Naia 1 is rated ‘world’s worst airport’

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    http://globalnation.inquirer.net/15661/naia-1-is-rated-worlds-worst-airport

    Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia), particularly Terminal 1, now ranks No. 1 among the “Worst Airports in the World,” said “The Guide to Sleeping in Airports,” an interactive website that gathers reports from various reviewers.

    Naia 1’s ratings worsened from the website’s 2010 assessment that it was the world’s fifth-worst airport and the worst in Asia.

    The ranking of Manila’s international airport was based on reviews of travelers who complained, among other things, of “safety concerns, lack of comfortable seating, rude staff, hostile security, poor facilities, no (or few) services to pass the time, bribery, being kicked out and general hassles of being in the airport.”

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    Ahead of CDG???
     
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    We had a rather good experience with Paris CDG, just a few days ago! No waiting @ check-in, fast security, efficient walkways and connections between terminals.:)
     
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    Be sure to go back on a day of IRROPS caused by a general strike and report back to me on the experiences ;)
     
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    I'm glad we had a rather smooth experience a few days ago!:)

    Naturally I can remember, and yes there had been times when our experiences @ Paris CDG had been less than stellar incl. lost luggage, confusion about where to go and so on. But we where never at CDG so far during a strike for example.;)

    On an earlier visit using Paris CDG we had flown via T2 and enjoyed the new Guy Martin outlet there, yummy!:)
     
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    CDG can be hit or miss...flying directly in it's generally not a problem. Connecting...I've had it go very smoothly and also had it seem like a nighmare. :)
     
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    CDG can be a mess but it's nothing like MNL. Live roosters at baggage claim. Their own rather odd security theatre that doubles as a jobs programs, involving little slips of paper. Weighing carryons. Pathetic lounges. And if you need to transfer between terminals the quickest way to do it is grab a taxi. I don't know about sleeping there, but it's a crazy experience just flying in and out of there.
     
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    I forgot about the little slips of paper! Oh, and on my first visit there (MNL) I was "charged" a 1 USD "paspport stamping fee" which I (stupidly) paid... The CX lounge is quite possible the worst in the entire system.

    Your description does sound a little bit like JFK however (particularly Terminal 4).
     
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    $1 passport fee? Horrendous!:mad:
     
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    It's hard to find true luxury in Manila. Friendly people? Sure. But nothing is as nice as it should be. I had the Presidential Suite at the Intercontinental Manlia on two consecutive stays. My wife hid something in the room to see if it would still be there a week later and it was... ;)

    I haven't stayed there, though I imagine your best bet to come close would be the Pen.
     
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    The PEN, unless it has been rennovated, feels like something out of 1980 in Las Vegas.
     
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    I presume you mean the Makati Shangri-La? How about the Edsa Shangri-La?
     
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    Interesting to know! This is also the social hub of Manila, I have read about it!:)
     
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    Oh! Not so good news from the Intercontinental Manila! And we are talking the Presidential Suite here!:(

    The Peninsula is the most often recommended luxury hotel in Manila!;)
     
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    Fairmont comes to Manila too in the near future with Raffles suites on top of the hotel! Could that be something interesting?
     
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    I have only stayed at the Makati Shangri-La- not the Edsa location.

    I also stayed at a Pan Pacific which was relatively new- pretty OK 4 star.
    Seriously I don't think there is a real luxury property in MNL.
     
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    Can the Manila Hotel be compared to the Raffles Singapore in any way possible, beside heritage and illustrious history?
     
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    Thanks so much for your opinion, Manila seems somewhat lacking in the true 5 star market. Thanks again!:)
     
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    Apparently it was very very nice in the 1960s and 70s. I have no idea now.
     
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    Uggboy- Manila has wonderful people however as far as a city goes the airport is a good indication of what to expect.
     
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    This was our fear, however the economy is growing and standards are up, so even when people are friendly, they would expect better in the long-term!

    For now, the airport is indeed a good indication what to expect! Many thanks TRAVELSIG!
     
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    Sounds like most airports in West Africa. OUA was a particularly depressing experience and may have the distinction of being the only airport in the world with its own butcher shop. (Pre-security. There is nothng - not even a vending machine - post security.)
     
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    I do not want to defend MNL. It deserves opprobrium. However, for sleeping in airports there are so many worse ones. Not only most of west and central africa, but SAH, ASU, ALA just to offer some fairly obviously worse than MNL choices around the world. Without a doubt all these other airports are expected to be horrible. MNL is surrounded by such delights as HKG and SIN, so the comparison is a nasty surprise. Maybe that is the issue. Noboby expects anything at all good in OUA and SAH, and their expectations are met.

    The CDG choice was not serious, I am sure. I have experienced it in the middle of strikes, very bad weather and at good times too. I transit CDG quite often. It is sometimes less pleasant than, say, ZRH, but never comes close to the worst. It even never approaches LHR for inter-terminal transit problems, IME.
     
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