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.