Iloilo International Airport was inaugurated in the year 2007 as a replacement to the Mandurriao Airport that served Iloilo City for over 50 years. The reason behind this new establishment was overloaded passenger traffic at the Mandurriao Airport that was difficult to manage. Today, the Iloilo International Airport serves as the major airport for the province of Iloilo and the Iloilo City. The international airport is located at a distance of 19 kilometers to the Northwest of Iloilo city, on the border of Santa Barbara and Cabatuan in the Western Visayas region.
Since 2007, passengers traveling to Iloilo City book cheap flights to Iloilo International Airport. The first plan for the construction of this airport was proposed in the year 1998 when the administration realized the increasing passenger traffic in the Mandurriao Airport. It took almost a decade for the completion of the airport.
Iloilo International Airport operates with one asphalt runway measuring 2,300 meters in length and 45 meters in width. The runway has the capacity to handle aircrafts of the size of an Airbus A330 or Boeing 747. Perfectly compliant with the International Civil Aviation Authority standards, the runway serves well for the international operations.
There is a single terminal building with a floor area of 12,000m² that has handled passenger traffic of 2.3 million (approx.) in the year of 2018. The terminal building has three storeys – ground floor is dedicated to the arrivals and baggage recovery, the first floor is for security check-in and the second floor is dedicated to departures. The terminal has modern equipment such as 2 baggage conveyor belts of 51 meters, 3 jetways extendable to 35 meters, 6 X-ray machines, 10 LCD display screens for flight information and 10 check-in counters. Some other facilities at the terminal for the passengers booking cheap flight tickets to Iloilo International Airport include:
Additionally, the area around the terminal building is covered by an apron area of 48,000m² that can handle 6 medium-sized aircrafts. There is also a fire station, a traffic control tower and an admin building, a cargo terminal building stretched to a floor area of 1,281m² and it can handle 11,200 tons of cargo in a year.
Passengers booking economy or business class flights to Iloilo International Airport get the same option of transportation at the airport – shuttle service or private taxi. Passengers can take the shuttle to Santa Barbara and some other stops in the Iloilo City. The taxi service is quite established. However, it will be very expensive. Construction of a rail link has been already proposed but the planning stage is yet to be passed.
Unfortunately, there are no accommodation options near Iloilo International Airport within the radius of 10-12kms. You need to get your luggage in the taxi and drive a few kilometers towards Central Iloilo to find a good place to stay. You can choose from places like Sotogrande Hotel Iloilo, Seda Atria, Richmonde Hotel Iloilo and the list is long. If you have booked last minute flights to Iloilo International Airport, ensure book for accommodation at one of these places before flying to Iloilo.