The long-awaited International Civil Aviation Organization accreditation has been granted to the Cagayan North International Airport.
“We are ready for commercial flights, both domestic and international,” said Secretary Raul Lambino, administrator of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority and presidential adviser for Northern Luzon, of the new airport in Lallo town.
CNIA will serve as an international gateway to the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport. The other gateway is through the Laoag International Airport on the western side of Luzon.
Analysts said a fully operational Lallo airport will allow major Asian and even global investors to enjoy convenient access and faster travel time to the freeport headquartered in Santa Ana, Cagayan.
Lambino said the airport is currently operating chartered flights from Macau, considered as Asia’s casino capital.
CNIA’s masterplan provides for the construction of hangars for aircrafts, VIP jet services, navigational system upgrades and advances, MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) facility, FBO (fixed-based operator) aviation service, airline crew training center, general aviation and commercial flights, among others.
The surrounding land holdings around CNIA are being eyed for development into a business aviation park.