naia - worst airport in the world...

Philippines
October 20, 2011 8:15am CST
Have seen this article in MSN stating that NAIA now is ranked number 1 among the list of the worst airports in the world. Just wanna know the insight of my fellow Filipinos about this issue. Do you think this will affect the government's effort in promoting the Philippines as a prime tourist destination? Do you think the government should focus and be serious with this issue? And do you think that we have the worst airport in the world? Share your views...
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@katrinapaz (2438)
• Philippines
21 Oct 11
i felt sad that our airport is ranked number 1 for the worst airport in the world. to think that there are a lot of tourists and vip that travel here in the Philippines and that we bank on our country for its tourism. i hope that the people managing this airport will be waken up by this criticism and i hope there is a budget to rehabilitate and make this airport better.
@mantis36 (4237)
• Philippines
21 Oct 11
sometimes facial expression speaks more louder than worlds.... then if i have a chance, i take a look and observe those foreigners facial expression on their first impression whenever their first visit on Philippine Airport....
@mantis36 (4237)
• Philippines
21 Oct 11
"worlds" change to "words"
• Philippines
22 Oct 11
i think you are correct mantis! the facial expression of the people visiting the airport will mean a lot on how they find the airports services. but then i think they may not carry that expression althorughout because only a few minutes left and they will be with their families and friends.
• United States
22 Oct 11
What are the contributing factors and basis for this distinction of being the worst AP in the world?The objectivity of it is somewhat convoluted.... Its the least of my worries,as long as it serves its purpose that's what matters to me.....AIRPORT is not a Park or a Big shopping mall. Tourists/Visitors don't necessarily come to the Philippines because of the Airport facilities,are they?put it this way for them Its like being handed a gift with the ugliest wrapper with a big surprise inside.........sure it won't hurt to have a nice Airport but Government have its Priorities and Airport is not one of them... I think what makes it worst to some,are the people,porters,inspectors,immigration officers,the whole clan of a single traveler waiting for their relative's arrival,and the travelers themselves.... A visitor will definitely be amazed just at the sight of throngs of Filipinos(balikbayans)with their big boxes of goods...and wondering "what is this?" and cannot believe what he's witnessing,nothing but a big mess.
• Philippines
22 Oct 11
Porters, inspectors, immigration officers are part of the airport. And part of the ratings as well. In a way, you are right in saying we don't need our airport to be like a Park or big shopping mall but service do really counts. In this area, I may say that we do have some faults. Lost baggage, stinking comfort rooms, customs officer soliciting for bribes, inadequate seats for waiting passengers, these are some of the known traits that is haunting our international airports. And the latest, collapsing ceilings...
• United States
22 Oct 11
So what's the point of having the most expensive aesthetically beautiful Airport facility in the world if the people who runs and works there don't have the slightest idea how to do their job properly.....I think the Airport authority should invest more on their employee's training,and change in their attitude.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
21 Oct 11
I have seen only a few other airports, but, I would tend to agree that it is so bad considering it is an international airport and our premier one at that. Of course it would affect the government's effort in promoting the Phil because it is the first thing that foreigners see about the country. As they say, first impressions last. It's not just the place that is terrible, but also the people there. There was one time we were waiting for a cousin who was coming home after a long time abroad. While we were waiting for her plane, a crew came and swept the area around our car (there was no garbage anywhere, mind you) and then he had the nerve to "ask" for something for sweeping our part of the carpark! . There was a time the bathroom stank and there wasn't anything anyone was doing about it. Another thing that I hate is the fact that the taxis at the airport are not regulated. Most of the time, the rates are unbelievably, ridiculously high.
• Philippines
21 Oct 11
True...True...Very true... All of these are a common site in the old NAIA 1. Actually, I was only able to see and use the NAIA 1 last year. The previous years, I was quite used to flying with PAL or Cebu Pacific when traveling. So I would say I am comfortable with the new terminals, with their facilities and services. If you could only see my face when I first stepped inside the old airport. My excitement for my trip turned into dismay and disgust with what I saw. What more with the foreign visitors and the VIPS who is using it. I wish the government would see this as a wake up call and not only react to what others might be saying but to really act on the problem at hand. FYI... If I am to compare the Low Cost Carrier Terminal of Kuala Lumpur and NAIA 1, I would go for the LCCT. hehehe...
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
24 Oct 11
LCCT? I had a very bad experience at that airport, but, I would agree that it seems T1 of NAIA is comparable to that one, or even better. I agree, T3 is a lot better (maybe because it's new) but, unfortunately, most international carriers use the T1. It's a shame. I hope the airport gets improved.
@ybong007 (6658)
• Philippines
25 Oct 11
The report is not surprising considering that we're referring to a 30 year old airport. Adding to the fact that we're not a rich country and airport beautification is not top priority. But in a age where first impressions is important if you're to attract more visitors, I think those in charge should have done something about it already. Let's just hope that the report will be taken constructively and that something is done about it instead of coming up with excuses.
• Philippines
25 Oct 11
First and last impressions to be exact...hahaha... Since the airport is the first and last thing you see in a country you visit. You are correct with the last sentence with the emphasis on "WILL BE TAKEN CONSTRUCTIVELY." I hope they just don't blame or point at whose fault is it and just end up doing nothing.
• Philippines
21 Oct 11
LET THEM RANT ALL THEY WANT- for all i care there's a lot of problems to be solve in our country and even our airports were having problems too. It depends on what budget they have left for repairing the airport. Henry SY couldn't even keep employees now he's downsizing to the point of staff rebelling on protest, how can they have a fast sufficient budget for more improvements?it's just deterioration and more will see to it
• Philippines
22 Oct 11
Please enlighten me as to how Henry Sy came into the picture here.
@EdnaReyes (2628)
• Philippines
21 Oct 11
If you have been using the airport you will agree will the report. Our dear airport is the worst airport even compare to Vietnam where they have rebuilt their airport way ahead of us. I think the previous administration have over done it, corrupt officials are to blame for our poorly maintained airport.
• Philippines
21 Oct 11
I have seen the old airport of Saigon 5 years ago. And I can tell you that it is much like our old domestic airport. But look at them now. If you compare the new Saigon airport to our NAIA 1, you will be ashamed.
@Bushin (141)
• Philippines
20 Oct 11
The NAIA Maintenance crew woke up when they read that they are the World's Worst Airport. Urgently, the staff ordered the crew to rebuild the NAIA Airport Terminal 1 to be exact. This is what i always see in us Filipino's, we only act when somebody criticizes us, we don't voluntarily act and do our job responsibly and that is very frustrating to see specially because in other country they always say that the best workers are Filipinos.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
21 Oct 11
So true. That, or we become defensive, which in most instances, the reaction is misplaced.
@ralphs (209)
• Philippines
30 Oct 11
yes i am a Filipino and i witness that NAIA airport is so dirty and worst, im not shock why NAIA ranked number one for the worst airport i just laugh at it, because last year it also ranked again in the worst airport like number 5 or 4 i think, but what they do? they don't renovate it what a numb and worst government we have here in Philippines, then their shock why the tourist don't go so often here in the Philippines because they airport is so worst, the people in airport who in the baggage counter they throw all the baggage even if the baggage labeled as FRAGILE! and they are also syndicate in the airport who has to be like a looters they open the baggage and they get what they want. that's why they are ranked number 1 in worst airport in the world. i live in Philippines and i am a Filipino but it hurts to tell here that we are the worst airport, but truth will set us free i think they will not transfer it they will sell it. adios.
@harries (99)
• Philippines
23 Oct 11
Well I think this would really affect the tourism in the Philippines. However, we should also consider that NAIA is almost 30 years old. This is a signal for the Philippine government to take action.
@kaichoukebz (1190)
• Philippines
21 Oct 11
I think the Philippines focused more on resolving the issues on poverty rather than that. Or maybe, the country doesn't have enough budget at the moment. But indeed, I believe that the government will take action on that and will successfully resolve the issue.
• Indonesia
21 Oct 11
I read there are list of the worst airport in the world and I wasn't sure if NAIA airport is one of the worst airport in the world. I think that the government should be aware of the airport problem and they must focus on fixing what the airport's problem was? We all know that airport is like front gate where visitors step their foot for the first time and from the appearance of the airport itself shows our warmest greeting to our country. Your government must take a step to overcome the condition of the airport.
@mantis36 (4237)
• Philippines
21 Oct 11
if that is the view of many, so majority wins.... i still believe in: "First impression's lasts" and.... "Judge the Book by its Cover"
• Philippines
21 Oct 11
There are three terminals in the NAIA complex. I did a quick check on this news and found that it was the Terminal 1 being referred to in this discussion. Well, why would I not be surprised with this news? Here's why. Built in the second quarter of 1978, Terminal 1 reached its capacity in 1991. At that time, it registered a total passenger volume of 4.53 million. Since then, it has been recording an anuual growth rate of 11% based on the data provided by the Manila International Airport Authority. Question: Has the airport management done any major improvements or rehabilitation ever since its capacity has been reached? Answer: Read the title of this discussion and you'll have the answer - a no-brainer answer, that is! The DOTC said that Terminal 1 would be rehabilitated into an "Airport City" as soon as Terminal 3 becomes fully operational. Let us just be patient with those in the authorities for this major improvement to happen. You see, the President has been in office only for less than 1.5 year. He has at least 4.5 more years to go. Also, the PPP projects of the government are just around the corner. But of course, it will take some time for the Filipinos to reap the fruits of labor. I believe the Philippines is currently back on its "planting" season. This is a time in Philippine history were Filipinos feel that they just have enough in life - no surplus, no shortage. Furthermore, I believe the Philippines would not start to take off even under the present President's administration. It takes decades to build a country with a strong and robust economy. Just be patient. Give the authority some time to prove for themselves. The least you can do is be a good citizen and not be a liability in the society. ". . . ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country." -JFK
@swirlz (3137)
• Philippines
20 Oct 11
I haven't been there, the one they reserve for international flights, so I can't really say how's the state of it. But I've been hearing about it around the internet, I don't wonder if the government has heard about it. They should really do something about it, whatever the problem was. It's the international airport for goodness sake, it's like the front door of the house. It should be inviting, welcoming. It should promise them of the wonderful stay they'll have, etc. Or else guests would be discouraged from entering in the first place.