Boracay Airport, The New Caticlan Airport

Boracay was closed last April 26, 2018 and was opened in October 26, 2018. Before Boracay was opened, we had a chance to visit Boracay Airport, the new Caticlan Airport while on our way to Carabao Island. Here are some of our experiences with some tips while we arrived and depart from the Airport.

NOTE: We edited this guide and added our experience when we went to Boracay in October 27 – 28, 2018.

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Arrival

While Boracay was closed, there was just one flight arriving and departing Boracay Airport. Our plane departed NAIA T4 earlier than the schedule and we arrived in Boracay Airport 15 minutes earlier than the schedule. Wow! This was a delight because flight delays in the Philippines is normal. 😅

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As soon as we arrived each passenger were given umbrellas to be protected from the heat. As noticeable from the picture, we can easily say that the time was around 12 in the afternoon, and the heat was too much!

Umbrellas provided upon arrival in Boracay Airport The New Caticlan Airport article of Happy and Busy Travels
One of our friends enjoying the sun with his umbrella

After the scorching heat, we went inside the arrival area.

Arrival area of Boracay Airport The New Caticlan Airport article of Happy and Busy Travels

 

UPDATE!

In October 27, 2018 we went to Boracay Airport via Cebu Pacific. There were delays but these were because of NAIA T3 traffic.

When we arrived in Boracay Airport, the festive atmosphere was present!

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Ati-Atihan Festival!

Ati Atihan Festival at the Boracay Airport the new Caticlan Airport

Of course we had to join the fun!

Ati Atihan Festival at the Boracay Airport the new Caticlan Airport

Our arrival was fun! We can’t wait to see Boracay

 

Inside Boracay Airport

The airport looked a lot different than before! But it was also noticeable that the construction is not yet finished.

There were posters of welcoming the guests in Boracay.

Welcome to Boracay poster in Boracay Airport The New Caticlan Airport article of Happy and Busy Travels

There were reminders of the new rules and regulations on Boracay Island.

Reminders at Boracay Airport The New Caticlan Airport 1 - Happy and Busy Travels

 

Baggage Claim

The baggage claim area is different from other airports because the baggage were just placed on the window like area.

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We’re not sure if this will be the permanent baggage claim area. But I have a feeling that this is permanent because we arrived when it was the soft opening of Boracay.

Pro: Passengers can easily see their baggage arriving.

Con: Passengers go around to look for their baggage instead of waiting for it.

If you are not in a hurry, we suggest that you wait for the people to subside before getting your baggage.

 

UPDATE!

There was a free drink upon arrival in the airport! Woo the party has started!

Free drinks at the Boracay airport, the new caticlan airport

 

Departure

After our Carabao Island trip, we went back to Boracay Airport to go home to Manila. ( I am also adding photos during our trip back from Boracay)

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Boracay Airport
When we departed last Oct 28, the airport was in Halloween vibe 🙂

Upon entering the airport, there was an x-ray machine immediately.

After the first security measure, we went to the check-in counters.

List of flights in Boracay Airport The New Caticlan Airport article of Happy and Busy Travels

 

Check-In

Checking in was not hard, we just went to the Air Asia counter and had our boarding passes printed.

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The boarding pass were cool! There were no names of the airlines, instead it has the logo of Boracay Airport.

If you prefer to check-in by yourself, you can do it by using the self check-in machines.

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The machines were not yet available during our flight but it will be operational as soon as Boracay Island will be opened.

 

UPDATE!

The airport was fully decorated with Halloween ornaments!

Here were the check-in counters during our visit.

Check in counters in Boracay Airport the new caticlan airport

Ohhh the new airport has spider webs HAHAHAHA 😆😆😆

 

 

 

Boarding Gates

After another security check, we went in the boarding gates immediately.

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The area was spacious and can accommodate all of the passengers waiting. On our first visit, there was just 1 flight for the day so the area can really accommodate everybody.

During our second visit, there were a lot of flights. We wondered if the area can accommodate everybody.

Flights for the day at Boracay Airport

To our surprise, yes! the area can accommodate everybody!

Boarding gates at the Boracay Airport

More Halloween decorations were also spotted.

Halloween decoration at the boracay airport

There were also some cool features like this charging station.

Charging area of Boracay Airport The New Caticlan Airport article of Happy and Busy Travels

Empty batteries were no longer a problem 😍

 

I personally love this sign because I think this is me hahaha 😆

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A large heavy-duty ceiling fan was also in the boarding gates. As of our stay we did not need them because the temperature was cool inside.

Big ceiling fan in the departure area of Boracay Airport The New Caticlan Airport article of Happy and Busy Travels

Being hungry was also not a problem. There were stores like the Treats which sells souvenirs.

Treats inside Boracay Airport The New Caticlan Airport article of Happy and Busy Travels

Treats inside Boracay Airport The New Caticlan Airport article of Happy and Busy Travels

Starbucks Coffee was also in the departure area! 😍 It was closed during our visit, but it will soon be opened as soon as Boracay opens.

Starbucks Coffee in the departure area of Boracay Airport The New Caticlan Airport article of Happy and Busy Travels

Woop! Starbucks was already open during our second visit!

Starbucks at the Boracay Airport

Islands Souvenirs store was also open, it can be found at the end of the boarding gates.

Island Souvenirs at the Boracay AIrport

 

Boarding the Plane

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We’ve also noticed that the boarding procedure in the airport was well managed.

People were asked to fall in line based on their Zone.

Zone 1 were those close to the tail, Zone 2 were rows in the middle part, and Zone 3 were rows 1 to 19, the front part of the plane.

You can see your zone in your boarding pass.

Tip: Prepare your ID because it will be asked again together with your boarding pass.

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After we exited Gate 3, we rode inside the bus.

Busy to the plane Boracay Airport The New Caticlan Airport article of Happy and Busy Travels

In our second visit, the bus of Southwest was used.

Southwest Travel and tours bus in Boracay Airport

Southwest is the largest travel agency in Boracay.

We waited for a while in the bus.

Inside of the bus going to the plane in Boracay airport

Then the bus took us to the plane.

Riding the plane Boracay Airport The New Caticlan Airport article of Happy and Busy Travels

Again, our flight was not delayed! I hope this happens to all of our flights 🙂

For our second visit, our flight was delayed because of the traffic in Manila. There were 3 planes waiting for departure. Even though the flight was delayed, Cebu Pacific gave everybody snacks.

Busy picturing the sunset

 

 

Happy and Busy’s Smileys

We will give Boracay Airport 4 stars. The airport really improved from their comfort rooms, waiting area, and up to the procedure of arriving and departing. What we do not like is the baggage claim area because it was a bit chaotic. But overall the airport is really a tourist friendly airport now.

 

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Special Thanks to Michael Sarabia of www.michaelsarabia.com for providing us most of the photos posted in this article.

Sunset viewed from the plane
Waiting for the turn of the plane so we can see the sunset
Sunset viewed from the plane
Sunset viewed from the plane

 

18 Comments

  • Katherine
    I'm happy with the improvements in Boracay and hope the LGU sustains this. :) The airport is a reflection of this change, which is important not just for us locals but for international tourists as well.
    • Happy and Busy
      Me too! I'm hoping that the LGU can maintain this.
  • Bukas na Boracay. Mamahal nanan airfare going to Caticlan
  • Bukas na Boracay. Mamahal nanaman airfare going to Caticlan
    • Happy and Busy
      Korek! sa opening nga 10k one way HAHAHAH
  • Ginalingan mo na naman eh! I love the shots and thanks for this fresh info from boracay :)
  • ganda ng pics mo sis. ang linaw ng kuha. anong camera gamit mo?
    • Happy and Busy
      Hello! Iba iba ang gamit hehe merong from our phone, Samsung S9 and Iphone 9, and our cameras Fuji na DSLR (from my friend na I do not know anong klase haha) and my Fuji X-A3
  • I love the charging ports!! Haven't been to Boracay (yes heard it right) not even once, but this airport will surely attract more tourists. Thanks for sharing!
    • Happy and Busy
      Ohh you have to go to Boracay! The island is great!
  • blair villanueva
    Although this airport is quite small (I think it doesn't need a bigger space though) it seems it accommodates many guests well. At least there is a decent place to grab your coffee. Does the cost of Starbucks coffee same here in the mainland?
    • Happy and Busy
      Hi Blair! Yup that's what I think at first, but I remember during our visit there is just one flight going back to manila. I'm not sure if the boarding area is enough if the airport is already full operational and has a lot of flights going back to manila. :)
  • Boracay's closure rippled through the global tourism landscape creating an eye opening phenomenon to the realities of tourism on environmental impact. On Boracay's reopening, the world's eyes are set on its shores and especially on ita gateway - the Airport. Setting foot first in this structure already tells the story. Thanks for sharing your Caticlan Airport experience.
  • Ang galing! Sana maging ganito na sila kaayos foreves. Excited na ako magbora ulit~~ Hoping they could preserve the place too for good!
    • Happy and Busy
      I hope so! :)
  • Thanks for this very detailed guide! I've read a lot of guides to Boracay but this is the first time I read a blog focused on the airport. This will be very useful for first time travelers to Boracay like me! HIHI!
  • One of the best-kept airports I have seen. This is a fresh start! I hope the temporary closure of Boracay would serve as a reminder to all to be responsible when they travel. I love Boracay, it's one of the places in the Philippines that I would keep coming back to because of my many happy memories in the island.
  • MG
    Thank you for this detailed write-up... this is so helpful!!! I will definitely visit Boracay!!!

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