Saturday, June 18, 2011

Getting There

By Air
The best way to travel to Philippines is by air. Since Manila is strategically located, it has be an important point on major international routes with over 420 international flights serviced by 28 international airlines on a weekly basis.

Philippine Airlines is the national carrier and links Manila with 26 cities in 19 countries worldwide and offers regular service to and from 43 domestic points.

From Canada and U.S.
Airlines serving the United States to Philippine route include:

> Philippine Airlines (Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver)
> Northwest Airlines (Detroit, Minneapolis/ St. Paul)

Flight times vary depending on where you take off. It takes 12 hours from San Francisco, 12.5 hours from Los Angeles and 9.5 hours from Honolulu.

From Europe
Airlines serving Europe to Philippine route include:

> KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam)
> Lufthansa (Frankfurt)

There are only two direct flights from Europe to Philippines; most of European flights will require a change of flights either at Singapore, Bangkok or Hong Kong.

From Asia, Far East, Australia
Airlines serving Asia, Far East, Australia to Philippine route include:

> Air Macau (Macau)
> Air Niugini (Hong Kong, Port Moresby)
> Asian Airlines (Busan, Seoul-Incheon)
> Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong)
> Cebu Pacific (Bangkok, Guangzhou, Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hong Kong,
Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Xiamen)
> China Airlines (Kaohsiung, Taipei- Taiwan Taoyuan)
> Continental Airlines (as Continental Micronesia; Guam Koror, Saipan, Yap)
> EVA Air (Taipei-Taiwan Taoyuan)
> Japan Airlines (operated by JALways; Tokyo-Narita)
> Jetstar Asia Airways (Singapore)
> Kuwait Airways (Bangkok)
> Korean Air (Seoul-Incheon, Busan)
> Malaysia Airlines (Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur)
> Northwest Airlines (Nagoya-Centrair, Tokyo-Narita)
> Philippine Airlines (Bangkok, Beijing, Busan, Fukuoka, Guam, Ho Chi Minh
City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Melbourne, Nagoya-Centrair, Okinawa, Osaka-Kansai, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei-Taiwan Taoyuan, Tokyo-Narita, Xiamen)
> Qantas (Brisbane, Sydney)
> Singapore Airlines (Singapore, Jakarta)
> Thai Airways International (Bangkok, Osaka-Kansai)

From Middle East
Airlines serving Middle East to Philippine route include:

> Emirates (Dubai)
> Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi)
> Gulf Air (Manama, Muscat)
> Kuwait Airways (Kuwait)
> Qatar Airways (Doha)
> Royal Brunei (Bandar Seri Begawan)
> Saudi Arabian Airlines (Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh)

There are a five international airports in the country; Manila, Clark, Cebu, Davao and Kalibo. The most important international airport in the country is the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila. It is 10 km south of Rizal Park.

NAIA has three terminals:
Terminal 1 - used by airlines that fly to international destination.
Terminal 2 - exclusively used by Philippine Airlines for its International and Domestic flight
Terminal 3 - Used by Cebus Pacific, Airphil express and other other international flights

The Manila Domestic Passenger Terminal is used zest air.

From NAIA, taxi services are available to the city (travel time is approximately 30 minutes to the center of Manila).

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport,is the second busiest airport with various domestic and international connection. It can be reach from Singapore, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Qatar.

The Diosdado Macapagal Internationa Airport in Clark, Angeles City is the airport hub for the budget airlines like Air Asia and Tiger Airways. Direct flights also from Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia and Korea are available.

The Kalibo International Airports also serve direct flight to and from Incheon in South Korea, Shanghai in China, Hongkong, Taipei in Taiwan

By Sea
International cruise ships dock at Manila Bay. Ferries from other islands to Manila dock at Pier Port.It has two main areas, the arrival area at South Harbor and the departure area at North Harbor. Major international shipping lines call at Manila such as American President Lines, Evergreen Lines, Everett Steamship, Far Eastern Shipping Company, Italia Marittima and Waterman Line. Schedules and rate are listed in the shipping pages of daily newspapers. Few visitors arrive in the Philippines by sea but traveling around the island on local boats or ferries is a great experience. Occasionally passenger ships travel between Zamboanga and Sabah, Malaysia, but no dependable schedule is available. For more information contact the Philippines Port Authority.


what about kalibo -isnt it international airport too?

Hi, thanks for pointing it out. This site will not be a success without your contribution in making it a beter one. I have added Kalibo n the list.

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