NAIA is not part of 2016’s World’s Worst Airport List

NAIA steers clear from the world's worst airport list for the second consecutive year.

By Rhea J. Bernardino
October 21, 2016

It seems that the improvements and renovations to Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have paid off, so to speak. This year, it was completely off from the list of World's Worst Airports of online travel guide The Guide to Sleeping in Airports. It can be remembered that NAIA was named as the World's Worst from 2011 to 2013 and the 4th World's Worst in 2014.

Aside from the poor facilities and the long lines as reported by travelers, NAIA had been shown in a bad light with the "laglag-bala" scam, which blew up in 2015. The government made up for it with a series of renovations done to NAIA terminal 1 and new regulations for passengers.

But despite being bumped off from the World's Worst list, NAIA still remains one of Asia's worst airports. It placed 5th in the 2016 Worst Airports in Asia, also from The Guide to Sleeping in Airports. It was only number 8th in the 2015 Asia list, so it clearly did a bit worse this year. As per the online travel guide's survey, travelers were still wary about the "laglag-bala" scam. It also cited other complaints such as power interruptions, poor air conditioning, lack of comfortable seats, and "complicated terminal transfers".

Despite this, four Philippine airports made it to the list of the Top 30 Best Airports in Asia for 2016: Iloilo International Airport garnered the 12th spot, followed by Mactan-Cebu International Airport at 14th, Clark International Airport at 15th, and Davao's Francisco Bangoy International Airport at 26th.

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