Bancasi Airport, also known as Butuan Airport is the only airport in the province of Agusan del Norte and the largest in the Philippines' Caraga Region. It serves the general area of Butuan City and is classified as a trunkline airport by the country's Air Transportation Office, a governing body of the Department of Transportation and Communications (agency that is responsible for airport operations in the Philippines).
Two major local airlines, which are Philippine Airlines via PAL Express (formerly Air Philippines) and Cebu Pacific fly in and out of Bancasi Airport on a daily basis. In addition the two airline companies, there is a wide range of airline companies that offer flights to the said airport and passengers can choose from Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Bangkok Airways, China Southern Airlines, Malaysia AIrlines, and other reputable companies.
Domestic destinations include Manila, Cebu, Davao, Puerto Princesa, Caticlan, and Tagbilaran while international ones destinations include Beijing, China; Singapore; Bangkok, Thailand; and Hong Kong.
Getting to the city
Getting to the city center and other Butuan destinations from Bancasi Airport is easy, hassle-free, and light on the pocket because there is no shortage of transportation options in the city. Some of the most notable ones are taxis, rental cars, jeepneys, buses, and commuter vans.
Green-colored taxis are prevalent in the streets of Butuan, and availing their services is easy because they have a pick up area in the airport. However, it should be noted that unlike many taxis in the country, some of them are not metered; as such, it would be best to agree on the fare amount before boarding.
Many hotels and other accommodation facilities in the city offer rental cars, but they are available upon request. It would be best to make advance reservations, especially during peak seasons because availing such service can be quite a challenge.
Jeepneys and multi-cabs
These are indigenous Philippine vehicles that are perfect for those who want to travel the Filipino way and save money in the process. Jeepney and multi-cab drivers are generally courteous, especially towards elderly passengers. Fares vary and it would be best to visit the city’s official website for clarifications regarding this matter. Those who’ll go for private ones should agree on the rate before boarding.
Air-conditioned buses and non air-conditioned buses offer services from Butuan to other cities as well as provinces in the island of Mindanao. To get to the bus terminal, passengers need to board a multi-cab that offers trips to the Butuan Bus Terminal. Again, fares vary and it would be best to visit the city’s official website for clarifications with regards to this matter.
Though small in stature, the level of service that Bancasi Airport offers is simply topnotch. Aside from this, airport personnel are generally friendly, courteous, and always ready to give a helping hand.
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