Singapore Airlines Transfers to NAIA Terminal 3

Singapore Airlines made the transfer from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 to the more modern Terminal 3 on September 1st. All four flights operated by the Singaporean carrier between Manila and Singapore now arrive and depart from NAIA Terminal 3.

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Although the carrier has shifted terminals at Ninoy Aquino Airport, the airline says that the previously scheduled arrivals and departures remain the same. Singapore Airlines recently released a notice to all passengers advising that the carrier's new check-in counters at Terminal 3 are located in Row B1-9. Counters are opened three hours prior to departure and close forty minutes before the flight's scheduled departure.

As a result of the move, Business Class passengers and frequent flyers will no longer be able to access the SilverKris Lounge located at Terminal 1, which has now been closed. Singapore Airlines is presently constructing a new SilverKris Lounge in Terminal 3, which is scheduled for completion in early 2015. In the mean time, passengers that are eligible for lounge access may visit Lounge One Fourteen, located on Level 3 inside Terminal 3 at Gate 114.

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To celebrate the transfer to Terminal 3, Singapore Airlines offered a promotional fare for passengers travelling between Manila and Singapore between September 1 to 7. The promotional fare featured discounts of more than fifty percent off the lowest regular fare. However, a minimum of three passengers were required, among other restrictions and requirements.

Singapore Airlines presently operates four daily flights between Singapore and Manila using a combination of Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft. The airline was most recently ranked the third best carrier in the world at the 2014 World Airline Awards sponsored by Skytrax.

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With Singapore Airlines moving its operations to terminal 3, the carrier joins three other foreign carriers including Delta Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Emirates that have already shifted their operations to the recently completed terminal. This is part of a larger move by the Manila International Airport Authority to decongest the ageing Terminal 1. 

Singapore Airlines also joins Star Alliance partner All Nippon Airways, which was the first foreign carrier to use facility. Cathay Pacific will be the last of the first five carriers expected to transfer to Teminal 3 this year. However, no official date for the transfer has been publicly announced by the airline or airport authorities.

Although the transfer to Terminal 3 may have went smoothly for Singapore Airlines, operations at the airport terminal on September 1st were anything but smooth as airport authorities discovered a vehicle loaded with an undetermined number of explosives in a parking lot at the terminal. At least four suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident.

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