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NAIA 1 tops worst list; old news, says Palace

Manila, Philippines – Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport has again been tagged as Asia’s and the World’s Worst Airport by the travel website “Guide to Sleeping in Airports” (www.sleepinginairports.net).

But a Malacañang official shrugged off the news as old hat while saying that government is moving to improve the facilities.

“This is not the first time na may ganoong comment. This is not something new,” said Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.

Efforts are already being made since the NAIA terminal 1 was tagged as the worst airport in the world in 2011, Lacierda said.

“Things are being done to improve the facilities of NAIA 1,” Lacierda said, noting that multi-awarded furniture designer Kenneth Cobonque was among those experts tapped to innovate NAIA 1.

Those who participated in the vote conducted by the website tagged NAIA 1 as the worst airport in the world and in Asia. It was followed by the Bergamo airport in Italy and Calcutta airport in India.

The best airport in the world for sleeping is Singapore’s Changi International Airport, according to the website.

The list is based on a survey undertaken by the website from September 2012 to August 2013.

SleepingInairports community voted NAIA as the worst airport for comfort, amenities and over all experience.

“When selecting an airport to declare as the “worst”, travelers were asked to consider the four C’s: comfort, conveniences, cleanliness and customer service,” the website said.

The website published this comment on the website about NAIA Terminal 1: “Most other countries will at least try to do their best to make their main international airport look at least a bit presentable, realizing that it’s the main gateway for foreign visitors into and out of the country, but at this airport everything seems to have been done to make the experience as horrible as possible.”

Here is the list of World’s Worst Airports

1.            Manila NAIA (Terminal 1)

2.            Bergamo

3.            Calcutta

4.            Islamabad

5.            Paris Beauvais

6.            Chennai

7.            Frankfurt Hahn

8.            Mumbai

9.            Rome Fiumicino

10.          Los Angeles

Here is the list of Asia’s Worst Airports

1.            Manila NAIA (Terminal 1)

2.            Calcutta

3.            Islamabad

4.            Chennai

5.            Mumbai

6.            Jakarta

7.            Kuala Lumpur LCCT

8.            Hanoi

9.            Denpassar

10.          Bangalore

The Aquino administration has approved NAIA 1’s renovation plan with a P1- billion budget. The renovation is targeted to be finished before President Benigno Aquino III finishes his term.

Operational since 1981, the terminal had its last major makeover in 1996 in time for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. The terminal has a capacity of 4.5 million passengers per year which was reached in 1991. NAIA Terminal 1 now averages 7.3 million passengers a year. (With a report from Mary Rose A. Hogaza)