NAIA tagged as world's worst airport, ouch!

Oct 19, 2011

TERMINAL 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International has been voted the world’s worst airport this year 2011 by the online guide to sleeping in airports (

The online site has served as the guide and travel blog of the travel community for the last 15 years, and for sharing their airport sleeping experiences around the world. The site tells travelers on which airports they can sleep safely and comfortably, and which they should avoid altogether on their next trip. Since 1996 the online budget traveler guide has featured the best and worst airports in the world annually based on the comments posted by passengers and travelers.

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There will be numerous and long queues. Terminal is in bad shape. Earlier this year, some bad press regarding the state of the airport made airport officials promise to clean its Terminal 1 toilets and provide running water and soap. Imagine.... they actually had to "promise" to offer this! In May, a ceiling at Terminal 1 caved in, while over at Terminal 3 a report came out in early October 2011 stating that the 9 year old terminal was "structurally flawed".

We're not finished yet.....there's more.

Forget about sleeping in this airport! You will not want to even close your eyes here! Bribery and theft exists. Airport taxes are collected, but the money does not seem to go towards the betterment of the airport. Document holders have been told their papers are not correct, but a fee of x amount should clear up the matter.

In terms of facilities, visitors will have better luck at the newer Terminal 3, where it is clean, spacious and one can find an internet connection. However, one must remember that, as mentioned previously, the terminal itself has been deemed "structually flawed".

The terminals are lacking services such as left luggage and pay-in lounges for transit passengers. However, the one big plus is the Free WiFi in the "passenger movement" areas.

"I lost my cellphone between the drop-off at the entrance and the security check! The phone was in my side pocket of my handbag and this side pocket was slashed with a sharp knife! I mentioned it to the PNP officer and he referred me to an airport policeman. This guy had the guts to suggest that I go to the lost and found office and check if they found it. Long story short, he didn't even get my name and address to file a report and was just saying: ma'am there are many thieves in this airport. Just look after your belongings!"- Monette

“Several times I have seen [workers] trying to pocket trinkets and phones from bags while not allowing you anywhere near your bags.” – livingabroad

“The concession stand down at the gates was selling bottles of water that had already been opened, reused bottles with broken seals and they pretended to break the seal on the bottles when selling.” – living abroard

“Their arrival ramp is not user friendly because it slopes downward!! If you happen to be pushing your loads of baggages through this ramp watch out or your baggage might get to the bottom of the ramp before you!! “ – tiffycality

“I've travelled to many airports and have stayed overnight at some of them, but nothing compares to the experience at NAIA. In short, it's a horrible waste of time and you should all hold onto your wallets as tightly as possible. I especially advise any foreign travellers to avoid this airport, the amount of corruption and bribery is just mind blowing. “ – shizumasa

The 10 worst airports in the world (the top being that listed as No. 1):

1 Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1

2 Beauvais-Tillé Airport (85 km north of Paris)

3 Iceland’s Keflavík International Airport

4 Caravaggio Airport Bergamo Orio al Serio in Bergamo, Italy

5 Kyiv (Zhuliany) International Airport in Ukraine

6 Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (Germany)

7 Luton International Airport (England)

8 Pisa Galileo Galilei International Airport (Italy)

9 Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris

10 Los Angeles International Airport.


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