NAIA 1: 2nd worst airport

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NAIA ranked number 2 worst terminal by travel site Frommer's.

MANILA, Philippines – Another bad rating for the NAIA Terminal 1: international travel website Frommer’s included the terminal in their list of 10 Worst Airport Terminals.

The list, written by Sascha Segan and published on the popular, ranked NAIA-1 as the 2nd worst of all major airports in the world, with New York’s JFK Terminal 3 topping the list.

It quoted the much-talked about “World’s Worst Airport” ranking by the travel website Sleeping in Airports, which made it a magnet for negative press attention locally: complaints of the terminal being “congested, run-down and filthy.”

The Frommer’s article also cited the rampant bribery and theft in the 31-year-old building, currently used for all non-Philippine Airlines international flights.

“The negative press attention seems to have had some effect; this November the Philippine government said it would renovate the terminal starting in January,” Frommer’s said.

“It looks like changes can’t come too soon,” it added.

The travel website said the list is a based on professional surveys, flight delay statistics, and personal opinions of frequent fliers. It also took into consideration only major airports.

“These ten airports should deliver better service, and they don’t,” the article read.

The recent uproar over the negative reviews over NAIA 1 has prompted the government to start a P1.16-B plan to renovate the aging building.

Here is the complete list, from Frommer’s:

  1. JFK Terminal 3 (New York, NY)
  2. NAIA Terminal 1 (Manila, Philippines)
  3. Sheremtyevo Airport Terminal B/C (Moscow, Russia)
  4. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi, Kenya)
  5. Charles de Gaulle Terminal 3 (Paris, France)
  6. Queen Alia Airport (Amman, Jordan)
  7. LaGuardia US Airways Terminal (New York, NY)
  8. Newark Terminal B (Newark, NJ)
  9. Beauvais Airport (Outside Paris, France)
  10. Midway (Chicago, IL)

On the other hand, Frommer’s also released a list of the “World’s 10 Most Beautiful Airport Terminals,” airport buildings that “combine personality, functionality, and uniqueness” that give good travel experiences to passengers.

The list includes the main terminal of Bilbao Airport (Bilbao, Spain); Carrasco International Airport (Montevideo, Uruguay); Barajas Airport Terminal 4 (Madrid, Spain); Menara Airport Terminal 1 (Marrakech, Morocco); JFK Terminal 5 (New York); Wellington Airport “Rock” Terminal (Wellington, New Zealand); Incheon Airport (Incheon, South Korea); Leif Eriksson Air Terminal (Keflavik, Iceland); and Jeddah Hajj Terminal (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia). 

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