Located 19 kilometers away or a 20 to 30-minute drive from Iloilo City, the Iloilo International Airport is the Philippines’ fourth busiest airport and regarded as one of the country’s most beautiful airports. It serves direct international flights to/from Hong Kong and Singapore, and domestic flights to/from other major cities in the country. The airport serves the provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras as well as the general area of Panay Island.

The Iloilo International Airport’s strategic location in the central part of the country and growing number of direct international and domestic flights makes it an excellent alternative international gateway to the crowded Manila-NAIA and Mactan-Cebu International Airports.

Terminal Fee

Terminal fee (airport user tax) at the Iloilo Airport is fixed at P200 per passenger for domestic departures and P550 for international departures. The terminal fee is paid in cash before entering the pre-departure area.

Airlines and Destinations

Major airlines in the Philippines offer direct flights between Iloilo and several domestic destinations including Manila, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, and Puerto Princesa. Newly launched direct international flights are also available to/from Singapore and Hong Kong.

Airlines operating at the Iloilo International Airport include Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and their subsidiaries, Cebgo and PAL Express. The airport is designated as one of the flight hubs of Cebu Pacific.

Philippine Domestic

Destination Airline/s Travel Time Frequency (average)
ManilaCebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines 1 hour Multiple times daily
CebuCebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines 50 minutes Multiple times daily
DavaoCebu Pacific 1 hourOnce daily
General SantosCebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines 1 hourOnce daily
Puerto PrincesaCebu Pacific 1 hour 3x weekly
Cagayan de OroCebu Pacific 1 hour 3x weekly

International

Destination Airline/s Travel Time Frequency (average)
Hong KongCebu Pacific 2 hours and 30 minutes 3x weekly
SingaporeCebu Pacific 3 hours and 20 minutes 2x weekly

Flight duration posted are approximate calculations. Flight routes and frequencies may change without prior notice. Contact the airlines directly for inquiries.

Cheap Iloilo Flights

If you want to buy cheap flights to or from Iloilo, you should be hunting down seat sales or promo fares. Cebu Pacific announces promo fares every week. The promo alerts usually include Iloilo flights. Philippine Airlines, on the other hand, posts promo alerts rarely, so you might want to buy a promo flight with PAL if you are lucky enough to chance upon one.

Promo announcements are posted on the airlines’ official website. To make it easy for you to check promo alerts from multiple airlines in one site, you can check promo fares on detourista.com for the latest promo alerts from Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines.

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Getting to/from Iloilo Airport

Iloilo City

The Iloilo Airport is approximately 30 minutes away from Iloilo City Proper. Several transportation options are available for arriving and departing passengers, including taxis, shuttle vans, and public commute.

Taxi — All taxi cabs in Iloilo may be hired to get from the airport to Iloilo City Proper or vice-versa. The taxi drivers will most likely opt for a fixed rate rather than using the taxi meter. The taxi fare going to the airport from Iloilo City Proper range between P350 to P400.

Shuttle (van) — There are a shuttle services that ferry passengers between the Iloilo Airport and Iloilo City with pick-up/drop-off points at SM City Iloilo Mall and Jaro District Plaza.

From 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 because drivers only leave when the shuttle is full. From the airport, the shuttles ferry passengers to the city at a reduced fare of P50.

Jeep and Multicab Commute — Commuting to the Iloilo Airport is the cheapest way to travel to the Iloilo Airport. Here are the steps to getting to the airport by local commute:

  • 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 only leave until the multicab is full.

If you are arriving at the airport and want to commute your way to the city. You can find the multicabs stationed near the departure gate, found at the far side of the passenger terminal. Drop off at Bangga Dama intersection in Santa Barbara town. The multicab ride takes 10 minutes and costs P10 per person. Then, ride a Santa Barbara jeep to Iloilo City (P16 per person fare). You may drop off at SM City Iloilo Mall and take another jeep or taxi to your destination.

Boracay

The land journey from the Iloilo Airport to Boracay takes around 5 to 6 hours. The trip involves a bus or shuttle van ride from Iloilo City to Caticlan Jetty Port and then a short ferry crossing to Boracay Island.

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 Mall and then 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).

Read more information about land transportation from Iloilo City on our Iloilo Jeepney and Bus Guide.

Passenger & Cargo Traffic

In 2012, passenger movement at the Iloilo International Airport was recorded at 1.85 million passengers, one of the busiest in the Philippines. It is the 4th busiest airport in the country in terms passenger traffic and the 5th busiest in terms of total cargo handled.

YearPassenger (year-on-year growth)Cargo in metric tons
20121,854,427 (+8.6%)12,961
20111,707,969 
20101,581,304 
20091,324,148 
*Data sourced from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Iloilo Airport Facilities

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 cargo traffic in Iloilo and improve air transportation safety in compliance with international standards.

Passenger Terminal

The Iloilo International Airport has a 12,000-square meter passenger terminal, touted as the most modern in the country during its completion.

The passenger terminal was designed to handle around 1.6 million passengers annually and was built with amenities such as:

  • Complete separation for departing and arriving passengers.
  • 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

Cargo Terminal

Iloilo International Airport’s Cargo Terminal has a floor area of 1,300-square meters and was designed to handle as much as 11,500 meteric tons annually.

Runway

The Iloilo International 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 airport can accommodate 6 planes at one time.

Other facilities and structures

The parking area at the Iloilo International Airport is designed with 414 slots for private cars, complete with tollbooth and a drivers’ lounge and rest rooms.

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.
  • 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 capable of supporting landings during low visibility and at night, and runway designation designed to cater to 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.

Planning and Construction

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)

Airport Expansion

The Iloilo International Airport is a 188 hectare complex, large enough for future expansions as necessary. Proposed projects include:

Railway Line

The Panay Railways is a proposed project planned to hasten travel time from Iloilo to Roxas City and vice-versa. One component of the Panay Railways project includes a spur line direct to the Iloilo International Airport. The completion of this spur line will significantly decrease the travel time from the New Iloilo Airport to the city.