NAIA up at 5 from 8 in list of worst airports in Asia

Posted on October 19, 2016

DESPITE the touted recent improvements at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) under the Duterte administration, the country’s main gateway remained in a list of Worst Airports in Asia based on traveler evaluation on the Web site

The site The Guide to Sleeping in Airports, run by Canadian avid traveler Donna McSherry, listed NAIA as the fifth worst airport for 2016, worse than its 8th ranking in 2015.

Complaints against the airport’s “frequent power outages, lapses in air conditioning, uncomfortable (and insufficient) seating, complicated terminal transfers, and bullet-planting (tanim bala) scam” were cited by the respondents of the site’s survey.

Tashkent International Airport in Uzbekistan ranked as Asia’s worst. Others in the list are: Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal; Peshawar Bacha Khan International Airport, Pakistan; Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan; Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Pakistan; Chennai (Madras) International Airport, India; Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, China; Dhaka Shahjalal International Airport, Bangladesh; and Siem Reap International Airport, Cambodia.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced that it is already beefing up manpower at the NAIA as the holiday season approaches.

Some 70 immigration officers -- 40, newly hired and 30 others transferred from different ports nationwide -- will help man Manila’s airport in time for the expected influx of passengers starting the 1st week of November.

“They should be rendering counter duties at the airport where their services are most needed especially at this time of the year when we expect the volume of passengers at the NAIA to begin increasingly steadily until after the New Year,” BI Commissioner Jaime H. Morente said in a statement issued yesterday.

Mr. Morente also said the BI will continue its strengthened pursuit of human traffickers, illegal recruiters, suspected terrorists and drug mules, “who might take advantage of the holiday break to sneak into the country.” -- Kristine Joy V. Patag