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Labo Airport

Exterior of Labo Airport
Airport information
Airport typePublic
OperatorCivil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
ServesOzamiz City
LocationBarangay Labo, Ozamiz City
Elevation5 m (16 ft)

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Labo Airport (Filipino: Paliparan ng Labo, Cebuano: Tugpahanan sa Labo) , also known as Ozamiz City Airport and Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Airport, is an airport serving the general areas of Ozamiz City, located in the province of Misamis Occidental in the Philippines. It is the only airport in the province of Misamis Occidental. The airport is classified as a community airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, a body of the Department of Transportation and Communications that is responsible for the operations of not only this airport but also of all other airports in the Philippines except the major international airports.

The airport takes its name from its location, Barangay Labo in Ozamiz.The airport was closed in 1998 after Philippine Airlines (PAL) stopped the operation of their smaller Fokker and Sunriser planes because its runway could not accommodate jetliners and wide-bodied aircraft. PAL was affected by financial crisis and labor disputes during that period.

Extension and expansion of the airport runway started in 2005 using congressional funds of Misamis Occidental District 2 Congresswoman Herminia Ramiro. It was reopened to commercial flights on July 8, 2007 with Air Philippines offering direct Ozamiz-Manila v.v. routes. The airport is expected to have a bigger budget from the national government in the coming months because of its strategic location, increasing volume of passengers and cargoes .

Expansion and development of the airport particularly its runway, tarmac and passenger terminal building continued again in the 1st quarter of 2008. Come July 2009, implementation of the asphalt overlay will begin for the entire 1.9 kilometer runway, apron and taxiway. This includes the setting up of runway lights to accommodate night flight operations. Ozamiz city airport also serves the cities of Oroquieta and Tangub, some municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur, Lanao del Norte and some parts of Lanao del Sur. It is the only airport in the province of Misamis Occidental.

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