NAIA is best for business travellers and foreign tourists

CONGRATULATIONS to the men and women behind the operations of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals, specially Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal, whose efforts landed the NAIA a spot in the list of ‘best airports for business travelers’ this year.

Public Affairs Office (PAO) chief Ma. Consuelo ‘Connie’ Bungag said NAIA ranked 44th on the Globehunter’s World’s Best Airports for Business Travelers list, which chose the top 45 countries this year. Globehunter is the United Kingdom’s business class flight specialist.  
“All over the world, airports are a hub for business travellers as they jet off across the globe. However, not all airports are created equal and some offer a far better experience for those who are flying for business,” Globehunter said.

“We’ve taken a look at some of the busiest airports around the world and compared the facilities and services they offer, from the cost of parking to the number of lounges available,” it further said, adding that NAIA earned an overall score of 38.19 percent.

According to Bungag, the Philippine airport was assessed based on the number of passengers, on-time arrival performance, transit time for both private cars and public transport, airport parking price (Euro per day), airport rating, the number of lounges, destinations served and airlines that utilized the airport.

The assessment stated that NAIA has an average of 45,082,544 passengers a day and had garnered 63.9 percent on-time arrival performance rating and three of five stars on airport rating.

Japan’s Narita International Airport topped the roster with four of five stars airport rating and 81.1 percent on-time arrival performance rating.

The top ten countries and airports which made it to the Top 45 best airport for business traveler’s list are as follows: Narita International Airport  Japan; Los Angeles International Airport  United States of America; Frankfurt Airport Germany; Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Netherlands; George Bush Intercontinental Airport United States of America; Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport United States of America; Munich Airport Germany; Madrid Barajas Airport Spain; Tokyo Haneda Airport  Japan and Dubai International Airport  United Arab Emirates.

The good news comes on the heels of two foreign tourists thanking NAIA authorities for helping them recover the bags that they left behind, one in a cab and the other in a bus.

The two, Chinese national Gao Hao Wei and Japanese national Shota Shirakashi, both posted their experience and express gratitude on social media and airport GM Monreal could only thank them for their appreciation.

Gao left his bag containing his passport, mobile phone, important documents and cash amounting to 5000 RMB or P37, and travel documents in a Grab car that took him to the NAIA Terminal 3 and was helped by airport police duty officer APO1 Alyn Joy Aliporo who contacted the driver, Ricky Chan.  To Chan’s credit, he went back to the NAIA Terminal  3 and returned the bag.

Shirakashi, on the other hand, boarded a P2P (point-to-point) bus from Baguio City to NAIA Terminal 3 last July 21 and was supposed to take an airport loop bus to Terminal 1 for his scheduled departure flight, when he found out that his other bag was missing after getting off the bus.

He sought the help of Airport Police Officers APOII Mark Anthony Catillo, APO1 Jonel Basa and APO1 Christian Galulu who accompanied him to the terminal of the bus that he had taken and there, they found his bag still on the seat that he had occupied.

The Japanese was able to recover his bag with the contents intact, among them P3,000 cash, assorted identification cards, credit cards and other important documents.

Once again, kudos to airport authorities and of course, to GM Monreal. Keep up the good work, guys!!


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