Manila Airport Information
There are now three airport terminals for flights in and out of Manila
- NAIA Terminal - All international flights, non-Philippine Airlines
- Domestic Terminal - All domestic flights, non-Philippine Airlines
- Centennial Terminal - All Philippine Airlines flights only
There is an airport tax of P550 for international flights and P100 for domestic flights. In addition, depending on your visa status, you may be required to pay a rather substantial sum every time you exit the country. There is a separate line AFTER the lines for general immigration where you must go with your "Special Return Certificate" (or as we called it, "the green thingie"), where you pay the exit fee. Your local attorney can procure "a multiple SRC" (special return certificate: allows you to exit and reenter the Philippines) which is valid for one year. Do not stand in the first series of lines, they wont let you pay there and will make you move to the booth right past these lines to pay. You can wait forever, so dont do it twice!
Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)
NAIA is only 7 km. from the city, but traffic can be fierce and you will have to allow yourself a substantial amount of time to reach the airport. The longer you live in Manila, the better idea you will have as to that "substantial" time (dependent on day, time etc.). A good driver will be skilled on various routes to take to get you to the airport and will generally have a feeling as to what time you should leave for the airport.Remember that you must be at the airport two hours before flight time for international flights. During holidays, you will generally use all two hours, especially if you are traveling in coach, to get to the ticket/baggage check in line, pay your airport taxes etc. Security is very tight at the airport. You will undergo numerous security checks, both of your bags and of your person. There is a separate line for women and men by the second luggage x-ray machines where a sensor will be run over your body and you may be "patted down." A final hand search of all carry-on bags and purses is required at the entrance to the waiting area by the gate.
A short distance from NAIA on Domestic Road. This is the older terminal, which can become quite chaotic outside, with throngs of people milling about awaiting taxis and meeting people.
Located next to the Philippine Village Hotel on Airport Ave., the control tower complex. This terminal is exclusively for Philippine Airline flights. Opened in October 1999, this modern airport is quite large. There is a lounge for business and first class passengers on the lower level. Security procedures are followed closely in this terminal as well. Terminal fees and exit taxes will be applied in this terminal as well.
International Flights: Tel 832-1961
Domestic Flights: Tel 818-6757 or 831-1395
See their airlines, (directly at www.air-travel-center.net/airlines.htm )
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