An airport is one of the mind-changing factors of how we define a city. When a city has an airport, we can somehow just easily tell that this is one progressive city!
Since the Philippines is composed of thousands of scattered islands, airports in the Philippines are really busy. To get to the next island, air travel is highly in demand.
To add up, there are thousands or millions of foreigners visit the Philippines every year from decent business men and women to excited tourists.
So if you want to know what are the busiest airports in the Philippines, here are the Top 10 Busiest Airports in the Philippines 2015 in ascending order.
Top 10 Busiest Airports in the Philippines
10. Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport (TAC)
Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport is the 10th busiest airport in the Philippines according to Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). Serving over 1 Million total passengers, 1,149,592 to be exact, it is one of the busiest airports in Visayas located in Tacloban City.
A historical event happened in Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport earlier this year. On 17th of January 2015, the whole world watched when a plane landed on the airport. It was carrying the one of the most important persons in this world, the humble leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Fracis. He visited the Philippines and conducted an open mass to inspire the Filipinos to be strong after the wrath of Typhoon Yolanda that killed thousands of Filipinos.
9. Clark International Airport (CRK)
As what most of the people recommend, if you want to avoid the hustles of the streets in Manila, Clark International Airport is your best option. Carrying 1,309,883 total passengers based on CAAP Statistics on 2012, Clark International Airport is the 9th busiest airport in the Philippines located in the heart of Central Luzon in Angeles, Pampanga.
It’s former name was Diosdado Macapagal International Airport. The airports was a former american air force base which was handed over the Philippine Government on 1991. Today, Clark International Airport is also an alternative to the most congested airport in the Philippines.
8. Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS)
Puerto Princesa International Airport passengers are increasing every year. On 2012, it reached up to 1,322,925 total served passengers from 988,972 on the previous year. Mainly because, it is jump off point to the one of the 7 wonders of the world, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River.
Puerto Princesa International Airport is located in Palawan. The sweet increase of passengers is due to the increasing popularity of said to be the best island in the world, Palawan. If you are curious about it, visit Top 10 Most Visited Tourist Spots in Palawan 2015.
7. Bacolod-Silay International Airport (BCD)
Being the primary gateway to the Negros Island, Bacolod-Silay International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the Philippines that served up to 1,518,417 total passengers on 2012 based on the report published by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. It is located just near Bacolod City in Barangay Bagtic, Silay City.
The airport costs 4 Billion Pesos. On 2009, the airport’s expansion for 1, 600 feet runway was approved with a budget of 500 Million Pesos making it capable of handling aircraft as big as Airbus A330.
6. Lumbia Airport (CGY)
Lumbia Airport is one of the busiest airports located in Mindanao, actually the 2nd busiest airport in Mindanao. It is also called as Cagayan de Oro Airport carrying a total of 1,614,157 passengers on 2012. The airport is located in Barangay Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City.
Lumbia Airport is a major domestic airport serving flights in most of the other airports in the Philippines except international flights. On June 15, 2013, Laguindingan Airport replaced Lumbia Airport. Lumbia Airport now serves as air base for the Philippine Air Force.
5. Kalibo International Airport (KLO)
Kalibo International Airport is yet one of the busiest airports in Visayas. It is mainly because, its is serving general part of Kalibo and Boracay. Because Boracay is one of the best tourist attractions in the Philippines, Kalibo International Airport is one of the fast growing airports in the Philippines that served 1,832,168 passengers on 2012.
It boasts its sweet statistics when it comes to international flights. It’s busiest on holidays because lots of tourist are flying to and out of Boracay. It is serving flights to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei and more. The airport is located in Barangay Pook, Kalibo, Aklan.
4. Iloilo International Airport (ILO)
Iloilo International Airport is the 2nd Busiest Airport in Visayas and 4th in the Philippines. It serves major domestic destinations like Davao, Cebu and Manila. It is located in Cabatuan, Iloilo that had a total passenger count of 1,854,427 on 2012.
It is considered to be one of the most modern and beautiful airports in the Philippines. The completion of the construction of this airport took around 30 months and also known as one of the largest airport in the Philippines. Iloilo City is also known to be the most livable city in the Philippines 2015.
3. Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO)
Francisco Bangoy International Airport is the busiest airport in Mindanao and 3rd in the Philippines with 2,963,243 total served passengers. The airport was located in Davao City which is also called as the Davao International Airport.
Since Davao City is a tourism and a foreign multi-million investment hub, the airports is pushing towards upgrading its facilities. It was praised of having the latest security, navigational and baggage handling equipment. Davao City is also considered to be the Safest City in the Philippines 2015.
2. Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB)
Mactan- Cebu International Airport is the busiest airport in Visayas the 2nd in the Philippines. It is located in Lapu-Lapu City, Metro Cebu covering an area of 797 hectares. On 2012, it served 6,712,293 total passengers! It is because Cebu is one of the most progressive cities in the Philippines which is the center of commerce and industry in Visayas.
It boasts being the most viable airport for Antonov 225, the largest aircraft in the world. It landed safely in Mactan – Cebu International Airport which was its first time to land in Philippine territory.
1. Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
The most congested and the busiest airport in the Philippines is the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) with a jaw-dropping 31,878,935 total passengers served as of 2012 from CAAP Statistics. It is located between the borders of Pasay and Parañaque serving the capital city of the Philippines, Manila and its metropolitan areas.
Since its the primary gateway to the world, its total passenger count defines how busy is this airport making it one of the busiest airports in ASIA. It was named after the assassinated Late Sentor of the Philippines, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr.