The Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 was completed in 1981 to accommodate the country's growing international passenger traffic levels during the 1970s.

Designed by Leandro Locsin, a National Artist of the Philippines for Architecture, it breached its 4.5 million annual passenger capacity in 1991. Improvements to the airport increased its capacity to 6 million passengers yearly.

The 16-gate terminal currently services all international flights coming into Manila.


The following airlines operate at the NAIA Terminal 1:

  • Air China (CA)
  • Air Niugini (PX)
  • Asiana Airlines (OZ)
  • China Airlines (CI)
  • China Eastern Airlines (MU)
  • Eva Air (BR)
  • Hong Kong Airlines (HX)
  • Japan Airlines (JL)
  • Korean Air (KE)
  • Kuwait Airways (KU)
  • Malaysia Airlines (MH)
  • Oman Air (WY)
  • Philippine Airlines (PR) (All international flights by June 16, 2023)
  • Royal Air (RW)
  • Royal Brunei Airlines (BI)
  • Saudia Airlines (SV)
  • Xiamen Air (MF)
  • Zipair (ZG)