Travel guide says NAIA-1 is world's 2nd worst airport

Posted at 01/17/12 8:52 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA-1) is the world's second worst airport, according to travel guide publisher Frommer's.

According to an article by USA Today, Frommers.com named New York's JFK Airport Terminal 3 as the world's worst airport, followed by NAIA-1 in Manila.

Frommers.com said it based the list of worst and best airports on cleanliness, services, on-time departures, navigation and the ease of getting to and from a city's center.

"(JFK Airport) Terminal 3 is known for endless immigration lines in a dank basement, an utter lack of food and shopping options, three crowded and confusing entry points, and hallways that could have been designed by M.C Escher for vomiting international travelers out onto an underground sidewalk with no cabs available," Frommers.com was quoted by USA Today.

There were no comments made about NAIA 1, which will undergo a renovation this year after it was named the world's worst airport by a website in 2011.

NAIA-1 was the only Asian airport on the "worst list." Other airports considered the "worst" were Newark's Terminal B,  US Airways terminal at New York's LaGuardia,  Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport Terminal B/C, Amman (Jordan) Queen Alia Airport and Chicago Midway Airport, and Paris' Charles de Gaulle Terminal 3 and Beauvais Airport.

Best airport is in Jeddah

As for the world's best airport, Frommers.com gave the title to the Hajj Terminal at the King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, even if it is only open during the 6-week Hajj.

The Leifur Eiríksson Air Terminal in Keflavik, Iceland also earned good reviews, with Frommers.com calling it a "cozy, little international airport looks like it arrived in a flat pack from Ikea."

Two Asian airports made it to the "best" list -- Seoul Incheon Airport and Singapore Changi International Airport Terminal 3. 

The JetBlue Airways' Terminal 5 in New York's JFK airport was the only US airport on the "best list" in the US, for its iconic and modern terminal with the best airport food court.

Other airports on the "best list" are Wellington, New Zealand; Madrid; Marrakech, Morocco; Montevideo, Uruguay; and Bilbao, Spain.