Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Ninoy Aquino International Airport or NAIA (IATA: MNL, ICAO: RPLL) is one of the two international airports serving the Metro Manila Area and is the main international gateway to the Philippines. The airport is located along the border between Pasay City and Parañaque City in Metro Manila, about 7 kilometers south of the country’s capital Manila, and southwest of Makati City’s Central Business District.
The airport consists of four terminals: NAIA Terminal 1, 2, 3, and 4. Terminal 1 serves only international flights, Terminal 2 and 3 serve international and domestic flights, and Terminal 4 serves only domestic flights.
Airlines that operate at NAIA Terminal 1 include Air China, Air Niugini, Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad – Eva Air, Gulf Air, Japan Airlines, Jeju Air, Jet Star Asia, Korean Airlines, Kuwait Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Oman Air, Qantas Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Brunei, Saudia Airlines, Thai Airways, Tiger Airways, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, and Xiamen Airlines. Terminal 2 exclusively operates with domestic and international flights by Philippine Airlines, the national flag carrier. Airlines that operate at NAIA Terminal 3 include international flights by Cebu Pacific Air, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Emirates Airlines, and AirAsia Philippines. Domestic flights in NAIA Terminal 3 include those operated by Cebu Pacific Air and PAL Express, while NAIA Terminal 4 serves only small domestic flights. Kindly check your booking to ensure that you have the correct terminal upon arriving in and departing from Manila.
From the airport, a variety of transit options are available. However, it is recommended that tourists take a taxi service to their destination as there are no direct bus or train lines serving the airport.
Taxi service is available from the airport to all points of Metro Manila. It is best to take only official, metered or pre-booked taxis. Taxis charge around 500-750 pesos (10-15USD) to central Manila hotels, including Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel. It will take about 20 minutes to one hour for the trip, depending on traffic. Many of the major hotels provide airport transfers which you can book in advance, or you can look for a hotel representative in Arrivals. The cost is around 750-1500 Pesos (15USD-30USD).
From the airport, there are nine bus routes serving various points in Manila. Eight of them go via Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), and one via Circumferential Road 5 (C-5). Those travelling by city bus routes may take a bus plying the EDSA-MIA route. These buses will pass Terminals 1 and 2, while a jeepney route can take you to Terminal 3.
The airport is also connected to the Manila Light Rail Transit System (LRT) Line 1 by a two-kilometer taxi ride to Baclaran station. In the future, with the extension of the existing Yellow Line (L1), a new station, Manila International Airport station, is set to connect the airport, albeit still indirectly, to the LRT1.
A shuttle bus system runs through the four terminals serving all passengers who need to connect with other terminals. Vehicles depart every 15 minutes.
Philippine Airlines operates an airside shuttle service between Terminals 2 and 3 for travelers connecting to onward PAL Express flights and vice versa.
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