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Manila Airport

Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila, Philippines
+62 2 877 1109
+63 2 877 1109 (Lost + Found) (Lost+Found)
Manila Airport - All Information on Manila Airport (MNL)

Ninoy Aquino International Airport just outside of Manila, the Philippines is an airport with many names. It was formerly known, and is still commonly referred to, as Manila International Airport, but it is also known by its codename Nichols Field or simply just NAIA for short. The IATA code is MNL and the ICAO code is RPLL.

Manila Airport is located along the border between the cities of Parañaque and Pasay, approximately 7 km/4.3 mi south of Manila.

MNL is the main international gateway into the Philippines and it serves as a hub for Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Cebgo and PAL Express and is also the base for Philippines AirAsia. The airport is managed by MIAA (Manila International Airport Authority), an agency attached to the Department of Transportation.

Whilst NAIA is the only official international airport serving Manila, Clark International Airport in Pampanga also serves the region with mostly low-cost carriers.

The airport got its name from the late senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr who was assassinated at the airport in 1983.

Manila International Airport serviced 47,898,049 passengers in 2019 with a total of 122,902 international flights and 154,625 domestic flights and it has two asphalt runways of respectively 3,737 m/12,261 ft and 2,258 m/7,408 ft.

While there are voices calling for Clark International Airport to eventually replace NAIA as the primary airport of the Philippines there are also plans to complement the current airport by two new airports with the New Manila International Airport located in Bulacan and Sangley Point Airport located in Cavite City, Cavite. Once these two airports are completed they will carry the international flights of Metro Manila and its surrounding areas while NAIA becomes a domestic airport also catering for diplomatic and state visits, business flights and air taxis among other services.

Arrivals, Departures and Airlines at Manila Airport

The Terminals

Ninoy Aquino International Airport has 4 passenger terminals built at different times during the history of the airport.

Terminal 1 was completed in 1981 and is therefore the second oldest of the terminals after Terminal 4. It has a capacity of 6 million passengers per year after an expansion from 4.5 million in 2014. 

Terminal 2 is named the Centennial Terminal in commemoration of the centennial year of the declaration of Philippine independence and it opened in 1999. It was originally designed to be a domestic terminal but it was later modified to service both domestic and international flights. The terminal is exclusively used by Philippine Airlines and PAL Express, for both their domestic and international flights. The terminal has 12 jet bridges. The terminal was inaugurated on February 16, 2021 after an expansion of 2,800 square meters/30,000 square ft.

Terminal 3 is both the newest and the largest of the four terminals opening for domestic flights in 2008 and international flights in 2011. It has 4 stories and is connected with Newport City Mall by a 220 m/720 ft long footbridge, known as Runway Manila, which opened in 2017. The terminal has 34 jet bridges and 20 contact gates and it can serve 6,000 passengers per hour.

Terminal 4 is named Manila Domestic Passenger Terminal, and called the Old Terminal, and it was built in 1948. It has no jet bridges, has 26 check-in counters, five baggage carousels and is a single story building. It serves domestic flights only and it is the oldest of the terminals.

Smoking at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, MNL

Terminals 1-3 have designated smoking areas within the terminal buildings, while smoking is only allowed outside Terminal 4.


NAIA offers their guest unlimited free WiFi in 30 minute sessions. Once a session ends it is as simple as just reconnecting to the network.

Prayer Rooms

Both Christian/Catholic Chapels and Muslim prayer rooms can be found in Terminals 1-3 and there is an Our Lady of the Airways Parish Church located 500 m from Terminal 1. The Chapels as well as the Church hold daily scheduled Masses and offer confessions.

Shopping, food and beverages

There are options for food and beverages as well as shopping available in all terminals and Terminal 3 has a footbridge connection with Newport City Mall.

Transferring to and from Manila Airport

Parking – All terminals have their individual parking options and the fee is the same for all of them.

Rental car – There are several rental car companies in Manila Airport available in Terminals 1-3. It is wise to pre-book.

Taxi – Three different types of taxis are servicing the airport's 4 passenger terminals. They can be found right outside the departure entrances.

The Coupon Taxi is obtained by collecting a coupon at the dispatch counter in the terminal. The coupon will state the fare and should be in your possession until you arrive at your destination. This is the most expensive taxi option.

Regular Taxis are the cabs servicing Metro Manila.

Yellow-metered Taxis have a distance based metered system for the fare and are less expensive than the Coupon Taxi, but more expensive than the regular taxi. You are advised to choose a different taxi if the driver does not start the meter as you get into the vehicle.

The ride to Metro Manila will take anything from 20 minutes to over an hour depending on the traffic at the time.

Bus – There are several city bus lines servicing Manila Airport, but they are mostly used by locals and it is advised to not use them if you have large luggage. Tickets are purchased by the driver. City Route 2 will take you to or from the closest LRT Station, Baclaran, 10 minutes away.


There are jeepneys servicing all four terminals and Pasay and Parañque, but again mostly locals use them and they can be very crowded and are not advised to use them when travelling with large luggage.


The Light Rail Transit System, LRT, doesn’t go directly from or to the airport, but to the closest station, Baclaran, 10 minutes away.

Hotels near Manila Airport

There are a number of hotels to suit all budgets and requirements at or near Manila Airport.

Parking at Manila Airport

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Additional Services and Amenities at Manila Airport

At Manila Airport you will find the usual array of bars and restaurants, airport lounges and shops.

Things to do in Manila

There are a number of activities to suit all ages and interests in the region - see a selection of tourist activities in Manila, Philippines.

Airport Contacts

Address: Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila, Philippines
General phone: +62 2 877 1109
General Email:
Lost and found Email:
Lost and found phone: +63 2 877 1109
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Local Information

Drive on: Left
Electricity: 220V/60Hz
Plug: A,B and C

Services at Manila Airport

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Lounges at Manila Airport

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Eating and Drinking at Manila Airport

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