Airport Guide: Accessing Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) on Foot

This Airport Guide outlines how travellers can access Terminal 3 (T3) of Greater Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) – commonly referred to as NAIA – on foot.

NOTE: This Airport Guide should only be used for general planning and reference purposes. Details may change at any moment and without prior notice.

Read about the other options for travelling to/from MNL via the following posts:

  • Travelling by road – This guide lays out the different road-based transportation options: buses, taxis, ride-hailing apps, and private vehicles (plus details on airport parking rates).
  • Travelling by rail – MNL isn’t served by trains, but indirect access via Manila’s urban rail network is theoretically possible through several stations. Even then, you’ll need a shuttle bus connection for the final stretch. Not recommended, but I present the option nonetheless in case it’s of use to a very small niche who are prepared to risk their health, property, and sanity for the sake of minuscule savings. (Penny wise and pound foolish and all that.)

Let’s face facts. Manila as a whole – and that includes the area around its main airport – isn’t a pedestrian-friendly place. Sure, you’ll be fine walking around in upscale areas like central Makati or Bonifacio Global City. Elsewhere, you’re better off in a vehicle than in the hot, heavily polluted outdoors, where pedestrians are easy prey for undisciplined drivers and pavements are rarely designed with accessibility in mind. That’s especially true if you’ve got mobility issues, valuables on your person, children by your side, or heavy luggage in tow.

Theoretically, it’s possible to walk to any of MNL’s terminals from somewhere in the immediate vicinity. However, only Terminal 3 (T3) is equipped with infrastructure designed specifically to allow direct pedestrian access from the surrounding neighbourhood.

In this case, the “surrounding neighbourhood” is Newport City: a cluster of hotels, shopping malls, leisure facilities and apartment complexes located across the NAIA Expressway (NAIAX) and Andrews Avenue from T3.

Bridging the gap between T3 and Newport City is the so-called Runway Manila: a 220-metre, fully enclosed footbridge that allows people to walk from one side to the other in sheltered comfort. After being shuttered temporarily during the height of the pandemic lockdowns, it was reopened to pedestrians in April 2022.

The overpass is fitted with travelators that cover a good part of its length (specifically in the sloped sections rising up from T3 to the footbridge itself).

Here’s Runway Manila as seen from the NAIAX, looking south-east. T3 is on the right, Newport City on the left.

Another view of Runway Manila, this time looking north-west. T3 is on the left, Newport City on the right.

On the airport side, Runway Manila is connected directly to the T3 building. Note that there’s a security barrier with baggage/body scanners at the entrance if you’re walking into the terminal from the bridge.

The Newport City side is not physically linked to any building, apart from the structure that houses the entrance and lifts. What you’ll find outside the door is a small transport terminal, served by shuttles assigned to ferry travellers between Runway Manila and various points around Newport City (including Resorts World and the different hotels).

Here’s a video – NOT by me! – showing what it’s like to use Runway Manila.

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