How to get to Zamboanga

Zamboanga is accessible by land, air, and water. Here is a sneak peek at the transportation options in Zamboanga.

Air Transportation

Currently, there is only one airport serving the province. It ranks as a secondary airport that accepts both commercial as well as private airplanes. This facility serves as the principal entry point of flights going to Zamboanga and cities in Cebu.

In June 1998, Philippine Airlines suspended its commercial flights in Pagadian. A few months later, a couple of airline companies launched operations in the city but likewise ceased its functions.

Now, the Pagadin City Domestic Airport is only operating the South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) which travels to Cebu City via Dipolog and Zamboanga City. Aside from that, they likewise serve private and military aircrafts.

The local airport has been renovated and has since become known as the Zamboanga International Airport. In 2008, the facility will now be called as the Maria Clara Lobregat International Airport. The airports 2,610 meter main runway is accessible to international flights.

Presently, the biggest airplane to land in the runway of the Zamboanga International Airport is the Russian Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan which regularly delivers helicopters as well as equipments for the US bases based in Zamboanga.

The Boeing 757-200 owned by North American Airlines are chartered flights that transfer American soldiers from Guam to Zamboanga. The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III based in Okinawa is a regular fixture at the airport.

Water Transportation

Zamboanga has 14 coastal municipalities and Pagadian City which have current seaports that can be reached from any point in the mainland. A couple of seaports are classified as national ports but the rest are considered municipal ports.

The port at Pagadian City is a principal port which is likewise classified as a tertiary port. The Margosatubig is anther major port that is classified as a tertiary port.

The biggest and most advanced sea access is the one operated by the government which can accommodate 20 ships simultaneously. Twenty five shipping companies regularly ply the Zamboanga Port. Very soon, a new international port will open its doors outside Zamboanga City which will dock international ships and vessels.

The seaport will be constructed at the Zamboecozone, which is being groomed as the largest and most modern private sea terminal in Mindanao and even nationwide.

Zamboanga City is likewise accessible to fast crafts going to Sandakan, Malaysia. A Vietnamese cargo firm is using this route to and from Zamboanga.

Land Transportation

In Zamboanga, land transportation vehicles can be private, government-owned, or for hire. As of 2001, 14,043 vehicles have been registered to the city of Pagadian. 69.12% of these vehicles are privately-owned, for hire vehicles comprise 26.02% and the remaining 4.86% are government vehicles.

All municipalities in Zamboanga can be reached by land. The cost of the fare collected by public transport vehicles may have a slight variation from those set by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) due to factors such as road conditions and the number of utilities available.

Taxi service in Zamboanga is not clearly established although there are some independent taxis. Jeepneys or tricycles serves as the common means of transportation in the province. There are two kinds of buses in the city green and blue although it is still subject to the approval of the city government that it may still have an impact on the transport sector.

A new bus terminal is set for construction at the MCLL Highway between Divisoria-Boalan region and is expected to become one of the most highly advanced bus terminals in Mindanao once completed. The construction of the terminal is part of the plan to develop the East Coast as a commercial district. The Zamboanga Peninsula connects the city to other provinces in the whole of Mindanao by the Maria Clara Lobregat Highway.