The city was named after General Paulino Santos, former Philippine Army General Chairman. General Santos or officially the City of General Santos. General Santos was previously known as Dadiangas and the name abbreviation for this city is GenSan. It is a very urbanization class 1 city in Soccsksargen, Philippines. In 2015, the city had a population of 594,446 according to the census that year. It is located on the island of Mindanao and is the 15th most populous city in the Philippines. It is a regional center for trade and industry in the Soccsksargen region. Two sectors, namely agro-industry and fisheries, are the main economies activities of the city. The original inhabitants of General Santos were made up of the nomadic Blaan people. General Santos City has General Santos International Airport, which is the largest airport in Mindanao.
The peak and busiest times of General Santos are in August followed by July and May. Hotel prices, as well as flight tickets, will be higher than any other months. However, you can still get great deals if you book a flight or accommodation ticket earlier. The lesser month with travelers is in December. You can get cheap flight tickets and hotels if you are visiting General Santos that month.
Dipolog Airport - this airport is an airport that operates for Dipolog city. This Dipolog city is the capital city of Zamboanga del Norte. By considering its classification, this Dipolog Airport is one of the busiest airports in the Mindanao. Civil Aviation Authority of Philippines or also known as CAAP classify Dipolog Airport as a secondary airport. The CAAP is one body of the Department of Transportation that accountable for the operation of airports in the Philippines except for international airports. This Dipolog Airport had 75,751 passengers in 2005.
General Santos International Airport - is an international airport located in General Santos City, Philippines. This General Santos International Airport serves the greater area of Soccsksargen. This General Santos International Airport is located on the island of Mindanao at Park New Hondagua, Uhaw, Barangay Fatima. This General Santos International Airport is also the largest airport in Mindanao. This airport is officially classified as an International Airport by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. General Santos International Airport has located 14 km from the central business district of General Santos. This General Santos International Airport has one runway with 3,227 m long. This airport can handle jumbo jet such as Airbus A380.
A climate classification by Koppen said that General Santos has a tropical wet and dry climate. Throughout the Philippines, General Santos is generally one of the driest places. In April, General Santos experiencing the hot season with the temperature can be as high as 34.4 °C while in January, General Santos has the lowest temperature in the year with an average of 22.5 °C.