Airport Guide: Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (MNL T3)

Terminal 3 (T3) is the newest and largest of the four terminals at Greater Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (IATA: MNL / ICAO: RPLL / Abbrev.: NAIA). This Airport Guide outlines what passengers departing on international flights can expect when they pass through this facility.

NOTE: This Airport Guide and the separate posts linked to it should be used only for general guidance. Details may change at any moment and without prior notice.

For the sake of brevity, abbreviations and IATA codes will be used throughout this post in place of full airline or airport names – e.g.; “T3” instead of “Terminal 3”, “MNL” instead of “Ninoy Aquino International Airport”.

IMPORTANT NOTICE!: This Airport Guide has NOT been updated to reflect changes brought about by the ongoing global health emergency. Because my last visit to MNL took place just before pandemic-related restrictions were introduced, and because of the very fluid situation around travel bans and border checks related to the emergency, I shall make no attempt to describe the changes here. Please refer to the official websites and/or verified social media channels of your origin and destination airports, your airline, the relevant government agencies, and other reliable sources to collect up-to-date information that’s accurate for your specific circumstances.

To learn more about Ninoy Aquino International Airport (“NAIA”/MNL) as a whole, please click here to view my comprehensive guide covering the Philippines’ busiest aviation hub.

CONTENTS

LOCATION

ACCESS AND TRANSPORTATION

To learn more about your options for travelling to or from MNL’s terminals (including T3), please refer to the Access / Transportation section of my MNL Airport Guide.

INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURES

Like most airport terminals, MNL T3 has separate landside and airside zones. Each has its own set of facilities, including retail and dining establishments. The landside zone can be visited by non-passengers and has a wider variety of shops and restaurants than the restricted, passengers-only airside zone. However, the latter does have special features of its own, such as duty free shops and airline lounges.

To learn more about these two areas of T3, navigate to my detailed Airport Guides (there’s one for each zone) using the links supplied below.

Landside

The landside zone of T3 includes the publicly accessible area before immigration and final security. As used within this guide (and its related posts), the term “landside” also encompasses certain parts of the terminal that can be entered only by passengers – particularly the check-in counters – so long as these are located before border control.

Click here or on the image below to read my separate Airport Guide covering T3’s landside zone.

Airside

The airside zone of T3 covers the restricted, passengers-only area after immigration and final security. This includes the boarding gates, the nearby holding areas, and all lounges and retail/dining facilities accessible only to ticketed travellers who have completed all pre-departure formalities and passed through border control.

Click here or on the image below to read my separate Airport Guide covering T3’s airside zone.

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