Dubbed as the most scenic gateway among all the airports in the country, Bicol International Airport (BIA) features the iconic, perfectly cone-shaped, Mayon Volcano as its majestic backdrop and made Albay the country’s Pacific gateway.
ABOUT BICOL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Bicol International Airport, also referred by some sources as Southern Luzon International Airport, is a major international airport in the Bicol Region, serving the vicinity of Legazpi, the capital city of Albay and the regional center of Bicol Region, in the Philippines. The airport still has the IATA code of the old Legazpi Airport, despite being located in nearby Daraga.
The Construction of BIADubbed as the Philippines' "Most Scenic Gateway", the airport is located in Daraga, an adjacent municipality of Legazpi. The ₱4.7 billion project is on a 200-hectare plateau 15 kilometers from Mayon Volcano. It replaced the old Legazpi Airport, which is only 2 to 3 kilometers from the BIA.
First planned in 1996 with initial construction beginning in 2008, the construction was repeatedly delayed until the airport was inaugurated and opened on October 7, 2021. It is expected to handle an estimated 2.2 million passengers every year.
The airport terminal, which was part of Package 2B for the project, was built and handled by E.M. Cuerpo construction. It has two levels and features self-service check-in kiosks aside from the check-in counters, two airbridges, and a lounge at the airport lobby.
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What to Expect at BIA Terminal
The iconic Mayon Volcano serves as a backdrop for the airport which is located in Brgy, Alobo, Daraga, Albay. Vast tracts of farmlands surround the place.
Inside the terminal, passengers can tap the self-service kiosks for their check-ins and baggage handling. These allow faster processing. These are also useful during the pandemic as they limit face-to-face interactions.
The said advancements are similar to those included in the new terminal of the Clark International Airport. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines hired the same service provider after all.
Up to 2 million passengers per year are predicted to use the newly opened airport. In the meantime though, Bicol International Airport flights are exclusive to domestic travel.
List Airlines and Commercial Flights at BIA
The airport was also confirmed to have International Chartered flights from Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific to Major cities in Eastern Asia, specifically Xiamen, Shanghai and Taipei.
- Cebgo (Cebu, Manila)
- Cebu Pacific (Manila)
- PAL Express (Manila)
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HOW TO GET TO BICOL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Passengers who don’t have means of transportation from and to the airport terminal can avail of the free shuttle service which is headed to the national highway.
How To Book a Trip / Reserve a Ticket
Here's a step-by-step guide on how you can get a ticket or check available trips online:
- Go to this link and INPUT the origin and destination in the search box (eg. Manila - Boracay)
- Input the dates of your desired arrival.
- Choose if it is One-way or Return trip.
- Choose the number of seats you wish to book or reserve
- Then click Find Tickets to search for the available trips
WHERE TO STAY NEAR BICOL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Here's a list of best hotels and resorts to book near BIA:
- The Marison Hotel - See Room Rates & Availability!
- Tyche Boutique Hotel - See Room Rates & Availability!
- Thirdys Tourist Inn - See Room Rates & Availability!
- Mayon Lodging House - See Room Rates & Availability!
- Alicia Hotel & Restaurant - See Room Rates & Availability!
- Hotel Inigo - See Room Rates & Availability!
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WHERE TO GO FROM BICOL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
- WATER ACTIVITIES AND BEACH HOPPING
In Donsol, Sorsogon, you can swim alongside whale sharks or Butanding. For your summer getaways, you might also want to spend them in Caramoan, Calaguas Islands, or Misibis Bay. If you prefer something that’s not frequented by tourists, consider the Tikling Island, a hidden gem in Matnog, Sorsogon.
- GO FOR A SCENIC TRIP AROUND MT. MAYON
For the history lover, getting up close to the Cagsawa Ruins is one thing to do in Albay. The site is well-known for being a reminder of what the Mayon Volcano can do. You may also visit old churches like the Daraga Church and Naga Cathedral. Other historical sites in the region include Liberty Bell, Universidad de Sta. Isabel, and Bagatao Island Lighthouse.
- GO FOR THRILLING ADVENTURES
If you’re into outdoor activities, you can ride an ATV in Legazpi City. You can also try wakeboarding in Pili, Camarines Sur.
- GO HIKING AND MOUNTAINEERING
The list won’t be complete without hiking. Along with a guide, you can head to Mt. Isarog and Mt. Pulog in Camarines Sur and Sorsogon respectively. In Albay, you can go to Mt. Binanderahan, Mt. Masaraga and Mt. Malinao. Unless the experts ban it, hiking to the Mayon Volcano is a must-try as well.
- GO FOOD TRIP
Don’t forget to go on a food trip. Contrary to its name, Bicol Express isn’t actually from the region. If there’s a representative food you should eat, it should be Laing. Munch and bring home pili nuts for your loved ones, too.
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