Poll: Airports that Badly Need Improvement

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA I) has been voted, as of 27 March 2011, as the worst airport in Asia. Yes, my dear, the website Guide to Sleeping in Airports reflects that NAIA I is even worse than Islamabad airport. That’s in Pakistan.

Now, before you say anything, remember that this refers only to NAIA I, and does not include NAIA II and NAIA III. The reviews note the following experiences: unfriendly staff, boring, not clean, hard seats, corruption, bribery, scams, overcrowded, chaos, and in bad shape. The good thing about this — it actually “encouraged” the concerned departments to upgrade the airport. With that in mind, maybe it would do some good to rate the airports in the Philippines.

It would be unfair to lump all airports into one ranking, as international airports would definitely outclass community airports. There are three polls below, corresponding to the following airport classifications: International airports (capable of handling international flights); Domestic airports (Class 1) (capable of serving jet aircraft with a capacity of at least 100 seats); and Domestic Airports (Class 2) (capable of serving propeller aircraft with a capacity of at least 19 seats).

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Notes: This is obviously an informal poll. Ideally, you should have seen all the airports to make an opinion which one is the worst, but probably only a few has seen all the airports mentioned. Still, even if you’ve seen only a few, but feels strongly that one badly needs renovation, then that’s good enough top vote. You may also want to explain your vote through the comment section below. Thank you.

We are not including community airports in this list. The classification and list is from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) list and Wikipedia (as of April 2011). International airports (capable of handling international flights): Diosdado Macapagal (Clark) International Airport, Francisco Bangoy (Davao) International Airport, General Santos International Airport, Kalibo (Aklan) International Airport, Laoag International Airport (Ilocos Norte), Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Ninoy Aquino (Manila) International Airport, Puerto Princesa International Airport, Subic Bay International Airport, and Zamboanga International Airport. Domestic airports (Class 1) — capable of serving jet aircraft with a capacity of at least 100 seats, including: Bacolod-Silay Airport, Iloilo International (New Iloilo) Airport, Bancasi (Butuan) Airport, Lumbia (Cagayan de Oro) Airport, Awang (Cotabato) Airport, Dipolog Airport, Sibulan (Dumaguete) Airport, Legazpi Airport, Naga (Pili) Airport, Pagadian Airport, Roxas Airport (Capiz), San Jose Airport (Occidental Mindoro), Daniel Z. Romualdez (Tacloban) Airport, Tagbilaran Airport (Bohol), and Tuguegarao Airport (Cagayan). Domestic Airports (Class 2) – capable of serving propeller aircraft with a capacity of at least 19 seats, which includes: Evelio Javier (Antique) Airport, Loakan (Baguio) Airport, Basco Airport (Batanes), Sanga-Sanga (Tawi-Tawi) Airport, Francisco B. Reyes (Busuanga-Coron) Airport, Calbayog Airport (Samar), Camiguin Airport, Catarman National Airport (Norther Samar), Godofredo P. Ramos (Caticlan) Airport, Cuyo Airport (Palawan), Jolo Airport (Sulu), Marinduque Airport, Moises R. Espinosa (Masbate) Airport, Ormoc Airport (Leyte), Tugdan (Romblon) Airport, Sayak (Siargao) Airport, Surigao Airport (Surigao del Norte), Tandag Airport (Surigao del Sur), and Virac Airport (Catanduanes).

3 thoughts on “Poll: Airports that Badly Need Improvement”

  1. The Tacloban airport, definitely worst among the domestic airports we’ve been through. Security is lax. Airport staff allows acquaintances to go in without security clearance. Xray not working. You could practically smuggle a gun. Glass windows broken, many aircons not working. Food choices limited to noodles and junk foods. Comfort room stinks, no running water, no flush. No TV. You just stare at the wall while waiting for flight. There’s a poster that it’s up for renovation. It has been years and nothing. I sincerely hope they do something about it.

  2. Why is Cagayan de Oro airport not included? It only has one xray, sometime it’s broken. There are no trollies for those with a lot of baggages. With the increase in flights, the airport gets overcrowded.

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