Air and Sea Travel

Information on international and domestic travel by plane or boat, plus useful information on airport hand luggage rules...

Due to the many islands in the Philippines, traveling around by air is common practice. Most routes fly from or through the hubs of Manila and/or Cebu airports.

According to the Airport Authority, the Philippines has 71 domestic airports of varying sizes and capacities. By far the busiest airport in the country is the one serving the Manila area.

The country has 12 international and numerous smaller domestic airports. Five of the busiest airports in the country include:

  • Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport serves the Metro Manilla area and is the main international gateway to the country. It is located to the south of the metropolis on the borders of Pasay and Paranaque. There are an estimated 36,000,000 passengers flying to and from here each year
  • Mactan-Cebu International Airport serves the islands of Cebu and Mactan. Its strategic location in the centre of the country on the island of Mactan means that many domestic flights originate from it. As such it is the second busiest airport in the country. It processes over 4,500,000 passengers a year
  • Clark International Airport is located on the Clark Freeport Zone between the cities of Angeles and Mabalacat. It lies around 50 miles to the north-west of Manilla and primarily serves the north of Luzon
  • Laguindingan Airport is an international airport which serves the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in the Northern Mindanao region
  • Francisco Bangoy International Airport serves the Davao area in the south of the Mindanao region. It is the busiest airport on the island and is located in the Davao del Sur region.

The following airlines provide domestic flights in the Philippines:

Due to frequent adverse weather conditions in the country, delayed and/or diverted flights are commonplace.