Laoag International Airport

Laoag International Airport is the northern most airport in the Philippines, and is the only airport that serves the capital city Laoag, of the province of Ilocos Norte.

The locals of the region are believed to be Malay in origin. When the Spanish Conquistadors had Manila under control, they moved north and arrived in the area in 1571.

The Spanish colonization though not entirely successful, left a permanent imprint on the region. The change in the landscape brought about by the Christianization the Spanish put into motion can still be observed today.

The population of the area grew to an extent it became difficult to manage. The Spanish then split the area, dividing Ilocos Norte from Ilocos Sur, with Laoag City as the new capital for the former.  


The growing demands of the capital began putting pressure on the airport that serves it. This relatively small airport served close to 200, 000 passengers in 2008. The region is also seeing a rise in tourists, and consequently a growing tourism industry. The airport is currently served by four airlines.

Cebu Pacific, Philippines Airlines, Sky Pasada bring in passengers from domestic locations, and Mandarin Airlines brings in international passengers from Kaohsiung. This one terminal airport is also a popular charter destination for tourists from Mainland China.

Arrival at Laoag International Airport is fairly straightforward. Getting off the plane, you walk to the air-conditioned terminal building, and collect your baggage from the baggage carousel.

If you did not make a booking for your flight out, there are ticket sales counters at the airport.

Services and Facilities

Whether you are visiting the area for region’s famed beaches or the casino, you will find all the information you need at the information desk in the arrival area. The friendly and helpful staff will be able to answer your queries.

The airport is located about 7km away from the Laoag City, and the airport provides a shuttle service. Many local hotels and accommodations also provide airport transfers, so be sure to check. Alternatively, you can choose to take a tricycle into the city. Information for transport is available at the information desk along with maps and brochures. Just outside this quaint and simple brick terminal, you will find transport providers waiting for you.

There is one duty-free shop at Laoag International Airport, and you may choose to purchase your liquor and tobacco there.

Within the airport, you will find one concessionaire selling food and beverages if you are feeling hungry.

There is a massage parlor located inside the terminal building if you are feeling stiff and tired from your flight in, waiting for transportation, or if you are waiting for your flight out.

Scattered across the terminal building are power points where you can charge up your gadgets.

The Grand Octagon Resort, Northview Hotel, and Fort Ilocandia Resort and Casino are all within 5 miles of Laoag International Airport. 

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 Getting to & from Laoag Airport

Buses hide 

A shuttle bus service is available from the airport into the city. Check with the friendly staff at the information counter. 

Taxi hide 

No taxis are available, but there are tricycles as alternative.

 Who flies to Laoag International

 Airport Contact Details

Laoag International Airport

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

 Location Details

Longitude:120° 31' 49'' E
Latitude:18° 11' 0'' N

 Airport Location

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