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Coordinates: 6°55′10″N 122°3′44″E 6.91944, 122.06222


Zamboanga City International Airport

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    • The airport started off as Moret Field, an American airfield that was constructed from a rather poor Japanese airfield just north of Zamboanga. Construction started just after American forces landed there on March 15, 1945. It was improved by a U.S. Army airfield construction unit using considerable Filipino labor. When completed, the single runway was about 4,500 feet long aligned SW to NE. There were two adjacent taxiways along both sides of the runway with revertment areas. At the peak of operations in 1945, there were about 300 aircraft flying from the airfield. The vast majority were USMC aircraft supporting U.S. Army infantry operations on Mindanao but also ranging down the Sulu area as far as Borneo.[1]
    • Subsequent improvements increased its capacity to hold flights. The airport used to service nearby international destinations in the past, such as Labuan and Sandakan in Malaysia. Philippine Airlines used to service international flights to and from Zamboanga to both destinations and Malaysia Airlines had flights to and from Zamboanga to Sandakan as well; these international services were eventually cut. Philippine Airlines, in particular, cut its services during the Asian financial crisis, when it was struggling to keep afloat.[1]
    • On December 10, 2004, South Phoenix Airways announced their international flights to Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, but it was eventually cut due to poor load of passengers. Likewise, Asian Spirit commenced service to Sandakan on April 23, 2007, restarting Zamboanga's international operations. The Zamboanga-Sandakan route and other international routes are expected to grow with the signing of a BIMP-EAGA open skies agreement, notably with Indonesia's Sriwijaya Air planning to fly the Zamboanga-Sandakan route.[1]
    • Zamboanga International Airport, along with all other international airports in the Philippines, was placed under the control of the Manila International Airport Authority under Executive Order No. 341, signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on August 4, 2004. The changes in management were slated to take effect in June 2007, although it is unknown whether or not the change in management did take place.[1]
    • As this moment, the biggest aircraft to land in Zamboanga International Airport is the Russian Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan made to deliver helicopters and some equipment for the American base here in Zamboanga. North American Airlines Boeing 757-200s were chartered to transport American soldiers from Guam to Zamboanga. Boeing C-17 Globemaster IIIs flying from Okinawa come to Zamboanga every now and then. Gemini Air Cargo's DC-10 was once in Zamboanga Airport for delivery of the materials needed for the US Air Force training.[1]
    • There were plans to transfer the airport to a 104-hectare lot located between Barangays Talabaan and Taluksangay, possibly making it the largest airport in Mindanao. However, this plan was shelved after the loan application for the project was turned down, resulting in a lack of funding.[1]
    • On 2008, the government will rename this airport as Maria Clara Lobregat International Airport after the Former Zamboanga City Rep. Maria Clara Lobregat in memory of her.[1]
    • Philippine Airlines is opening a Mabuhay Lounge in this destination because of the start of the Business Class Service to/from this City.[1]
    • Longest Runway: 8,564 ft.
    • Elevation: 20 ft.



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