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PNoy says ‘worst airport’ NAIA now looking much better

President Benigno Aquino on Wednesday hailed renovations to the country's main international airport, expressing optimism it would soon shake off its ranking on one website as one of the world's worst airports.

Almost a year after he personally apologized for the failure of air-conditioning at Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Aquino said the facility appeared to be completely different.

"It is like I have entered a completely different airport," he told reporters as he inspected the 34-year-old terminal at the start of the Holy Week exodus.

Asked by reporters if the airport would no longer be called the world's worst, Aquino told reporters: "That's up to you, but they even raised the ceiling."

Ninoy Aquino International Airport—named after the president's father, who was assassinated there in 1983—topped the list of worst airports on the travel website "The Guide to Sleeping in Airports" from 2011-2013.

Travellers have long criticized its "dilapidated facilities," dishonest airport workers, rude officials and long waiting times, the website said.

However in its 2014 survey, NAIA improved its standing—to only the fourth worst in the world, after Islamabad, Jeddah and Kathmandu airports. — Agence France-Presse