Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Manila International Airport is called after Benigno Aquino, nicknamed 'Ninoy'. He was killed in an attack at the airport in 1983. The Philippine capital has a second airport, Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, also called Clark Airport. This airport is mainly used by budget airlines.
Manila Airport has four terminals, three for international flights and the Domestic Terminal for domestic flights. The new Terminal 3 was opened in 2011. Shuttle buses connect the terminals.
IATA airport code: MNL
ICAO airport code: RPLL
There's no direct train connection with the airport, but there are two stations nearby: the Manila Light Rail station Baclaran and the train station Nichols. It's proposed to extend the so-called yellow line of the light rail network to the airport.
Car and bus
The airport is situated 7 kilometers south of the center of the Philippine capital. By rental car you can reach the airport from the city center via the South Luzon Expressway. The way to the airport is clearly signposted. Keep in mind that traffic in the Philippine capital is often very busy.
Several bus services connect the airport with different destinations in Manila. Some buses stop at all terminals, others only at Terminal 3. So-called jeepneys also run from the airport to the city and to the light rail station Baclaran (see Train).
Car rental Manila Airport
There are several car rental companies present at Manila Ninoy Aquino Airport. International ones such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz, but also less known ones including Nissan Rent-a-Car, Pacific Blue and Sunshine. You can find the counters of the rental companies in the Arrivals Hall.
At Manila Airport you will be approached by people looking for customers for their 'taxi'. We advise to ignore these requests. You'd better take an official taxi. You can book a taxi at a ticket kiosk. A ride to Manila's center costs about 200 pesos and takes, depending on traffic, 30 minutes to more than an hour.
There are open-air parking lots at the three international terminals. There's a fixed rate of 35 pesos, irrespective of how long you park your car. To leave your car at night you need to pay 50 pesos per night, but for security reasons you first need to report this with security. There's a parking garage near the new Terminal 3. More information about parking at Manila Airport via telephone number: +63(0)2 877 1109, extension 748.
There's one hotel at the airport, the Manila Airport Hotel (Tel. +63(0)2 854 7549). The Marriott Hotel Manila Airport (Tel. +63(0)2 988 9999) lies nearby Terminal 3. Other hotels nearby the airport include Maxim's Hotel (Tel. +63(0)2 836 6000), Heritage Hotel (Tel. +63(0)2 854 8888) and Dusit Thani Manila (Tel. +63(0) 867 3333). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
All terminals offer many eating and drinking facilities, but the selection in the new Terminal 3 is probably most extensive: restaurants (including a Japanese specialty restaurant), branches of fast-food chains, ice-cream parlors and bakeries. The range of shops is reasonable, but definitely not overwhelming.
There are no possibilities to store your baggage at Manila Airport. There is however a lost-and-found desk in the Departure Hall of Terminal 1, which can be reached via the general telephone number +63(0)2 877 1109, extension 3654.
In all terminals you'll find information desks for inquiries about Manila Airport, flight schedules and airport services. There are also airport employees around.
The VIP Lounge (Tel. +63(2) 853-5998) offers basic facilities such as faxing and copying. The Manila Airport Hotel offers more extensive business facilities, while the Marriott has meeting and conference rooms available which can accommodate a maximum of 850 people (see Hotels).
Manila Airport has excellent accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators and toilets, and also low-hanging telephones. For assistance you can call +63(0)2 877 1111.
You'll find banks, exchange offices and ATM's scattered around the terminals. There are also two post offices, baby rooms, silence rooms, showers, children's playgrounds, massage parlors, a hairdresser and a sauna. The medical service (Tel. +63(0)2 8771 2096) is housed in the basement of the central hall of Terminal 2, the so-called Rotunda.