MANILA, Philippines – The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has inched its way out of the list of worst airports in the world.
Based on the latest survey of a travel website, www.sleepinginairports.net, the NAIA has definitely gone out of the top 20 worst airports in the world list, where it landed in the top five in 2016.
It is believed that the issue of bullet-planting in luggage had affected NAIA’s ranking last year. But this was soon resolved under the Duterte Administration.
“Simple lang ho ang instruction natin (The instruction to us is simple), especially coming from the President, he said that ‘tanggalin na iyang laglag bala na iyan at mawala iyan (remove the bullet-planting scam) which, ginawa ho namin (is what we did). Kapag may nakita kayo, kukumpiskahin lang, ila-log book ka, tapos makakaalis ka rin ho sa flight na sasakyan niyo (If a bullet is found, it will be confiscated, recorded in the logbook, after which you’ll be let off to board your flight),” MIAA Gen. Manager Ed Monreal said.
Frequent fliers have noted the changes at the airport but some still have complaints.
“Okay naman, ang laki naman ng improvement. Kaya lang yung Wi-Fi… may dalawang Wi-Fi nga hindi ka naman makapag-connect kaagad, mahirap (It’s okay. There’s a big improvement. But the Wi-Fi…there may be two Wi-Fi connections but you can’t connect easily. It’s difficult),” said one passenger.
With the good survey result, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) assured that developments in the country’s premier gateway will continue.
“Well, sa public ho (to the public), we are open to any criticism, we are open to any suggestions. Kung may nakikita ho silang sa tingin nila ay mali, iparating ho sa amin at para magawan ho ng paraan (If they see anything they think is wrong, please let us know and we’ll see what we can do). At kung hindi naman ho… kung mayroon naman ho silang nakikitang kagandahan, sabihin din ho nila (And if they see improvements, let us know too). I-balanse lang ho natin para tayo ay magtulong tulong, para naman sa bayan ho natin ito (Let’s balance things and help each other. This is for the country anyway),” Montreal said.
Meanwhile, four Philippine airports have made it to the 2017 Top 25 Best Airports in Asia.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) takes pride for the inclusion of Iloilo International Airport, Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Clark International Airport and Davao International Airport to the said ranking.
DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade said this inspires them to continue doing their job.
Tugade said that now that the country is no longer in the worst airport list, the department will put it its best efforts to get the Philippines included in the best airports in the world list. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue