Authorities see NAIA decongestion as flights transfer terminals

Manila, Philippines – The Manila International Airport Authority has approved the transfer of some domestic flights from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 4 to Terminal 3 to reduce congestion of passengers this holiday season.

AirAsia Philippines Public Affairs Manager Carlo Carongoy said MIAA has already approved the airline’s initial request to transfer its Cebu and Caticlan flights to Terminal 3 beginning Dec. 16.

“These two destinations have the highest frequencies (among AirAsia’s domestic flights). The terminal transfer will continue beyond December,” Carongoy said in an interview with Philippine News Agency.

Cebu Pacific spokesperson Carmina Romero said that the airline is not sure yet whether the low-cost carrier will move its domestic flights to another terminal.

“So far, no word on that,” she said.

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) earlier announced it will transfer its flights to and from the United States, Guam, and Doha from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 beginning Dec. 1.

“The transfer of U.S., Guam, Doha, and Bali flights to Terminal 1 is in line with operational requirements in preparation for the busy holiday season,” PAL said in its Nov. 21 advisory.

It is also seen to decongest Terminal 2 with the expected influx of passengers.

(Note: Following is the link of PAL’s new NAIA flight terminal assignments:

MIAA data showed that the average total daily number of passengers to and from all NAIA terminals is 100,480 in November 2022.

This is 207.5 percent more than the 32,671 daily average inbound and outbound passengers in November 2021.

NAIA’s the average daily number of passengers reached 45,434 in December 2021.