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Flight Accessibility


A number of airlines travels from Australia to the Philippines.  These partner airlines are Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine AirlinesQantas, Malaysia Airlines, and Singapore Airlines

Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark, Subic, and Laoag are the international gateways.

 

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila is the premier gateway. It is served by more that 30 airlines from different cities around the world. 

 

The Mactan International Airport (MIA) in Cebu handles regular flights from Japan, Singapore, and Australia, as well as chartered flights from Hong Kong, the United States, and other major travel capitals. 

 

Francisco Bangoy International Airport, also known as Davao International Airport is the main airport serving Davao City and the busiest airport on the island of Mindanao. The airport is currently serving 7 airlines and is handling both domestic and international flights operating to and from Davao.

 

 

The Diosdado Macapagal International Airport and Subic Airfield in Central Luzon service both chartered and cargo planes.

 

 

Laoag International Airport, the northernmost international airport is the main airport seving the general area of Laoag, the capital city of the province of Ilocos Norte. The airport services regular flights from Taiwan and Macau.

Transport - By Air


From Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney have direct flights to Manila, Philippines through Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and Qantas, while Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines have connecting flights via Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore, respectively. If you are more than happy to transit, you can also reach the Philippines via cities such as Bangkok or Hong Kong. Some airlines offer direct flights from these connecting cities to other international airports in the Philippines. 

From New Zealand, Auckland has direct flights to Manila through Philippine Airlines, or you can opt for a connecting flight via Sydney through the other airlines.

​Flights from Australia to Manila usually take up to 8.5 hours, while flights from Auckland, New Zealand will take roughly 10.5 hours. From NAIA, you’ll find it’s very easy to fly domestically to other parts of the Philippines.

 

Airports in Manila

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila is divided into four terminals, catering to domestic and international flights from the world's major airlines. It is equipped with tourist help desks, hotels and car rental services, duty-free souvenir shops, and handicap assistance.

NAIA Terminal 1

Primary international airport in Manila. Serves all the international flights from and to Manila except for the ones operated by airlines in NAIA Terminal 2 and NAIA Terminal 3

NAIA Terminal 2

Operates the domestic and international flights of the flag carrier of the country, the Philippine Airlines and PAL Express. This terminal is also known as the Centennial Terminal to commemorate the centennial declaration of the Philippine Independence.

NAIA Terminal 3

Caters to international flights operated by Cathay Pacific Air, AirAsia, Emirates Airline, Cebu Pacific Air, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Delta Air Lines, All Nippon Air, and Singapore Airlines, as well as domestic flights of Cebu Pacific Air. It also has a transit lounge (airport lounge) and a massage place.

NAIA Terminal 4

NAIA Terminal 4 caters to both domestic and regional services from CebGo, AirSwift, and SkyJet. Some AirAsia flights depart from this terminal as well, so check your tickets closely.

 

Airports Outside Manila

Clark International Airport (CRK)

The Airlines that fly in and out from Clark International Airport has been continuously increasing to accommodate the influx of tourists, resulting to the regional airlines' expansion of their operations in Clark.  Among the airlines that operate in Clark are Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines, South Korea-bound Airlines such as Jin Air, T'Way Airlines, Korean Air, Jeju Air, and Pan-Pacific Airlines. Direct flights from Cathay Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, and XiamenAir also operates in Clark, as well as Qatar Airways, Emirates, Scoot, JetStar Airlines, Royal Air Philippines, and AirSWIFT.

 

El Nido Lio Airport (ENI)

Locally known as Lio Airport, El Nido Lio Airport serves the general area of El Nido, Palawan, and is owned and operated by AirSWIFT. 

 

Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO)

The Davao International Airport serves 13 domestic destinations in the Philippines through different airlines. Airlines operating in the airport includes Cebu Pacific Air, Cebgo, Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, Philippines AirAsia, AirAsia, SilkAir, and SkyJet.

 

Francisco B. Reyes Airport/ Busuanga Airport (USU)

More commonly known as Busuanga Airport, Francisco B. Reyes  Airport is serving the general Coron, Palawan area including the neighbouring municipality of Busuanga. Air Juan, AirSWIFT, Cebu Pacific, Cebgo, Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, and SkyJet are the airlines operating in the airport.

 

Godofredo P. Ramos Airport/ Caticlan Airport (MPH)

Known as Caticlan Airport, Godofredo P. Ramos Airport, serves the general area of the municipality of Malay, Aklan with Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines, and SkyJet as the operating airlines in the airport.

 

Kalibo International Airport (KLO)

One of the two airports serving Boracay, Kalibo International Airport serves the general area of Kalibo, the capital of Aklan province. The airlines that operate domestic and international airlines in Kalibo Airport includes Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, Etihad Airways, and All Nippon Airways.

 

Iloilo International Airport (ILO)

Locally known as the Cabatuan International Airport, Iloilo International Airport serves the province of Iloilo, including its capital, Iloilo City. Considered to be one of the largest airports constructed in the country, it is handling domestic routes operated by Cebu Pacific Air, AirAsia and Philippine Airlines, as well as direct flights to Hong Kong and Singapore. 

 

Laoag International Airport (LAO)

Laoag International Airport was constructed by American before World War II as Gabu Airfield and was later converted into a civilian airport. Airlines operating in the airport includes Philippine Airlines, China Eastern Air, Etihad Airways, and South East Asian Airlines.

 

Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS)

Located in the province of Palawan, Puerto Princesa International Airport is serving the general area of Puerto Princesa. Airlines that operate in the airport frequently includes Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines, AirAsia Zest, and Etihad Airways. 

 

Panglao International Airport (TAG)

Bohol-Panglao International Airport, also known as New Bohol International Airport is a new airport in Panglao Island, Bohol province. The airlines that operate in the Panglao International Airport are Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, Philippines AirAsia, All Nippon Airways, Jeju Air, and Hahn Air Systems. 

Transport - By Sea


As the islands of the Philippines are separated by different bodies of water, the sea plays an integral part in travel. A range of seafarers are available, from huge cargo ships to small ferry boats.

Major cruise liners call on the port of Manila. Passenger liners transport travellers akin to airplanes with options for various types of accommodation. 

If you prefer travelling by boat, try the roll-on-roll-off (RORO) ships between Manila and the country's major ports. Running from short to medium distance routes, they come in handy if you are travelling with a vehicle. 

To and from smaller islands, take fast sea crafts and other ferry services. They provide faster and air-conditioned vessels between the larger islands of the country. 

Popularly used for inter-island travel adventure, locally called 'island-hopping', various native motorized outrigger canoes, locally known as bancas, can be rented out from various resorts offering island tour packages. They are used by locals in travelling to the neighbouring islands, as well as diving tours by operators.

Some of the ferry companies that provide services are listed below:

2Go Travel

Manila to Palawan/ Palawan to Manila

Manila to Puerto Princesa City/ Puerto Princesa  City to Manila

Palawan to Puerto Princesa City/ Puerto Princesa City to Palawan

Batangas to Caticlan Jetty Port/ Caticlan Jetty Port to Batangas

Cebu City to Manila/ Manila to Cebu City

Iloilo City to Manila/ Manila to Iloilo City

Bacolod City to Iloilo City/ Iloilo City to Bacolod City

Cebu City to Tagbilaran/ Tagbilaran to Cebu City

Cebu City to Leyte/ Leyte to Cebu City

 

Super Cat

Bacolod City to Iloilo City/ Iloilo City to Bacolod City

Cebu City to Tagbilaran City/ Tagbilaran City to Cebu City

 

Ocean Jet

Ocean Jet

Cebu City to Tagbilaran City/ Tagbilaran City to Cebu City

 

Montenegro Lines

El Nido to Coron / Coron to El Nido

 

Phimal Fast Ferry

El Nido to Coron/ Coron to El Nido

 

For more information:

Ferries in the Philippines

 

Passenger Ships:

Trans Asia Shipping

Cokailong Shipping

 

Transport - By Land


Traveling around by land is possible through various modes of land transport. Highways and 

 

 

It is possible to travel by air-conditioned bus from Manila to nearly all major destinations in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

​There is also a National Railway which however, only really transects Southern Luzon. Some of the trains have recently been replaced or refurbished though, so if you’re not in a hurry, it’s a viable way to get from Manila to Legazpi.

​Within Metropolitan Manila, take the Light Railway Transit (LRT). It’s the fastest and most economical way to travel throughout the metropolis:

LRT Line 1 – to go to and from the Roosevelt in the north to Baclaran in the south.
LRT Line 2 – to go to and from Recto Avenue to Santolan St. in the eastern part of the metropolis.

The Metro Rail Transport (MRT) Line 3 – to go through Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), Metro Manila’s main circumferential road. Stations are located at major intersections of Makati City, Ortigas, and Cubao.

​If there are no LRT lines where you’re going, take a bus or metered taxi. You’ll find taxis in Manila and major parts of Metro Manila, and they can usually be flagged down right where you’re standing.

​For short distances within the city, try taking a public utility jeepney (PUJ) or a tricycle.

For more info on the Philippine National Railway:

Philippines National Rail
The Light Railway Transit (LRT)
The Metrotren (MRT)

​Some helpful blogs for getting around Manila:

PH Commute
MetroManilaDirections
Parasatabi

​Better yet, ask a local for directions. It’ll be fun!