On October 20, 2017, Laguindingan Airport was launched as an airport hub linking Northern Mindanao to other local destinations.
In an article from ptvnews.ph, President Duterte graced the launching event and expressed his appreciation to the Chief Executive Officer of Cebu Pacific, Mr. Lance Gokongwei, for seeing the promise of what Mindanao can become in the coming years.
The launching marked the start of the expansion of Cebu Pacific’s operations in Mindanao, allowing more direct flights from Laguindingan Airport to domestic destinations such as Boracay (Caticlan Airport) and Dumaguete City, in addition to its routes bound to Manila, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, Tagbilaran, Zamboanga and Iloilo.
Laguindingan Airport was opened in 2013 and have since became the sixth-busiest airport throughout the whole country serving over 1.7 million passenger in one year. Laguindingan Airport has been considered as the gateway to Mindanao that caters airline passenger coming to and from Cagayan de Oro City as well as Bukidnon, Iligan and Marawi City.