NAIA faces House probe after 'world's worst' tag

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 21 2011 10:55 AM | Updated as of Oct 22 2011 01:14 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño is seeking a congressional investigation on the problems of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after it was voted the world's worst airport by the Guide to Sleeping in Airports website.

House Resolution 1836 urges the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation to look into the problems of NAIA Terminals 1-3 as well as the plans of government to sell NAIA and make the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Pampanga as the country's premiere gateway.

Casiño said travel blogger Geoffrey James Quartermaine Bastin criticized the Philippines in his post titled “Manila – Awfully Disappointing." In the blog post which came out last month, Bastin called Manila “a dump” and a “disgrace of Southeast Asia" and said the NAIA  was the same as it was years ago with an overcrowded departure area and toilets that don’t work.

Meanwhile, the Guide to Sleeping in Airports website listed NAIA Terminal 1 as the worst airport in the world. It stated that Terminal 1 is in bad shape, overcrowded, and has unfriendly staff.  Based on various user reviews, it also said that theft, corruption, bribery and scams are in abundance.

Casiño said the NAIA Terminal 1 has long been in decrepit state. This despite figures from the  non-government organization Tourism Educators and Movers of the Philippines (TEAM Philippines) which shows that the NAIA earns around P8.5 billion in terminal fees each year.