Cebu to Ozamiz and vice versa services by PAL Express using Bombardier Q400 , a 76-seater plane started July 1, 2008. Cebu Pacific Air, on the other hand, started Cebu-Ozamiz and vice versa flights on November 10, 2008 using ATR 72-500 , a 72-seater plane. Cebu Pacific Air’s direct Manila-Ozamiz vice versaÂ service started June 16, 2009 and offered daily services to Manila starting October 25, 2009 using Airbus A319. Philippine Airlines (PAL) also started their daily flights between Manila and Ozamiz on June 16, 2009 utilizing the state of the art Airbus 319-100 aircraft. Air Philippines which was the first airline to serve direct Ozamiz-Manila vice versaÂ flights when the airport re-opened in July 2007 yielded its operations to PAL due to the increasing volume of passengers and cargoes in the lucrative Ozamiz market. At present, there are now two daily flights to Cebu and two daily flights to Manila.
Ozamiz City airport, also known as Benigno Aquino Jr. Airport or Labo airport is located at Barangay Labo. The airport was closed in 1998 after Philippine Airlines (PAL) stopped the operation of their smaller Fokker and Sunriser planes because its runway could not accommodate jetliners and wide-bodied aircraft. PAL was affected by financial crisis and labor disputes during that period.
Extension and expansion of the airport runway started in 2005 using congressional funds of Misamis Occidental District 2 Congresswoman Herminia Ramiro. It was reopened to commercial flights on July 8, 2007 with Air Philippines offering direct Ozamiz-Manila vice versaÂ routes. The airport is expected to have a bigger budget from the national government in the coming months because of its strategic location, increasing volume of passengers and cargoes.
Expansion and development of the airport particularly its runway, tarmac and passenger terminal building continued again in the 1st quarter of 2008. Come July 2009, implementation of the asphalt overlay will begin for the entire 1.9 kilometer runway, apron and taxiway. This includes the setting up of runway lights to accommodate night flight operations. Ozamiz city airport also serves the cities of Oroquieta and Tangub, Municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur, Lanao del Norte and some parts of Lanao del Sur. It is the only airport in the province of Misamis Occidental.
There are several major shipping lines serving the Manila and Cebu routes namely: Superferry, Cebu Ferries, Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, Carlos A. Gothong Shipping Lines, Sulpicio Lines and Negros Navigation. Cokaliong Shipping Lines started 3x weekly Ozamiz to Cebu routes on July 15, 2009 using MV Filipinas Ozamiz, a newly purchased vessel from Japan to fill the gap for shipping demand in the region. Daima shipping lines serve the Ozamiz to Mukas, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte routes using their Roll on, Roll off (RORO) ferries that transport passengers, cars/trucks and goods across Panguil bay.
Rural Bus Transit is the dominant public land transport to Iligan andÂ Cagayan de OroÂ ferrying across the Panguil Bay and to Pagadian, Dipolog and Dapitan cities. The public mode of transportation within the city is by jeepney and tricycle. Passenger vans are also available for Oroquieta, Dipolog and Pagadian routes.