Summer and the Christmas Season are busy times for travel in the Philippines. Being a predominantly Catholic country, the Holy Week is observed. It is a holiday from Maundy Thursday up to Easter Sunday. This is an opportunity to travel for many Filipinos. Together with the Christmas and New Year breaks, these three are the super peak seasons for domestic travel in the Philippines.

In view of the Holy Week break next week, here are some quick reminders for air travel.

Those traveling from Metro Manila where there could be heavy traffic, give allowance for your travel time from your place to the airport.

The airport will be congested and there will be very long queues at the terminal entrance and check-in counters. Be at the airport two to three hours before your flight. Airlines are allowed to overbook at a certain percentage. Being late for just a few minutes can be a reason to bump you off your flight and give your seat to a waitlisted passenger. So do come early and not take chances.

Make sure to have your identification card ready as this will be required to be shown by the airlines. Below are the acceptable identification cards (source: Philippine Airlines).

Passport (Philippine and foreign issued)

Driver’s License

Philippine Regulations Commission ID

SSS Card

GSIS e-card

Voter’s ID

Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID

Seaman’s Book

Government Office ID


Company ID (Regulated by BSP, SEC or IC)

Government-owned or controlled corporation ID

Unified Multi-purpose ID

NBI Clearance

Police Clearance

Senior Citizen Card

Postal ID

TIN Card

Barangay Certification

Health Insurance Card ng Bayan



National Council of Disability Affairs ID

DSWD Certification

School ID (signed by principal)

NSO Birth Certificate (for pax less than 2 years of age)

For those who have checked-in online, go to the Bag Drop Counter before counter closure to check-in your luggage.

Be at the boarding gate before your boarding time which is usually 30 minutes before the flight.

Be attentive to public address announcements or the monitors for changes of the boarding gate.

Do not leave your belongings unattended.

If you want to save money since airport food are mostly expensive, you can bring some light snacks in case your flight is delayed. Restaurants could also be full. Long flight delays are common during peak seasons. You have to buy the water at the pre-departure area.

Keep your cool and practice patience.

Have a safe travel.