During previous Philippine administrations, including NoyNoy Aquino’s, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) – you got that right, it’s named after NoyNoy’s father — has consistently made it to the list of worst airports in the world.
Polls and surveys were not really needed. Anyone who flew in or out of NAIA has his or her own nightmarish story — from long queues to non-functioning airconditioning, from collapsing ceilings to flooding, and flight delays to (good heavens) the laglag bala scheme — knows the airport experience was far from pleasant or satisfactory.
But that all has changed since Rodrigo Duterte took over as president.
Hell, even the anti-Duterte online news source Rappler acknowledged the big change in the airport as soon as in the first 100 days of the new president.
Now, even new surveys are missing the mention of NAIA among the world’s worst airports.
A new study compiled by AirHelp, which measured punctuality, quality and service of airports and came up with a list of the world’s top ten airports. No Philippines! No NAIA!
Do I hear a “Hallelujah?”