The Philippine government has delayed the transfer of flights from Lumbia airport in Cagayan de Oro City to the new Laguindingan airport until mid-June.
The department of transportation and communications (DOTC) says that the Philippine pesos (Ps) 7.8 billion ($189 million) airport was on track to open on 30 April, but this has been pushed back to 15 June at the request of several airlines.
Laguindingan is intended to replace Lumbia airport as the gateway airport to northern Mindanao.
Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, and Zest Air operate services from Lumbia to destinations including Manila, Iloilo, Cebu and Davao.
"The postponement will give the airlines ample time to inform their customers of their new flight schedules at Laguindingan Airport. This will lessen the possibility of disrupting travel plans and causing inconvenience to the riding public," says the DOTC.
Although Laguindingan will open in June, it will initially only be cleared for aircraft to operate under visual flying rules until its navigation equipment is commissioned in May 2014.