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Flights from Manila Ninoy Aquino

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport, also known as the Manila International Airport, is the busiest airport in the Philippines located between the cities of Pasay and Parañaque. Simply known as NAIA, it offers flights to international destinations. It serves as a major hub for AirAsia Philippines, AirAsia Zest, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and PAL Express. It is the only airport serving the metropolis with four terminals. Terminal 1 is the second oldest terminal at NAIA after Terminal 4. It was renovated in 2014 to strengthen the structural integrity of the terminal. Terminal 2 has a capacity of 2.5 million passengers per year and is exclusively used by the Philippine Airlines. Terminal 3, meanwhile, is the largest terminal in NAIA. The airport took its name after Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., who was assassinated at the airport in 1983. It is one of the busiest airports in Asia, serving more than 32 million passengers annually.

Where to go

From the airport, passengers can explore some of the 7,107 islands of the country via domestic flights. Some of these include Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, Cebu, Davao, Tagbilaran, Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Iloilo, Legazpi, Zamboanga, and many more. In Kalibo, tourists can splash into the waters of Boracay, a small island in the western region of the country. It is one of the famous beaches in the world because of its white sand. People can go scuba diving, snorkelling, and parasailing, to name a few. Another popular tourist destination is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, located in the island of Palawan. It is one of the World Heritage Sites that feature caves, rock formations, and river channels. Meanwhile, in Legazpi, tourists can see the Mayon Volcano, which is also called the “perfect cone” because of its unique symmetrical shape. Many people around the world visit Mayon to see the majestic view of the volcano.

Nearby Asian destinations can be visited via the NAIA. From the airport, tourists can go to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Jakarta in Indonesia, Siem Reap in Cambodia, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, and Bangkok in Thailand. Siem Reap in north-western Cambodia is a popular resort town and serves as a gateway to the Angkor region. With a rich cultural heritage, tourists visiting Siem Reap will see the colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter and surrounding the Old Market. Traditional Apsara dance performances here are also worth witnessing, as well as visiting the Cambodian cultural village, silk farms, rice-paddies, fishing villages, and a bird sanctuary near Tonle Sap Lake. Near the city are the most popular tourist attractions in Cambodia, the Angkor temples.

Aside from nearby Asian countries, tourists can visit other destinations around the globe like Istanbul in Turkey, Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Doha in Qatar, Sydney in Australia, Muscat in Oman, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, and many more. People can also explore European countries by taking connecting flights. In going to Abu Dhabi from Manila, the flight usually takes about nine hours, same with other nearby countries in the Middle East.

How to get out

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport, or NAIA, is well-connected with many airports around the globe and has various regular flight connections to different countries. Airlines that offer services in this airport include Air China, AirAsia, Asiana Airlines, Business Air, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, Dragonair, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, and many others.

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