ASEAN “Worst Air Terminal” Got Its Long Awaited Facelift

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)

It was dubbed as Southeast Asia’s worst airport terminal. Terminal 1 at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) rehabilitation has finally been completed at the end of July. The terminal was opened in 1981 and was vilified by most passengers who found Terminal 1 crowded, dark and dirty. Started in January 2014, the renovation required a total investment of US$28.4 million (PHP 1.3 billion).

It included the renovation of the departure hall with more check-in counters for airlines and immigration counters, new lighting as well as new carpets. Best is a brand new air condition system with excellent ventilation and brand new (and large) toilets facilities. 

Originally designed to accommodate 4.5 million passengers, Terminal 1 used to accommodate up to 8 million passengers in its original facilities, as it served as Manila main terminal for international airlines. The air terminal has now been expanded to accommodate 6.5 million passengers despite the fact that it still received some seven million passengers in 2014, following the relocation of five airlines to Terminal 3.

They are now plans to build a fifth terminal at NAIA which could accommodate up to 20 million additional passengers.