Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Probably the Best in the Philippines

PROS: Modern, comfortable, smooth access road, nice view of countryside

CONS: Rather small check-in area

Iloilo International Airport (ILO) is, at the moment, probably the best-looking and most efficient airport in the Philippines. Located about 19 kilometers from the center of Iloilo City, ILO can be accessed by a smooth 4-lane highway from the city up to the town of Sta. Barbara, and by a landscaped access road from there, up to the terminal.

Parking is not a problem as there are enough slots for everyone. The cavernous outside waiting area may not be air-conditioned, but it is breezy, as ILO is located amidst lush vegetation amongst the plains and rolling hills.

The check-in area is a bit small, but it is efficient. The ILO terminal is a modern building made of glass and steel. It has pocket gardens inside and outside, and has all the facilities of a world-class airport terminal. Most of all, it is ably served by a courteous staff. Ten minutes after checking in, you will be comfortably seated in the departure lounge, enjoying the bucolic and soothing view, while sipping your hot brew.




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