The Laoag International Airport, or locally called the Sangalubong a Pagtayaban ti Laoag, or the Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Laoag, is a public-type airport operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. It is the main airport serving the general area of Laoag City, the capital of the province of Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. It is the only airport located in Ilocos Norte, and is the northernmost international airport of the country based on its geographical location.
The airport has one 2,420-meter runway and is designated as a secondary and alternate international airport by the Air Transportation Office, a body of the Department of Transportation and Communications that is responsible for the operations of not only the said airport, but also of all the airports in the Philippines (sans the major international airports).
In the year 2010, the airport has handled some 170,000 passengers, mostly comprised of local and international tourists waiting to explore the northern regions of the Philippines. The airport has also handled several tons of cargo, and other related charters.
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Manila (National Capital Region) – Manila is the capital city of the country of the Philippines, one of the sixteen cities and one municipality that make up the urban conglomeration of Metro Manila, or otherwise called the National Capital Region. The city is located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay, and is bordered by the cities of Navotas and Caloocan to the north; Quezon City and San Juan to the northeast; Mandaluyong to the east; Makati to the southeast, and Pasay to the south. It has a total population of 1.6 million, making it the second most populous city of the country behind Quezon City. Manila serves as the economic and political capital of the Philippines, home to the extensive economic, historic, and culturally significant landmarks in the country. It is also the seat of the executive (Malacanang Palace) and judicial (Supreme Court) branches of the government. It is a listed global city since 2012 and since the beginning of time along with Madrid and Mexico. Manila was mainly established by the Spaniards who came to the Philippines in search for the Spice Islands (Moluccas), and up until today, the city's culture is very much tainted in Spanish colors. Influences from the American regime and the Japanese occupation too (during the war) too, have impacted today's Manila. When in Manila, visit the old churches of San Agustin and the Manila Cathedral within the walled city of Intramuros to check out the Hispanic heritage of the country, visit Binondo or Manila's Chinatown, the Rizal Park dedicated to national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, the National Museum and National Library, and many others.
Batanes (Cagayan Valley Region) – Batanes is an island province in the region of Cagayan, detached from the main island of Luzon but still part of the Philippines. It is the smallest province of the country, and the northern-most province as well. Batanes had been the home of the Ivatans who are descendants of Austronesians that migrated to the islands 4,000 years ago. Today, the province is a simple and rural area that is fast becoming a favorite destination for local tourists and several international tourists. This is because of the stunning views and beautiful waters in the area, partnered with the relaxing ambiance of it. When in Batanes, visit the hills of Batanes, the Sabtan, Itbayat, and Batan Islands, and the Di-Atay Beach.
Currently, there are no short-haul flights from the airport. Short-haul flights can only be taken from the other international airports of the country south of the Laoag International Airport. From Laoag, travelers may fly or travel by land to reach Manila and the Manila International Airport, where they may look for short-haul flights. They may also travel to Clark in the Province of Pampanga, where the Clark International Airport can be found. Travelers may want to consider the distance of the airports, from one another; by land travel, Clark is relatively nearer to Laoag, and therefore easier to access. But if flying towards other airports, it is better to access Manila.
There are no long-haul flights from the airport of Laoag. Travelers who are looking for these types of flights should head out of Laoag and visit the other international airports located in the north of the country. These include the Clark International Airport and the Manila Internatioanal Airport. The Clark international Airport offers a few long-haul flights; while Manila's airport, being the main airport of the country, handles most of the long-haul flights from the Philippines.
How to get out
The Laoag International Airport gives travelers access to the northern areas of the Philippines. Airlines that serve the airport include Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and Sky Pasada.
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