Change has come in one of the places that needed it the most — Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The improvements, made during the term of president Noynoy Aquino, has completely transformed the dark and dreary interiors of the Leandro Locsin-designed building into a well-lit space.
These changes, perhaps, are enough to get it out of the world’s worst airports list.
The 2015 renovation project cost about PHP1.3-billion and it looks like the money was put to really good use, as you can see for yourself in the photos below. It was the first time in 30 years (the current structure was built in the 1980s) that is has undergone an overhaul.
The changes aren’t just aesthetic, as we discovered ourselves recently. There are new toilets and facilities, and the airconditioning now works to full capacity. The F&B tenants have also upgraded and there’s now a Starbucks and a pay-as-you-enter lounge (PHP750) that has free WiFi and a shower, and serves unlimited snacks and drinks.
In this day and age where all first-class airports look the same with their steel and glass design, it’s nice to see that NAIA has found a way to upgrade Terminal 1 without obliterating its contemporary Filipino design.
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