Bacolod Silay International Airport, also known in Filipino as Paliparan ng Bacolod-Silay, officially began operations and opened its doors in January 2008 to Bacolod City and nearby destinations include Silay City. It is now the main airport that serves the province of Negros Oriental and Negros del Norte, mostly used by the people in Silay and Bacolod cities.
The complex has a main passenger terminal with three floors. You can check in at the first floor where the check-in counter is located. The first floor also holds the public concourse and the arrival area. If you are looking for more information about Bacolod City, you can approach the person on duty in the visitor information desk or several roving policemen who are ready to help you at the first floor.
You can also grab free tourist information leaflets and brochures available for you to refer later during your stay in Bacolod City. For business class passengers, you can head your way to the Mabuhay Lounge operated by the Philippine Airlines on the second floor and the third floor is where you can spend time watching the planes fly at the viewing deck.
Getting To And Fro
Since Bacolod Silay International Airport is located in Barangay Bagtic in Silay City far away from Bacolod City, getting in and out of the Bacolod Silay International Airport will be challenging. If you travel in a group and want to get to Bacolod City in a hurry, you might want to hail a taxi at the arrival area to share the transport cost which can be expensive.
The journey from Bacolod Silay International Airport to Bacolod City will be an estimate of a short 30-minutes ride. There are also public vehicles that offer shuttle services which include vans you can take. Van shuttle services start as early as before dawn and end at before sundown. Do take note that the public shuttle vans will not leave until the capacity is fully seated with passengers.
For those who are coming to Bacolod Silay International Airport, you are highly advised not to take a taxi because it will just cost more than the public fare vans offer unless you are traveling in a group of four. Other cheaper transport alternatives include getting a ride in a jeepney or in a tricycle if you want to go to nearby destinations in Silay City.
Services And Facilities
No time to buy gift tokens for everyone, don’t sweat! There are several stores near the Bacolod Silay International Airport’s main entrance gate that you can do last minute shopping before you go back home. They sell an array of items including sweet local delicacies, magazines and Bacolod apparels. The only available stores at the boarding lounge are coffee shops and a small spa centre, so make sure to buy some food, snacks and beverages outside before going into the boarding lounge. Airlines include Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Tigerair Philippines operate at Bacolod Silay International Airport which flies to some of the common destinations like Cebu, Davao and Manila.