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‘World’s worst’ airport to get a facelift

The plaster of the concrete ramp was remove to prevent from falling to pedestrians and motorists but remain unfinished Friday, Nov. 11 2011 at the Terminal 2 of Manila's international airport, Phillippines. The 30-year old international airport are finally getting a facelift after travel surveys voted the airport among the world's worst. (AP Photo/Pat Roque)

People stand near a concrete ramp with the plaster covering the structure was removed to prevent from falling on pedestrians and motorists but remain unfinished Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at the Terminal 1 of Manila's international airport. The 30-year old international airport is finally getting a facelift after travel surveys voted the airport among the world's worst. AP PHOTO/PAT ROQUE

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines announced Tuesday a facelift for Manila’s main international airport after it was ranked the world’s worst, but conceded the renovations could not work miracles.

Transport Secretary Manuel Roxas said the 1.1 billion-peso ($25 million) revamp of Manila airport’s Terminal 1, which caters for most international flights, would start in January next year and was expected to take 18 months.

“This airport was designed 30 years ago… the wear and tear is taking its toll,” Roxas told reporters as he announced the renovation plans.

He said the upgrade would aim to cut immigration, customs and baggage waiting times for passengers, while improving basic amenities such as toilets.

However, Roxas stressed the repair was a stop-gap measure.

“We’re doing what we can… we will never be able to bring it back to its condition 30 years ago, when it was new,” he said.

He said fixing the problem required building a new airport at the former US air force base of Clark, about an hour’s drive from the capital, but that this would not happen for at least five years.

The government announced its intention to revamp the old airport last month immediately after an online budget travel guide, www.sleepinginairports.net, named it the world’s worst.

Citing reviews from its readers, the website said the airport was given the dubious title following complaints of thieving staff, dirty toilets and a collapsing ceiling.

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  • Anonymous

    I hope they can also rebuild one of the world’s worst country… the poor philippines.

  • Anonymous

    This Pnoy is a fraud… what happened to your promises? next time you vote… don’t believe the hype and the promises, coz these are all LIES…

    • Ralph L

      not a fraud, but a joke!!! muka siang cartoon character na abnormal..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YDIC7AUBOT2GBPNFUYB5VRUEYY Jackson

    i think this is just one part of what they need to clean-up.  the other part should be to clean-up BI.  it is useless to have the best looking and cleanest looking airport if the BI people still extort money from the passengers.

  • http://jaoromero.wordpress.com Jao Romero

    facelift? how about a change of values? ayusin mo man ang airport, kung bulok pa rin ang nagpapatakbo, bulok pa rin yan. palitan ang mga ex-general na nagpapatakbo dyan ngayon at ang ilagay eh isang technocrat.

  • Anonymous

    Ayusin nila ang mga taehan ng airport OK na yan.  Maglagay ng mas maraming maglilinis ng taehan. Hindi na kailangan 1 Billion para dito. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R7MHJB43R72R53FXFTYHDPQVFY andres

      magdala ka kaya ng sarili mong taehan…… yaw mo payan aayusin na nga, mas okay nayan kesa alang reaction…. next time na mapadaan ka uli sa NAIA magadala ka ng sarli mong taehan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KPQMZPDUHLP7CQXKNQY47JKCOE Joe

    The facelift of the airport is only make PNoy looks good on the eyes of the foreigner. Just one website that don’t represent most of the traveler and they act fast, while the Filipinos were complaining of the corruption of BI and all people that are working in the airport.  I noticed that there are airport worst than NAIA but not in the list, its because the structure and system maybe rated as worst but not kasing garapal ng atin airport personnel.  Even the peoples that collect the trolley will ask some pasalubong. Even we have Changi or  Incheon like airport, if the BI et al will be the same, I will prefer the airport in Somalia ( just a plain field), that are run by honest and good airport personnel.

  • Mamang Pulis


  • Anonymous

    That’s all too plain to see – it is beginning to make a farce out of the judicial system. If they persist on being true to form, enabling delaying tactics for Gloria, I’ll immediately sign up for people power against the Supreme Court.

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