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NAIA no longer among world’s worst airports

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is no longer listed among the world’s worst airports.

“The Guide To Sleeping In Airports” travel website survey released over the weekend no longer includes NAIA in the top 20 worst airports in the world and the top 5 worst airports in Asia for 2017.

NAIA was named as the “world’s worst airport” from 2011 to 2013. It landed in the 4th place In 2014 and while it was not included in the top 10 worst airports in the world in 2015, it landed 8th worst airport in Asia.

Last year, the survey ranked NAIA as number 5 worst airport in the world due to planting of bullets (“laglag-bala”) in passenger baggage to force them to pay bribes for illegal possession of such items.

Now, four Philippine airports joined the list of the top 25 best airports in Asia for 2017: Iloilo International Airport, Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Clark International Airport and Davao International Airport.

In order to improve its service, the NAIA implemented reforms such as restricting general aviation to prioritize commercial flights and reduce flight delays.

The airport authorities also imposed the five-minute rule to reduce flight delays and instill discipline among airlines. Under the rule, pilots who declare they are ready to take off must depart within the prescribed time or they would be placed at the back of the queue.

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