How to get to Cagayan de Oro City
Anyone can easily go to Cagayan de Oro City by way of air, sea and land conveyance. Airlines like Cebu Pacific has regular flights to and from Manila, Cebu City and Iloilo while the Philippines Airlines has routine flights to and from Manila and Cebu City. For others who prefer to travel by sea, the port of Cagayan de Oro (Macabalan Port) serves regular city trips to and from Metro Manila, Cebu City, Tagbilaran, Bacolod, Dumaguete, Iloilo City and Jagna, Bohol. Those traveling by land from nearby cities and from any point in Mindanao, the Eastbound Integrated Bus Terminal (Agora) offers a regular land trips to and from eastern municipalities of Misamis Oriental, Gingoog, Butuan, Cabadbaran, Bayugan, Prosperidad, San Francisco, Surigao City, Tandag, Bislig, Bukidnon including Malaybalay and Valencia, Wao, Lanao del Sur, Davao City, Tagum, Kabacan, Cotabato City, Isulan, Tacurong and General Santos. The Westbound Integrated Bus and Jeepney Terminal also have regular land trips to and from western municipalities of Misamis Oriental, including El Salvador and Laguindingan, Iligan, Tubod, Marawi, Oroquieta, Tangub, Ozamiz, Dapitan, Dipolog, and the rest of Zamboanga Peninsula, including Pagadian, Ipil and Zamboanga City. Several means of public transportation are also available within the city. A number of companies also operate taxi services while the majority of its residents prefer the jeepneys and the “motorela”, the counterpart of most tricycles in other municipalities. The only difference is, the "motorela" runs on four wheels.
Let me talk about traveling by planes. When I first came here in this city, the airport was located on top of the mountain in Lumbia, more or less 30 minutes ride from the city proper. The road passes by uptown Cagayan de Oro where the modern Business Park, the Pueblo de Oro township, the SM City and various high and middle end subdivisions were located. The new airport, the Laguindingan Airport is located in Barangay Moog in the municipality of Laguindingan, province of Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao, Philippines. It has a single 2,100 x 45 meter runway, which can accommodate four takeoffs and landings an hour. It also features a 7,184 square meters (77,330 sq ft) passenger terminal building that can accommodate 1.6 million passengers a year. The airport can accommodate 2,000 passengers in a day.
The airport was inaugurated on June 13, 2013, two days prior to its opening, when it primarily accommodated daytime flights only. Finally, on March 12, 2015, the airport began to accommodate night flights. This became possible after the installation of navigational equipment for night operation was completed in 2014. With this recent development, the airport's operating hour was increased to 5 a.m.–9 p.m. from the previous daytime 6 a.m.–6 p.m. daily schedule.
Today, Laguindingan Airport serves the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, as well as the provinces of Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte in Northern Mindanao. It is classified as a Principal Domestic Airport Class 1 by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, a body of the Department of Transportation and Communications responsible for implementing policies on civil aviation to assure safe, economic and efficient air travel, as well as the handling of operations on all airports except major international airports.
Those who love to travel, Cagayan de Oro City is a must visit and the friendliness of its people awaits everyone.