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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

How to Get to the Philippines?

The Philippines is readily accessible from the travel capitals of the world. Travelling time to Manila from Hong Kong is 2 hours; from Singapore, 3 hours and 25 minutes; Bangkok, 3 hours and 15 minutes; Tokyo, 4 hours and 15 minutes; Sydney, 9 hours and 35 minutes; London, 14 hours; Paris, 14 hours and 45 minutes; Frankfurt, 14 hours and 10 minutes; San Francisco. 11 hours and 50 minutes; Los Angeles, 12 hours and 35 minutes; and New York, 18 hours.

Getting There
NAIA Terminal
The international airports are located in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark, Subic, and Laoag with the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals 1, 2 and 3 as the premier gateways. They serve more than 30 airlines that fly to the different cities around the world.

The Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) in central Philippines is the country's second major point of entry with flights going to and from Asian cities.It handles regular flights from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Doha and China as well as chartered flights from the United States and other major tavel capitals. Davao International Airport (also known as Francisco Bangoy International Airport) handles flights from Singapore and other chartered flights. The Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Angeles City, Pampanga currently serves low-cost or budget airlines and charterd flights while Subic in Olongapo City services both chartered and cargo planes. Laoag International Airport in Ilocos Norte services flights from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

Philippine Airlines (PAL), the country's flag carrier, links Manila to fourteen cities in eight countries. Major cruise liners likewise call on the port of Manila.

The international airports have adequate travel facilities: duty free and souvenir shops, meet and assist personnel at the tourist information and assistance counters, hotel and travel agency representatives, car rental services, banks and automated teller machines, postal service, national and international direct dial telephone booths, medical clinics and baggage deposit areas. Airports are handicapped friendly. Wheelchairs are available upon request from airline ground staff.

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