The Iloilo International Airport serves Iloilo and the general area of Panay Island. The Iloilo Airport is regarded as one of the most modern airports in the Philippines and 4th busiest in terms of passenger and cargo movement. It is located 19 kilometers away from Iloilo City, specifically in the tri-boundaries of Cabatuan, Santa Barbara, and San Miguel. Five airlines namely Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines, Zest Air, and SEAir serve the Iloilo Airport with regular trips to major Philippine cities and internationally to Hong Kong and Singapore.
Aerial view of the Iloilo Airport
Iloilo Airport Terminal Fee
Terminal fee at the Iloilo Airport is fixed at P200 (per passenger) for domestic flights.
Airlines operating at the Iloilo International Airport
Iloilo is one of the most “air” accessible cities in the Philippines with direct domestic routes to/from Manila, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Cagayan de Oro, and Puerto Princesa City (Palawan). International flights to Asian cities also serve passengers transiting through the Iloilo Airport. There are five airlines serving domestic and international flights at the Iloilo Airport namely:
- Cebu Pacific Air: Manila, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Cagyan de Oro, Puerto Princesa, Hong Kong, Singapore (flight schedule)
- Airphil Express: Manila, Cebu, Davao, General Santos (flight schedule)
- Philippine Airlines: Manila, Cebu (flight schedule)
- Zest Air: Manila (flight schedule)
- SEAir (in partnership with Tiger Airways): Manila
How to get to/from the Iloilo Airport
The main access road of the Iloilo Airport cuts through the town Santa Barbara, Metro Iloilo. From Downtown Iloilo City, the Iloilo Airport is approximately 30 minutes away.
All taxi cabs in Iloilo may be hired to get from the airport to Iloilo City Proper or vice-versa. The drivers will most likely opt for a contracted rate rather than using the taxi meter. The taxi fare going to the airport should range from P350 to P400.
Shuttle (L300 van) service
There is a shuttle service direct to the airport with pick-up/drop-off points at SM City Iloilo, Mandurriao District and Jaro District Plaza in Iloilo City. From the SM City Iloilo Mall, the fare going to the Iloilo Airport is P70. Passengers are advised to be at the SM City Iloilo transport terminal at least 3 hours before their scheduled flight. From the airport, the shuttles also ferry passengers to the city at a reduced fare of P50.
Jeep / Multicab Commute
Commuting to the Iloilo Airport is the cheapest way to travel to the Iloilo Airport.
- How to Get to the Iloilo Airport:
- Ride Calinog, Janiuay, Cabatuan, or Santa Barbara Jeepneys along Diversion Road (Benigno Aquino Ave.) or at the Ungka Terminal in Jaro District (20 minutes) – P16 fare
- Drop-off at “Bangga Dama” Intersection in Santa Barbara Town. Your landmark will be the Total Gas Station and Mercury Drug store.
- Walk to the multicab terminal located across Mercury Drug
- Ride Multicab direct to the Iloilo Airport (10 minutes) – P10 fare. It only takes 10 minutes to get to the airport from Bangga Dama but waiting time at the multicab terminal may take up to one to two hours because the drivers won’t leave until the multicab is full.
- How to Get from the Airport to Iloilo City Proper
- Ride airport multicab parked near the departure gates of the airport (at the farside of the building). Just ask the guards / airport personnel for assistance. (10 minutes) – P10 fare
- The multicab will drop you off at Bangga Dama intersection in Santa Barbara town.
- Ride Santa Barbara jeep to Diversion Road, Iloilo City – P16 fare
- The jeep will pass through Diversion Road in Mandurriao District. Convenient drop-off point would be the SM City Iloilo Mall.
How to get to Boracay from the Iloilo Airport?
Caticlan-bound buses depart from Tagbak Terminal in Jaro District, Iloilo City. To get there, passengers can ride a 30-minute shuttle (P50) to SM City Iloilo Transport Terminal and another 20-minute “Leganes” jeepney ride from Jalandoni-Diversion Rd. Intersection (across SM City Iloilo). By taxi, Tagbak Terminal is approximately 40 minutes away (P350 to P500 metered taxi fare). From Tagbak Terminal, it takes approximately 5-6hours by bus to get to Caticlan (P336 fare). Finally, it takes only 10 minutes by ferry crossing to Boracay Island. More info about Iloilo to Boracay by bus.
Check-in counters at the Iloilo Airport
Iloilo Airport pre-departure area
Philippine Airlines Airbus A320 plane docked at the aerobridge of the Iloilo Airport
Iloilo Airport – 4th busiest Airport in the Philippines
Passenger traffic in the Iloilo Domestic Airport in Mandurriao reached 1,581,304 persons in 2010 making it the fourth busiest airport in the country next to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila), Mactan International Airport (Cebu), and Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao) according to a report by the CAAP. Likewise cargo movement handled by the airport amounted to 11,820 metric tons which is also fourth highest recorded cargo movement among the airports in the Philippines.
New Iloilo Airport Development Project Details
The New Iloilo Airport was inaugurated on June 13, 2007 and opened to commercial flights on June 14, 2007. It was a replacement to the old Iloilo Domestic Airport in Mandurriao, which has served Iloilo for more than 50 years. The New Iloilo Airport was built to accommodate the rising number of air passenger and air cargo traffic in Iloilo and improve air transportation safety in compliance with international standards.
Video courtesy by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
The New Iloilo Airport is the first to have modern, latest technology, belonging to Category F, as determined by the International Civil Aviation (ICA) Organization. This means that the New Iloilo Airport is accredited as a qualifier for international standards.
The New Iloilo Airport has a 12,000-square meter main passenger terminal designed to handle around 1.2 million passengers annually. The terminal of the New Iloilo Airport, designed with complete separation for departing and arriving passengers, is touted as the most modern in the country during its completion with amenities such as:
- 10 check-in counters with LCD monitors and individual weighing and queuing conveyors
- Belt conveyor from the check in to the baggage loading area
- Flight information display system to guide passengers of the aircraft’s time schedule and destination, and a transit counter
- Close-circuit television for security and monitoring purposes
- Three units of passenger boarding bridges, which can stretch up to 35 meters when fully retracted. The boarding bridge is accessible via a separated gang-way (one each for departing and arriving passengers)
- 6 x-ray machines, Mabuhay lounges for departing passengers and VIP room, smoking rooms, concessionaire areas for shoppers, lost and found section, counters for hotel and car rental bookings, allocated public telephone booths and others
- Handicapped friendly, with railings, elevators, escalators and dedicated space for handicapped in the comfort rooms
- The pre-departure area is located at the third floor of the building, with at least 436 seating capacity
- The baggage claim area is located at the ground floor, accessible from the second floor with two units of 51 meters conveyor.
- There is also a separate section for the waiting public and well wishers at the arrival and departure concourse
- Automated doorways and toilet facilities
- Pocket Gardens installed at the terminal
The New Iloilo Airport’s Cargo Terminal has a floor area of 1,300-square meters and is designed to handle as much as 11,500 meteric tons. Parking will also not be a problem anymore as the vehicular parking area is designed with 414 slots for private cars, complete with tollbooth and a drivers’ lounge and rest rooms. Additionally, the New Iloilo Airport is a 188 hectare complex, large enough for future expansions as necessary.
Aesthetically, the New Iloilo Airport is considered by many as the best designed airport outside Metro Manila. The shape of its curved roof and steel beams that support it appear stylish and modern. The walls of the New Iloilo Airport are all-glass so passengers will have a nice view of planes flying in and out of the runway. The New Iloilo Airport’s roof is designed to let in light and make full use of natural lighting inside the terminal of the New Iloilo Airport, where pocket gardens similar to NAIA Terminal II are found.
The New Iloilo Airport is equipped with a 2.5 kilometer by 45 meter wide runway, which can accommodate Airbus 330 and 340 and Boeing 747 planes. The New Iloilo Airport can accommodate 6 planes at one time.
Other features of the airport include:
- 3 kilometer access road complete with landscaped center islands, adequate lighting, and drainage facilities
- 9-storey 35 meters structure control tower
- The mechanical building houses the chiller room, and water supply and pump room, while the cooling system for the whole airport is about 2,400kw, consisting of five units of chillers, each having a capacity of 600kw
- Entire electrical system of the airport can generate 2,500kVA supply of power, while the generator room is equipped with 4 units of 500kVA standby generator and automatically switch-on during power failure
- 2-storey Administration Building
- Maintenance Building
- Fire Rescue Stations with a fleet of Mercedes Benz firetrucks imported from Italy
- Runway lights and an Instrument Landing System have also been installed, making the airport capable of supporting landings during low visibility and at night, and runway designation designed to cater to even bad weather conditions
- Sewage Treatment Plant which can separate the liquid from solid waste, which is then processed into an organic material (fertilizer) for the plants. The liquid is recycled for watering purposes
- Material Recovery Facility (MRF) structure for the segregation of the solid waste collected in the airport(source: Philippine Information Agency)
Planning for the New Iloilo Airport project commenced in 1998, during the administration of Joseph Estrada. In November 1998, Estrada signed an executive order that created the Iloilo Airport Coordinating Committee, headed by Iloilo-born senator Franklin Drilon, one of the chief architects and supporters of the project.
The New Iloilo Airport project was inaugurated by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on January 25, 2004 in Cabatuan, the primary site of the airport. The airport project was to be funded with a 6.2-billion peso loan as part of a loan package provided by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. It was decided that a new airport was needed for Iloilo City after it was found that Mandurriao Airport was unexpandable due to operational obstacles and the presence of structures that prohibited its expansion, such as slum areas and other natural and civic structures.
Physical construction work on the New Iloilo Airport started on April 14, 2004. The original expected deadline of completion was June 2007, although the expected deadline was moved to the first quarter of 2007. The Taisei Shimizu Joint Venture company was the contractor for the project, with Phil-Japan Airport Consultants, Inc. managing the project and serving as the government’s consultant to the project. The project was 75 percent complete as of July 14, 2006, and was completed in March of 2007, ahead of schedule but over budget, with a final cost of around nine billion pesos. (source: Wikipedia)
As of the time of writing, the airport is not considered an international airport but only a domestic airport. It is important to note that an international airport can only be called as such if it is serviced by direct regular commercial international routes, which the airport does not have currently. Direct flights to Korea and China among other regional destinations are already being speculated but ultimately market forces and the airlines themselves will decide whether to have one.
Another big project being proposed is the revival of the Panay Railways which will hasten the travel time from Iloilo City to Roxas City and vice-versa. One component of the said project includes a spur line direct to the New Iloilo Airport. The completion of this spur line will significantly decrease the travel time from the New Iloilo Airport to the city.
Airline Promotions and Seat Sale
Airlines operating at the Iloilo International Airport and in the Philippines, in general, frequently holds airline promotions, which are very popular among bargain-crazy Filipino travelers. If you want to book promo flight tickets, your best bet is to subscribe to seat sale alerts sent by the airlines themselves or at “airline promo” feeds from travel websites, which checks individual airline websites regularly for special deals. The latest cheap fares of airlines operating at the Iloilo International Airport are posted at these pages: Cebu Pacific Promo, SEAIR Promo, Philippine Airlines Promo, Air Asia Promo, Airphil Express Promo, Zest Air Promo.