Top 10 Busiest Philippine Airports in 2008

Because of the archipelagic set-up of the Philippines, airports are an important means of inter-island transportation. Here is a list of the 10 busiest airports in the country according to passenger movement in 2008 (also included are cargo movement and aircraft movement).

Top 10 Busiest Airport in the Philippines in 2008:

Passenger Movement Growth Cargo
(in 1k kgs.) Movement
Aircraft Movement

1. Ninoy Aquino (Manila) International Airport

22,253,158 7.5% 355,149 322,450

2. Mactan – Cebu International Airport

3,642,862 -10.5% 45,403 46,206

3. Fransisco Bangoy (Davao) International Airport

1,692,877 8.9% 53,303 16,194

4. Iloilo Airport

1,073,907 7.1% 9,360 12,160

5. Lumbia (Cagayan de Oro) Airport

902,184 28.4% 11,035 7,260
6. Bacolod – Silay Airport 843,488 7.3% 8,245 9,860

7. Caticlan Airport

761,961 39.9% 6,275 23,686

8. Tacloban Airport

627,201 22.7% 4,547 5,238

9. Puerto Prinsesa International Airport

481,756 22.9% 5,071 5,488

10. Zamboanga International Airport

469,540 -3.2% 6,061 6,404

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila), the capital and primary international gateway to the Philippines, leads the pack with a wide margin followed by Cebu and Davao, which are both the largest urban centers of Visayas and Mindanao (island groups) respectively. The rest are mostly progressive regional capitals (Iloilo, Zamboanga, Puerto Prinsesa, Tacloban, Cagayan de Oro) except for the airports in Bacolod – Silay and Caticlan. Bacolod – Silay Airport serves the (also progressive) Bacolod City and Negros Occidental Province. While Caticlan is one of two airports in Aklan, which cater to tourists bound for Boracay Island. It is important to note that if the passenger traffic both Caticlan and Kalibo (the capital of Aklan) are combined, the figures are enough to take the number 4 position.

Moreover, 5 airports in the top 10 are all located in the Visayas Island Group, which,  mostly likely, is because of its central location, island geography, and popular tourist attractions (especially in the case of Cebu and Caticlan Airports).

Due to increased air movement, some of the airports are already undergoing expansions or building a bigger facility in a more spacious location such as in the case of Lumbia (Cagayan de Oro) and Caticlan Airports. The airports in Iloilo and Bacolod have already finished their expansions two years ago, and is now enjoying modern facilities and increased arrivals.

Modern Passenger Terminal of the new Iloilo Airport located 40 minutes outside of Iloilo City

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2 thoughts on “Top 10 Busiest Philippine Airports in 2008”

    I wish the routes below will open this year.——–
    -Iloilo to Hong Kong
    -Iloilo to Singapore
    -Iloilo to Shanghai-Pudong
    -Iloilo to Beijing
    -Iloilo to Seoul-Incheon
    -Iloilo to Busan
    -Iloilo to Tokyo-Narita
    And in the future—
    -Iloilo to Honolulu
    -Iloilo to Guam
    -Iloilo to Guanzhou
    -Iloilo to Riyadh
    -Iloilo to Doha
    -Iloilo to Kuala Lumpur
    -Iloilo to Sydney
    -Iloilo to Los Angeles
    -Iloilo to Osaka
    -Iloilo to Zamboanga
    -Iloilo to Clark
    -Iloilo to San Jose de Buenavista
    -Iloilo to Cotabato
    -Iloilo to Butuan
    -Iloilo to Puerto Princesa
    -Iloilo to Masbate
    -Iloilo to Caticlan
    -Iloilo to Kalibo
    ………Iloilo International Airport has reached at lumagpas sa expected 1 million plus (+) passenger movements…and maybe need a fresh expansion…
    1.) Maybe adding or renovating the Terminal and add new 2 or 3 Passenfer Jetways (So if finished 6 jetways na)
    2.) And add taxiways to connect the ends of the runway
    3.) Buit a New Terminal that will have 10 to 15 or 20 Jetways —-to cater International Flights…

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