Travelers to the Philippines have probably been to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at some point. Some of them have probably had trouble getting a ride to get out of the airport. With this scenario, it should not be surprising that the holiday season will be especially challenging. After all, there are more passengers arriving in the country.
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To help passengers get their rides, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) partnered with Grab to deploy an additional 200 units. This program aims to help arriving passengers get to their destination easily.
More Grab Rides at NAIA
A news article from the Manila Bulletin reported that MIAA entered into an agreement with Grab Philippines to deploy 200 additional vehicles at NAIA. This is the “Airport to Anywhere (ATA),” and it is a pilot program between the two parties.
This program aims to address the problem of not having enough transportation at the airport. There have been complaints in the past that it takes too long to get a taxi, or any other means of transportation, to get out of the airport.
The Manila Bulletin article quotes MIAA General Manager Cesar Chiong who said that passengers can book a taxi through the Grab mobile app. The taxi will charge a fixed price depending on the passenger’s location. And under the ATA, there will also be no surcharges when booking a ride.
The MIAA management anticipates a large volume of passengers this Christmas season. In this case, the additional vehicles will help them get a ride to their destination.
In a separate announcement, the MIAA management reminds passengers to keep their dispatch slips whenever they take airport-accredited transportation. The slip can be used to assist passengers when needed.
P2P buses also serve as another alternative for getting to and from the airport. There are different stations where you can get a bus ride. However, you might notice that the destinations are limited.
As seen on the website, here are the stations where you can get a ride to get to the airports:
- Araneta Center to NAIA Terminals 1, 2, and 3
- Clark International Airport to NAIA Terminals 1 and 2
- Clark International Airport to Trinoma and SM North EDSA
- Iloilo International Airport to Iloilo Business Park
- NAIA Terminal 3 to Clark International Airport
- NAIA Terminal 3 to New Clark International Airport
- Robinsons Galleria to Clark International Airport
- SM City Clark to NAIA Terminal 3
- SM City Clark to NAIA Terminals 1 and 2
- Robinsons Place Manila to NAIA Terminal 1
- Robinsons Place Manila to NAIA Terminal 2
- Robinsons Place Manila to NAIA Terminal 3
- Robinsons Tagapo to NAIA Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4
If you plan to take the P2P buses, be sure to check their schedule so you will not miss the trip.
Security Screening at the Airport
One of the latest updates at NAIA is the removal of the initial security screening. The pilot implementation was done in Terminal 1 on December 1. The program was implemented next in Terminal 2. Before Christmas, the airport management plans to remove the x-ray machines in Terminals 3 and 4.
By removing the machines at the entrance, the passengers were able to go to the check-in hall without obstructions.
By knowing all these details at NAIA, we hope you have a safe trip back home, kabayan!
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