40 Must-Know Airports in the Philippines for Travellers

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How are you guys? I hope you are all still safe. Travelling may be a bit impossible until we invent a vaccine for COVID. They say it may take a bit up to the first quarter of 2021. We checked around the internet what content we can produce. We thought of enlisting top airports per country, per region, then per continent. At least, it will entice your imagination and give you an idea where to go until we travel again. We have checked Wikipedia and some other sites but do not see much pictures about the airports on the same post. So, what we will be doing is to present you the vital airports with pictures we got from Instagram , tourist spots near that place as per Tripadvisor.

We did not include flights or routes you can take from that airport because most flights were put into a halt. Thus, on some airport websites, it is not showing accurately the international/ domestic flights that they cater on a normal day. I suggest once you are ready to travel, you can just use flights meta search engines such as skyscanner, expedia, cheapflights, and cheapoair websites. At least for now, you have the idea how the airport looks like and tourist spots you can visit near the airport.

There are a total of 12 international airports in the Philippines and 28 principal domestic airports. There could have been more if we will include community airports and aerodromes. More airports might be established in the airport as we see much potential on air travel connecting the 7,107 islands of the Philippines. Here are our 40 Must-Know Philippine Airports for Travellers.

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS

1.) Mactan- Cebu International Airport

Although it is only the second busiest airport in the Philippines , we put it on our top list as it gave an honor to the Philippines by winning a prestigious award at the World Architecture Festival. Tourist spots you can visit are Mactan Resorts, Magellan’s Cross, Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu, Fort San Pedro, and Temple of Leah. Read our Cebu blog here.

2.) Ninoy Aquino International Airport

This is the busiest and main international gateway for travellers to the Philippines. It is situated in Metro Manila. The airport is named after Senator Ninoy Aquino who was assassinated at the airport. Tourist spots you can visit in Metro Manila are Rizal Park, SM Mall of Asia, Resorts World, Intramuros, and the National Museum of the Philippines. Read our blog here.

3.) Clark International Airport

The name is derived from the former American Clark Air Base which was the largest overseas base of the United States until it was closed in 1991 . Tourist spots you can visit are Clark Veterans Cemetery, Angeles Red Light District, Casinos and Hotels, and Nayong Pilipino. Read our blog here.

4.) Francisco Bangoy International Airport

Located in Davao, Philippines. It was named after Don Francisco Bangoy the patriarch of an influential family who later served as the city’s congressman and donated the land where the airport was built. Tourist spots to visit in Davao are Mt. Apo, Samal Island, People’s Park, and Philippine Eagle Center.

5.) General Santos International Airport

Located in General Santos City which is the birthplace of world famous boxer, Manny Pacquiao. Places to visit are Sanchez Peak, Pacman Beach Resort, Queen Tuna Park, and Munato Statue.

6.) Iloilo International Airport

Located in Iloilo, it serves as a main gateway to Western Visayas Region of the Philippines. Places to visit are Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, Molo Church and Molo Mansion.

7.) Kalibo International Airport

Located in Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines. Places to visit are Boracay, Bakhawan Eco Park, and Museo It Akean. Read our blog here.

8.) Laoag International Airport

Located in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Places to visit are Malacanang of the North, Sinking Bell Tower, Paoay Sand Dunes, Paoay Church. Read our blog here.

9.) Bohol-Panglao International Airport

Located in Panglao, Bohol, Philippines. Places to visit are Chocolate Hills, Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary, Alona Beach, and Panglao Island. Read our blog here.

10.) Puerto Princesa International Airport

Located in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. Places to visit are Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Ugong Rock Adventures. Read our blog here.

11.) Subic Bay International Airport

Located in Subic, Zambales, Philippines. Places to visit are Nagsasa Cove, Anawangin, White Rock Beach, and party bars.

12.) Zamboanga International Airport

Located in Zamboanga City, Philippines . Places to visit are Fort Pilar, Sta Cruz Island (Pink Beach), Samal Village. Read our blog here.

PRINCIPAL DOMESTIC AIRPORTS

13.) Bacolod Silay Airport

Located in Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines. Places to visit are The Ruins, Sugar Cane Fields, and the Negros Museum.

14.) Butuan Airport

Located in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Philippines. Places to visit are Balangay Shrine, Butuan National Museum, Beach and spring resorts.

15.) Cotabato City Airport

Located in Cotabato City, Maguindanao, Philippines. Things to visit are Cotabato Grand Mosque and Timako Hill.

16.) Dipolog Airport

Located in Dipolog, Zamboanga Del Norte. Places to visit are Dipolog Sunset Boulevard, 3003 Steps Linabo Peak, and Sungkilaw Falls.

17.) Sibulan Airport

Located in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Philippines. Things to visit are Siliman University and Manjuyod ‘Maldives of the Philippines’. Read our blog here.

18.) Laguindingan Airport

Located in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental. It serves the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and Marawi. Places to visit are historic Marawi city, Capitol University Museum of Three Cultures, and Kagay which is good for whitewater rafting.

19.) Legazpi Airport

Located in Legazpi, Albay, Philippines. Places to visit are Mayon Volcano, Cagsawa Ruins, Mayon ATV Park. Read our blog here.

20.) Naga Airport

Located in Pili, Camarines Sur, Philippines. Places to visit are Caromoan Peninsula, CamSur Watersports Complex, and Mount Isarog.

21.) Pagadian Airport

Located in Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines. Places to visit are Pulacan Falls, Dao Dao Island.

22.) Roxas Airport

Located in Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines. Places to visit are Palina Greenbelt Ecopark, Olotayan Island, Ang Panublion Museum.

23. San Jose Airport

Located in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, Philippines. Places to visit are Apo Reef Natural Park, Inasakan Beach, White Island Beach .

24.) Daniel Z Romualdez Airport

Located in Tacloban City, Leyte. It is named after the former speaker of the House of Representatives who represented the province. Places to visit Read our blogs here.

25.) Tuguegarao Airport

Located in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, Philippines. Places to visit? Read our blogs here.

26.) Evelio Javier Airport

Located in San Jose Buenavista, Antique, Philippines. The airport was named after the former governor of the province. Places to visit are Malumpati Cold Spring and Malalison Island.

27.) Basco Airport

Located in Basco, Batanes, Philippines. Places to visit are Basco Lighthouse, Vayang Rollinghills, House of Dakay, Mount Iraya, and Valugan Boulder Beach.

28.) Busuanga Airport

Located in Busuanga, Coron, Palawan, Philippines. Places to visit are Coron Island, Kayangan Lake, and Malcapuya Island.

29.) Catarman Airport

Located in Catarman, Northern Samar, Philippines. Places to visit are Dangcalan Beach and Busay Falls.

30.) Camiguin Airport

Located in Mambajao, Camiguin, Philippines. Places to visit in Camiguin are Tuasan Fallls, Mt. Hibok Hibok, and Arden Hot Spring.

31. Marinduque Airport

Located in Gasan, Marinduque, Philippines. Places/Events to visit are Poctoy White Beach and the Maskara Festival.

32.) Jolo Airport

Located in Jolo, Sulu, Philippines. Places to visit are Rahmat Dive Resorts and hide out of notorious terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.

33.) Moises R. Espinosa Airport

Located in Masbate City, Masbate, Philippines. The airport is named after the congressman who was assassinated in the airport on 1989. Places to visit are Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary and other beach resorts.

34. Caticlan Airport

Located in Baranggay Caticlan, Malay, Aklan, Philippines. Places to visit are Boracay Beach and its resorts.

35.) Siargao Domestic Airport

Located in Baranggay Sayak, Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte, Philippines. Places to visit are Siargao Island and its resorts.

36.) Tandag Airport

Located in Tandag, Surigao del Sur. Places to visit are Enchanted River and Cagwait White Beach.

37.) Romblon Airport

Located in Baranggay Tugdan, Alcantara, Romblon. Places to visit are Bonbon Beach, Talipasak Beach and other resorts.

38.) Tawi Tawi Airport

Located in Bongao, Tawi Tawi, Philippines. Places to visit are Panampangan Island, Badjao Village and Bud Bongao Cave.

39. Surigao Airport

Located in Surigao City, Surigao, Philippines. Places to visit are Siargao Island and its resorts.

40.) Virac Airport

Located in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines. Places to visit are Maribina Falls, Binurong Point, Marilima Beach, Batag Beach, Bato Church, Nahulugan Falls, Mamangal Beach, Amenia Beach, Balite Beach and Talisoy Beach.

I didn’t know that I will consume 7 hours for this post. I will be publishing this final draft now then I will just edit from time to time based on your additional insights. I am so excited to let you know what are these airports and spots to visit. I know that this is still not a detailed blog so I would really edit this from time to time. I hope many travellers read this post and contribute as well for some info that they are already fully aware. My next blog would be to enlist international and domestic airports in Southeast Asia. Hope you enjoy this post!

9 comments

  1. This is an interesting post to read. I did not know the Philippines has so many airports. We only have five in London. So it’s a lot more than what we have here. Thanks for sharing ☺️

    1. Hi Carl, welcome back to the blog.. <3 <3
      I agree, Laguindingan airport was tagged as international airport per wikipedia.. I do not see any international flights though in Laguindingan so I still categorized it as a domestic airport.. Let me know for any corrections.. we appreciate it 🙂 Where are you located in the Philippines? 🙂

    1. Hi Sue, yes a lot.. in order to connect the 7107 islands.. How many airports do you have in your country?

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