The airport will primarily replace the existing Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro City, but is also expected to replace Maria Cristina Airport in Iligan City.
It is a flagship project of the Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Corridor Special Development Project, which covers both cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, as well as five coastal towns in Lanao del Norte, and in the twenty two towns of Misamis Oriental.
The International airport sits on a 4.17 square kilometre site in Barangay Moog, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental, and is located 46 kilometers from the existing Lumbia Airport.
Upon its completion, it will be the
fourth International airport in Mindanao, after Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City, Zamboanga International Airport in Zamboanga City and General Santos International Airport in Gen.
Santos City, as well as the first International airport in Northern Mindanao (Region X). Construction of the International airport will be completed by 2011.