Sleeping in Airports

Iloilo Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Iloilo Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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 night. Bring a jacket!

ILO Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Iloilo Airport (ILO) is a small, single terminal airport servicing both domestic and international flights. Inaugurated and opened to the public in 2007 to replace an older airport, this aesthetically pleasing airport has beautiful gardens and water features, and gives waiting passengers relaxing, beautiful views of the countryside. Although spacious-looking from the outside, the high volume of passengers often packs the airport to capacity.

There are good dining options available inside the airport and nearby. For delicious budget-friendly meals, try the airport canteen at the parking lot or JD Café in the pre-departure area. Free WiFi is available throughout the passenger terminal but capped by a time limit. 

Iloilo Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of a Guest Reviewer / 09Dec2018)

Where to Sleep

If you plan to spend the night at ILO, please have a backup option. At least one traveller reported that the airport closes overnight.  Daytime nappers can avail of the sleep-friendly seating although other passengers often occupy these seats. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • You’ll need valid identification and a boarding pass to enter the terminal
  • A reader (March 2019) reported that passengers are required to pay a Terminal Fee of P200 for domestic travel (usually included in tickets issued locally) or P700 (for those travelling to international destinations). Filipino citizens and other qualified passengers must also pay a travel tax of P1,620.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change.  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

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s website.

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

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Iloilo International Airport does not appeal to you, you will find a few options within a 10 minute drive of the airport. For more options, you would need to head to Iloilo City about 30 minutes away.

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.

Airport WiFi/Internet

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

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

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.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – A traveller (August 2018) informed us that charging stations are available Airside.

Parking – A reader sent us this tip: “Overnight parking is available, but you must coordinate with the parking attendant or the officer-in-charge of the parking area. Leaving your vehicle overnight without notifying the airport personnel is considered a security threat.”

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking – There are designated smoking lounges in the airport.

Airport Hours

According to a review we received in August 2018, the airport is open as early as 4:00AM. The reviewer did not know the closing time. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Airlines

As of May 2019, Iloilo airport is served by the following airlines: Air Juan • Air Asia • Cebu Pacific • Philippine Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Jeepneys

Jeepneys are the cheapest way to travel to the Iloilo Airport. The fares start at Php 16.00 So if you are on a tight budget or just want adventure grab a jeepney.

Ride Sharing

Ride sharing is available to/from the airport through Grab and Hirna.

Shuttle Buses

Shuttle bus services are available with pick-up and drop-off points at the SM City Iloilo Mall and Jaro District Plaza. At the time of this update, the fare from SM City Iloilo to ILO airport is around Php 70.

Taxi

Taxis are readily available. Most taxi drivers offer a fixed rate (negotiate) but you can also insist on using the meter.  As of this update, the ride to the city centre costs approximately Php 350 – Php 400.

Last updated: 2020-03-13

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   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/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.