Guide on Philippine Airports on Budget Public Transport
The growth of Philippine aviation was brought by the concept of low-cost or budget carriers. Ever since its advent sometime in the last decade (2000s), there was a spike of passengers taking the skies as a means to travel in this archipelago nation. No longer the air is ruled by the few and the elite–and as an budget airliner’s slogan puts it, “This time, every Juan flies!”
Because not all people were given the privilege to have someone to bring them to the airport through a private car, or perhaps the increasing petrol prices made commuting (taking public transport in “Filipino” English) a necessity, and simply that we don’t like to overspend too much on a budget travel, HabagatCentral.com gives several airport guides on how to get in or out of some Philippine airports without spending too much with the taxi or driving yourself all the way. This page is a compilation of HabagatCentral’s “How to Get out of the Airports on Tight Budget” series.
Ninoy Aquino International Airport / Manila International Airport [MNL | RPLL]
Manila International Airport or known locally as NAIA, is the primary gateway of the Philippines to the rest of the world. The airport serves Manila, the country’s capital. The airport was named after the late senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr, an opposition leader during the Marcos era that was assassinated at the airport’s tarmac upon his return from exile. NAIA serves also as the primary hub for most domestic airlines which links the capital to the rest of the nation. The airport has four terminals.
Terminal 1 was built in 1980s, it serves as the terminus for international airlines and passengers bound and coming from the overseas. Click here to know more how to get in and out of the airport on tight budget.
Terminal 2, also known as Centennial Terminal, was inaugurated in the late 1990s. It is the primary hub of the nation’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines for its domestic and international operations. All passengers of PAL pass by here. Click here to know more how to get in and out of the airport on tight budget.
Terminal 3, the newest and the most controversial addition in this gateway, houses the budget carriers Cebu Pacific Air, and AirPhil Express for its domestic and international services. Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) calls it also home in Manila. Click here to know more how to get in and out of the airport on tight budget.
Terminal 4 or locally known as Domestic Airport, serves mostly other domestic airliners such as SEAIR and Zest Air serving trunkline and feeder routes to some of Philippines’ top travel destinations.
The country’s second most busiest airport, it serves as an alternative gateway for the Philippines. Serving the second metropolis of the Philippines, Cebu, it is the primary hub for the Visayas region. From this airport, you can fly to almost any destination in Central and Southern Philippines. Click here to know more how to get in and out of the airport on tight budget.
Philippines’ third busiest airport and Mindanao’s primary hub, Davao International Airport or officially known as Francisco Bangoy International Airport is one of the most accessible in affordable public transport due to its proximity at the city. The airport prides itself with its Moro-inspired airport terminal. Click here to know more how to get in and out of the airport on tight budget.
With its new airport location located some 20 kilometers away from the city center since 2007, Iloilo Airport was once a challenge for the locals and visitors alike. Having an architecture similar to Japanese airports and being the 4th busiest airport in the country (in terms of passengers), it serves as the primary airport for Panay Island in Western Visayas region. Aside from Kalibo and Caticlan, this serves as an alternative for the tourism haven of Boracay. For most Negrenses, it serves as an alternative to Iloilo Airport at times when flights are full at BCD. Click here to know more how to get in and out of the airport on tight budget.
Like Iloilo, the new airport is located far from the city center in the middle of a sugarcane hacienda. The airport is actually located at Silay City, the “Paris of Negros.” The airport serves the Sugarland of the Philippines, the province of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City in Western Visayas region. For most Ilonggos, it serves as an alternative to Iloilo Airport at times when flights are full at ILO. Click here to know more how to get in and out of the airport on tight budget.
Located almost a hundred kilometers north of Manila, it is geared up as the next primary international gateway of Manila and the rest of the Philippines. Clark International Airport utilized what is left of Clark Air Field, an air force base used by the US military during its occupancy until 1991. Because of its size and parallel runway, it was deemed to be fit for large international carriers. Clark as of today is the port of call for most Asian regional budget carriers such as Tiger Airways, Air Asia and Cebu Pacific. It was named after former president Diosdado Macapagal, one of the proud sons of the host province, Pampanga. Click here to know more how to get in and out of the airport on tight budget.
The primary gateway of the booming south-central Mindanao region of Soccsksargen, General Santos City International Airport has the longest runway in the entire Mindanao. This airport is located some 15 kilometers away from the city, at Barangay Fatima–with a commanding view of the city, Sarangani Bay and the majestic Mount Matutum. Gensan Airport was opened in 1996 with the help of the US government. Today, it serves the passengers visiting or staying at General Santos City, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato provinces. It also handles exporting Gensan’s most precious product–tuna. Click here to know more on how to get in and out of the airport on tight budget.
- Zamboanga International Airport [ZAM | RPMZ]
- Lumbia Airport (Cagayan de Oro City) [CGY | RPMC]