“Work, work, work. While it is good that we are not listed among the worst, let us work even harder to be included amongst the best.” - Secretary Arthur P. Tugade

Reforms in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have finally bore fruits. According to a survey released to “The Guide To Sleeping In Airports” travel website released on October 15, the NAIA is no longer included in the top 20 worst airports in the world, and even in the top five worst airports in Asia 2017.

It can be remembered that NAIA earned the ‘world’s worst airport’ title from 2011 to 2013. In 2014, it landed in the 4th place. It was not included in the top 10 worst airports in the world in 2015, but landed 8th worst airport in Asia. In 2016, it placed 5th among the world’s worst list. Four Philippine airports also joined the list of the top 25 best airports in Asia in 2017.

They are: Iloilo International Airport, Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Clark International Airport, and Davao International Airport.

Among the reforms implemented in the NAIA during the Duterte Administration were:

a) restriction on general aviation to prioritize commercial flights and reduce flight delays;

b) the imposition of the five-minute rule wherein pilots who declare they are ready to take off must depart within the prescribed time;

c) construction of Rapid Exit Taxiways to allow an aircraft to leave the runway at higher speed and increase flight movements;

d) provision of cleaner toilets additional seats, free Wi-Fi, and Well-Wishers’ Area.

Regular taxis were also allowed to queue and pick-up passengers at designated points in NAIA terminals to address shortage of taxi units servicing passengers.

Further, since the new administration took over, there has been no single incidence of a passenger missing a flight for possessing a bullet. Passengers no longer feel the need to wrap bags and luggages in plastic or masking tapes.

While DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade welcomed this improvement, he reminded that the DOTr and the MIAA must not be complacent as there are many things yet to be done and improved at the NAIA.

NGAYON, sa unang pagkakataon sa loob ng halos isang dekada, wala na po ang NAIA sa listahang ito.

Resulta ito ng mga polisiya at reporma para mabawasan ang delayed flights, paigtingin ang seguridad, at ayusin ang mga pasilidad. Pagkaupo ng bagong administrasyon, winakasan din ang “laglag bala” na raket sa NAIA.

Pero hindi pa dapat makuntento. Sabi nga ni Sec. Art Tugade, "Work, work, work only. While it is good that we are not listed among the worst, let us work even harder to be included among the best."

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