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Legazpi Airport



Legazpi Airport
Paliparan ng Legazpi
Palayogan nin Legazpi
The runway of Legazpi Airport and the city of Legazpi as seen from Ligñon Hill, Legazpi City, Albay. The terminal building is the blue building that can be seen near the right side of the runway.
IATA: LGP – ICAO: RPLP
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
Location Legazpi City
Elevation AMSL 20 m / 66 ft
Coordinates 13°09′25″N 123°44′46″E / 13.15694°N 123.74611°E / 13.15694; 123.74611
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,280 7,480 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Passengers 282,409
Aircraft movements 2,556
Metric tonnes of cargo 979
Statistics from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

Legazpi Airport (Filipino: Paliparan ng Legazpi, Bikol: Palayogan nin Legazpi) (IATA: LGP, ICAO: RPLP) in the Philippines is a major airport in the Bicol Region, serving the vicinity of Legazpi City in Albay. It has a single runway with dimensions of 2280 x 36 meters, longer than those of the former airports of Bacolod City (1958 x 30 meters) and Mandurriao in Iloilo City (2100 x 43 meters), the airport can handle medium-sized civilian jets and military aircraft.

History

The jet age came to Legazpi in the late 1960s and by the '70s Philippine Airlines (PAL) introduced regular service to/from Manila using British Aircraft Corporation's BAC 1-11's. In the late 1980s PAL introduced Boeing 737-300s. YS-11's provided airlink to Mactan, Cebu, Masbate, and Virac. When PAL phased out the YS-11's and the short-lived Shorts SD-360 'Sunriser,' Fokker 50s replaced them. Prior to the debilitating labor strike in 1998 which caused PAL to temporarily cease operation, Legazpi Airport served as the airline's hub in Bicol, serving Manila, Cebu, Masbate, Virac, even Catarman, Samar. Today, it serves not only local clients but also transient passengers from southern Camarines Sur and the province of Sorsogon.

Aside from PAL, Filipinas Orient Airways and Air Manila International served the airport prior to 1972, the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines. Through the years, other airlines came and went: Air Philippines for some time served Legazpi with YS-11's and 737-200s. Asian Spirit served Pili for flights to/from Manila and Cebu and has since ceased operations with six million pesos in collectibles from local (Naga or Pili) franchisees. Asian Spirit might introduce flights to Legazpi aside from its sectors in Virac and Masbate. At present, Aboitiz also regularly calls on Legazpi. South East Asian Airlines, using the 19-seat LET-410, plies Cebu-Legazpi-Cebu Mondays and Fridays.

When Pope John Paul II visited the Philippines in 1981, his itinerary included Legazpi City. The Papal plane was a chartered PAL Boeing 727 tri-jet. President Ferdinand Marcos arrived in his own jet; First Lady Imelda, and the then-Minister of Defense, Juan Ponce Enrile, arrived with their own retinues on separate jets.

In the mid-1990s a Harrier jumpjet of the US Marines made an emergency landing here. Nearby Alicia Hotel housed the unexpected guests for days while the aircraft was being repaired. During that time, day and night, the airport site became an aviation museum of sorts with curious on-lookers taking a glimpse at the heavily guarded fighter plane, exactly the same piece used in the Schwarzenegger film True Lies.

In February 2000, during a lull in nearby Mayon Volcano's eruption (which suspended regular commercial service), a chartered Boeing 727 tri-jet from Guam landed, bringing relief goods for evacuees.

In September 15, 2001, coming home from her state visit to Japan, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo flew to Legazpi non-stop from Tokyo using a chartered PAL Airbus A320, highlighting the capability of the airport to handle international air traffic. In November 26, 2003, a Cebu Pacific DC-9-32 brought delegates to the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) delegates on a charter flight from Cebu.

Plans

Although operating as sunrise-sunset (SR-SS) due to lack of instrument landing system (ILS), the airport can handle night landings and take-off but only on prior notice.

The airport is up for upgrading. It has no ILS such that low ceiling during inclement weather causes flight cancellations, to the chagrin of passengers. It is also only about 12 kilometers from the crater of Mayon Volcano; during eruptions, flights are canceled because of the danger posed by ash fall. The Regional Development Council had previously approved the feasibility study to transfer the airport to a site some 27 kilometers from the crater of Mayon, in barangay Bariis south of Legazpi City. Aside from the advantage of its being way out of ashfall's reach, it is midway between Legazpi and the province of Sorsogon and the emerging eco-tourism destination of Donsol with its whale sharks. Of late, some politicians, though, were able to maneuver that the site be transferred to Alobo, Daraga which at 15 kilometers from Mayon's crater, is only two or three kilometers farther from the present runway. Also, planes using Alobo will take the same approach used at present: through Jovellar/Camalig areas that are prone to ash fall during eruptions; planes will also fly over the urban areas of Daraga and Legazpi. If it will be Bariis, approach/takeoff will be along thinly populated land; even over the sea (Poliqui Bay and Albay Gulf), making 24/7 operations feasible and practical.

In early 2006, the proposed Southern Luzon International Airport was unveiled to the public in major newspapers. It would be built in the municipality of Daraga.

Airlines and destinations


An Air Philippines plane at Legazpi Airport in Legazpi City (Albay, Bicol, Philippines)
An Air Philippines plane at Legazpi Airport in Legazpi City (Albay, Bicol, Philippines)

A Cebu Pacific plane at Legazpi Airport in Legazpi City (Albay, Bicol, Philippines)
A Cebu Pacific plane at Legazpi Airport in Legazpi City (Albay, Bicol, Philippines)
Airlines Destinations
Airphil Express Manila [begins October 21]
Cebu Pacific Cebu, Manila
Philippine Airlines Manila
Zest Airways Manila


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General Info
Country Philippines
ICAO ID RPLP
Time UTC+8
Latitude 13.157064
13° 09' 25.43" N
Longitude 123.746247
123° 44' 46.49" E
Elevation 66 feet
20 meters
Magnetic Variation 001° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Island Group Luzon I
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS


Communications
TWR 123.3
118.1
RDO 5447.5
3834


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
06/24 7480 x 118 feet
2280 x 36 meters
ASPHALT 046RBWT NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME LP LEGAZPI 059X 112.2 1.1 NM 070.0
NDB JV JOVELLAR - 360 9.9 NM 062.9


Remarks
CAUTION Apch Rwy 06-24 obst by trees, bldg. Radiosonde balloon release dly to a min height of 21,340'. 82' antenna on 1237' AMSL site 5.4 NM NNE of afld painted red andwhite. Mt. Mayon Volcano, 8077', 6 NM, NNW.
FUEL (NC-A1, AvGas) PAL.
LGT PAPI Rwy 06 GS 3.5 .
OPR HOURS Opr 2200-1000Z



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