Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), also known as Manila International Airport, is the primary airport serving Manila and its surrounding metropolis. It is located along the border between the cities of Pasay and Parañaque, just about seven kilometres south of the Manila proper. It is the main international airport for travellers who wish to visit or fly out of the Philippines, and it also serves as a hub for AirAsia Philippines, AirAsia Zest, Cebgo, Cebu Pacific, PAL Express, and the Philippine Airlines. It was named after the late Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., father of the concurrent President of Philippines, who was assassinated here in 1983. It shares service to Manila flights with the Clark International Airport in Pampanga, except that Clark is a bit further from Manila itself. NAIA is considered as one of the busiest airports in Asia, owing mostly to the fact that it has four terminals functioning as of writing.
Where to go
There are quite a number of beautiful tourist spots in the Philippines and they are all accessible within an hour's reach of domestic flights. On top of that list is Boracay, arguably one of the most popular beach islands in the world, which is located 196 miles south of Manila. Another popular place among visitors lies just 81 miles south of Manila called Puerto Galera, home to the only Philippine bay listed among the "Club of the most beautiful bays of the World". If beaches are not your thing, you could always visit the natural wonders that the Philippines have to offer. An automatic spot in this list should include the island province of Bohol which is located in the Central Visayas region, where you will find the world famous Chocolate Hills. The hill range is full of limestone formation mounds, which you can enjoy via air or land upon climbing its highest point. From there, it shouldn't be much of a problem getting to Cebu, the southern counterpart of Metro Manila which is known for its rich cultural heritage, year-round festivals, mouth-watering delicacies, and a lavish nightlife.
Explore the rest of Asia by taking short haul flights to neighbouring countries of the Philippines. Visit Singapore, where you can find the beautiful Marina Bay, or travel to its popular island resort of Sentosa. You could also head out to Hong Kong and visit popular tourist spots such as Disneyland and the visually stunning sights offered by Victoria Peak. You could also take a culinary tour of Hong Kong, where you can tour and discover its unique cuisine. Given the luxury of having more budget, don't miss out on a trip to Japan, where you can find visit the world famous Mt. Fuji, and a plethora of ancient and modern castles spread out across the country.
Long haul flights to the rest of the world shouldn't be a problem from Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Direct flights are available to places such as Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, and Bahrain, among many others.
How to get out
Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the default international airport of choice by both locals and foreigners alike, as exemplified by its record breaking annual passenger traffic of close to 32 million passengers back in 2012. It is well-connected to many airports across the world, and has various non-stop and regular flight connections to a handful of countries. At least 1,300 international flights depart from NAIA weekly, and the list of airlines that fly out of here include Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air New Zealand, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and many others.
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