The Cagayan North International Airport (CNIA) was closed last weekend because of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut). Ompong, the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year so far, made landfall in Baggao, Cagayan at 1:40 am on Saturday, September 15, toppling trees and power lines, and destroying several structures. All tropical cyclone warning signals had been lifted as of Sunday morning.

CNIA has withstood this onslaught brought by Ompong with just minor damages and will resume normal operations on Wednesday, September 19, with its scheduled weekly Lal-lo – Macau flights from Royal Air. Safety Officers have cleared the airport for operation and back-up generators are in place to ensure critical operations are not interrupted.

The disaster risk reduction and management preparation and coordination works by Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, Cagayan Premium Ventures Development Inc., LR Land, LR Data, and First Cagayan Leisure and Resort Corporation helped mitigate the impact of Ompong in its operations in Cagayan to ensure stable and resilient network and infrastructure.