Passenger traffic at the Iloilo International Airport totaled 1,854,427 in 2012, according to the latest data released by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

Iloilo Airport’s passenger traffic grew by 8.6% from 1,707,969 passengers last year. Additionally, annual growth of cargo movement at the Iloilo International Airport increased by 11.7% to 12,961 metric tons in 2012.

Passenger terminal of the Iloilo International Airport located in Cabatuan, Iloilo

The 2012 airport traffic figures, publicly available at the CAAP official website, affirms that the Iloilo Airport is indeed ripe for expansion. The passenger and cargo movements have already exceeded the airport’s capacities since last year. The current terminal and cargo building, which started operations in 2007, were designed to handle 1.6 million passengers and 12,000 tons of cargo per year, respectively.

Earlier this year, the CAAP bared plans of a P311-million expansion and improvement of the Iloilo Airport.

Busiest Airports in the Philippines in 2012

AirportTotal Passengers
Manila Airport (NAIA)33,889,532
Cebu-Mactan Airport6,712,293
Davao Airport2,963,243
Cagayan de Oro Airport1,867,157*
Iloilo Airport1,854,427 (+8.6%)
Kalibo Airport1,832,168
Puerto Princesa Airport1,322,925
Clark Airport1,309,883
Tacloban Airport1,149,592
Bacolod Airport1,018,417**
Zamboanga Airport904,001
Tagbilaran Airport734,207
Caticlan Airport595,564
Legaspi Airport578,767
Butuan Airport524,194
Dumaguete Airport451,112
Ozamiz Airport272,850
Cotabato Airport240,484
Tuguegarao Airport223,907
Roxas Airport217,552
Naga Airport Airport204,458
Laoag Airport188,048
Busuanga Airport107,262
San Jose Mindoro Airport108,657
*Irregular Philippine Airlines traffic data posted for July 2012 at Cagayan de Oro Airport; **4th quarter traffic data not included for Bacolod Airport.

It is unclear how the Iloilo Airport ranks in the list of busiest airports in the Philippines in 2012 because of incomplete traffic data from Bacolod Airport and irregular data posted for Cagayan de Oro Airport. We will update this page upon confirmation from the CAAP.