new developments at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA)

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A couple of weeks ago, I flew out of Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) to get to Kuala Lumpur and I was very happy to see a couple of developments since I was last there in May.

Let’s start with the first floor where a wall now separates the international gates from the domestic ones. With the relatively low traffic the terminal currently has, this divider seems a bit superfluous but i guess it makes for a more organized boarding.

Then there is now a second floor which is accessible via an escalator. It boasts of high ceilings, glass walls, and more duty-free shops. More importantly, it now has five gates and a couple of tubes that should connect the building to the airplanes seamlessly. But on the day of my flight, we still boarded from the tarmac as there was still on-going construction work. 

DMIA can now consider itself as one of the countless glass and steel terminals around the world. 

guys risking their necks for a better terminal.

DMIA has now a proper board and more duty-free shops.
It has five gates and a VIP lounge. Superfluous much?

And of course, how could I possibly forget to mention that the terminal fee at DMIA is now down to P450! That’s three-hundred pesos cheaper than the terminal fee in Manila.

seems a bit dodgy but it's legit!

But after all that's been said, I still prefer to fly out of the Manila Terminals because it's takes less time and costs a lot less to get there. And also because... they are still a whole lot prettier! But if they are intent on improving DMIA, well good for us! For all the fees we have to pay just to fly around and out of this country, we deserve better airports. Don't you think?

To get to and from DMIA via bus, click here for more information. 

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