Airports Philippines

 

Manila Airport

Old Nielson Field Terminal Tower. Manila Airport

source:   Wikitravel and some text

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By plane

Although the Philippines is an archipelago, most visitors arrive by plane. International airports are located in Cebu, Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles, Davao, Kalibo, Laoag, Manila and Zamboanga.

A much more congenial airport to arrive at is Mactan-Cebu International Airport or Kalibo International Airport , which are both at the centre of the Philippine archipelago and outside the Typhoon belt.

Passengers departing the Philippines have to pay a terminal fee (in addition to the Philippine travel tax levied on locals). This fee is included in airfare if flying from Manila. Otherwise, this ₱550 fee (USD15 if paid in US dollars, Clark is now also ₱550) is paid before entering the immigration and pre-departure “air-side” area of the terminals.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) [1], Cebu Pacific [2], PAL Express [3], Air Asia [4] Tiger Airways (Tiger Air) [5] are among the national carriers.

If you plan to travel around the various islands, it is best to get an open jaw ticket. This can save much time back-tracking. Most common open-jaw ticket combinations fly into Manila and out of Cebu. Local airlines also have regular “seat sales”, advertising cheap fares for flights to domestic destinations. However, be aware of travel dates: some tickets booked during a seat sale may only be used on dates well after the duration of the sale (sometimes up to a year after the sale), and advertised fares usually exclude government taxes and fuel surcharges.

If you live in an area with a large Filipino population (such as London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei or Tokyo), check out travel agencies catering to overseas Filipinos which often have fares keener than those generally advertised.

List of the busiest airports in the Philippines

Rank Airport IATA City/metro area Total Passengers[2] Change
2011-2012
1 Ninoy Aquino International Airport MNL Manila 31,878,935 Increase
2 Mactan-Cebu International Airport CEB Cebu 6,712,293 Increase
3 Francisco Bangoy International Airport DVO Davao 2,963,243 Increase
4 Iloilo International Airport ILO Iloilo 1,854,427 Increase
5 Kalibo International Airport KLO Kalibo 1,832,168 Increase
6 Lumbia Airport CGY Cagayan de Oro 1,614,157 Increase
7 Bacolod-Silay International Airport BCD Bacolod 1,518,417 Increase
8 Puerto Princesa International Airport PPS Puerto Princesa 1,322,925 Increase
9 Clark International Airport CRK Angeles 1,309,883 Increase
10 Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport TAC Tacloban 1,149,592 Increase
11 Zamboanga International Airport ZAM Zamboanga 904,668 Increase
12 Tagbilaran Airport TAG Tagbilaran 734,207 Decrease
13 Boracay Airport MPH Malay 595,564 Decrease
14 Legazpi Airport LGP Legazpi 578,767 Increase
15 Bancasi Airport BXU Butuan 524,194 Increase
16 Sibulan Airport DGT Dumaguete 451,112 Increase
17 Labo Airport OZC Ozamiz 272,850 Increase
18 Awang Airport CBO Cotabato 246,209 Increase
19 Tuguegarao Airport TUG Tuguegarao 223,907 Increase
20 Roxas Airport RXS Roxas 217,552 Increase
21 Naga Airport WNP Naga 204,458 Increase
22 Dipolog Airport DPL Dipolog 189,200 Increase
23 Laoag International Airport LAO Laoag 188,048 Increase
24 Pagadian Airport PAG Zamboanga del Sur 152,470 Increase
25 Surigao Airport SUG Surigao del Norte 119,879 Increase
26 San Jose Airport SJI Occidental Mindoro 108,657 Increase
Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Ninoy Aquino International Airport

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