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General Santos International Airport

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OVERVIEW FAST FACTS GETTING HERE MAP AIRLINES & DESTINATIONS ARRIVALS DEPARTURES FACILITIES & SERVICES FEES TRANSPORTATION HOTELS POPULAR DESTINATIONS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION GALLERY DON'T FORGET

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General Santos International Airport (GES)

Official Name: General Santos International Airport
Airport Code: GES
Address: Filipino-American Friendship Avenue, General Santos City, 9500 South Cotabato
Website: None
Phone: (083) 553 1277 / (083) 380-7601 / 7603 / 7604 / 7605
Hours: 4:00 AM to Arrival of Last Flight …
NOT Open 24 Hours
Terminal Fees:

150 PHP

WiFi: FREE WiFi is NOT available.
 
 

OVERVIEW

General Santos International Airport, (stylized as General Santos City Airport) (Cebuano: Tugpahanang Pangkalibutanon sa Heneral Santos, Hiligaynon: Pangkalibutan nga Hulugpaan sang Heneral Santos), (IATA: GES, ICAO: RPMR) is an alternate international airport located in the city of General Santos, Philippines serving the greater area of SOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII). Situated in Prk New Hondagua, Uhaw, Barangay Fatima, it is the largest airport in the island of Mindanao and is officially classified an International Airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), a government bureau which is responsible for the management and operations of General Santos International Airport and all other airports in the country except regular international airports.

FAST FACTS

Airport Name:
General Santos International Airport
Airport Code:
GES
Location:
Filipino-American Friendship Avenue. Uhaw, Brgy. Fatima, General Santos, Philippines
Coordinates:
6.0575° N, 125.0997° E
Island:
Mindanao
Serves (Closest City):
General Santos
Type:
Public
Size:
Medium
Number of Terminals:
1
Terminal Fees:
P150
Owner & Operator:
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
Year Built:
1993
Elevation:
154 m
Runways:
1 Runway | 3,227 meters (10,587 feet) | Concrete
Hub For:
Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines
Closest Airport:
Surallah Airport (84km)
Other Nearby Airports:
Francisco Bangoy International Airport (163km)
Time Zone:
UTC/GMT +8:00
Hours of Operation:
4:00 AM to Arrival of Last Flight | NOT Open 24 Hours
Facilities & Amenities:
Services:
Concessionaires:
WiFi:
FREE WiFi is NOT available.
Address:
Filipino-American Friendship Avenue, General Santos City, 9500 South Cotabato
Phone Number:
(083) 553 1277 / (083) 380-7601 / 7603 / 7604 / 7605
Official Website:
None

GETTING HERE

General Santos International Airport is approximately 14 kilometers away from the central business district of General Santos. A concrete 6-kilometer Philippine-American Friendship Road and the 30-kilometer General Santos Diversion Road connects the airport to the Pan Philippine Highway leading to the city proper as well as to the nearby provinces.

See the Transportation to/from this Airport section below for available modes of transport to/from this airport.

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AIRLINES & DESTINATIONS

The following airlines have daily flights to and from the following destinations:

ARRIVALS

When you arrive at the airport you will either exit the plane onto the tarmac and walk to the terminal, or deplane onto the tarmac and take a bus to the terminal, or deplane using a skywalk directly into the airport terminal.

Once in the terminal, you will walk a short distance to the baggage claim area to retrieve any bags you may have checked.

After claiming your checked luggage you may exit the terminal directly to the passenger loading zone where you can choose a form of transportation to take you to your destination.

See the Transportation to/from this Airport section below for available modes of transport to/from this airport.

DEPARTURES

When you arrive at the departure side of this airport, there will be an area to unload your luggage directly outside the Departure Entrance of the terminal.

You must have a valid ticket to enter the terminal.  You and your luggage will need to pass through the security checkpoint to enter the terminal.

Once you pass through the security checkpoint at the entrance of the terminal, you will be in the Check-In area where you may begin the check-in process, check your luggage, and obtain your boarding pass.

After checking your luggage and obtaining your boarding pass, you may need to pay a terminal fee if it is not included in the cost of your plane ticket.  You must do this BEFORE you can pass through the next security checkpoint to enter the Passenger Waiting area.

The security checkpoint to enter the Passenger Waiting area tends to be more strict and usually requires removing your belt, shoes, hat, all items in your pockets and on your body, as well as large electronics such as tablets and laptops from your bags BEFORE passing through the security checkpoint. 

Planes are boarded via a skywalk or from the tarmac.  Depending on the distance of your plane from the terminal, you will either walk to the plane on the tarmac, or a bus will take you to your plane which you will then board from the tarmac.

The first flight that departs from this airport at 11:10 AM.

The last flight that departs from this airport at 2:30 PM.

FACILITIES & SERVICES

Assisted Travel Through Terminal

Wheelchairs are available upon request.  If you require one, you should inform your airline or travel agent when making a flight booking that you need assistance at this airport, since getting help from the curbside to check-in counters or with the collection of bags is not available unless agreed to in advance with your airline.

Porters are available but usually require tipping them.

ATMs

There is ATM at this airport.

NOTE:
Additional fees may apply when traveling internationally. Be sure to check your bank’s fees and your daily withdrawal limit when travelling outside your country or locale. We suggest you notify your bank of your travel plans to avoid any issues while traveling.

Car Rentals

There are several car rental agencies at this airport.

Cellular Services

Cellular Services are available at this airport.

Concessionaires

There are souvenir shops available at this airport.

Duty-Free

Duty-Free shop is NOT available at this airport.

Food & Drink

There are several stores and cafes available to purchase food & drinks at this airport.

Lost & Found

Lost & Found services are NOT available at this airport.

Lounges

PAL Mabuhay Lounge is available at this airport.

Luggage Carts

Luggage carts are available for use at no cost.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Luggage Storage & Lockers are NOT available at the airport. 

Mobile Charging

Mobile charging stations are NOT available at this airport.

Money Exchange

Foreign money exchange services are NOT available at this airport.

Parking

Parking is available at this airport.

Prayer Room

There is no prayer room available at this airport.

Showers

Showers are NOT available at this airport.

Sleeping Pods

Sleeping pods are NOT available at this airport.

Smoking Area

There are no designated smoking areas in this airport as well as areas outside the terminal.

WiFi

FREE WiFi is NOT available.

FEES

Terminal Fee

On departing flights you may be charged a terminal fee of 150 pesos for domestic flights if this fee was not included in the cost of your plane ticket. The fee is payable upon entering the departures hall, after check-in and baggage drop-off, before passing through the security checkpoint.

BEWARE: Many airports do NOT accept credit cards and require this fee be paid with cash.

Travel Tax

The travel tax is a levy imposed by the Philippine Government on the individuals (citizens of the Philippines, permanent residents aliens, and non-resident aliens who have stayed in the Philippines for more than one year) who are leaving the country irrespective of the place where the air ticket is issued and the form or place of payment. Tax rates are listed below.

Description
First Class Passage
Economy Class Passage
Full Rate
First Class Passage: 2.700 PHP
Economy Class Passage: 1,620 PHP
Standard Reduced Rate
First Class Passage: 1,350 PHP
Economy Class Passage: 810 PHP
Privileged Reduced Rate OFW’s
First Class Passage: 400 PHP
Economy Class Passage: 300 PHP
Processing Fee Per Certificate
First Class Passage: 200 PHP
Economy Class Passage: 200 PHP

Park & Fly

A Park & Fly facility is NOT available at this airport.

Parking Fee

Information NOT available.

Taxable Items

Electronic products that are brought into the country by passengers are subject to tax and duties.

 

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TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM AIRPORT

Bus

Bus services are available with several pick-up and drop-off points.

Car for Hire

Arrangements need to be made with a driver prior to your arrival or departure.

Car Rentals

There are car rental agencies at this airport from which you can rent a car.

Jeepneys

Jeepney services are NOT available at this airport.

Ride-Sharing

Ride-Sharing is available to/from the airport.

Shuttles

Many of the hotels and resorts offer a van shuttle service.  Some are FREE … others involve a cost.

Taxi

Taxis are readily available at this airport. Most taxi drivers offer a fixed rate (negotiable) but you can also insist on using the meter.

READ MORE:  Taxi Tips for the Philippines

HOTELS NEAR AIRPORT

If sleeping in the airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

Book Online & Save Money

Book your room with these trusted online booking sites.  Booking online in the Philippines almost always guarantees the best price and a room when you arrive.  We use these sites frequently to get the best prices and enjoy convenient bookings. Click each of the buttons below to find the best place for you at the lowest rates.

  • Plaza Heneral Santos
  • Queen Tuna Park
  • Manilay Ancestral House
  • Kalaja Valley
  • General Santos City Fish Port Complex
  • Marist Private Beach Resort
  • Greenleaf Hotel Gensan

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Prohibited Items

The list of prohibited items has been expanded to include all liquid substances such as beverages, lotion, shampoo, toothpaste, gels, astringents, and other items of similar consistency. These items shall be placed in the check-in luggage and shall be confiscated if found at the final screening point.

Subject to usual inspection but are not covered by these restrictions are baby formula, breast milk or juice for a baby or small child who is traveling, prescription medicine under the passenger’s name, insulin, and other non-prescription medicines and airline crew groom kits.

For other special arrangements please coordinate with your Airline Company.

Miscellaneous

  • You can NOT enter the terminal without a valid plane ticket.
  • If you do not arrive at least 1 hour BEFORE your flight, you may not be allowed to enter the terminal.
  • It is possible that you could be kept waiting outside a terminal for a delayed plane. Outside but under cover that is. Airport officials sometimes do not allow anyone in the terminal until 2 hours before departure.

Advice

  • Always check your reservation to determine which terminal your flight is departing from.
  • You should consider dressing as light as possible as they may make you remove any belts, shoes, hats and pass them through the x-ray machine.
  • Beware of scams and thieves.  Keep your bags and valuables close to you at all times while traveling through the airport, on the plane, and in the transport from the airport to your destination.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to go to the airport.  It can take time to catch a taxi (30+ minutes). There are often long lines to get into this airport, at the check-in counters, security, and customs. Expect the worst and arrive several hours BEFORE your departure time to avoid missing your flight.
  • Always have at least 1,000 pesos handy to pay the terminal fee should you have to.  Not all airports accept credit cards or the credit card machines are often not working.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the following post for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Air Travel in the Philippines:

READ MORE: Frequently Asked Questions about Air Travel in the Philippines

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Last Updated: 11-July-2020

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