Friday, May 20, 2011

Manila airport in very bad shape

Armed members of the airport police patrol outside the international airport in Manila
For anyone who have been to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the poor state of infrastructure and services are not uncommon.
In fact, the 30-year-old Terminal 1 was voted as the Worst Airport in Asia and the fifth Worst Airport in the World that was released by a Website in April due to its unfriendly staff, dirty toilets, hard seats, corruption, bribery, scams, and overcrowding among the so many complaints.
However, airport officials are quick to defend that they are doing something about the problems although it may take time to resolve.
Now dig this.
Two airport personnel sustained head and leg injuries on Tuesday morning when the concrete plastering of the ceiling at Terminal 1 fell on them, in a report by ABS CBN.
The two employees were sent to Makati Medical Center for further treatment after they received First Aid.
In the afternoon of the same day, a fiber-cement board at the third level of Boarding Gate-7 gave in. It fell to the ground and hit a parked airport vehicle. Fortunately, there was nobody in the area during that time.
Today, at least five domestic flights and two international flights of the country's flag carrier Philippine Airlines were affected when bees swarmed the control panels of five aero bridges that prevented its attachment to movable walkways to aircrafts, in another report by the ABS CBN.
The swarming of bees happened at 12:30 Thursday at Gates 32 to 38 of Terminal 2. The Gates were temporarily closed and the arriving passengers used the service stairs towards the bus that carried them to the baggage claim area.
A wheelchair attendant sustained a swollen arm when he was stung by an insect.
As usual, airport authorities seemed to be surprised with all these news and again promised investigation.
But many frequent flyers are not surprised. They know that the airport, which is the country's gateway to the world, needs regular maintenance care and improvement of security and personnel services.
Details of this report here.

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