By Tara Yap
Iloilo City — The travel website “The Guide to Sleeping in Airports” recently named the Iloilo International Airport as the 12th best airport in Asia.
The airport was shut down for several days after a passenger aircraft veered off and stalled off the runway upon landing.
Iloilo International Airport also outranked all other Philippine airports on the list.
Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Cebu ranked 13th, Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao ranked 17th and Clark International Airport in Pampanga ranked 22nd.
The airport located in Cabatuan and Sta. Barbara towns caters to 42 inbound and outbound flights daily.
It also caters to weekly international flights to and from Hong Kong and Singapore.
Of all the Philippine airports listed, the Iloilo International Airport is relatively new.
It opened in June 2007 and replaced the more than 50-year-old airport in Iloilo City, which has been transformed into a township by property developer Megaworld Corp.
Senator Franklin Drilon, an Ilonggo, was instrumental in pushing for the airport’s feasibility study and the construction was funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).