IATA Code: MNL – Ninoy Aquino International Airport

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MNL or Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the main gateway to the Philippines from the rest of the world. It has 3 terminals before but now, it has 4 and all located in Pasay City, Metro Manila. In terminal 1, it serves flights to and from Manila to the different sides of the world. It is for international flights mostly with other airline carriers ranging from Qantas for Australian Region; Jeju Air, Korean Airlines and Japan Airlines for the Northeast Asia Region; Emirates, Etihad, Kuwaiti, Saudia and Gulf Air for the Middle East Region; there is also Hawaiian Airlines, China Airlines, JetStar, Singapore Airlines to mention a few, and the airlines bearing the Philippine flag, Philippine Airlines and the famous budgeted airline carrier, Cebu Pacific Air that carry passengers to other countries. NAIA Terminal 1 as you all know has been tagged as the worst airport in Asia and the 5th worst airport in the world last 2010 by an interactive website, ‘The Guide to Sleeping in Airports’. But after that humiliating event, NAIA 1 has had major renovations but still needs more improvement.DSC03462 DSC03463 DSC03466

Claiming of luggage has never been this chaotic but in NAIA Terminal 1, it’s normal.

Changing terminals is no problem, there is a shuttle bus just out of the exit gate that will go to other terminals. But just make sure that you have ample time to change terminals during connecting flights since the shuttle bus will only depart once it is full. There are other alternatives anyway, you can take metered taxi but always make sure to tell the driver to turn on the meter coz they sometimes do it on purpose not to turn it on so they can get more cash out from your pocket.

In NAIA Terminal 2, it is like the headquarters of Philippine Airlines. Most flights are domestically served by PAL. It is wide and spacious since they followed the standard internationally.

Whilst NAIA Terminal 3, this terminal serves a lot of domestic airline carriers. This terminal is the widest and most spacious of all the 4 terminals of NAIA. It has lot of stalls, stores, restos around. Yet still needs improvement though for there are some part of the ceilings about to fall, thus, safety is questionable. But so far, NAIA Terminal 3 satisfies in terms of cleanliness, service, security, and also the wide space along with the free wireless internet connection.DSC03470 DSC03474 DSC03513


the TARMAC in NAIA Terminal 3

In NAIA Terminal 4, it caters airline carriers such as Tiger Airways, AirAsia and other domestic budget airline companies as well as chartered flights. Before it used to be called as ‘Manila Domestic Airport’ but now, it has been the 4th terminal of Ninoy Aquino International Airport. As far as I can remember, the last time I got to use this hub was last 2008. That time, it was a mess. I saw the ceiling falling down and some were opened seeing metal linings. The floor was wet because of the rain. But now, I noticed a big improvement when I entered Terminal 4. It was clean, well lit, very neat and had a good vibe. It may not be spacious but it was good to look at and stay while waiting for your flight.

Check-In Counters

Check-In Counters

Waiting Area

Waiting Area

If you happen to have different terminals during your flight connections, you can use the Airport Shuttle for a fee. They have time frames which I don’t have the information. But if you only have few minutes layover or change of planes, you can hail a taxi in every terminal. They are available and numerous just outside the terminal exit gates.

MNL airport has been tagged as one of the worst airports in the world but the good thing about it is, the government is trying so hard to have it removed from the list by improving NAIA. In the future, all those renovations and beautification will be paid off. I am just hoping it is going to be soon.


IATA Code: TAG – Tagbilaran Airport

International Air Transport Association (IATALocation Identifier uses a 3-letter code to identify locations of airports throughout the world.

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Tagbilaran Airport is tagged with a 3-letter IATA code TAG. It is located in the capital city of the province of Bohol. A province is known and popular for tourists   for it has everything to get the best R&R. Tagbilaran Airport is a small but not a bad airport in terms of services and facilities. It only serves domestic flights from and to Manila, the capital of the country.


There are only 3 airline carriers that come and go in this airport. Those carriers are Cebu Pacific Airlines which has 2 flights per day, Philippine Airlines which has 4 flights per day and lastly, Zest Airways with 3 flights on Sundays to Wednesdays only. Tagbilaran Airport is not a busy airport hub. It even closes right after the last flight in the afternoon but it operates if there are any emergencies.

DSC03485Just outside the airport for both departure and arrival exitsDSC03484Upon presenting your e-ticket, you can directly go inside to get your boarding pass after also passing this checkpoint ;). Note: only passengers are allowed to get inside but exemptions do apply if you know some airport personnel
DSC03478Crash Fire and Rescue Unit with Airport Control TowerDSC03480Since it’s just a small airport, a scene like this always happen. Long queues in getting your boarding pass from 3 different airline countersDSC03483Final Check before entering the Pre-departure AreaDSC03491Pre-departure Area, First floorDSC03493Pre-departure Area, Second floorDSC03495Food and souvenir stalls

Tagbilaran Airport has only 1 terminal with 2 gates and 1 airport ramp. With the growing demand of flights going to Bohol and an increasing tourist population, the government has submitted a proposal for a new and wider airport. It has been passed already just recently and a budget has been on process. It will be a joint venture of the government and Japan since Japan lends the money for the said project. They called it, New Bohol International Airport which will be located in Panglao Island.

Little Hong Kong of the South

Zamboanga del Sur is part of Zamboanga Peninsula and its capital is Pagadian City which is called the Little Hong Kong of the South. Since my uncle and his family live there, I and my mom wanted to visit them. We flew from Cebu to Pagadian via Cebu Pacific and it was only an hour travel.

When we arrived at the airport, we were amazed with how their tricycles look. We’re kinda scared to get in but it would be an adventure to try it so we hopped in and we traveled from the airport to my uncle’s casa. At long last, I met my cousins for merely 3 years of not seeing them. On our first day in Pagadian, we went for a night swimming in Springland Resort just few minutes drive from my uncle’s house.

On our second day, we went shopping to Gaisano Capital Pagadian and People’s Mart.

Third day was amazing for we decided to go on a nature trip in Manga Falls. An awesome falls which took us about 15-min walk thru a thick forest with lots of ginormous trees. It was great and we had fun walking while grasping air to breathe.

We also visited Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur to go to a shrine but we weren’t able to get in. So, we went to Sto. Nino Parish Church and prayed.    

Then, we left Pagadian on the next day, still wanting for another and different adventure.