Friday, June 20, 2014

NAIA Terminal 1 Offers Day Rooms for Transit Passengers

Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1, the world's worst airport as ranked by the website sleepinginairports.com, is attempting to make a comeback offering "day rooms" that can be rented for as little as P840 for a 24 hour period. 

Image Source: Philippine Star
Passengers that are waiting for connecting flights can rent one of twelve air-conditioned day rooms where they can rest while they wait for their next flight. The rooms are located on the fourth floor of Terminal 1 beside the Sampaguita Lounge, which is currently under renovation as part of the on-going improvements being made to the terminal. 

The rooms feature a private toilet and shower with the entire room measuring approximately 3x3 meters. The airport used to offer similar facilities during the 1980's near the immigration area but it was closed in March 2012. Although the sleeping facilities were recently opened last year on September 5, few passengers know of them as little has been done to promote them. 

According to Airport Operations Assistant Portia Ortiz, most of the passengers that have been using the rooms are either foreigners on connecting flights, "excluded" passengers, or those facing immigration troubles. She added that strict no-smoking policies are enforced for all of the day rooms. 

The Philippine government is currently trying to give NAIA Terminal 1 a facelift in an effort to improve the passenger experience at the airport before Manila hosts the 2015 APEC Summit. The airport has ranked frequently on a number of internationally published lists highlighting it as one of the world's worst airports. 

The website, Sleeping in Airports, first ranked Manila as the world's worst airport in 2011, a title that it has maintained in 2012. Rankings are determined based on votes of travellers that have been asked to evaluate comfort, cleanliness, convenience, and customer service. NAIA was heavily criticized by travellers for its constant delays, crowded terminals, poor transfer system, dirty conditions, unfriendly staff, airport scams, and lack of 24 hour food outlets.

9 comments :

  1. T1 at NAIA is the worst. T3 is the best. Many in the world are worse than T3.

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  2. Why waste all those billions for NAIA T1 refurbishment? The "Worst Airport in the World" should be demolished instead.

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    1. Most travellers would agree. T1's poor state sullies the whole of Manila NAIA.

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    2. Do not forget, "NAIA was named after B. Aquino" and " Father of current President, Pe-noy Aquino".
      Let's wait for the next president. He/She might demolish it. Peace...

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  3. The corrupt officials doesnt care as long the money keeps pouring in..di ba manager honrado?

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  4. Naia is like a shithole compare to new qatars 15bn $ airport. I look forward to new cebu airport aswell

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    1. Some smaller Filipino airports completed in the past decade are very good.

      Iloilo is one (albeitit's now a fair way from the city centre); Davao is another while Cagayan de Oro (to which I have not been, and which is 40kms from the CBD) may be a third.

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