[caption id="attachment_28835" align="alignright" width="300"] Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 is voted as Asia and World's Worst Airport for 2013.[/caption]
UPDATE 1: The Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 is once again voted as Asia and World's Worst Airport for 2013.
The website "The Guide To Sleeping in Airports" based the results on user votes in its site poll and survey between September 2012 to August 2013. They published the results last Oct. 15.
SleepingInAirports community voted NAIA as the worst airport for comfort, amenities and over all experience.
"When selecting an airport to declare as the "worst", travelers were asked to consider the four C's: comfort, conveniences, cleanliness and customer service," it said.
One of the former passengers of NAIA Terminal 1 commented, "Most other countries will at least try to do their best to make their main international airport look at least a bit presentable, realizing that it's the main gateway for foreign visitors into and out of the country, but at this airport everything seems to have been done to make the experience as horrible as possible."
Here is the list of World's Worst Airports
Here is the list of Asia's Worst Airports
However, the World's Best Airport is Singapore Changi.
NAIA Terminal 1 was also tagged as the worst airport in 2011.
The Aquino administration has approved NAIA 1's renovation plan with a P1 billion budget. The renovation is targeted to be finished before President Benigno Aquino III finishes his term.
Meanwhile, Malacanang on Thursday shrugged off the latest survey with Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda saying efforts are already being made to improve the facilities of NAIA-1. He noted that multi-awarded furniture designer Kenneth Cobonque was among those experts tapped to innovate NAIA 1.
The NAIA-1 which bears the name of President Aquino's father, has been operational since 1981. It had its last major makeover in 1996 in time for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit and with a capacity of 4.5 million passengers per year. This was reached in 1991 and currently, the NAIA Terminal 1 handles 7.3 million passengers a year. (Madel Sabater – Namit)