Philippines Scores Another First: NAIA Now Officially the Worst Airport in the World

Hard on the heels of a thoroughly uncomplimentary review of Manila (interesting fact: it’s a dump) by regular visitor Geoffrey James on Travelblog.org, Filipinos have a new reason to feel persecuted with the announcement that NAIA was rated the Worst Airport in the World by the Guide to Sleeping in Airports website. The rating is based on votes of visitors to the website, traveler’s reviews submitted over the previous year, and information provided by airports about their facilities and services. Technically the ranking only applies to Terminal 1, but considering that nearly all foreign visitors are forced to arrive and depart the country through this hellish choke point the assessment and the scathing accompanying comments might as well apply to the whole airport. The Guide does point out that Terminal 3 is much newer, but also links to a recent news story of an engineering report which deemed that building to be ‘structurally flawed’.

If you don’t wish to wade through page after page of comments (and there are A LOT of comments) from visitors to the airport, the Guide summarizes the main points made by most of them:

  • Unfriendly, corrupt staff.
  • Bathrooms are a mess
  • Corruption, bribery, scams run rampant here.
  • Keep your bags close and always have your eyes on them. Don’t get distracted!
  • Terminal 1 is in BAD shape. Crowded — Dirty — Limited seating — Toilets are a disaster!

Although there are a few compliments from people who have traveled through Terminal 2 (or found that secret hidden lounge upstairs in Terminal 1, which is pretty nice), the majority of the visitor comments typically sound like this one:

“…It has to be experienced to be believed. Think of a bombed out ruin and you’ll get some idea. It’s like a cattle yard only worse. Toilets filthy. No seating once you get thru customs (maybe 40 seats for a thousand passengers)….This airport is a joke. Filthy, smelly with virtually no facilities whatsoever. With everyone who leaves the joint being ripped off for 750 pesos local bucks departure tax (around 20 Australian), we deserve better. Shame on the government there. A place to be avoided.”

Of course, none of this is news to anyone who has had the misfortune of passing through NAIA, and not even the local propaganda machines could avoid reporting the substance of the story. But in a completely predictable, passive-aggressive way they still managed to make the point that the criticism is unjustified, sometimes tripping over each other in the process – a few hours after the Inquirer quoted NAIA-1 Manager Dante Basanta explaining that several rest rooms had already been renovated and that “We’re also improving water services; the replacement of old pipes is ongoing,” ABS-CBN posted a story following an interview with MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado and reported:

“Honrado admitted that lack of space constrain authorities from giving the airport toilets a modern look. ‘The challenge is space eh,’ he said.

He, however, denied complaints that the rest rooms have no toilet paper and no running water.

‘I have to deny the report na walang water at toilet paper dyan. Yung water, we have high water pressure,’ he stressed.”

And just as an aside, one has to wonder who Honrado and ABS-CBN were trying to convince, exactly, since his comments were quoted in untranslated Tagalog.

Just as with the public reaction to the stinging rebuke from Geoffrey James, the Philippines is once again demonstrating its awesome talent for missing the point of outsiders’ criticism. These are not abstract and debatable insults like, “Filipinas are easy,” or “All Filipinos are scam artists.” No matter who you are, your self-image is only relevant to you; it does not become the default image that the rest of the world should be presumed to have. Printing a rebuttal in Tagalog to a poor review of the country’s only INTERNATIONAL gateway of any consequence is the most sublime example of this willful refusal to be judged by any standards other than the ankle-high ones Filipinos set for themselves that I think I’ve ever seen. And no matter how many toilets they fix or how many ill-mannered thieves they ferret out at NAIA, as long as that attitude persists that airport, this city, and large parts of this entire country are going to be continued to be regarded as a dump and an experience best avoided at all costs.

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Vincenzo B. Arellano
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KASALANAN ITO NI GMA! PINABAYAAN NA ANG LAHAT! NAKATUTOK LANG PALAGI SA MGA NINANAKAW NYANG PERA. AYAN WORSE NA TAYO SA BU0NG MUNDO! MAMATAY KA NA

ChinoF
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It’s true, isn’t it! When I fall flat on my face because I was texting and didn’t look at where I was going, and my cellphone suddenly flew from my hand and went right into the sewer, it’s all her fault! When I lose in lotto, it’s her fault! You can blame her for everything! Wow.

Vincenzo B. Arellano
Guest

Nagpagawa ka ng bahay mo worth P1million. Wala kang alam sa mga bahay, ang siningil sayo P3million, yung P2million ibibili mo pa sana ng auto at gamit, payag ka? Ganyan kawalang hiya si Gloria.

ChinoF
Member

Di naman gumagawa ng bahay si GMA ah. hehe

Felipe
Guest

Blaming the past admin again?!?

If the AbNoy admin can’t do anything right but blame the old admin for everything, might as well step down and pass it on to someone who can handle it.

Hamak na mas grabe na problema ng pilipinas ngayon dahil dyan sa administrasyong Aquino! Sinabi na ngang alang mapapala dito kay AbNoy.

Ihatebeingpinoy
Guest

Yeh F*** you very much FELIPE. You will be in jail next to your beloved GMA.

Felipe
Guest
@Ihatebeingpinoy Yeh F*** you very much FELIPE. You will be in jail next to your beloved GMA. Dream on and troll harder! You may imprison everyone you hate, but you cannot imprison free minds like mine who can tell truth apart from your yellow propaganda, unlike the yellow supporters who are already imprisoned by their ignorance and stupidity to the point of dragging the whole country down even more! I don’t care squat about what happens to GMA, but it’s getting pretty clear that the Aquino admin’s only solution to its own shortcomings is to blame the past admin instead… Read more »
Ilda
Admin

Vincenzo’s got a new name. From being “proud” to hating being Pinoy! Ganyan ang Aquino supporter. Inconsistent talaga. 😉

hmph!
Guest

like! so true. im not a fan of GMA nor PNoy, and i think this is true.

brianitus
Guest

True. Sending GMA to jail shouldn’t be the only metric for this administration. Was that what you meant?

If he can’t hack it, pass it to Jejemon Binay? Nyay!

I’m not a big fan of GMA myself. I don’t like PNoy either. Behind the facade that is Makati, I am not too sure about the dark one.

It’s actually pointless to say that “mas grabe na problema ng Pilipinas ngayon.” Bottom line is we’re still in trouble.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Si Vincenzong Magnanakaw ang unang mamamatay because napakaduwag niya, tulad ng idol niyang ABNOY. 😛

Ilda
Admin

Sa pangalan pa lang ng airport alam mo na kung bakit naging worse airport!

Vincenzo B. Arellano
Guest

Pinabayaan ni Gloria eh,minana lang ng kasalukuyan, dinamay pa ang pangalan ng ating bayani na si Ninoy. Bwicit na Gloria yan

Anti-V
Guest

NAIA – Ninoy AQUINO International airport. Remember and emphasize on the AQUINO name. Worst airport around the world. Emphasize on the name again.

The name says it all. Worse. Unprogressive. Filthy.

Even after 30+ years, after so many presidents have passed, that airport is going further down the drain (or it’s already there). Remember the name: AQUINO.

Hmp!

domo
Guest

You mad flipfag

balitangkutseroo
Guest

hoy enzo,i blame mo na rin si gloria sa pagkamatay ng ating mga sundalo para makumpleto mo na ang blame game mo,asshole….

Vincenzo B. Arellano
Guest

Mabait pa rin si Tito Noy na ipinagpatuloy ang peace talks tungkol sa mga rebelde. MaBuhay ka. Unlike GMA, puro kudeta nagaganap dati

Felipe
Guest
@Vincenzo B. Arellano Mabait pa rin si Tito Noy na ipinagpatuloy ang peace talks tungkol sa mga rebelde. MaBuhay ka. Unlike GMA, puro kudeta nagaganap dati Si t-i-t-i AbNoy mo kinakampihan pa yun mga pumaslang sa ating mga sundalo. Instead of being a source of encouragement to the military and consolation to their respective families, AbNoy demoralizes our own armed forces who had just been massacred in spite of the peace-talks, while he uplifts the morale of the MILF/Abu-Sayyaf group responsible for this heinous act (You really think these rebels intend to play fair?) The people should support the military… Read more »
Felipe
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Update:

After hearing bad feedback, AbNoy realizes his mistake and listens to some adviser–AbNoy now tries to do some damage control by pretending to praise the military and pursuing the rebels. He does a compromise by making a distinction between the MILF and this supposedly renegade group.

Bulok na style mo AbNoy! Inumin mo nalang yun Buking Juice mo!

DaidoKatsumi
Guest

Vincenzong Sinungaling:

That’s only the Oakwood Mutiny orchestrated by the idiot named Antonio Trillanes IV.

Eh si Cory? DAMI!

arnel alensonorin
Guest

kasi!!! yong ibang mga tao walang displina sa sarili!!! dapat lng na tawaging worst airport!!! para naman mataohan ang mga namahahla sa naia!! damak kasi yong ibang pinoy!! walang disiplina!!! worst airport talaga!!

armory
Guest

eneenjoy ng ating mga kababayan ang demokrasya na ibinigay ni Cory lol

edgardo mendoza
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oo nga dapat firing squad yang si gloria pero teka dalawang taon na higit nakaupo si noynoy di parin napapaayos yan nakauwi na ako ng pinas at nakaalis para paring fishfort yan ito talagang si noynoy parang si cory anim na taon binabantayan presyo ng galonggong sa palengke dapat palitan na ng pangalan yang airport ferdinand marcos baka mas gumanda pa

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ChinoF
Member

Denying that something is wrong is the usual reaction of people who wanna cover something up.

Vincenzo B. Arellano
Guest

But this time, nakikita na natin na ang toto0ng may kasalanan ay si Gloria talaga. Man0od ka kasi ng tv

Daido Katsumi
Guest

At hindi kami manonood ng propaganda and biased news channels like ABS-CBN.

Manonood kami sa mga UNBIASED tulad ng GMA. ULOL! 😛

hmph!
Guest

right!

ChinoF
Member

Yung mga TV shows na maraming sinungaling at maraming maling sinasabi? Yoko. Pangit.

balitangkutseroo
Guest

matindi talaga ang obsession mo kay gloria,kapares ng amo mong si simeon”chicken”the turd.palagay ko ay may lihim kayong pagnanasa ng amo kay gloria….hehehe….

Vincenzo B. Arellano
Guest

Nabobo ka lang kaya wala ka msbi matino.

DaidoKatsumi
Guest

“Nabobo ka lang kaya wala ka msbi matino.”

I think it talks about more than YOU. You’re always clinging on Yellow Propaganda. LAWL

Pan Doe
Guest

kaya nakakatakot umuwi ng pilipinas ngayung peak season eh…sa airport pa lang, ubos na ang iyong [insert any foreign currency here]. pustahan hindi ito nakabalita sa local stations tapos, mag-susugarcoat na naman ang gobyerno. Sorry, panis na ang sugar nyo, mga tsong :p

holy shape shift sh*t is happening to our home country right now!

Vincenzo B. Arellano
Guest

Umuwi ka, Tito Noy is unti unti nang inaayos ang Pilipinas.

domo
Guest

There you go again flipfag for depending on your precious president. Pinoy nga naman oo napakademonyo.

Pan Doe
Guest

mas natakot tuloy akong umuwi sa mga sinabi mo. Nawalan tuloy ako ng ganang umuwi dahil sa iyo lolz :p

I would say if one of my other ethnic friends wants to go to the philippines, let me be their guide and avoid those MFing useless payments.

balitangkutseroo
Guest

bobo,ang unang dapat ayusin ni simeon the chicken ay iyong retarded mind niya.kung kaya niya.hehehe.parehas lang siguro kayong mongoloid

Johnny Derp
Guest

Almost 2 years later and vincenzo has been proven wrong…AGAIN.
This guy really is a stupid sack of shit.
He makes no sense, arguments are weak as hell
Is this guy for real???

nona
Guest

the worlds worst airport
manila a cess pit
the worlds worst president
hustlers and hookers everywhere

as easy to sell as chickenjoy!

Combuzz
Guest

The hookers are just as bad as the airport, they so ugly they should be the ones paying for sex.

nona
Guest

not to mention the ladyboys.
the 40% of tourists who come for sex must be desperate

brianitus
Guest

Well, don’t pay for sex then.

Lightzout
Guest

Only a desperate baboon will have sex with them.

brianitus
Guest

LOL. It’s a good thing that desperate baboons are in abundance. Bless their lot.

brianitus
Guest

Well, maybe we can package it as a tourist destination in itself. World’s Worst International Airport isn’t something you can’t (and don’t) want to claim.

Combuzz
Guest

After all “All publicity is good publicity”

brianitus
Guest

LOL. Exactly!

For this case, I think there’s “some” merit in blaming the GMA admin. 9 ‘effin years and they did nothing about it? Come on. All of the news about a vibrant economy back then and she didn’t do squat about the stinkin’ airport?

My take: if they’re not going to fix it, demolish it.

Seriously, if they can fix this airport or build a new one, there’s a wealth of PR possibilities that can come out of it. A turnaround story is always great.

brianitus
Guest

BenK,

Exactly. If you’re in the top leadership spot and you’ve done nothing but play the blame game, it shows a lot about your leadership skills. Consistently blaming GMA for everything is one thing. Doing something about the mess she left is another.

As president, he should be seen as driving results.

Ilda
Admin

The only airport that charges airport fee has been named the worse airport in the world. There is a lot to be said about that.

Jez
Guest

Amen to that sistah.

Faux
Guest
I posted this in another Pinoy online forum and I think this needs to be reiterated… “What needs to be done NOW is to refurbish and rehabilitate the airport by different stages/phases similar to what have been done to London Heathrow, so as to have a more modern efficient airport. But personally, I would not rather go with this route and prefer to have a new airport outside Metro Manila (heck, technically outside Luzon) so as to adopt to the future development. An airport in a densely populated and developed area will be an aviation transportation & security nightmare waiting… Read more »
ahehe
Guest

wala raw kwenta ang dredging. Babalik lang yung lupa, sabi ni Pnoy. Gastos lang.

Combuzz
Guest
I once took a crap in NAIA, it was one of my most horrible experiences. First off I had to go really bad. Second all the toilets were filled with poo poo already, so i randomly chose one to poo on. Theres no running water and no toilet paper and they had a lil bucket and tabo to wash your ass with. Since there is no running water no one can flush their poo, and the whole bathroom is just disgusting. I hovered my puwet over the toilet because there are no toilet seats (YUK!). It was very uncomfortable, i… Read more »
Frank
Guest

When was this? I don’t recall it being that bad when I departed through NAIA in July.

On the other hand, that was probably because they had to lead me down a maze of hallways to a restroom near the back of the airport where they store the directional signage. On a more fortunate note though, I didn’t have to bribe anyone.

Vincenzo B. Arellano
Guest

Binay? Well, i think he could do what he did in Makati to the Philippines.

brianitus
Guest

What’s that? Gatasan ang Makati? No way. I want his hands off my taxes.

Vincenzo B. Arellano
Guest

TANG INA MO!

Ilda
Admin

How can you tell when someone is getting desperate? When he resorts to using foul language. Ganyan ang mga fans ng mga Aquino.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

You can’t win by just simply SWEARING.

TROLL HARDER, Vincenzong Tsismoso. 😛

Anti-V
Guest

Hugasan mo bibig mo, Vincenzo. Walang magseseryoso sa iyo kung ganyan ka magsasalita.

nona
Guest

you are obviously the same level of IQ and
maturity as gayboy p-noy.
no wonder he is your idol.
dumb and dumber

Michael
Guest

You just shot yourself on the foot. Now everyone thinks you’re a joke.

benign0
Admin

nyek nyek

ChinoF
Member

Doncha just love it when they want to tongue your mother. LOL

domo
Guest

So are you Aquino mafia.

Jeremiah
Guest
someone January 23, 2009 Did you base number 8 eletriny on that Yahoo! Answers thing? Because Yahoo! Answers is clogged with the stupidest people capable of using the internet.Some memorable questions include How do I scan a mirror and use it as my background , Where can I find scuba-diving equipment for my horse and I heard on TV that there’s a war in Georgia, when do we evacuate (The person lived in the state Georgia of the US, the war was in the country Georgia halfway across the world.) It’s also likely that a lot of the people there… Read more »
Aegis-Judex
Guest

Wash out your mouth. Scourgify!

*clicks heels and raises his right arm*

HEIL PNOY!

nona
Guest

The worlds worst..
Corrupt president – marcos
Narcissistic president – arroyo
Laziest president – aquino
Dumbest future president – pacquaio.

A pattern here

The worlds most stupid electorate – phillipines

brianitus
Guest

Actually, the pattern is this:

Dictator > Dictator replacement > Dictator replacement upgrade > so-so > (feeling ng tao) Dictator > (feeling ng tao) Dictator replacement

By what that pattern suggests, it points that we’ll have a marginally better president than PNoy in the next elections. Pacquiao or even Willie can come in around 2022. Whatevs.

nona
Guest

it is very clear now
the lunatics have taken over the asylum
headed by crazyboy noy

call in the psychiatrists

a leopard doesnt change its spots
and a sloth will never have any get up and go.

Vincenzo B. Arellano
Guest

Tito Noy is not lazy, you have no basis for such things. And let us give Ninong Manny a chance, remember he wearing yellow gloves? He wants to fight poverty in the country.

Hyden Toro
Guest

@Vincenzo: Tell your Tito Noy, to give his Hacienda Luisita to his tenants-serfs-slaves. With this action: he will fight poverty. His tenants-serfs-slaves, will produce more rice and food. If they own the land they till. Besides, your Tito Noy is already swimming with wealth, due to Kurakot…marami siyang naporsiento sa mga projects; aside from the un-audited funds he has in his disposal…

Kamen Rider ETERNAL
Guest

And we got baseless things from your Yellow Propaganda.

And yes, if Manny Pacquiao will be president, this country will go into the hellhole. Deal with it.

nona
Guest
Manny ‘no more money’ pacquaio. What a role-model! Wife-cheating Mistresses and illegitimate children Absentee congressman Gambling addict Cock-fighting No education or interest in learning Selfish and greedy – just like all presidents i guess No financial management – had to borrow to pay his tax bill this year and get advance on nov fight to pay for his forbes park house Being sued by his accountants – visionqwest for 50 mill pesos Just the sort of person to run the economy. And dont forget all the gifts and cars he bought for local mayors which is why he got elected… Read more »
Vincenzo B. Arellano
Guest

Tito Noy is no longer in Hacienda Luisita and besides, ibebenta din nila yan kasi hnd mapapamahalaan ng mga magsasaka.

Vincenzo B. Arellano
Guest

I told you give Ninong Manny a CHANCE! Idol ko sya

Vincenzo B. Arellano
Guest

Tsismis lang naman mga yan. Let us only hear from Ninong Manny,okay?

Daido Katsumi
Guest
Mas maraming chismis sa iyo because yours is more farts and less substance. BTW, iboboto ba siya dahil sa tumulong siya? Sorry but that is NOT what a president is all about. It’s all about one who has honor and wisdom and not basing on popularity. Manny, you being Congressman is very much like an Angel getting lost in our hellish and infernal government. The power of Satan and his army of devils is too overwhelming so don’t waste your time. Get out of Congress. But I think it’s too late. Now you’re Michael Corleone of the Godfather… “JUST WHEN… Read more »
Tony
Guest

Pero kung titingnan mo…Pacquiao does not typically possess Filipino traits…hindi naman siya magiging 7-division title holder kung hindi siya yung tipong pursigidong maging successful and most of all, disciplined…if Pacquiao would run for president…I would vote for him…kung yung mga tatakbo rin lang naman ay puro mga trapo o yung anak ng mga trapo…I am not a hard-core Pacquiao fan…kaso bff sila ni Chavit…wag na rin lang pala…tulog na lang ako sa eleksyion… 🙂

Hyden Toro
Guest

There were 19 Filipino soldiers killed recently with clash with the MILF. Send Lt. Col. Pacquiao, and his Boxing Brigade to fight the MILF…are we in the Noynoy Aquino’s Wonderland? I’m very sure: I’m not Alice, nor the Mad Hatter, nor the Cheshire Cat…OMG…

Vincenzo B. Arellano
Guest

I would also vote for Ninong Manny

Ilda
Admin

After Noynoy’s supporters did their best to badmouth Manny Villar, you are now saying you would vote for him? Naks naman. INCONSISTENT!

brianitus
Guest

Hyden, they don’t need to send Pacman Boxing Brigade.

Send in the (KK) K-team:

Rambo Llamas, Pistol Puno and .38 Torres.

As insurance, maybe Lacierda can talk the MILF into committing suicide. Carandang can live blog about it using his Mac.

Brickz
Guest

I think all of the things said to describe the current state of NAIA could just as well describe the country as a whole: “Unfriendly, corrupt staff. Bathrooms are a mess. Corruption, bribery, scams run rampant here. Keep your bags close and always have your eyes on them. Don’t get distracted! The Philippines is in BAD shape. Crowded — Dirty — Limited seating — Toilets are a disaster!”.

It’s just a reflection of the Philippines really.

Vincenzo B. Arellano
Guest

It all started during GMAs term. Her culture of graft and corruption.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Sorry, but it didn’t start on GMA. The culture of graft and corruption exists long before GMA.

Fact is I’m still laughing at your ass sa kabobohan mo. 😛

Ilda
Admin

Ay sus! Akala ko ba it all started with Marcos? Which is which? You are very inconsistent. Para kang robot na nagma-malfunction!

Hyden Toro
Guest

The new Tourism Dept. Chief, recently announced: ” We deserve a visit.” I replied: ” My Ass.” Who will visit a country, with :filty toilets; no toilet papers on toilets; child prostitutes and their “bugaws”, soliciting you; Necklace snatchers abound, ” alaga ng mga Pulis”…
Maybe, the Tourism Chief is already desensithized. He saw these things are just normal…

Frank
Guest

I’ve had this notion that the reason that GMA didn’t do anything about it after the Terminal 3 fiasco was because she knew that given how long shit actually takes to get done, it was better building her own airport in Clark anyway so she didn’t have to deal with the stuff already in place apart from the old American hangars.

nona
Guest

@arellano
you exemplify why the country is in a mess and provide a practical example to readers of the filipino mentality and how they would vote for any personality as though it is pilipinas got talent but politicians dont need brains. good man. keep it up.

and i have met pacquaio on a couple of occasions.
any topic regarding economics, social issues are met with a grin, a bad joke and an attempt to move the subject to cars! no speechwriter was present.

brianitus
Guest

Nona, why on earth did you even try discussing economics with him? LOL.

Seriously, the value of Manny is strictly for PR and drawing people in. He’ll be a magnet as long as he keeps winning.

I was able to attend a fundraiser for Sarangani province last year (in Makati). The team from the DAP was helping him back then. Were you there as well?

sky
Guest
I was led to this article from SkyscraperCity, and it’s been a while since I’ve posted in GRP or AP, so hi guys! 😛 Inasmuch as I agree that NAIA is a bad airport, I disagree that it’s the worst airport. In all my years of travel, I can certainly say that there are airports worse than NAIA: I for one did not appreciate the hassle of having to transit through Bucharest, or the small, dated size of Berlin-Tegel. To me, NAIA is better in those regards. Plus, with the renovations going on, it feels much better than before: I… Read more »
Ilda
Admin

Hi Sky

In other words, if you were one of the panelists, you would vote for another airport. But let’s put it this way: if there were 4 judges and 3 of them voted NAIA as the worst airport, then the title of “worst airport” would go to NAIA. In short, more people think that NAIA is the worst. It all boils down to their own personal perception and experience I suppose. And we also have to respect the fact that more people agree that it is the worst.

Good to see you here, btw! 🙂

sky
Guest

Good to be here. This is more entertaining than defending using Tagalog/Filipino because I love traveling and I’m an airline, airplane and airport junkie. 😛

I can only say “to each his own” on opinions with respect to that analogy, but the all-powerful (biased) Philippine media likes sensationalizing things to extremes. I was able to tolerate using a NAIA bathroom, and I never had to deal with kotong customs officers. And I hold two passports at that!

I’ll gladly wait now for all airlines based in NAIA-1 to move to NAIA-3. 😀

ChinoF
Member

I’d say worst or not, something is still wrong with NAIA, and it needs fixing, whatever the excuse. You pay terminal fees and that’s what you get… then those terminal fees are just ripping you off.

sky
Guest

My terminal fees went to visible renovations which are not yet complete. People who use CGK (Jakarta) pay more in terminal fees and their main terminal has been compared by some as being as bad as NAIA-1.

Yes, it needs fixing, and it may be argued that this can push officials to act, but if they’ve already been acting and people STILL don’t see what they’ve been doing, then what exactly is going through all those people who complain that NAIA is the so-called “worst airport in the world”?

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JOn
Guest

On top of that we lost another major European foreign airlines that regularly land at NAIA. This could create a domino effect from the hotel accommodation, to the restaurants etc.

AIR FRANCE-KLM, the only European carrier operating in the Philippines, will be phasing out direct Manila-Amsterdam flights due to issues with the country’s taxes.

http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=TopStory&title=Country-to-lose-direct-flights-to-Europe&id=40040

christy
Guest

Some say we have become negligent, indifferent because we are like a wounded animal, really hurt by all that has happened to us. This country used to be great, and now it’s a piece of shit. Abandonment of environs and such explains our suicidal tendencies as a society and a people.

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