Philippines' international airport '5th worst airport in Asia'

Philippines' international airport '5th worst airport in Asia'
PHOTO: The Straits Times

MANILA - The Philippines' main international gateway was again ranked as one of the worst airports in Asia, according to a travel website.

Citing the notorious "tanim-bala" (the alleged bullet-planting scheme in Philippine airports) scam and other complaints on services, the "Guide to Sleeping in Airports" site listed the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) as the fifth worst airport in the region.

"Once again, survey respondents were quick to let us know when things were not going well. Major complaints include a bullet-planting scam, frequent power outages, lapses in air conditioning, uncomfortable (and insufficient) seating and complicated terminal transfers," the 2016 report read.

But the site also acknowledged "signs of improvement" in the Manila airport after a series of renovations and improvement of facilities that started in the previous administration.

"While some travellers report improvements to the airport structure and facilities since 2011, survey responses this year indicate cleaner bathrooms, more chairs and some general organisation of taxis in front of the terminal would help to make life here a lot more manageable," it added.

Naia was ranked world's worst airport in 2011 and 2013, and worst in Asia in 2012. This year marks the second consecutive year that Naia did not land on the world's worst airport list.

The Tashkent International Airport in Uzbekistan was named worst airport in Asia for 2016, while the Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia was ranked worst in the world.

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