Ninoy Aquino International Airport or NAIA, formerly known and still commonly referred to as Manila International Airport (IATA: MNL, ICAO: RPLL) as well as by its codename Nichols Field (Nichols), is the airport serving Manila and its surrounding metropolitan area. Located along the border between the cities of Pasay and Parañaque, about 7 kilometers (4.3 mi) south of Manila proper and southwest of Makati. NAIA is the main international gateway for travelers to the Philippines and serves as a hub for AirAsia Philippines, Cebgo, Cebu Pacific, PAL Express, and Philippine Airlines. It is managed by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), a branch of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
Officially, NAIA is the only airport serving the Manila area. However, in practice, both NAIA and Clark International Airport, located in the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga, serve the Manila area, with Clark catering mostly to low-cost carriers because of its lower landing fees compared to those charged at NAIA. In the recent past there have been calls for Clark to replace NAIA eventually as the primary airport of the Philippines. The airport is named after the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., who was assassinated at the airport in 1983. In 2018, all terminals at NAIA handled a record-breaking annual passenger traffic of 45,082,544, an increase of 6.79% from the previous year. It will be replaced by the New Manila International Airport, which is located in Bulacan, to serve both Metro Manila and Central Luzon.
This airport is located within Metro Manila. It is approximately 7 km (4.3 miles) from Makati Central Business District and 12 km (7.4 miles) from Manila. It takes approximately 11 minutes from Makati Central Business District to get to this airport with light traffic.
There are 4 passenger terminals which are served by a shuttle bus. Use the following link to determine how to get from your current location to this airport or from this airport to your destination.
Use the following link to determine how to get from your current location to this airport or from this airport to your destination.
See the Transportation to/from this Airport section below for available modes of transport to/from this airport.
AIRLINES & DESTINATIONS
The following airlines have daily flights to and from the following destinations:
- AirAsia – Manila, Cebu, Davao, Kuala Lumpur–International
- Air Busan – Busan
- Air China – Beijing–Capital
- Air Juan – Busuanga, Cuyo
- Air Niugini – Port Moresby
- AirSWIFT – Basco, El Nido, Sicogon
- All Nippon Airways – Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita
- Asiana Airlines – Seoul–Incheon
- Cathay Pacific – Hong Kong
- Cebu Pacific – Bacolod, Bandar Seri Begawan, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing–Capital, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Caticlan, Cauayan, Cebu, Cotabato, Davao, Denpasar/Bali, Dipolog, Dubai–International, Dumaguete, Fukuoka, General Santos, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Iloilo, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Kalibo, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur–International, Legazpi, Macau, Melbourne, Nagoya–Centrair, Osaka–Kansai, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, San Jose (Mindoro), Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenzhen, Singapore, Sydney, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tokyo–Narita, Tuguegarao, Virac, Xiamen, Zamboanga
- Cebu Pacific operated by Cebgo – Basco, Busuanga, Caticlan, Cebu, Kalibo, Legazpi, Marinduque,Masbate, Naga, Siargao, Tablas
- China Airlines – Kaohsiung, Taipei–Taoyuan
- China Eastern Airlines – Shanghai–Pudong
- China Southern Airlines – Guangzhou, Shenzhen
- Delta Air Lines – Seoul–Incheon (begins October 25, 2020)
- Emirates – Dubai–International
- Ethiopian Airlines – Addis Ababaa
- Etihad Airways – Abu Dhabi
- EVA Air – Taipei–Taoyuan
- Gulf Air – Bahrain
- Hong Kong Airlines – Hong Kong
- Japan Airlines – Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita
- Jeju Air – Seoul–Incheon
- Jetstar Asia Airways – Osaka–Kansai, Singapore
- Jetstar Japan – Nagoya–Centrair, Osaka–Kansai, Tokyo–Narita
- KLM – Amsterdam
- Korean Air – Seoul–Incheon
- Kuwait Airways – Kuwait
- Lanmei Airlines – Phnom Penh
- Malaysia Airlines – Kuala Lumpur–International
- Oman Air – Muscat
- Philippines AirAsia – Bacolod, Bangkok–Don Mueang, Cagayan de Oro, Caticlan, Cebu, Davao, Denpasar/Bali, General Santos, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Iloilo, Kalibo, Kaohsiung, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur–International, Macau, Osaka–Kansai, Puerto Princesa, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenzhen, Tcloban, Tagbilaran
- Philippine Airlines (PAL) – Auckland, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing–Capital, Brisbane, Busan, Cebu, Dammam, Davao, Denpasar/Bali, Doha, Dubai–International, Fukuoka, General Santos, Guam, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Kalibo, Kuala Lumpur–International, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Macau, Melbourne, Nagoya–Centrair, New York–JFK, Osaka–Kansai, Perth (resumes October 26, 2020),Phnom Penh, Port Moresby, Puerto Princesa, Quanzhou, Riyadh, San Francisco, Sapporo–Chitose, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver, Xiamen, Zamboanga
- PAL Express – Bacolod, Basco, Busuanga, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Caticlan, Cebu, Cotabato, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Kalibo, Laoag, Legazpi, Ozamiz, Pagadian (ends October 24, 2020), Puerto Princesa, Roxas, Siargao, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Zamboanga Seasonal: Saipan
- Platinum Skies – Vigan
- Qantas – Sydney
- Qatar Airways – Doha
- Royal Air Philippines – Charter: Nanning, Sihanoukville
- Royal Brunei Airlines – Bandar Seri Begawan
- Saudia – Jeddah, Riyadh
- Scoot – Singapore
- Singapore Airlines – Singapore
- SkyJet – Basco, Busuanga, Camiguin, San Vicente
- Thai Airways – Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
- Turkish Airlines – Istanbul
- United Airlines – Guam, Koror (both resume September 8, 2020)
- XiamenAir – Quanzhou, Xiamen
When you arrive at the airport you will either exit the plane onto the tarmac and walk to the terminal, or deplane onto the tarmac and take a bus to the terminal, or deplane using a skywalk directly into the airport terminal.
Once in the terminal, you will walk a short distance to the baggage claim area to retrieve any bags you may have checked.
After claiming your checked luggage you may exit the terminal directly to the passenger loading zone where you can choose a form of transportation to take you to your destination.
See the Transportation to/from this Airport section below for available modes of transport to/from this airport.
When you arrive at the departure side of this airport, there will be an area to unload your luggage directly outside the Departure Entrance of the terminal.
You must have a valid ticket to enter the terminal. You and your luggage will need to pass through the security checkpoint to enter the terminal.
Once you pass through the security checkpoint at the entrance of the terminal, you will be in the Check-In area where you may begin the check-in process, check your luggage, and obtain your boarding pass.
After checking your luggage and obtaining your boarding pass, you may need to pay a terminal fee if it is not included in the cost of your plane ticket. You must do this BEFORE you can pass through the next security checkpoint to enter the Passenger Waiting area.
The security checkpoint to enter the Passenger Waiting area tends to be more strict and usually requires removing your belt, shoes, hat, all items in your pockets and on your body, as well as large electronics such as tablets and laptops from your bags BEFORE passing through the security checkpoint.
Planes are boarded via a skywalk or from the tarmac. Depending on the distance of your plane from the terminal, you will either walk to the plane on the tarmac, or a bus will take you to your plane which you will then board from the tarmac.
FACILITIES & SERVICES
Assisted Travel Through Terminal
Wheelchairs are available upon request. If you require one, you should inform your airline or travel agent when making a flight booking that you need assistance at this airport, since getting help from the curbside to check-in counters or with the collection of bags is not available unless agreed to in advance with your airline.
Porters are available but usually require tipping them.
There are ATMs at this airport.
There are several car rental agencies at this airport. All are located near the baggage claim area.
There are 2 cellular service providers at this airport: 1) Smart, and 2) Globe. Both service providers are located inside this airport on the departure side of the terminal, and outside this airport on the arrivals side of the terminal.
Concessionaires at this airport include:
- Duty-Free Shop at the Arrival Area
- Souvenir Shops at the Pre-Departure Area
Most concessionaires open at 6:00 AM and close at MIDNIGHT.
A Duty-Free shop is located at the arrival area, on the right side, just after you step-out from the baggage claim area. It usually opens at 6:00 AM and closes at MIDNIGHT.
Food & Drink
There are several stores, restaurants, and cafes available to purchase food & drinks at this airport. Most open at 6:00 AM and close at MIDNIGHT.
Lost & Found
Lost property services at all terminals are provided FREE of charge.
Several lounges are available at this airport. It is located in the Passenger Waiting area of the terminal. There is a cost to access the lounge.
Luggage carts are available for use at no cost.
Luggage Storage & Lockers
There is a luggage storage at Terminal 3.
The following are the cost of luggage storage:
– PHP 150 for the first 3 hours
– After 3 yours, PHP 300 per day
– PHP 200 for the first 3 hours
– After 3 yours, PHP 350 per day
Charging stations are available at this airport. It is near the departure areas in Terminal 2. In Terminal 3, charging stations are near the check-in counters and departure areas.
Foreign money exchange services are available at this airport in both the arrival and the departure areas of all terminals.
Parking is available at all terminals of this airport but costs 40 pesos for the first 3 hours. See Parking Fee section below for details.
Overnight parking is available at this airport, but you must coordinate with the parking attendant or the officer-in-charge of the parking area. Leaving your vehicle overnight without notifying this airport personnel is considered a security threat and could result in your vehicle being towed and impounded.
Extended parking at the airport requires the use of the Park & Fly facility.
There is a multi-denominational prayer room at this airport.
Showers are available at this airport as part of Lounge services.
Sleeping pods are available in Wings Transit Lounge at Terminal 3.
There are designated smoking areas in this airport as well as areas outside the terminal.
Free Wi-Fi is available at Manila Airport in 30 minute sessions.
On departing flights you may be charged a terminal fee of either 300 pesos for domestic flights or 750 pesos for international flights if this fee was not included in the cost of your plane ticket. The fee is payable upon entering the departures hall, after check-in and baggage drop-off, before passing through the security checkpoint.
The travel tax is a levy imposed by the Philippine Government on the individuals (citizens of the Philippines, permanent residents aliens, and non-resident aliens who have stayed in the Philippines for more than one year) who are leaving the country irrespective of the place where the air ticket is issued and the form or place of payment. Tax rates are listed below.
Park & Fly
A Park & Fly facility is available at this airport. Contact for further information about this service: +63 2 877-1109, extension 4315.
The following are the rates:
First 3 hours: PHP 40
Each additional hour: PHP 15
24 hours: PHP 300
Each additional hour after 24 hours: PHP 15
Electronic products that are brought into the country by passengers are subject to tax and duties.
TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM AIRPORT
Bus services are available with several pick-up and drop-off points.
Car for Hire
Arrangements need to be made with a driver prior to your arrival or departure.
There are several car rental agencies at this airport from which you can rent a car.
Jeepneys are the cheapest way to travel to/from this airport. The fares start at 7 PHP. So if you are on a tight budget, or just want an adventure, grab a jeepney.
Ride-Sharing is available to/from the airport on a van for approximately 350-400 PHP per person or through the the GrabTaxi app.
Many of the hotels and resorts offer a van shuttle service. Some are FREE … others involve a cost.
Taxis are readily available at this airport. Most taxi drivers offer a fixed rate (negotiable) but you can also insist on using the meter. As of this June 2020 update, the ride to the city center costs approximately 350-400 PHP.
READ MORE: Taxi Tips for the Philippines
HOTELS NEAR AIRPORT
If sleeping in the airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
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- Manila Bay
- Quiapo Market
- Rizal Park
The list of prohibited items has been expanded to include all liquid substances such as beverages, lotion, shampoo, toothpaste, gels, astringents, and other items of similar consistency. These items shall be placed in the check-in luggage and shall be confiscated if found at the final screening point.
Subject to usual inspection but are not covered by these restrictions are baby formula, breast milk or juice for a baby or small child who is traveling, prescription medicine under the passenger’s name, insulin, and other non-prescription medicines and airline crew groom kits.
For other special arrangements please coordinate with your Airline Company.
- Always check your reservation to determine which terminal your flight is departing from.
- You should consider dressing as light as possible as they may make you remove any belts, shoes, hats and pass them through the x-ray machine.
- Beware of scams and thieves. Keep your bags and valuables close to you at all times while traveling through the airport, on the plane, and in the transport from the airport to your destination.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to go to the airport. It can take time to catch a taxi (30+ minutes). There are often long lines to get into this airport, at the check-in counters, security, and customs. Expect the worst and arrive several hours BEFORE your departure time to avoid missing your flight.
- Always have at least 1,000 pesos handy to pay the terminal fee should you have to. Not all airports accept credit cards or the credit card machines are often not working.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Last Updated: 11-July-2020