Change has come in one of the places that needed it the most — Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The improvements made has completely transformed the dark and dreary interiors of the Leandro Locsin-designed building into a well-lit space.
The money for the renovation of Terminal 1 was put to really good use. It was the first time in 30 years (the current structure was built in the 1980s) that it has undergone an overhaul.
There are new toilets and facilities, and the airconditioning now works to full capacity. NAIA Terminal 1’s lobby for international departures is now brighter and shinier with a new lighting system. There are new seats for passengers waiting in the international departures area. Luggages are also deployed faster, spacious arrival area.
There are monitors to display the assigned flight on each conveyor belt. Passengers arriving in the Philippines no longer have to fill up a Customs form or talk to a Customs officer unless they have something to declare. The Immigration area has separate counters for foreign and local passport holders.
The F&B tenants have also upgraded and there’s now a Starbucks and a pay-as-you-enter lounge that has free WiFi and a shower, and serves unlimited snacks and drinks.
In this day and age where all first-class airports look the same with their steel and glass design, it’s nice to see that NAIA has found a way to upgrade Terminal 1 without obliterating its contemporary Filipino design.
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