The Labo Airport in Ozamiz City only accommodates domestic flights. There are plans of making it an international airport. However, my sources tell me it will not happen very soon. So, I am writing this article to enlighten or at least to inform what should you expect when you travel from or to Ozamiz City Labo Airport.
“Labo” is a name of a Barangay in Ozamiz City (the barangay is the smallest political unit in the Philippines). The airport is called Labo Airport because most if not all of the airport area is located in Barangay Labo. It is a fairly small airport for now (as of February 2017). It has two (2) visible buildings with not more than 5th floors. Only one building is alloted to accommodate the passengers with flight.
Labo Airport in Ozamiz has 2 direct flights every day bound to Manila. There are more flights to Cebu and vice vera. Only the Cebu Pacific (Cebu Pac) and Philippine Airlines (PAL) planes fly to and fro the airport. Hence, you can only choose one between the two. If you are Manila bound, PAL departs earlier than Cebu Pac.
Ozamiz City is in the Southern part of the Philippines in the Mindanao Island. There a lot of misconceptions that because it is in Mindanao, it is not safe. That is not true. There are hundreds of thousands of people who peacefully live in Ozamiz City. There are only a number of islands in Mindanao where there are some insurgents and people are warned to be alert just like in the island of Basilan. It is way far from Ozamiz City though. So if 10 is the rate for the safest place on Earth, then I should rate Ozamiz City with 6 or 7.
There is no free wifi at the Labo/Ozamiz City Airport as of October 18, 2016. My friend said he has actually connected via the airport’s wifi last week. However, there is no such wifi presence during my last flight. I waited for an hour but nothing.
As of February 16, 2017, there’s a free wifi you can use while waiting but please don’t expect it to be fast.