14 Apr 2022 - 4 min read
Arriving to or departing from Ninoy Aquino International Airport? Here's what you need to know about NAIA Terminal 3, one of its four terminals.
The terminal has the capacity to handle about 13 million passengers per year. It has 24 gates and 140 check-in counters.
It is connected to Newport City via a 0.22 -kilometer long footbridge and hosts both international and domestic flights.
The terminal has four levels and a parking garage that is connected to the main terminal:
NAIA Terminal 3 is located along the Pasay-Paranaque border. It is close to various hotels, fast-food chains, and other commercial establishments.
Depending on where you are coming from, there are different ways to get to NAIA 3.
You may ride a bus with a "MIA" signboard on EDSA. Alight on the Airport Road and take a jeepney bound to Nichols.
There are also jeepneys going to Nichols/Terminal 3 at EDSA Taft Rotonda.
If you're coming from Eastwood City, you may take the bus operated by Citylink Coach Services. It takes its passengers straight to the terminal.
Alternatively, you may take a cab. Fares depend on where you are coming from.
The departure hall in NAIA Terminal is located on the second floor. Here's a step-by-step guide on what to do when flying out from this terminal.
Before entering the facility, prepare your passport and ticket. An officer will inspect these documents before you proceed to the x-ray machine.
Make use of the porter services if you are carrying heavy or several bags.
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Proceed to the TIEZA counters just beside the check-in desks. This is where you pay travel tax amounting to PHP 1,620.
You will have to show your passport and ticket to the officer. Keep the receipt as you will need this later on.
Take note that only passengers taking international flights have to complete this step.
Present your passport, ticket, and travel tax receipts. This is where you should drop your check-in luggage.
Usually, passengers have to check in at least an hour before their flight.
International passengers may want to come earlier just to be safe.
Once done, the officer will give you your boarding pass containing the boarding time. Take note of the gate number assigned to you.
Before proceeding to the immigration counters, fill out a departure form.
Head towards the Bureau of Immigration window with your passport, boarding pass, and departure card.
Expect the officer to ask you questions related to your travel. This is why it's also important to bring important travel documents with you. The office will stamp your passport once done.
A final security check is required before you proceed to the boarding gate. Your hand-carry will be going through an x-ray and metal detector again.
Be attentive once you're at the boarding gate. You will hear announcements regarding boardings as well as change of gates and boarding times. After your flight number is called, line up and prepare your boarding pass and passport.
The arrival hall is in the ground floor of NAIA Terminal 3. Take note that there are no tubes used at the terminal on deplaning for domestic travel.
Passengers should board shuttle buses to and from the boarding gates instead.
After deplaning, head towards the immigration counters and line up. Present your passport and customs form and have the former stamped.
Head towards the ground floor to get your checked-in bags from the baggage carousel. The conveyor belts have labels showing your flight number.
Go to the customs counter after collecting your luggage. This is where you should submit your customs form. If you have nothing to declare, your bag doesn't have to undergo inspection.
Head over to the passenger waiting area, where your fetcher, family, or friends are waiting. You may also request porter services to help you with your things.