Arrive early at NAIA T1
Replies: 7 - Last Post: May 13, 2013 5:54 AM Last Post By: norrie19
May 10, 2013 2:46 AM
Arrive early at NAIA T1Few days ago took an International flight out of NAIA T1. Luckily I arrived very early as took at least an hour to get inside and get checked in. Then just as I approached the Immigration counter wallop brownout !! Out for at least 5 minutes and the the Immigration Officers computers did not come back up for about 45 minutes. No passengers were allowed through during that time. Many people were complaining that thier flights were about to board and the needed to get through, not many were allowed, only a few with Diplomatic Passports. Looked behing me and the queues built up to massive numbers. Sure many ,many people missed thier flights. Just goes to show, best to arrive at T1 with plenty of time to spare, in this case at least 4 hours..
May 10, 2013 2:54 AM
1NAIA really is one place where you really do need to get there early. The queues are terrible. I allow about three or four hours from when I get the taxi from the Townhouse, which is no distance at all, to the time I want to check in. An Etihad flight that leaves just before 6pm I have taken 3 times now, I would leave the Townhouse no later than 2pm. And then when you finally get past immigration it is nearly as bad. Truly terrible airport.
May 10, 2013 3:09 AM
2Hi Callippo, yes I was a bit lucky as I travelled by taxi from Makati to T1 at midday. I expected lots of traffic so left with an extra hour to spare ( 4 hours before the flight) Turned out traffic was very light so I arrived at T1 with what I thought was too much time to spare, certainly didnt work out that way!!
May 10, 2013 4:21 AM
May 10, 2013 5:30 AM
4Wow, you are lucky that the airport's generators kicked in so fast. The whole of Luzon, on Wednesday, had a complete brownout - the first was for about 4 hours, the power then came back for an hour and it went out again for another 4 hours. Seems that 5 power stations went into emergency shut down all at the same time!
NAIA T1 sounds like a nightmare. We do what we can to avoid NAIA and prefer to get budget flights out of Clark (it's own special kind of nightmare) or Cebu.
Are you back in the UK now, surfboy?
May 10, 2013 5:53 AM
5I was dropping a passenger at NAIA last night for 1.15am Etihad flight. Even at 11.30pm the traffic was nose to tail from every direction on the roads in the vicinity due to an event at Pagcoor and a political rally for next Monday's elections. There was a snaking line of passengers with baggage carts inching their way along a congo line in the sweltering heat to gain access to the terminal. I would estimate 30 to 40 minutes just to get to the check in line. Must have been a bit of nail biting going on as check in cut off time loomed.Never seems to improve despite all the rhetoric T1 surely deserves its accolade as one of the world's worst airports
May 13, 2013 2:25 AM
May 13, 2013 5:54 AM
7For several years now, many airlines using NAIA-1 have been opening their check-in desks 4 - 4 1/2 hours before the scheduled departure time of the flights. You turn up 2 hours before Departure, there's an even money chance you'll miss your flight - or be boarding last with serious stress.... Arrive early - and accept the fact that NAIA-1 automatically adds on 2 hours to your journey time... My main tip though is to check-in online - most airlines will have an online queue which will be 5% of the length of the regular economy queue.
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