Also recognised interchangeably as Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila International Airport serves as the primary gateway for its home city as well as neighbouring regions; and was christened after the late Benigno Aquino, Jr. Situated approximately 7km away from downtown, Manila International Airport also happens to be the country’s leading entry point for all travellers looking to explore the Philippines, and houses base operations of all local airlines such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and PAL Express. The airport also enjoys not only the busiest passenger traffic within its own country, but prominently stands out as a significant gateway within the Asian continent as well. Currently comprising four main passenger terminals, Manila International Airport is segregated into international operations offered by foreign carriers, operations operated by local Philippines carriers, domestic operations, as well as an integrated international terminal. All four terminals are interconnected by the provision of a shuttle service which runs frequently throughout the day. There are also ongoing plans to install an additional terminal catering mainly to budget flight operations. Within the airport properties, passengers will find themselves treated to a wide array of all-encompassing amenities. These include the likes of banking facilities and currency exchange services, post offices, retail and dining options, as well as a four-storey shopping mall located onsite between the terminal and car parks. Plenty of accommodation choices can be found near the airport vicinity as well, catering specially to the comfort and convenience of passengers who are transiting in Manila International Airport.
How to get around in Manila
From Manila International Airport, passengers can get into the city centre with ease by utilising the various public and private modes of transport available. Bus and jeepney services are offered through the provision of nine routes outside the arrivals halls at the airport, where passengers can hop on for an inexpensive ride into downtown areas as well as to railway stations. Passengers can also find buses which will take them into the different provinces surrounding Manila. Within the city itself, visitors will find most buses to be unnumbered, but rest assured that the corresponding routes are displayed within visible sight so that you can still navigate independently and cost-effectively around Manila. Train networks also cover the city grounds extensively, and fares are determined based on distance of travel. Airport taxis can also be widely found around the terminals, offering a convenient means of transport.
What to see & do
Rising skyscrapers, congested roads, historical sights, pristine nature -- these are but only some phrases to describe the diversity that Manila has to offer. The capital city of the Philippines is quite eclectic in its variety of culture and heritage, but even better known for being a vibrant shopping mecca with some of the biggest megamalls in Asia and the world, making every shopaholic’s dream come true. When in the city, do remember to try out some local street fare as well, as these unassuming stalls may just offer one of the best gastronomical experiences you will ever have. For the courageous, take a shot at the notorious balut -- an almost developed duck embryo to be consumed whole, feathers, bones and all. Once you have had your fill, take a leisurely stroll along the Intramuros, a historically significant area which will take you back in time to colonial times.
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