Tourists are strongly advised not to visit central Mindanao, parts
of Mindanao south. West of, and including Davao City and the Sulu
archipelago. For further information consult your government travel
Philippine Airlines (PR) is the Philippines’ national
flag carrier. The other airlines available in the Philippines are Air
France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Gulf Air, Kuwait Airways, Northwest Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Silk Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.
During the Easter period from Good Friday to the following Bank
holiday and sometimes beyond, and also Christmas and New Year are
major holidays in the Philippines. Flight availability may be more
difficult during these periods.
flight times to Manila
London: 20 hours;
Paris: 16 hours and 30 minutes;
Los Angeles: 14 hours and 25 minutes;
New York: 17 hours and 30 minutes;
Singapore: 3 hours and 40 minutes;
Hong Kong: 2 hours and 35 minutes;
Bangkok: 2 hours and 30 minutes;
Tokyo: 4 hours and 50 minutes,
Sydney: 8 hours.
Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
is 12 kilometres or 7 miles south of the capital, Manila. The airport has
duty free shops, baggage deposit area, banks, post office, medical
clinic, and car hire. There are taxis and buses to the
city. The travel time is about 25
minutes by taxi or 60 to 90 minutes by public bus.
Mactan International Airport (CEB)
on Cebu Island is 45 kilometres or 28 miles from the heart of the city. Hotels
and tour agencies offer their own transportation; taxis are available.
Departure tax: International departure tax
is P550. Passengers in transit and children below 2 years of age
are free of charge.
Manila, the capital, is a main seaport and a
of trade in the Asia-Pacific
region. Shipping lines calling at Manila include American President
Lines, Far Eastern Shipping Lines, Premier Shipping Lines, Lloyd
Triestino and Evergreen Lines. Rates and schedules are listed
in the shipping pages of daily newspapers.