Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is one of two international airports serving the Metro Manila area and is the main international gateway to the Philippines. The NAIA is about 7 kilometres south of the country’s capital, Manila.
Officially NAIA is the only airport serving the Manila area with the Clark International Airport located in the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga catering mostly to low-cost carriers.
There are 4 terminals:
NAIA Terminal 1 serves international flights except for those operated by Cebu Pacific Air, PAL Express, Delta Air Lines, Philippine Airlines, All Nippon Air (ANA), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airline and Cathay Pacific Airways. It has 16 gates namely gates: 1-7, 9-12 and 14-16.
NAIA Terminal 2 (Centennial Terminal) currently houses international and domestic flights of the country’s flag carrier, the Philippine Airlines. The building is divided into two wings: North wing for International Flights, South wing for Domestic Flights.
NAIA Terminal 3 International Terminal serves international flights not served at Terminal 1. It is the newest and biggest terminal. It also operates with domestic flights.
NAIA Terminal 4 hosts flights from local carriers as Air Asia Zest, Tigerair Philippines and Skyjet Airlines.
Tourists can visit the Philippines without a visa if staying in the country for 21 days or less provided tourists have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months and a return ticket or a ticket to another destination outside the Philippines. If you wish to stay longer, you must obtain a Visa Extension either before your trip from a Philippine Consulate or Embassy or, once in the country, you may obtain it from the Bureau of Immigration.
March to May is hot and dry while June to October is rainy. November to February is the coolest months and indeed a good time to visit the Philippines as far as weather is concerned. The average temperature in the Philippines is 78-900F or 25-32oC with average humidity of 77%.
Two official languages are used, Filipino and English. Filipino, which is based on Tagalog, is the national language. English is widely used as the medium of instruction in higher education and is used for scholarly discourse. English is the business language and is spoken widely.
The currency in the Philippines is the Peso (PHP) and the Centavo. 100 centavos = P1. Coin denominations are: 1, 5, 10 and 25 centavos, P1, P5 and P10. Bill denominations are 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 Pesos. Foreign currency may be exchanged at your hotel, banks, and authorized money changing outlets and in most of large department stores. Most large stores, restaurants and hotels accept major credit cards including American Express, Visa and Master Card.
Metered and fixed rate taxis are widely available in key cities nationwide. Jeepneys and buses are inexpensive ways of getting around most places. In Metro Manila, the fastest way of commuting is via the railway system, Manila Light Rail Transit System (LRT-1 Green Line and LRT-2 Blue Line) and Metro Manila Rail Transit System (MRT-3 Yellow Line).
For more information, contact the Tourist Information Center at Room 106, Department of Tourism Building, T.M. Kalaw St., Agrifina Circle, Rizal Park, Manila. Telephone numbers (632) 524-2384 and (632) 524-1703.