Ozamis City Airport, also known as Labo Airport, and Benigno S. Aquino. Jr Airport serves the city of Ozamiz, in the province of Misamis Occidental, in the Republic of Philippines. The airport took its name, Labo, from the district or administrative division of its location, Barangay Labo.
The airport was once known as Misamis Airfield until the municipality gained its status as a city. In 1948, the airport’s name was changed to Ozamis Airport. This airport has one terminal, and serves two airlines, bringing in passengers from two domestic locations; Manila, and Cebu. In 2012, Ozamis City Airport saw more almost 300, 000 visitors pass through its doors.
Owing to the relatively small size and passenger traffic of this airport, Ozamis City Airport has very few services, facilities, and amenities available to visitors within the terminal building. You can expect to find an information counter with a friendly staff on duty more than willing to answer any questions you might have regarding the airport and Ozamis City. There are no concessionaires within the airport, but you will most likely find stalls and push carts outside the terminal building.
How to get around
Most passengers arrange for airport transfers with their hotel. Most hotels provide transport, or will at least book transport and have it pick you up at the allotted time. Alternatively, there are usually a few transport providers waiting outside the terminal building you can engage.
Modes of transport within the city of Ozamis comprise of Pedicabs and motorized Tricycles. These can usually take about four passengers at a time. If you are traveling in a larger group you might want to consider engaging a van or a jeepney to get you to your destinations.
What to see & do
A population of about 150, 000 inhabits Ozamis City. The City is divided into 51 distinct districts or administrative divisions (Barangays). Labo is where the airport is situated.
Ozamis City has several places of interest that attract visitors every year. The Fort Santiago: Cotta of Ozamis City is one of them. Situated at the mouth of Panguil Bay, this fort was built behind the shrine in 1756. The relics and artifacts on display in this fort’s museum are a testament to the location’s long history. It is also here that you will find the lighthouse.
The Cotta Shrine in front of the Fort is also another attraction. Built at around the same time as the fort, the Shrine is now a historical landmark. Inside, you will find a chapel, and an image of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception.
Outside the walls, facing the bay, you will find a carved image of the Virgin. The fort has seen many restorations over the years, most recent being 2006.
If you are a golf enthusiast, you will enjoy Malindang Country Golf Course. The golf course was previously an army facility, but was later converted into the beautiful golf course we see today. The compound is well maintained, and is at the foot of Malindang Mountain.
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