Metro Manila · Ninoy Aquino International Airport, NAIA (IATA: MNL, ICAO: RPLL)
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is the country’s major airport. It serves as the hub for the Philippines’ flag carriers. Also known as the Manila International Airport, NAIA is the point of entry for most international visitors of the Philippines as well as returning Overseas Filipino Workers from all continents.
One of the world’s busiest airports, NAIA (Code: MNL) carries an average of 30 million passengers annually. The airport has been named after the late Senator Benigno 'Ninoy' Aquino Jr., who was assassinated there in 1983 after coming back from exile, opposing the rule of the then dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
The airport has been named the worst airport in Asia or in the World several times by different sources. Here you will find an interesting overview article, explaining the up's but mostly down's of the airport. Last year, the national government started the P1.3 billion (US$29.69 million) rehabilitation of NAIA 1 which was particularly criticized for its dilapidated facilities, outdated design, congestion, and obnoxious officials. The Rehab Project is expected to be 95% complete by February 2015 according to the DOTC 2014 Year In Review.
Local and international conglomerates have proposed plans to build new airports outside the Megacity, including an expansion of the Clark International Airport to completely or partially take over NAIA traffic.
Currently, NAIA has four terminals. The transportation department has announced the construction of a 5th terminal by 2016. Connecting Terminals 1 and 2 are also in the pipeline.
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) serves as the hub for the Philippines’ flag carriers Philippine Airlines, PAL Express (formerly Airphil Express), Cebu Pacific, South East Asian Airlines, Airphil Express, and Zest Airways.
Terminal 1 is the international Terminal. The majority of international flights are departing from this terminal. Exceptions are Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia Zest, Tigerair Philippines, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, KLM, Emirates, and Singapore Airlines.
Terminal 2 is the Philippine Airlines Terminal. All domestic and international flights departing with this airline are hosted in this terminal.
Terminal 3 hosts PAL Express and Cebu Pacific flights, domestic as well as internationally. Delta Airlines, Cathay Pacific, KLM, Singapore Airlines, and Emirates depart from this terminal.
Terminal 4 is also known as old 'Manila Domestic Airport'. Some cab drivers may have difficulties finding it if you tell them only 'Terminal 4'. Terminal 4 hosts AirAsia Zest and Tigerair Philippines.
Current Departures and Arrivals at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)
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If you arrive at Terminal 1 and you passed by the last checks and customs, you will already be greeted by hotel staff and other people in a small lobby. There you will also find a money changer and ATMs. Proceeding through this lobby, you exit the building and are at the 'upper level' of the arrival area. Here you can conveniently hunt for a cab. No private cars are permitted to enter here. If you are picked up by a colleague or friend, make your way down to the 'lower level'. It is very crowded there. Above you, you will find letters – a good indicator to meet up with your pick up ('I am below ABC'). Your picking up party will only be allowed to wait on the other side of the street.
When you arrive with an international flight, you will most likely arrive at Terminal 1 (except if you take Philippine Airlines). If you arrive at any other terminal, there will be a taxi line waiting for you outside. You can either take the metered taxis (recommended) or the taxis which offer a - much higher - fixed price. If you are going to Makati, the fee should be around 400 Pesos. The driver will ask you if you would like to take the Skyway and ask you to pay the toll fee of 20 Pesos. The fee is comparatively little to the time you save taking the Skyway – therefore recommended.
Location And How To Get There
Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Pasay
NAIA is sandwiched between Pasay and Paranaque and about seven kilometers away from the Megacity's core. The one and only way to go directly to the airport is by taking the taxi or car. Depending on the terminal and on the time of the day, going from the business district to the airport can take you between 40 minutes and two hours.
Getting to and from the airport
Taxi service is available to NAIA from all points of Metro Manila. Waiting lines for cabs are often long at the terminals and complaints are increasing about overcharging and choosie cab drivers even in the official taxi lines. Taxi apps like Uber can be an alternative to ensure a hasslefree ride.
The airport is also connected to the Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) by a two-kilometer taxi ride to Baclaran station. In the future, another LRT line is to be constructed to connect LRT-1's Baclaran Station directly to the airport's three terminals.
Road: The NAIA Expressway or NAIA Skyway connecting NAIA/Sales Exit of Metro Manila Skyway and Andrews Avenue in front of Terminal 3. It would soon be extended to Domestic Road, linking with the Domestic Terminal, and NAIA Road before reaching the Coastal Road. Terminal 3 is served by Sales Exit of South Luzon Expressway, and the NAIA Road-Roxas Boulevard Intersection of Coastal Road serving Terminals 1, 2 and 4.
Bus and Jeepney: Nine bus routes serve the airport from various points in Metro Manila: eight which go through Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), and one via Circumferential Road 5 (C-5). However, they do not stop right in front of the terminals and we highly discourage everybody from taking these means of transport to or from the airport.
Guide For Megacitizens
Be extra careful of your belongings while inside the airport and/ or standing in a queue. Be sure that you are not carrying anything questionable in your bags or suitcases as officials might approach you and ask you for a small 'fee' to allow you to carry on these items. The best way is always to keep calm and, when needed, ask for the supervisor.
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has announced the launch of two big - and long awaited - projects: the rehabilitation of NAIA Terminal 1 and the so-called Stage 3 of the Metro Manila Skyway. Both infrastructure projects target issues that have long been subjects of complaints and heated debates.