Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Davao International Airport

Davao International Airport

The Davao International Airport, formerly known as Francisco Bangoy International Airport, is Mindanao's international gateway to countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, and Indonesia; and to the rest of the Philippines: Cebu, Zamboanga, and Manila. It is the busiest airport in Mindanao. 

The Malay architecture-inspired terminal building costs P1 billion.

The $128 million state-of-the-art international airport can handle approximately 2 million passengers annually, and 84,600 tons of cargo annually. The airport's new Malay architecture-inspired terminal building costs P1 billion, and is four times bigger than the old airport terminal. It is highly computerized, more secure, and has more commercial spaces ( approximately 9,000 sq. m ) for its concessionaires. The terminal has 14 domestic and international counters that can handle a steady flow of passenger traffic. It is equipped with the latest navigational, security, and baggage handling equipments. The Check-In counters have electronic weighing scales, conveyors, and its baggage handling system is also highly computerized. It has four units of boarding bridges for passengers, where baggage are regularly screened three times prior to passenger boarding. A Flight Information Display System, and a Closed Circuit Television System complement the terminal's security system.

The 209-hectare airport was constructed in four years’ time, and was officially inaugurated and opened to the public on December 2, 2003. The airport has a single 3,000-meter precision runway that can accommodate wide-body aircraft. The Landing Instrumentation System (ILS) for its Runways 05 and 23 is compliant to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) operating category - Precision Approach Category 1. It can accommodate 8 to 10 aircraft landings per hour, and has 8 gate holding areas for aircraft.

The upgraded airport was funded through a loan from the Asian Development Bank in 1994, which provided $41 million, while the European Investment Bank provided $23 million. The original cost of the project was $105 million but due to foreign exchange escalation costs, the Asian financial crisis, and land acquisition costs, total cost of the Project amounted to $128 million.

The airport's Air Traffic Control Tower is considered as one of the most sophisticated in the Philippines. Besides the main terminal building, there are also support facilities: Administration Building, the Central Plant Building, Airfield Maintenance Building, and Fire, Crash and Rescue Building. The facilities have a 688-slot car parking space, and 4 slots for shuttle buses. It has a 3-megawatt standby power generator. There are also 2 Mabuhay lounges of Philippine Airlines inside the airport premises.

The old airport


The old Francisco Bangoy International Airport began its operations in the 1940s, and were in use until 2003. The land in which the airport is situated ( Barangay Sasa, Buhangin district of Davao City ), was donated by Francisco Bangoy, a patriarch of an influential family residing in the city. At the time it began its operations, the airport merely consisted of a 1,200-meter unpaved, grassy runway and Quonset huts serving as terminal buildings. And throughout much of the 1940s and 1950s, both Philippine Airlines and the Philippine Air Force provided air service to the city.

Another photograph of the airport

By 1959, the terminal consisted of a small control tower and several low-rise buildings. Later, a new terminal which was designed by renowned Filipino architect Leandro Locsin, was constructed in 1980, with a capacity of one million passengers, and the runway was progressively extended from its original length of 1,200 meters to its current 3,000 meters. Both projects were funded during the term of then Congressman Manuel Garcia, whose congressional district covered the entire airport perimeter.

The rapid growth of the airport precipitated the construction of a P15 million interim international terminal beside the airport's then-existing terminal, and then eventually a new, larger terminal building which would consolidate the two existing terminals. In planning since 1992, construction of the new Davao International Airport began in 2000, and was subsequently inaugurated on December 2, 2003, with a capacity double than that of the old airport terminal. 

The airport's Air Traffic Control Tower 
is considered as one of the most sophisticated in the Philippines. 

The airport has a single 3,000-meter precision runway 
that can accommodate wide-body aircraft. 

The runway at night

Bird's eye-view of the 209-hectare airport 

Bird's eye-view of the airport's runway

The airport can accommodate wide-bodied aircraft, 
and depending on size, the runway can accommodate 8 to 10 aircraft landings per hour.

The terminal has four units of these boarding bridges for passengers.

The $128 million state-of-the-art international airport 
can handle approximately 2 million passengers annually.

And can handle 84,600 tons of cargo annually.

The terminal has approximately 9,000 sq. m of commercial spaces 
for its concessionaires.

The terminal has 14 domestic and international counters 
that can handle a steady flow of passenger traffic.

It is equipped with the latest navigational, security, 
and baggage handling equipments.

Leading to the Departure Area

Baggage Check-In Counters

Banner of Cebu Pacific 
Airbus A320

The Pre-Departure Holding Area

One section of the Pre-Departure Holding Area

Main Departure Lounge

Door to the VIP Lounge

Mabuhay Lounge

Other side of the Mabuhay Lounge

Below are the four major Philippine domestic airline carriers serviced by the airport:

Philippine Airlines 
( The country's flag carrier )

Philippine Airlines 
PNB Financial Center 
Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Avenue 
CCP Complex, Pasay City 
Email webmgr@pal.com.ph
Philippine Airline Official Homepage www.philippineairlines.com

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) location 
NAIA 1 - Ninoy Aquino Avenue, Pasay City 
NAIA Centennial Terminal 2 -  MIA Road, Pasay City 
NAIA 3 - Andrews Avenue, Pasay City
Manila, Philippines (24 hours) 
Tel (632) 855-8888 

Flight Information/Tours and Packages
(632) 855-8888 

Mabuhay Miles Service Center 
2/F Power Realty Building (Across Anson's Building) 
1012 A. Arnaiz (Formerly Pasay Road) 
1223 Makati City 
Email mabuhaymiles@pal.com.ph

Mabuhay Miles Call Center
Tel Manila - (632) 855-8888 
Fax (632) 556-2800 

Baggage Tracing Services 
Mezzanine Level, South Wing 
NAIA Centennial Terminal 2 
Old Mia Road, Pasay City 1300 
Tel (632) 851-3011 and 832-2939 
Fax (632) 879-6028 
Email baggage_tracing@pal.com.ph

Cargo Reservations 
Manila, Philippines 
Tel (632) 831-3061 and 832-3059 
Fax (632) 832-3063

Corporate Sales  
3rd Floor, PAL Learning Center 
540 Padre Faura Corner Adriatico 
Ermita, Manila 
Tel (632) 855-8555 
Fax (632) 522-1965 
Email  pr_corporate@pal.com.ph

Customer Relations
3F Mezzanine PNB Financial Center 
Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Avenue 
CCP Complex, Pasay City 
Tel (632) 777-5939     
Fax (632) 777-5928 
Email wecare@pal.com.ph

Air Philippines
Davao Ticket Office
Filipino-Japanese Friendship Highway
Davao International Airport
Diversion Road, Buhangin, Davao City
Tel (082) 234-2759 and (082) 234-2969

Air Philippines Official Homepage www.airphilexpress.com

Head Office
R1 Hangar, APC Gate 1
Andrews Avenue, Nichols, Pasay City
Tel (02) 851-7601

Manila Tel (02) 855-9000
Cebu Tel (032) 505-1616
Email: reservations@airphilexpress.com

Domestic Airport Ticket Office
Domestic Airport, Airport Road, Pasay City
Tel (02) 851-2180
Fax (02) 551-7881

Makati Ticket Office
Charter House, 114 Legaspi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City
Tel (02) 892-1459
Fax  (02) 892-2071

NAIA Terminal 3 Ticket Office
Level 3, Departure Area, Andrews Avenue, Nichols, Pasay City
Tel (02) 469-9535 and (082) 386-2235

Cebu Pacific
Airline Operations Center Building 
Manila Domestic Airport Complex 
Old Domestic Road, Pasay City 
Philippines 1301 
Tel +63-2-70-20-888
Cebu Pacific Official Homepage www.cebupacificair.com

Zest Air Davao Sales
Door 7 and 8 JM Building
Governor Sales St., Davao City
Tel (082) 222-4281 and  (082) 222-4452
Fax (082) 224-2597
Zest Air Official Homepage www.zestair.com.ph


  1. HI I saw your blog in travel blogroll badge . glad you're also blogging about... I ablog about davao too in fact taga davao ko.. you might want to exchange link with me and visit my blog too ... ;)

  2. Hello Vernz, I just visited your blog and added you to my roaster of links as you requested. It is surely nice to know of a fellow blogger like you who is very passionate about Davao City. I started this blog only last April 2011, and I'm trying to get my blog as much exposure as I can with a view in mind of letting the whole world know about Davao City and its people. Thank you for your comments, and I hope you will drop-in again for fresh posts and updates.

  3. Hello! I have a scheduled trip to Davao this December. When I got the chance to glance upon your website link after searching about Davao City in Google - I took no second thoughts of viewing and reading all of your articles since last year! Thank you for doing this wonderful and very informative blog about Davao and its nearby places. Your blog has increased my excitement in visiting the city! I am from Manila, by the way, and I love doing solo travelling. Nice 'meeting' you sir through your blog! More power and Godbless -Marc

  4. Hi, Marc DC. Thank you for your very nice comments. Davao City has progressed much over the years in view of the strong, dynamic, and benevolent leadership of the Dutertes and unwavering support of the local government and its constituents. From the "Murder Capital of the Philippines," just two decades ago, Davao City now holds the distinction as one of the safest and livable cities not only in Asia but in the entire world as well. Peace and order, economic stability and sustainability of growth are among the primary components investors are considering prior to making substantial investments in a certain place. The number of tourists, foreign and domestic alike who are visiting the city is overwhelming. The last two decades have seen a tremendous increase in the number of hotels, convention centers, shopping malls, resorts, restaurants, cafes being erected in the city. Davao City is the 5th richest city outside of Metro Manila, next to Makati, Manila, Quezon City and Pasig. You will see all these when you visit Davao City on December. I hope you will drop-in again for fresh posts and updates.

  5. Davao is one of the innovative place now in the Philippines. I visited Davao once and I find it really a nice place to visit. We are planning to make our team building there and I am pretty sure that this going to be a great and unforgettable experience. I am glad that I visited your worth reading post. Big thanks.

  6. Hi, can I use some of the photos from these article for my airport review of Davao? Thanks.

    1. Hi, Ian. By all means, please feel free to use any of the materials contained in this post as you deem useful for your airport review. good luck.

  7. Hello! Matanong ko lang po kung ano yung mga restricted items na hinohold sa terminal?

  8. is Davao city have custom?

  9. The terminal has 14 domestic and international counters that can handle a steady flow of passenger traffic. It is equipped with the latest navigational, security, and baggage handling equipments. private jet charter


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