What You Need to Know at Manila Airport

For first-time travelers with flights to Manila, the entire experience might be perplexing, beginning with landing at the airport, like any major metropolis. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), also referred to as Manila Airport, is the official name of the four terminals at the international airport in Manila. These terminals are not connected by an airport rail system.

As inter-airline transfers may be challenging, keep this in mind when making your flight reservations. To go from one airport to another in the Philippines, there are now Point-to-Point (P2P) shuttle buses, or if you have a connecting flight, you can use the Grab App (similar to Uber) to reserve a taxi or Grab car. Additionally, you can make reservations for Manila automobile rentals.

Plan enough time for your transfer if you want to switch between flights because these transportation methods use public roadways. The four airport terminals are listed below in brief:

NAIA Terminal 1

Aside from the flights run by airlines in NAIA Terminal 2 and NAIA Terminal 3, all foreign flights from and to Manila depart and arrive from Terminal 1.

NAIA Terminal 2

Terminal 2 houses the domestic and international flights of the country’s flag carrier, Philippine Airlines, and its affiliate PAL Express.

Since the declaration of Philippine independence was made 100 years ago, this terminal is also known as the Centennial Terminal.

NAIA Terminal 3

Cathay Pacific Air, AirAsia, Emirates Airline, Cebu Pacific Air, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Delta Air Lines, All Nippon Air, and Singapore Airlines all offer international flights out of Terminal 3. This is in addition to all of Cebu Pacific Air’s domestic flights. There is a massage parlor and a transit lounge (hotel at the airport).

NAIA Terminal 4

Domestic flights are operated by SkyJet, AirSwift, and CebGo out of Terminal 4, the smallest of the four. You should carefully review your tickets because some AirAsia flights also leave from here.

Outside of Manila, there is Clark International Airport.

Clark International Airport is a minor international airport that is located the closest to Manila. From Manila to Clark, which is 93 kilometers away, the trip takes two to three hours. The Premium Point-to-Point (P2P) Bus Service is one way to get from one place to another. If you’re traveling from the southernmost region of Metro Manila, this bus service has a station at NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City.

As tourists, after arriving at NAIA, you’d surely want to tour around Manila first, and here’s a brief guide to help you with that: https://forshtravel.com/monumental-spots-in-the-philippines/

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