Cebu, Iloilo airports in top 20 best airports in Asia, according to survey

Mactan-Cebu International airport. <i>Photo: Jonathan Cellona/ ABS-CBN News</i>
Mactan-Cebu International airport. Photo: Jonathan Cellona/ ABS-CBN News

The international airports in Cebu and Iloilo have been chosen as two of the best in Asia in a survey by the travel website Sleeping in Airports released yesterday.

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport landed in 16th place, while the Iloilo International Airport came in 18th place. The survey asked respondents from all over the world to choose the best airports based on factors like customer service, cleanliness, food options, and sleepability — or the ability for a traveler to sleep in the airport comfortably, always a major bonus.

Cebu’s resort-themed airport, which was opened early last year, was conceptualized by architectural and interior design firm BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture+Design, and its furniture was designed by Kenneth Cobonpue, whose clients include Queen Sofia of Spain and Angelina Jolie. While it looks mighty impressive, it had flooding problems in August last year ending in its drop-off area transforming a mini pool after a heavy downpour.

The Iloilo airport, which opened in 2007, will be up for expansion soon to accommodate the steady increase of passengers.

In the worldwide rankings, topping the list was Singapore’s Changi Airport, which just opened a new terminal that comes with an indoor waterfall straight out of Avatar. Changi was followed by Seoul Incheon in South Korea, Helsinki Airport in Finland, Tokyo Narita International Airport and Osaka Kansai International Airport, both in Japan.


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