The majority of international visitors will arrive in Manila at the large and more modern NAIA. The airport is located on the southern end of this sprawling metropolis in the Parañaque area just four miles or 30 to 60 minutes by road from the City of Manila. NAIA consists of four terminals. Terminal 1 is used by most international carriers, with connections to more than 20 international destinations in Europe, North America, the Middle East and other parts of the Asia-Pacific region. Major carriers operating Manila flights using this terminal include Air France, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Continental Airlines, Emirates, Gulf Air, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Northwest Airlines, Qantas and Thai Airways.
Terminal 2, also known as the Centennial Terminal, is reserved for the domestic and international flights of the national carrier, Philippine Airlines or PAL. Terminal 3 is home to flights operated by Cebu Pacific, the Philippines' main budget airline that offers cheap fares to some of the most popular destinations in the country and to cities in mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The fourth facility is the slightly removed Domestic Terminal, which serves non-PAL flights within the Philippines. If you need to move between terminals, you can either take a shuttle bus a taxi, both for small fees. Count on five to 20 minutes for the journey.
A good range of visitor facilities is available within the Manila Airport, including an official government tourist information office that is open 24 hours a day, ATMs, foreign exchange counters, two banks, business facilities, hotel desks and several shops and restaurants. Travelers with flights to or from Manila at off hours will be pleased to note the presence of the Manila Airport Hotel conveniently located adjacent to Terminal 1.
Visitors heading into the Metro Manila area from NAIA can choose from either prepaid coupon taxis or the occasional metered one. It is advisable to always choose a taxi displaying accreditation from the national Department of Tourism. For those who prefer to drive themselves, both Hertz and Avis rental cars can be obtained at this airport. Buses are also available but stops must be sought out and may entail quite a bit of walking. Travelers using one of the many budget flights to Manila may find themselves landing at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport located outside Metro Manila in Pampanga. The journey between DMIA and Manila takes from 90 minutes to three hours depending on traffic on the provincial highway. Many budget carriers offer shuttle buses to and from this secondary airport. Look for bus stops at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong or the Philtranco terminal in suburban Pasay City. The budget airlines using this facility include Air Asia and Tiger Airways.
Whichever of these two Philippines airports you choose, you will feel welcome in this friendly and beautiful country.