Iloilo International Airport

The Iloilo International Airport, also known as Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Iloilo in Filipino and Internasyonal nga Hulugpaan sang Iloilo in Hiligaynon is the main airport serving mainland Iloilo. It is located in Iloilo City, the capital city of the province of Iloilo and the regional center of the western part of the Visayas Region in the Philippines.

After a decade of designing and construction, the Iloilo International Airport unfolded its doors to commercial flights on June 14, 2007. It is a replacement of the old airport known as Mandurriao Airport located in the city proper of Iloilo which has served the province for more than seventy years. As a resolution, the new Iloilo International Airport inherited its IATA and ICAO airport codes.

Known as the fourth busiest airport in the Philippines, the Iloilo International Airport even though it’s dubbed as “international” airport, it is formally denominated as a Class 1 principal (major domestic) airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, the body responsible for the operations of all airports in the Philippines.

The Iloilo International Airport is the first airport in the island of Panay and the whole of Western Visayas to be built in terms of international standard. It is considered as one of the four international airports in the Visayas.

Iloilo International Airport

Iloilo International Airport

Located about 20 kilometers northwest from the city center of Iloilo City, the Iloilo International Airport is situated on a 188-hectare secluded site in Barangay Duyan-Duyan, split between the municipalities of Cabatuan, where the airport proper is located, and Santa Barbara, where the airport entrance and access road are located. The airport composite comprises of a single runway, a variety of maintenance and administrative buildings, waste sorting and water treatment facilities, a power generating station, a cargo terminal and a main passenger terminal. Its location on the Tomas Confesor Highway, a major highway traversing the island, makes the airport accessible from all parts of Iloilo and Panay by road, while its proximity to the currently defunct Panay Railways network could potentially link the airport to the rest of Panay by rail.

The length of the airport runway is 2,500 meters or 8,203 feet. The surface is made of asphalt and the runway direction is 02/20. As of this writing, the International Airport of Iloilo hasn’t catered to international flights yet. Philippine Airlines and Airphil Express flies to and from Cebu and Manila, Cebu Pacific flies to and from Cebu, Davao and Manila and Zest Airways flies to and from Manila only.

The Iloilo International Airport was built for more than 30 months. It is one of the largest airports to be constructed in the country. During its inauguration, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo commented that the airport was the most beautiful and modern in the country and called it a symbol of both political will and economic maturity.

Coming out from the passenger terminal of the airport, you will instantly notice the “barkers” calling for passengers to avail their v-hire (van for hire) service. There are several drop-off points in Iloilo City where the v-hires will take you – Jaro Plaza, SM City, Molo, Mandurriao, Arevalo, Lapaz among many others. Just be sure where you are headed and tell the barkers which is the best van and drop-off point/s to take. Fares are about P50-P100 per person depending on the distance; rates going outside the city are obviously higher. Sometimes a collector is assigned to collect the fares prior to riding the vehicle while sometimes the drivers collect the fares themselves along the way. For those who simply want to see the historical and tourist attractions of Iloilo, I suggest you take the van bound for Jolibee/SM Supermarket near Jaro Cathedral fronting Graciano Lopez Jaena Park. From the Cathedral, you can take a Lapaz bound jeepney and visit its park and church or choose a different destination you want.

Baggage Claim Area

Baggage Claim Area

Iloilo International Airport Landscape

Iloilo International Airport Landscape

LTFRB prescribed rates for airport transport service

LTFRB prescribed rates for airport transport service

Passenger Terminal  Arrival Entrance

Passenger Terminal Arrival Entrance

Passengers Arriving

Passengers Arriving

Airport References

Airport References

Iloilo Airport Control Tower

Iloilo Airport Control Tower

This page is last updated on Jun 16, 2011 @ 1:22 pm
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  1. mala joseph says:

    Want to know how much will it cost to park my car for a day…in iloilo airport

  2. Bong says:

    Guys can anyone give me a ballpark of how much would it cost me to hire a taxi from santa barbara airport to downtown iloilo city?

  3. Irene says:

    can we take a taxi from iloilo airport to carles? how long it takes and how much? From carles to iloilo city how long it takes by taxi?

  4. MJ Ong says:

    I would be coming from Iloilo airport and would be going to the port (to Bacolod). Where is the nearest drop off point for V-Hires? Thanks.

    • Hello MJ,

      From the airport, take a v-hire going to Iloilo City. There are several drop-off points for these v-hires but I suggest you go down near Jaro Church. Take a jeepney going to Iloilo port.

  5. pudzRock says:

    Hi there, how to go ilo-ilo airport going to super-cat pier?..and how much is the fare?

  6. Alvir Anthony Subrado says:

    Hi Mark, How far is the iloilo International Airport to the sea port or pier for super cat going to Bacolod City. Thanks

  7. Maria Liza says:

    How long will it take to travel by bus from ilo-ilo to boracay? And, also what are the bus schedule? Need some help on this. Will be travelling to bora next month.

  8. Chi Bello says:

    Do you have any idea of time availability of the bus/van for hire from iloilo-caticlan and vice-versa. Their earliest trip and the last trip. Thanks.

  9. Philip Marmeto says:

    Hi, I would like to know if there is an overnight parking at the Iloilo Airport. How much the parking charges for 3 days.

  10. april says:

    Hello good day, I would like to ask if how much is the fare for buses/van from caticlan-iloilo? Is there a bus/van from caticlan that would go directly to iloilo airport? and how much would it cost? This is my first time to visit boracay and iloilo also..need your kindness to help me figure out. thank you

  11. Lean Salido says:

    Good day,

    My final destination is Robinsons Iloilo. If the van will be dropping me off at SM City Iloilo, how do I get to Robinsons Iloilo.


    • Cedric Villalobos says:


      You can ride a jeepney outside of SM City. There are jeepney dispatchers outside who can point which jeepney you’ll ride.

  12. Good Day!

    I would like to ask if there is Jeepney, bus or taxi to ride going to Ilo-ilo city proper. And how much is the fare of this vehicles. This is my first time in going to Ilo-ilo so i dont have any idea. Hope to hear from you soonest possible. Thank you and GOD BLESS!

  13. Cris says:

    Is there any bus traveling from Caticlan – Iloilo Airport?
    If there is, HOW MUCH does it cost per person. need your help on this!
    Thanks Much!

  14. Carla says:

    Is Iloilo Airport a custom Airport? Can anybody help me with this ASAP. Are they accepting human remains?

  15. Misty says:

    Thank God! Someone with brains speaks!

  16. Roxanna says:

    Hey, good to find somoene who agrees with me. GMTA.

  17. Antonio I. Alolod says:

    Can you park your car overnight. How much is the fee.

    • Antonio,

      Iloilo International Airport is open 24/7 so I think you can park your car anytime, even overnight. I don’t know if there are fees for cars that are parked overnight or for days. I think it’s better to contact the airport’s management for a more detailed answers.

    • Donyell says:

      IJWTS wow! Why can’t I think of thigns like that?

  18. Kildong says:

    Thanks for your advise…The problem is money…from iloilo to cebu by cebupacific fare starts from 525PHP(promo) but caticlan to cebu starts from 3299PHP, my trip day, a huge difference………..
    anyway thanks for your advise again….

  19. KILDONG says:

    Thanks for your information….
    I’m wondering if there is a taxi or van for hire direct from caticlan to iloilo airport. And how much is the fare range? How long does it takes? I’ll travel with my wife and two baby(36mo and 8mo) and is’nt it too far for baby to travel?

    • Mark Maranga says:


      I believe there are v-hires from Caticlan to Iloilo Airport. I don’t have any idea about the fare and can’t even give you ballpark figures. The distance from Caticlan to Iloilo Airport is well over 200km and the travel time is about 4-5 hours. IMO, I don’t think an 8 months old baby can hold on this long. If Kalibo Airport or Caticlan Airport are possible options then you may choose them instead of Iloilo Airport.

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