Transportation in the Philippines – by Air

Transportation in the Philippines by Air 1

The major gateway to the Philippines is the Ninoy Aquino International Airport which is located in the capital – Manila. With the increasing number of tourist, the airports are being upgraded to handle more passengers and bigger planes. Here are some of the growing list of International Airports in the country which may be your ports of entry:

City/Municipality Province Airport Code Airport name
Silay Negros Occidental BCD Bacolod-Silay International Airport
Angeles Pampanga CRK Clark International Airport
Davao City Davao del Sur DVO Francisco Bangoy (Davao) International Airport
General Santos South Cotabato GES General Santos International (Tambler) Airport
Cabatuan Iloilo ILO Iloilo International Airport
Kalibo Aklan KLO Kalibo International Airport
Laoag Ilocos Norte LAO Laoag International Airport
Lapu-Lapu Cebu CEB Mactan-Cebu International Airport
Parañaque/Pasay Metro Manila MNL Ninoy Aquino (Manila) International Airport
Puerto Princesa Palawan PPS Puerto Princesa International Airport
Morong Bataan SFS Subic Bay International Airport
Zamboanga City Zamboanga del Sur ZAM Zamboanga International Airport

Aside from the international airports, there are also a number of domestic airports scattered all over the archipelago. You need to check-out which airport that you would use to a particular province and which airlines are servicing that route.

Most of the airlines operating in the Philippines are budget airlines. I think Philippine Airlines, the flag carrier, is the only full service airline.  Thanks to these budget airlines traveling across the different islands is now much more convenient. Here are 5 major airlines operating in the country:

 

Major Airlines in the Philippines Website URL:
Philippine Airlines http://www1.philippineairlines.com/
PAL Express http://www.flypalexpress.com/
Cebu Pacific http://www.cebupacificair.com
Air Asia http://www.airasia.com/ph/
Tiger Air http://www.tigerairways.com/ph/en/
Sky Jet Air http://www.skyjetair.com/

To make it easier to plan out your flights to the Philippines, you can use http://www.skyscanner.com.ph/

Guidelines
      • Do not make bomb jokes. Even just mere mention of bomb would get you in trouble. By trouble, I mean Prison!
      • Liquid, aerosol and gels in more than 100ml containers are not allowed in your hand carry luggage.
      • Arrive in the airport 3 hours in advance for international flights and 2 hours in advance for domestic flights.
      • Terminal fees are collected from passengers departing a particular airport. The fund is used for acquiring security equipments for the airport. The fee varies depending on the airport:
        • International departure: P200-750
        • Domestic departure on International airport: P200
        • Other Local Domestic Airports: P20-40

What’s your favorite airline in the Philippines? Tell me about your experience below.

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