With its inauguration last June 13, 2007, the old Mandurriao airport of Iloilo was finally decommissioned by the Air Transportation Office and moved to its new facility in the town of Cabatuan, some 20 kilometers away from the old airport.
With the promise of economic growth that will bring upon this region, the new Iloilo Airport can take 1 million passengers per year and can accommodate wide-bodied aircraft and currently the 4th busiest airport in the Philippines as according to ATO.
And because of its distance and new location, for the benefit of the travelers, here are some tips on how to get in or out of the new airport:
- The usuall thing you do in when you arrive at the airport, hail a taxi. The fare (flagdown is PhP30) from the airport to the city on average is from PhP150-200 depending on what location in Iloilo City will you be. This is the most expensive way to get in or out of the airport to the city.
- Shuttle services by Suzie Star Tours are being offered to cash-strapped travelers. PhP50 is the fare to the city and you’ll be dropped at strategic sites such as SM City, Molo Plaza and Jaro Plaza.
- The longer and the cheapest alternative. Multicabs from Bangga Dama (Dama Junction) shuttles passengers to the airport for PhP10. From Bangga Dama in Santa Barbara town, take a jeepney to the city (Highway if you’ll be going straight to Mandurriao District, City Proper, Molo or SM City or LaPaz if your heading to Boracay/North Panay Bus Terminal or Jaro and LaPaz Districts) and it’ll cost you approximately P15.
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