Iloilo International Airport is located on Cabatuan Island in the Philippines. Iloilo International Airport is 15 miles from Cabatuan’s Iloilo City, and is a major hub for the Cebu Pacific Airline, meaning that it has access to many other locations within the Pacific and also Asia.
Iloilo itself is not very populous, though tourists may be interested in its historical landmarks, Catholic shrines and graveyards, and its yearly festivals. Many people speak English in Iloilo, but the vast majority speak Tagalog instead.
Airlines That Fly To Iloilo International Airport
Though it claims to be an international airport, Iloilo International Airport is only served by Air Juan, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and Philippines AirAsia. This means that Iloilo International Airport’s international connections are only available via Cebu Pacific, and only to Hong Kong and Singapore.
When To Book A Flight To Iloilo
Festival season is the time to be around Iloilo, which corresponds to the Easter season. We’ll do our best to make sure that our suite of services here at Skyscanner gets you the best rates at the best times, but Iloilo is a tough destination to find deals for.
Travel won’t be significantly more expensive during these times, but be sure to setup and keep an eye on our price alert tool.
What To Expect When Arriving At Iloilo
Iloilo International Airport is a fully featured airport, meaning that you’ll be able to eat, shop, bathe, get your currencies exchanged, and contract several types of transport. Enjoy the air conditioning and free wi-fi before stepping out into the hot air of Iloilo, which is seldom any more temperate than in the spring.
There is intermittent shuttle bus service to and from Iloilo City, but it’s quite unreliable so you should probably contract a taxi. The taxi drivers of Iloilo nearly always prefer the fixed rate pricing option to go from the airport to downtown.
What To See And Do In Iloilo
Iloilo itself isn’t exactly a tourist destination, but there are a few sights to see if you’re interested in Catholicism or Philippine history. The must-see monument in Iloilo is the Tree of Bondage, which is an imposing and ugly reminder of the Spanish occupation of the Philippines during the colonial period.
Aside from the Tree of Bondage, there’s also the Baluarte Shrine, the Cabatuan Cemetary, and the San Nicholas de Tolentino Church. Each of these attractions references the Spanish colonial period as well as the Catholic identity which the Spanish imparted onto the Philippines as a result.
The church is particularly impressive and features some beautiful metalwork in the sacristy, and is bizarrely pyramid shaped. Don’t touch any of the metal, as it’s quite old and has already oxidized extensively. It’s said that the statue of the Virgin Mary in the sacristy shed tears of joy at the end of the colonial period, though there’s no proof to be found today.
It’s customary to leave a donation if you drop by as a tourist rather than as a pilgrim or worshipper.