As travelers take to the skies once again, digital travel platform Agoda shares the top domestic and international flight destinations of 2023 so far. In the Philippines, the most popular international destination is Singapore, with Manila taking the top domestic spot. Thailand’s capital Bangkok is the most popular international flight destination, according to Agoda data.
Based on Agoda’s booking data, four of the five most popular international flight destinations are nestled in Southeast Asia, with Bangkok in first place. Singapore in 2nd, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City in 4th, and Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur in 5th also represent Southeast Asia. Seoul, South Korea splits the top five, coming in as third most popular international flight destination.
“Many factors contribute to the popularity of Southeast Asian cities”, said Andrew Smith, Senior Vice President of Supply, Agoda. “These cities represent five bustling metropolises, with rich culture and history, an exquisite culinary scene, and unique nightlife. Even with airlines expanding their routes and fleets, I wouldn’t be surprised if we’ll see these amazing destinations ranking high for years to come.”
Philippine insights show that after Singapore, Pinoy travelers are taking off for Hong Kong and Bangkok. Seoul and Tokyo round out the top five. The ranking shows a clear preference for short flights to neighboring destinations, with all five of the destinations falling in that category.
Domestically, Manila is the most popular destination in the Philippines, followed by Cebu, Davao City, Cagayan de Oro, and Aklan.