The Ninoy Aquino International Airport, named after the late senator who played a significant role in the Philippine government, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, is the international airport serving Manila and its surrounding metropolitan area. The airport is located between the borders of Pasay and Parañaque cities in Metro Manila at about 7km (4.3 miles) south of Manila – the country's capital city. NAIA, also known as Manila International Airport, is the main entryway by air for travellers to the Philippines. Managed by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), a brand of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), NAIA is the hub for all Philippine Airlines.
NAIA has four terminals. Terminal 1, which is also known as the NAIA Terminal, holds international flights. Terminal 2 or the Centennial Terminal is divided into two wings – North that serves international flights, and South, which is exclusively used by the Philippine Airlines, serves domestic flights. Terminal 3 or the NAIA International Terminal is the newest and the biggest terminal in the airport. It serves all international flights. Lastly, Terminal 4 or the Manila Domestic Passenger Terminal holds all domestic flights in the airport. All terminals have parking lots.
For passengers who need to transfer from different terminals, the Manila International Airport Authority runs a shuttle bus system that connects all four terminals. These shuttle buses run every fifteen minutes, round the clock. Passengers need to clear immigration and customs to use the system. Aside from that, Philippine Airlines also runs an airside shuttle service that operates between Terminals 2 and 3 for passengers connecting to PAL Express flights and vice-versa. If you prefer, you can also walk between Terminals 1 and 2 using the International Cargo Terminal through the same road used by public buses and jeepneys. The walk takes fifteen minutes.
Services and Facilities
The Ninoy Aquinio International Airport provides services and facilities for the comfort of the travellers. Inside the airport, there are banks with foreign exchange, post office, telephones, and dining and drinking areas such as various restaurants and coffee shops in Terminal 1. For your luxurious shopping, you can find two duty-free shops inside the airport – one on the North Wing of the Departure Level and one on the North Wing of the Arrivals Level. Inside Terminal 3, the newest terminal, there is a four-level shopping mall that connects the terminal and the parking buildings that can accommodate up to 2,000 cars. There is also a viewing gallery at the departures level in Terminal 3. At Terminals 1 and 4, there are free NAIA Kiddie Traveler's Lounges, complete with toys and play area. There are also diaper changing room and infant feeding station. For every passenger’s entertainment while waiting for their scheduled flight, all four terminals have televisions which broadcast news in Terminals 1-3 and local shows in Terminal 4. All four terminals also have free, unlimited Wi-Fi access. Worship facilities for Christian and Muslim passengers are also housed inside each terminal.
Taxis can charter you to central Manila hotels which, depending on traffic, will take about 20 minutes to one hour. Most of the major hotels around the area run cars which you can book in advance or you can also look for a hotel representative in the Arrivals area.