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Iloilo Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Iloilo Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

Iloilo International Airport (ILO) is, at the moment, probably the best-looking and most efficient airport in the Philippines. - datrekker

Pro-Tip: Steel benches are really cold at midnight. Bring a jacket!

Airport Overview

iloilo airport

To help you plan your layover, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at Iloilo Airport.

What to Expect

  • A small, aesthetically-pleasing and modern airport that opened in 2007. The single terminal houses international and domestic flights, with beautiful gardens and water features interwoven throughout. Enjoy beautiful views of the countryside while you wait for your flight!
  • Although the terminal seems spacious inside, it receives a high-volume of traffic and is often packed to capacity.
  • Good dining options are available in and near the airport. Try the airport canteen in the parking lot or JD Cafe in the pre-departure area for a delicious budget-friendly meal!
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • We don’t have many reviews from travellers who have spent the night, though some seating seems available but often already occupied.
  • If you plan on spending the night, please have a backup option.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • At the time of this update, the current terminal fee (airport user tax) for domestic flights is P200 and P500 for international flights. (Dec 2016)

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Iloilo Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.


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Iloilo Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

  • Mabuhay Lounge - Location: Airside, 3rd floor, pre-departure area, near Gate #5.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Iloilo Airport through PDLT. The service is reportedly slow. However, a reader tells us the connection speed has improved, but it depends on the number of users.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Iloilo International Airport does not appeal to you, you will find most of the hotels are concentrated in Iloilo City (about 30 minutes away). There are no hotels in or connected to the airport, but there are pensions scattered around the area between the airport and the outskirts of Iloilo City.

  • Jaro Bellevue Pension - (20 minutes from the airport) Also known as “Biscocho House”, no airport shuttle is available
  • Vista Inn - (20 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Iloilo Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • Car Rentals - Car rentals counters are available.
  • Duty Free - A reader tells us that a Duty Free shop is located at the arrival area, on the right side, just after you step-out from the baggage claim area.
  • Food & Drinks - There are restaurants available at the airport. Stores and restaurants open at 6:00AM and close at midnight. It's best to bring your own food for a stay-in to catch red-eye flights.
  • Smoking - There are designated smoking lounges in the airport.

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Airport Hours

According to a review we received in February 2017, the airport is not open 24 hours. The reviewer did not mention the hours, so if you know, please email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

The following information was provided to us by a helpful reader.

Local taxis are always available for passengers going to the airport. There are now Grab Taxis in the city for those with the mobile app. One might also call local taxi operators to set pick-up time. Local residents opt to ride a sort-of "airport shuttle" starting in SM City Iloilo's Traveler's Lounge to the airport and back. The ride costs P50.00 or a little more than a dollar. However, expect it to be cramped as the drivers will secure maximum capacity. In connection, during leaner months, it is best to arrive really early on the van terminal to avoid lateness as the drivers will wait for full capacity.

From the airport, one might opt to go for taxis stationed right outside the arrivals. One might also opt to ride the aforementioned vans back to SM City. They are parked a little farther, but barkers will point out the right way. From SM City, taxis and jeepneys are available to take you anywhere in the city and in the province.

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Last Updated: 31 July 2017

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us.

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