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Encyclopedia > Legazpi Airport

Legazpi Airport (IATA airport code: LGP, ICAO airport code: RPLP) in the Philippines is a major airport in the Bicol Region, serving the vicinity of Legazpi City in Albay. With a runway of 2280 x 36 meters, longer than those of Bacolod City Domestic Airport (1958 x 30 meters) or Mandurriao Airport in Iloilo City (2100 x 43 meters), the airport can handle medium-sized civilian jets and military aircraft. An IATA airport code, known by the IATA as an IATA location identifier or, simply, a location identifier [1], is a three-letter alphabetic code designating many airports around the world. ... The ICAO airport code is a four-letter alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world. ... Bicol Region or Bicolandia is one of the regions of the Philippines occupying the Bicol Peninsula at the southeastern end of Luzon island. ... Legazpi City is a first class city in the province of Albay, Philippines. ... Albay P is a province of the Philippines located in the Bicol Region in Luzon. ... Mandurriao Airport (IATA airport code: ILO, ICAO airport code: RPVI) is the fourth busiest airport in the Philippines, serving the general area of Iloilo City. ... Iloilo City, also referred to simply as Iloilo, is the capital city of the Philippine province of Iloilo. ... Military aircraft are airplanes used in warfare. ...

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History

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 contrast, its rival Pili only saw jet service in the late '90s; to this day, Pili can only handle half-capacity payload due to its short runway, 1402 x 30 meters, less than two-thirds that of Legazpi'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. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Philippine Airlines, also known as PAL, is the national airline of the Philippines. ... Manila (Filipino: Maynila) is the capital of the Philippines. ... The British Aircraft Corporation, or BAC, was a British aircraft manufacturer, formed from the forced merger of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, English Electric, Vickers-Armstrong and Hunting Aircraft Company in 1959. ... The BAC 1-11, or One-Eleven, was a short-range jet airliner designed by Hunting Aircraft and produced by the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) after Hunting was merged with several other British aviation firms in 1960. ... The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA)(TYO: 7661 ) is the worlds largest aircraft and aerospace manufacturer, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with its largest production facilities in Everett, Washington, about 30 miles north of Seattle, Washington. ... 737 in new Boeing Colors. ... Cebu is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region. ... Masbate is an island province of the Philippines located in the Bicol Region in Luzon. ... Virac may refer to: Virac, a municipality in the province of Catanduanes, Philippines Virac, a commune of the Tarn département, in France This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Camarines Sur is a province of the Philippines located in the Bicol Region in Luzon. ... Sorsogon is a province of the Philippines located in the Bicol Region in Luzon. ...


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. 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1972 calendar). ... Air Philippines is an airline based in Pasay City, in the Philippines. ... The Boeing 737 is the worlds most popular medium range - narrow body commercial passenger jet aircraft. ... Asian Spirit is an airline based in Manila in the Philippines. ... Pili is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines. ... The Philippine peso (Filipino: piso) is the official currency of the Philippines. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Masbate City is a 5th class city in the province of Masbate, Philippines. ... South East Asian Airlines or Seair is an airline based in the Philippines and is committed to serve remote destinations throughout the Philippines. ...


When Pope John Paul II visited the Philippines in 1981, his itinerary included Legazpi, not Naga (although arguably Naga is the "seat" of Catholicism in the region), because as discussed above, Pili cannot handle medium sized jets. The papal plane was a chartered PAL Boeing 727 tri-jet. The late president Ferdinand Marcos arrived with his own jet; his first lady, Imelda, and the then-Minister of Defense, Juan Ponce Enrile, arrived with their own retenues on separate jets. Pope John Paul II (Latin: ), born Karol Józef Wojtyła (May 18, 1920 – April 2, 2005) reigned as pope of the Roman Catholic Church for almost 27 years, from October 16, 1978 until his death, making his the second-longest pontificate. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Naga City is a first class city in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines. ... Sun Country Airlines B727-200 The Boeing 727 is a large, single-aisle (narrow-body) commercial jet airliner carrying as many as 189 passengers. ... Ferdinand Edralín Marcos (September 11, 1917 – September 28, 1989) was the tenth president of the Philippines, serving from 1965 to 1986. ... Imelda Romualdez Marcos (born July 2, 1929 in Tacloban City) is the former First Lady and a political figure in the Philippines. ... Juan Ponce Enrile is the architect of martial law in the philippines ...


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. Harrier can mean: Harrier vertical take-off and landing fighter aircraft and derivatives: Hawker-Siddeley Harrier AV-8 Harrier II RAF Harrier II BAE Sea Harrier Harrier (dog) Harrier (bird), several species of birds Harrier hawk, a species of falcon A cross-country runner Toyota Harrier This is a disambiguation... United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is the second smallest of the five branches of the United States armed forces, with 170,000 active and 40,000 reserve Marines as of 2002. ... True Lies is a 1994 action movie directed by James Cameron. ...


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. Mayon Volcano is a volcano in the Philippines. ...


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. Gloria Macaraeg Macapagal-Arroyo (born April 5, 1947) is the 14th and current president of the Philippines. ... Tokyo ) (help· info), literally eastern capital, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and includes the highly urbanized downtown area formerly known as the city of Tokyo which is the heart of the Greater Tokyo Area. ... British Midland Airbus A320 StarFlyer Airbus A320-200 The Airbus A320 is a short to medium range commercial passenger aircraft manufactured by Airbus. ... Cebu Pacific Air is a low-cost airline based in Pasay City, Manila, the Philippines. ... The Douglas DC-9 is a twin-engined jet airliner, first manufactured in 1965 and, in much modified form and under a succession of different names. ...


Future 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 cealing 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 cancelled because of the danger posed by ashfall. 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 ashfall 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. A barangay also known as barrio (Filipino: baranggay , pronounced as ba-rang-gai, gai as in guy) is the smallest local government unit in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village,barrio, district, ward or town. ... Ecotourism essentially means ecological tourism, where ecological has both environmental and social connotations. ... Binomial name Rhincodon typus Smith, 1828 The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a large, distinctively marked member of the subclass Elasmobranchii of the class Chondrichthyes. ...


Airlines

The following carriers use Legazpi Airport:

Philippine Airlines, also known as PAL, is the national airline of the Philippines. ...

External link

  • Profile of Legazpi Airport

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Legazpi Airport - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (765 words)
Legazpi Airport (IATA airport code: LGP, ICAO airport code: RPLP) in the Philippines is a major airport in the Bicol Region, serving the vicinity of Legazpi City in Albay.
Aside from PAL, Filipinas Orient Airways and Air Manila International served the airport prior to 1972, the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines.
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.
Legazpi City - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1058 words)
Legazpi City is the top tourist destination in Bicol as it lies 15 kilometers southeast of Mayon Volcano, the Philippines' most famous volcano.
Legazpi Airport, with a runway of 2,280 meters, is the region's gateway and trunk line airport.
Legazpi was named after Miguel López de Legazpi, the Spanish conquistador who conquered the Philippine islands in 1565, and whose family name came from Legazpia, a town in Guipuzcoa, Spain.
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