Iloilo’s new airport – a big improvement from the old one

I went to Manila today from Iloilo and the airport I went to was the new Iloilo Airport located at Cabatuan. It was a 30 minute drive (we were lucky since we did not have lots of traffic) from the city and it looks very different when compared to the old airport located at Mandurriao.

The road leading to the airport is just a thin stretch of highway where there’s only two lanes for a two way traffic. However, when we reached Cabatuan, the road widened. I call it the airport road since I don’t know how to call it but it looks different than the road we were before. It is wider with some landscaping.

Upon arriving at the airport, there was a security guard handing out some push carts. No porters can be found. What happened to them? Were they also deactivated just like the old airport? We asked where the departure was and it was just the door in front of us. hehe… As I entered the door, it leads straight to the x-ray machine then just a few meters in front you can see the counters where you can check-in. Very easy and straight to the point.

After checking in, you have to go up to the third floor for the waiting area. You can use the stairs, escalator or the elevator. I used the stairs to prove that my legs are goooooood. hehe On the third floor, you can find some stalls for pasalubongs and also there’s a shop by Coffee Break. I checked out the prices and was surprised that the prices were not jacked up (compared to Manila’s airport, super jacked up prices). The terminal fee is still P30 even if the facilities are similar to what you can see in NAIA2 that charges a whooping P200 terminal fee.

So I ate at Coffee break, ham and cheese plus a choco oreo frappe. Yummy yeah!

I went into the waiting area and started to take more pictures of my surrounding. In conclusion, the new airport looks very good! I heard that it was going to be turned to an international airport but I can see only four gateways to airplanes. Perhaps there is a different section for domestic and international flights, that I don’t know.

To end this post, let me relate a mini booboo the announcer made earlier when he told us it was boarding time.
Flight 144 is departing now… (long pause) Passengers please board the plane first…


2 Responses to “Iloilo’s new airport – a big improvement from the old one”

  1. 1 edel July 3, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    *lol* funny yun ah! hehe πŸ™‚

    Wow Iloilo’s airport is really nice, which is more than I can say for Zambo’s airport. hahah Tagal na wala paring improvement πŸ˜›

    Welcome back to Manila! πŸ˜›

  2. 2 silkenhut July 3, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    hi edel hehe thanks for the welcome back. hehe
    Another thing to mention, the airport is not crowded, I could run around there and won’t bump into anyone. Perhaps it is due to the much bigger land area, compared to the old one. And of course, it is fully air conditioned.. sarap.. haha

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