The Guide To Sleeping In Airports has once again listed the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as one of Asia’s worst airports. But at least this time NAIA isn’t ranked No. 1. The fact that it has been “downgraded” to No. 5 on the said list can be considered a blessing.
It may be recalled that NAIA was ranked the world’s worst airport in 2011 and 2013, and was also named worst in Asia in 2012.
Last year marked the first time NAIA did not make it to the world’s worst airports, though it was still among the worst in Asia.
In any case, the website explained that NAIA was included among the world’s worst airports due to the “tanim-bala” or bullet-planting scam that involves putting a bullet in passengers’ luggage and then forcing them to pay a certain sum so they won’t be arrested.
NAIA’s snafus in the past year were also highlighted: power outages, erratic air conditioning system, lack of seats, and complicated terminal transfers.
The Guide To Sleeping In Airports, however, took note that NAIA has made improvements in recent months. Perhaps, these improvements would be enough reason for it to be deleted from the notorious lists next installment?
Below is the full list of Asia’s 10 worst airports in 2016, from the absolute worst to the possibly-no-so-bad:
1. Tashkent International Airport (Uzbekistan)
2. Tribhuvan International Airport (Nepal)
3. Bacha Khan International Airport (Pakistan)
4. Hamid Karzai International Airport (Afghanistan)
5. Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Philippines)
6. Benazir Bhutto International Airport (Pakistan)
7. Chennai International Airport (India)
8. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (China)
9. Shahjalal International Airport (Bangladesh)
10. Siem Reap International Airport (Cambodia)