Flights in the Philippines and airports

Manila Airport

Most visitors to the Philippines arrive in the city of Manila by plane, as this capital city boasts a large and modern international airport, which is located conveniently close to the city centre. A domestic airport is also located within easy driving distance, offering quick and convenient connections to a whole host of destinations within the Philippines.

Other entry points to the Philippines includes Clark Fields International Airport near Angeles city (around an hour north of Manila) which has become a significant hub for KL-based no frills carrier AirAsia. Cebu City also has an international airport which handles lots of domestic traffic plus international services to Bangkok, Seoul and Singapore with Cebu Pacific.

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila Airport)

Often referred to simply as Manila International Airport, this major transportation hub serves as the gateway to the city of Manila as well as Pasay City and Paranque City.

This is by far the busiest airport in the whole of the Philippines, handling more than 30 million passengers, with numbers rising every year.

The airport consists of four passenger terminals, although most passengers who travel here on an international flight tend to arrive at Terminal One. Officially known as the Centennial Terminal, Terminal Two is used exclusively by Philippine Airlines, which is the flagship carrier for both the airport’s domestic and international flights.

Next we have Terminal Three, which is also known as the NAIA International Terminal and processes international flights that are provided by local airlines such as Cebu Pacific, PAL Express and Air Philippines. Terminal Four is a purely domestic terminal, which provides all other flights.

Those who have a little time to kill before their departure will find a wide range of services and amenities on hand. When hunger strikes, visitors can dine in style at one of the airport’s modern restaurants, while snacks and drinks are also offered at a number of strategically placed food carts. Those who like to shop until they drop will find a couple of onsite duty-free outlets, while there are also plenty of banking, baby changing and business facilities to be found.

The airport is located just seven kilometres from the district of Old Manila, meaning that passengers will be able to complete the journey in a mere matter of minutes. The easiest and most popular way to get into the city is by taking a taxi, and a whole fleet of cabs can be found ready and waiting outside the main airport entrance.

While unofficial drivers may try to catch your attention on the way to the entrance, it is better to join the queue for the official metered taxis. It is also possible to take a bus or a jeepney into the city, while many of Manila’s leading hotels offer their guests free transportation.

Those who wish to travel to other parts of the Philippines can take a short taxi ride to Baclaran Station, which is located two kilometres away. There are also a couple of large bus stations in Manila, where passengers can hop aboard a bus and travel to a large number of different destinations.

Clark Fields International Airport

This large domestic airport (formerly Diosdado Macapagal International Airport) can be found some 85kms from the city of Manila. This is often the arrival point for passengers who take budget flights with airlines such as AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, Tiger Airways and Sea Air from destinations within the Philippines as well as places such as Singapore and Bangkok.

The airport features a single terminal, although an additional two terminals are due to be added shortly. Shuttle buses are available to whisk passengers away to Metro Manila at regular intervals, while the airport is conveniently located for those who want to explore the Subic Bay Freeport.

Boracay Airports (Caticlan and Kalibo)

Boracay Island remains one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines. Its pristine white beaches and lively nightlife make it a top choice in the Visayas, and getting here need not be a trial with two nearby airports with simple transfer links.

Caticlan Airport (or Godofredo P. Ramos Airport) is only a couple of minutes from Caticlan port which has a constant stream of bancas making the 20-minute hop over to the island proper. Most flights here are inclusive of minibus and ferry ticket and this is by far the easiest option for getting to this little stretch of paradise.

However, the short runway here means that Caticlan Airport is only suitable for the small aircraft of internal flights from Philippines transport hubs such as Cebu, Manila, Clark Fields and, while international passengers must change first or alternatively fly to Kalibo International Airport.

This airport is served by larger airlines including Philippine Airlines, Airphil Express, as well as Cebu Pacific and international carriers such as Zet and Mandarin Airlines. Flights from Manila to Kalibo take only half-an-hour, and bus transfers to Caticlan Jetty Port take only an hour at most.