I've read a lot of blogs and information online that helped me reach DMIA easily.
|That SMART Tent is where you'll wait if you happen to arrive too early from your scheduled flight.|
Our Cebu Pacific flight to Hong Kong leaves at 7:05am on a Sunday. We need to be at the Check-In counter at least 45 minutes before departure so we can be boarded on the plane. Boarding time is 15 minutes before departure which falls at 6:50am.
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We'll be coming from North Luzon, Olongapo to be exact, and based on my regular trips to and from Manila, travel time usually takes from 1 to 1.5 hours between Subic Bay Freeport Zone and Dau in Pampanga via the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).
The earliest trip via SCTEX from Olongapo leaves at 4:15am. If we'll be taking this trip, our latest time of arrival at the Bus Terminal in Dau would be around 5:45am giving us only 65 minutes to transport ourselves to the airport inside Clark Freeport zone.
So here's how it went =D
0030 - Woke up
0100 - Web Check-in
(Cebu Pacific's web check-in facility is now offered for free so I grabbed the chance to give us another 30 minutes allowance upon arriving at the airport. This service is available online from 48 up to 4 hours before your scheduled flight.)
0310 - Tricycle to Victory Liner Olongapo terminal
0330 - Had Breakfast first since tickets for the 1st trip will only be sold at 4am
0415 - 1st trip via SCTEX (Actually left 3 minutes earlier)
0518 - Arrived at Dau, Mabalacat Bus Terminal
0533 - Shuttle to Airport
(We were lucky that 4 other passengers were there going to the airport, transportation to DMIA is more expensive when you're a group of less than 5 as shuttles here charge a minimum of Php500 for a one-way trip to the airport. When passengers are more than 5, they charge Php100 per head.)
|Look for the Air-conditioned jeeps painted White and Green or ask any barker beside Mister Donut (they will text/call the shuttle operators/drivers)|
0602 - Arrived at DMIA Departure Area
0605 - Travel Tax Payment Counter
0612 - Claimed Boarding Pass
0615 - Terminal Fee Payment Counter
0626 - Immigration Checks
0640 - Boarded Aircraft
0705 - Aircraft took off 10 minutes earlier than scheduled
|This is my bee's first airplane ride. And she liked it. Yey!|