Philippines Domestic Air Transportation
Air fares in the Philippines are cheap. In November 2007 CEBU PACIFIC started an action, giving away 10,000 tickets for 1 (yes one!) peso. They say, that every pinoy should fly at least once in his life. The fares for hops between the islands are from 350 to 4000 peso depending on the
season, on the airline and the route. South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) are rather expensive, but they deserve small and very small islands. In 2007 SEAIR was the only company to deserve the small island of Camiguin.
But be warned: the fares displayed are only a part of the price you pay.
There are multiple taxes and fees. We recommend to multiply the displayed price by two. And there are always the terminal fees for departing travellers. They are usually modest for domestic terminals, from PHP 20.00 in the province up to PHP 200.00 in Manila and Cebu.
Domestic Airlines deserving the Philippines Islands
The list shows the situation by August 2009. There are airlines appearing and disappearing. Airports open and close because of weather conditions and repair works. The newest creation is AirphilExpress born of the reorganization of PALexpress and Air Philippines.
There are more flights to certain destinations during high season. There are also destinations which are only served during high season. Before you plan your trip, inquire about timetables by clicking on the airline names in the table below.
Make sure you have enough spare time. Weather condtions may change very fast and your flight may be delayed or even cancelled. Avoid stress and do not create a too tight schedule.
Tel : +63 2 855-8888
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is a member of the Lucio Tan Group of Companies.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) accepts all major credit cards for booking on the Internet.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights usually are on time. If there are delays, PAL take care of their customers.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) operates exclusively from NAIA-2.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) shares codes with PALexpress and Air Philippines. You never know with what company you fly. Depending on the company that operates your flight, you have more or less baggage allowance.
Tel: +63 (2) 8517601 loc 781-83
Reservations: +63 (2) 8559000
AirphilExpress is a member of the Lucio Tan Group of Companies.
AirphilExpress' free luggage allowance is 15kg (10kg from/to Caticlan). The excess baggage fee is PHP 100 per kilogram plus 12% VAT. Service on board is cash only. (BYO is allowed).
Tel: +63 2 70 20 888
Tel: +63 32 230 8888
Cebu Pacific Air was founded in 1996 and is a low-cost airline based in Philippines.
Cebu Pacific Air is a subsidiary airline owned by JG Summit Holdings.
Cebu Pacific Air has the youngest fleet of aircrafts in the Philippines.
Cebu Pacific Air tickets are really cheap. But beware of taxes and fees.
Cebu Pacific Air operates from NAIA-3.
Cebu Pacific Air is on time in the morning, but often late in the afternoon.
Cebu Pacific Air does not accept foreign credit cards for Internet booking. The error message displayed is wrong!
Cebu Pacific Air has only restricted on board service. Drinks and snacks have to be paid.
Cebu Pacific Air does not check through your luggage. If you have to transfer in Manila, you have to fetch your luggage and re-check in for the next leg.
Tel: +63 2 851 1801
Asian Spirit is dead - long live ZestAir! Hmm, maybe! Read also "negative".
ZestAir operates from the old Domestic Airport in Manila.
ZestAir flies to destinations where no other domestic airline flies.
ZestAir accepts all major credit cards for Internet bookings.
ZestAir had two accidents in spring 2009. Both accidents happened on Caticlan airport. This accidents made the authorities shut Caticlan airport temporarily.
ZestAir flies Airbus 320 and China made MA60. After a flight in an MA60 your ears and your back need an urgent overhaul.
South East Asian Airlines
Tel: +63 2 849 0100
Fax: +63 2 849 0219
or +63 2 849 0239
South East Asian Airlines ( SEAIR ) was established and started operations in 1995.
South East Asian Airlines ( SEAIR ) flies to destinations where no other domestic airline flies.
South East Asian Airlines ( SEAIR ) is at this moment the only airline that is allowed to fly to Caticlan (Boracay) airport.
South East Asian Airlines ( SEAIR ) accepts all major credit cards for Internet bookings.
South East Asian Airlines ( SEAIR ) operates from the old Domestic Airport in Manila.
South East Asian Airlines ( SEAIR ) is rather expensive compared with the other Philippines domestic airlines.
South East Asian Airlines ( SEAIR ) shuts down routes without informing passengers. So seen in summer 2008 in Camiguin.
Domestic Airports in the Philippines
You are looking for a 2nd class domestic airport in the Philippines or you even do not know, if you will land on a dirt strip or a concrete runway. You may wonder about the distance between the airport and your resort. We help you. The list below contains all Philippines airports with their codes and their current status. When you click on the airport name, you get a Google map of the region with
the exact airport position marked. When you click on the bubble you get a photo of the airport. Using Google Earth you can mesure the distance between the airport and your destination.
Only few domestic airports are equiped with an Instrument Landing System (ILS). Some are equiped with a VOR, a sort of radio beacon.
So, the domestic flights are based on Visual Flight Rules (VFR). This is usually no problem because the Philippine's pilots are among the best in the world. But when there is heavy weather with either very low cloud levels or strong lateral winds, the pilots take no risks and either land on a saver airport or do even return.
|Airport||FAA / IATA||ICAO||Island||Classification|
|Angeles City (Clark)||CRK||RPLC||Luzon (central)||International airport|
|Alabat Island Quezon||n/a||RPLY||Alabat||Community airport|
|Bacolod||BCD||RPVB||Negros (east))||Class 1 principal airport|
|Baguio||BAG||RPUB||Luzon (north)||Class 2 principal airport|
|Baler||BQA||RPUR||Luzon (centre)||Community airport|
|Bascao||BSO||RPUO||Batan Islands||Class 2 principal airport|
|Bislig||BPH||RPMF||Mindanao (east)||Community airport|
|Bongao||SGS||RPMN||Tawitawi (Sulu)||Class 2 principal airport|
|Buenavista||n/a||n/a||Guimaras||Unclassified domestic airport|
|Bulan||n/a||RPUU||Luzon (Bicol)||Under work (June 2008)|
|Butuan||BXU||RPME||Mindanao (north)||open, but work in progress|
|Cagayan de Oro||CGY||RPML||Mindanao (north)||International airport|
|Calbayog||CYP||RPVC||Samar||Class 2 principal airport|
|Camiguin (Mambajao)||CGM||RPMH||Camiguin||Class 2 principal airport|
|Castillejos||n/a||RPUJ||Luzon (centre)||Community airport|
|Catarman||CRM||RPVF||Samar||Class 2 principal airport|
|Caticlan||MPH||RPVE||Boracay (Panay)||Class 1 principal airport|
|Cauayan||CYZ||RPUY||Luzon (north)||Community airport|
|Cebu City||CEB||RPVM||Cebu (Mactan)||International airport|
|Cotabato||CBO||RPMC||Mindanao (south)||Class 1 principal airport|
|Daet||DTE||RPUD||Luzon (Bicol)||Community airport|
|Davao||DVO||RPMD||Mindanao (south)||International airport|
|Dipolog||DPL||RPMG||Mindanao (north)||Class 1 principal airport|
|Dumaguete||DGT||RPVD||Negros (west)||Class 1 principal airport|
|El Nido||ENI||n/a||Palawan||Unclassified domestic airport|
|Floridablanca||n/a||RPUF||Luzon (central)||Community airport|
|Fort Magsaysay||n/A||RPLV||Luzon (central)||Community airport|
|General Santos||GES||RPMB||Mindanao (south)||International airport|
|Gasan||MRQ||RPUW||Marinduque||Class 2 principal airport|
|Iba||n/a||RPUI||Luzon (centre)||Community airport|
|Iligan||IGN||RPMI||Mindanao (north)||To be replaced|
|Iloilo||ILO||RPVI||Panay (south)||Class 1 principal airport|
|Jolo||JOL||RPMJ||Minadano (south)||Class 2 principal airport|
|Jomalig Island Quezon||n/a||RPLJ||Jomalig||Community airport|
|Jose Panganiban||n/a||RPUP||Luzon (Bicol)||Community airport|
|Kalibo||KLO||RPVK||Panay (Aklan)||International airport|
|Laoag||LAO||RPLI||Luzon (north)||International airport|
|Lapu-Lapu||n/a||RPMT||Mindanao (south)||Community airport|
|Legazpi||LGP||RPLP||Luzon (Bicol)||International airport (plan)|
|Lingayan||n/a||RPUG||Luzon (north)||Community airport|
|Lipa||n/a||RPUL||Luzon (Batangas)||Community airport|
|Lucena||n/a||RPUE||Luzon (south)||Community airport|
|Malabang||n/a||RPMM||Mindanao (south)||Community airport|
|Malaybalay||n/a||RPMY||Mindanao (centre)||Community airport|
|Manila||MNL||RPLL||Luzon (centre)||International airport|
|Masbate||MBT||RPVJ||Masbate||Class 2 principal airport|
|Naga||WNP||RPUN||Luzon (Bicol)||Class 1 principal airport|
|Ormoc||OMC||RPVO||Leyte||Class 2 principal airport|
|Ozamis||OZC||RPMO||Mindanao (north)||Community airport|
|Pagadian||n/a||RPMP||Mindanao (south)||Class 1 principal airport|
|Plaridel||n/a||RPUX||Luzon (centre)||Community airport|
|Puerto Princesa||PPS||RPVP||Palawan||International airport|
|Roxas||RXS||RPVR||Panay (Capiz)||Community airport|
|San Fernando||SFE||RPUS||Luzon (north)||closed since 2008|
|San Jose (Antique)||n/a||RPVS||Panay (Antique)||Class 2 principal airport|
|San Jose||n/a||RPJH||Mindoro||Class 1 principal airport|
|Sangley Point||NSP||RPLS||Luzon (centre)||Community airport|
|Sorsogon||n/a||RPLZ||Luzon (Bicol)||Community airport|
|Subic Bay||SFS||RPLB||Luzon (centre)||International airport|
|Surallah||AAV||RPMA||Mindanao (south)||Community airport|
|Surigao||SUG||RPMS||Mindanao (north)||Class 2 principal airport|
|Tacloban||TAC||RPVA||Leyte||Class 1 principal airport|
|Tagbilaran||TAG||RPVT||Bohol||Class 1 principal airport|
|Tambler||n/a||RPMR||Mindanao (south)||Community airport|
|Tandag||TDG||RPMW||Mindanao (north)||Class 2 principal airport|
|Taytay||RZP||n/a||Palawan||Unclassified domestic airport|
|Tuguegarao||TUG||RPUT||Luzon (north)||Class 1 principal airport|
|Vigan||n/a||RPUQ||Luzon (north)||Community airport|
|Virac||VRC||RPUV||Catanduanes||Class 2 principal airport|
|Zamboanga||ZAM||RPMZ||Mindanao (south)||International airport|
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