Manila airport terminals to get quick face-lift

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 18 2011 03:19 PM | Updated as of Apr 18 2011 11:19 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The terminals at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will get a face-lift in the coming months, Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim said Monday.

A recent report from a travel site might have touched some nerve, as the government official promised “quick fixes” to the years-old terminals 1 and 3.

“The Guide to Sleeping Airports” ranked NAIA as the worst airport in Asia and the fifth worst in the world citing “filthy toilets, bribery, and corruption.”

“These will be very quick fixes, we will make arrival area look more spacious by knocking down heavy walls and then putting glass. We will bring outside inside. The part of the plan is to convert the parking lot into a park where families waiting can relax," Lim said in an interview on Headstart with Karen Davila.

He said the changes will be implemented before the end of the year.

He noted this was the grand plan for terminal 3, until it got tied up in a legal battle.

“That airport is now being fixed, it will be ready by June next year. That is where the international traffic will pass through,” he said.

The terminal was supposed to be made at par with other international airports. It was mothballed for a long while because of the supposedly anomalous deal with the builder, Philippine International Air Terminals Corp. (PIATCO). Questions about its structural integrity were also raised. ANC