NAIA Terminal 1

Most international flights and arrivals depart and land at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) 1 terminal. Needless to say, the place is packed at all times, whether at the departure area or the arrival area. Except maybe on wee hours of the evening, that's when fewer people loiter on the arrival or the departure area.

Lately, I've noticed changes around the airport that I'd like to note down here as it may be helpful for other travellers and their relatives and friends picking them up.

Departure Area
Unlike larger airports abroad, NAIA 1 does not allow non-passengers to enter the building. All families, friends, or companions of passengers have to stay out and only the passenger can enter the terminal building. In case the passenger has not weighed his or her bag prior to entering the terminal and had excess luggage that he/she doesn't want to pay for,  he/she has to bring it out again so he/she can give it to his waiting companions. Otherwise, if they already left, then he/she simply has to throw it away at the bins which are overflowing with excess items by the end of the day.

Outside at the parking area where people are waiting, the guards are driving the bystanders away because oftentimes they are blocking the entrance to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) office or the building itself.

Arrival Area
Non-airport taxis are no longer allowed entry to the arrival area. This is because the airport taxis are being promoted. Sad thing though is that the airport taxis charge a bit more compared to the regular taxis. Furthermore, even if you're on your way to the airport and you flagged an airport taxi without passenger, it won't stop for you. They have a rule that they cannot take passengers to the airport, they cannot pickup passengers on their way to the airport. They are only allowed to carry passengers out of the airport.

If you don't want to pay for the airport taxis, a passenger can opt to walk out of the arrival area and proceed to the highway on the right side of the airport. From there, they can easily take a bus or taxi and pay regular fares. Else, you can always have your own driver and car pick you up directly at the arrival area and there's no issue with that.


On this poster, you can find the 24-hour hotlines of NAIA, should you need to check something with them and you have no access to the net.

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