, Corrales Avenue near the entrance of Centrio Mall. For CDO bound passengers, they have a booth outside Laguindingan Airport arrival area.

Schedule:

LAX does not have a fixed schedule yet. Passengers should do the arrangement. You may text or call them through the numbers indicated below. The great thing about LAX is that even if there is only one passenger, they take him or her to the airport as scheduled with no extra charge.

Fare:

Their introductory rate is 199. LAX regular fare is 249.

Baggage Consideration:

Passengers are allowed to bring one hand carry and one check-in baggage that does not exceed 40×28 inches in size. There is no weight limit.

Contact Number:

You may look for Angel at 09177000925/09177943131/09228732639.
  • CAGATRANSCO RENT A VAN/CAR
This is good for those who travel in a group since you have to rent the entire car or van. If you travel alone, we suggest that you join a group.

Terminal

Actually, it is not a terminal but a pick-up and drop off point. They are located at Limketkai Center, near DFA and at the Rural Transit Bus Terminal in Agora. Look for their dispatchers in white polo uniform with the logo of CAGATRANSCO. For CDO bound, their booth is located just outside the airport’s arrival area.

Schedule

Since they are for rent, passengers have to contact the number indicated below for arrangements.

Fare

Their van would range from 1,500 pesos to 1,800 pesos while their car is 1,000 to 1,200. Vans can accommodate as much as 18 passengers while their cars can accommodate a maximum of 5.

Baggage Consideration

They have not provided any specifications regarding this matter. Their drivers are trained to assess the baggage if they could accommodate them or not. What is definitely not allowed are those that have strange odors.

Contact Number:

Look for Chit Claro at 09177925282 or 09165509688.
  • SUPER 5 AIRCON BUS AND AIRPORT SHUTTLE
If you still have enough time then go to Bulua Bus Terminal and take Super 5 Aircon Bus. Why Super 5? They offer the convenience of transferring you to their Super 5 airport shuttle.

Terminal

Take the Super 5 Aircon Bus at West Bound Terminal in Bulua. Then they will disembark you Laguindingan Highway. It is actually a junction where the Super 5 Airport Shuttles are parked. From the highway, the shuttles will take passengers to Laguindingan Airport. You could also take Rural Transit Buses. However, Super 5 operated airport shuttles prioritize their own bus passengers.

Fare

Prepare 85 pesos for the aircon bus and additional 50 pesos for the airport shuttle.

Baggage Consideration

There are no baggage restrictions.

Contact Number

You may call or text them at 09177042564 and look for Etta Duhaylungsod.

For sure this will be amended as time goes and I'll just blog about it when it came. As for me, I guess I'll use the LAX Shuttle and / or Super 5. Its close to my destination and as an immigrant, I know Gaisano-Centrio area better than other areas/routes.