President Aquino on Tuesday said Cagayan de Oro's Laguindingan International Airport will be operational by April this year.
Aquino was in Cagayan de Oro City, inspecting government projects, when he announced that he expects more tourist arrivals in the city with the anticipated opening of the international gateway.
It will replace the existing Lumbia Airport and be the first international airport in Northern Mindanao.
Under the plan, the Laguindingan Airport has a 1.6-million holding capacity for passengers and is expected to help meet the government's target of having 10 million tourists by 2016.
Meanwhile, the President inspected the housing projects for residents affected by typhoon "Sendong" in 2011 and assured residents that his administration will work continuously to prevent the repeat of such a tragedy.
He said his administration will ensure that no one will go back to Isla de Oro, which has already been identified as a danger zone.
The construction of housing units for typhoon-affected residents of Cagayan de Oro has been ongoing, with more than 3,000 housing units already occupied.
He said these relocation sites were ensured to be safe from severe flooding.
"Natuto na tayo sa nakaraaan, sinisigurado na natin na ligtas at malayo sa peligro ang mga lugar na tinitirahan (We have learned from the past and we are ensuring that these relocation sites are safe and out of danger zones)," Aquino said.
Aquino also said he salutes Cagayanons for facing the challenges during the onslaught of typhoon Sendong and learning from it.