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Airport access by bus at NAIA Terminal 3

The recent trip also afforded me some quick photos of the arrival level driveway of NAIA Terminal 3. Here  are some photos including those of airport taxis and buses serving the terminal and its passengers.

The arrival level (ground level) driveway is not very crowded at 5:30 AM.

From Bay 11 there are taxis and express (e.g., P2P) buses waiting for their passengers. There are booths on the terminal side for those making inquiries or booking their rides. That’s the Runway Manila pedestrian bridge connecting Terminal 3 to the Resorts World Manila complex at the top part of the photo.

Airport P2P buses include those headed for Clark.

Another look at Laguindingan Airport

A quick trip to Cagayan De Oro allowed me to take a few more photos of the airport at Laguindingan. Here are more photos of the airport including the runway and the major buildings.

A look at the length of Laguindingan’s runway as our plane turned towards the terminal

From L-R: hangar, cargo terminal, passenger terminal and control tower

A closer look at (L-R) the cargo terminal, passenger terminal and control tower

The passenger terminal and control tower

Laguindingan’s cargo terminal

Air Asia plane at the passenger terminal

The Air Asia plane did not use the bridge for embarking/disembarking passengers

Bridge access to the terminal

An arriving passenger’s view of transport service providers upon exiting the airport terminal

Air traffic control tower.

Laguindingan Airport – departure

I almost forgot to post this item on Laguindingan Airport. It somehow got lost among the many drafts I had already started but remained unfinished. Here is the departure part of the feature on Laguindingan Airport, which is now the major gateway to Northern Mindanao. The layout and design of the airport reminded me of Iloilo’s International Airport what with the spur road, parking lot and driveways that are somewhat similar between the two airports.

Approaching the airport

Parking lot across from the terminal building

Driveway at the departure area – taxis and other PUVs use this driveway

Driveway for private vehicles

Check-in counters

Cebu Pacific counters

Philippine Airlines counters

View of the airline check-in area as we ascend to the departure level via escalator

Pre-departure area

Pre-departure area

Pre-departure area

Shops at the terminal’s pre-departure area

Charging station at the pre-departure area

Not shown in the photos are other shops and restaurants in the pre-departure area including the Seattle’s Best Coffee and Kenny Rogers Roasters. There are also good souvenir items for sale at the many concessionaires at the pre-departure area. Among those to be considered for some last minute shopping are food and beverage items like peanuts, pastries and coffee. There’s also a shop selling meat products, which I highly recommend. They have hams and bacon for sale, which they package well so it survives the trip all the way to your home.

Laguindingan Airport – arrival

A few years ago, Cagayan De Oro’s airport was closed in favour of a new airport located in another town, Lagundingan. My first time to visit Laguindingan Airport was when it was still under construction almost a decade ago. Afterwards, I had not had the chance to visit Cagayan De Oro again to use either the old or new airports. A recent trip to CDO provided an opportunity to finally see the airport and take some photos I could share here. The following photos were taken last July 2018.

A view of the airport terminal as our plane taxied towards it after landing at the airport

A view of the terminal as our plane berthed to unload passengers

Deplaning passengers pass through the airbridge to the terminal building

Ads for hotels and transport greet arriving passengers

Passengers file into the baggage claim area

The baggage claim area only has a couple of racetracks so I assume one is generally for Cebu Pacific and another for PAL. It also means the airport is not equipped (at least for baggage claims) to handle more than 2 flights arriving within minutes of the others.

The baggage claim area can get very crowded. These are just fellow passengers from an A320 plane.

Another photo of the crowded area around one carousel in the baggage claim area

Meanwhile, the area around the other carousel/racetrack is clear of people

Here is what the baggage claim area looks like when passengers have exited

Tourism booths at the airport’s arrival area – one obviously is promoting whitewater rafting, which is quite popular for tourists visiting CDO.

Tourism booth of the Province of Misamis Oriental

Assistance desk of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), which is generally in-charge of airport operations in the country. This agency headed by an Assistant Secretary-level official is under the DOTr.

Automatic teller machine (ATM) and a glimpse of the concessionaires at the departure level of the airport terminal

Passengers exiting the terminal

Arriving passengers are greeted by many booths with people offering transportation services between the airport and various destinations including CDO and Iligan City.

Here’s a view of the terminal building as we walked towards our vehicle.

The airport’s control tower

A view of our plane as we drove away from the airport to head for Cagayan De Oro City, which was more than an hour’s travel from the terminal.

More photos on Laguindingan Airport in the next post!

Another look at NAIA Terminal 4 departure

Here’s another set of photos care of a good friend who recently went through NAIA’s Terminal 4 en route to Palawan. Terminal 4 was what many people used to call the Manila Domestic Terminal. This was because it used to be the terminal for all domestic flights via Manila.

The concierge’s desk greets travelers as they enter the terminal.

The terminal’s airline check-in  area appears to be very spacious.

It was an early morning flight for my friend and that’s probably why, she says, it was much less crowded at the time she checked-in for her flight.

Passengers waiting for their boarding calls – the concessionaires are visible to the back in the photo.

A quick look at the Puerto Princesa airport terminal – departure

I asked a good friend to take a few photos of the airports she used in her recent trip to Palawan. Here is the first batch consisting of pictures of the pre-departure area of Puerto Princesa airport. It’s been a while since my last travel to Palawan and that was through its old airport terminal.

Here’s a look at the pre-departure area of the terminal. It is obviously a significant upgrade from the old terminal.

Here’s another look at the spacious are for passengers as they await their boarding calls.

Here are some of the food concessionaires at the terminal.

Passengers have a lot of choices for food and drinks as they wait for their flights.

I hope to be back in Palawan in the near future for some R&R and perhaps take more photos of this terminal for another article.

Another look at Suvarnabhumi Airport – departure, Part 3

Here are the rest of the photos for this series on Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Here’s another look at some of the shops inside the terminal

Here is a view of the grand display at the departure concourse after you clear immigration.

For those who did their shopping in Thailand, VAT refund is available at the airport. Just make sure you kept your receipts.

King Power duty free shops

Information boards 

I like to say that a highlight of my recent travel to Bangkok was enjoying mango with sticky rice at the airport. Bangkok is famous for its street food and this is comfort food for me.

More shops greet you on the way to the boarding gates. These are actually the last ones prior to the boarding gates and present the last chance for some shopping.

A view of one of the piers (there are 6) of the airport terminal.

Moving walkways help passengers get to the boarding gates along the long piers emanating from the main terminal building. But if you want to have some exercise and increase your step count then you might opt to do some brisk or relaxed walking.

There is always these cultural-religious elements inside this modern terminal that remind you that you are in Thailand.

I enjoyed my mango with sticky rice while waiting for my boarding call.

Ramp to the pre-boarding lounge before the gate

 

I’m looking forward to traveling to Cebu soon. Although the new terminal is for international flights, I hope to get some photos from the tarmac. And who knows if there is a chance to take a few opportunistic shots of the interior?