Quote: "On NAIA T1, I asked Sec. Abaya what is the status of the much talked about and much delayed makeover. I was at the terminal last week when we took a KLM flight to Amsterdam. I saw nothing going on that’s good news to us all. So I texted Sec. Abaya to ask if they started work at the old terminal and this is his reply:
'Not yet. We are currently procuring the consultancy services and the construction management services. We expect to award and issue NTP on or before October 15. The gencon we expect to award November 15 and issue NTP end of November.
We plan to have works started December 1. Target completion deadline is end of November 2014 for the ministerial mtgs of APEC 2015.'
I thought we were going to have everything ready for the World Economic Forum next year. Apparently, not! And unless they follow their schedules strictly, not to be expected with DOTC, let us not think they will meet the APEC deadline. They have also not told us what they plan to do by way of makeover."
So, it's premature of Fromme's to expect fine accommodations for terminal sleepers to be ready anytime soon. To its credit, the MIAA is doing the local hotel industry a big favor by not competing in the latter's line of business .
aerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6723 posts, RR: 13 Reply 3, posted (1 month 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 913 times:
I slept on the floor at mnl naia 3 in june. It was ok. I have slept in many airports this year, and others previously. I reckon it just takes practice. I spent almost 2 days camped out in eze in feb. It is actually quite liberating
I haven't had to overnight at MNL since I have friends there, but T-3 is an entirely different world. It has the appearance of a real airport terminal!!! Now, if only it was used more and had better connections to the rest of Manila.
jetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1440 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (1 month 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 761 times:
Yep, not surprised MNL being in the bottom. Love the airport because of memories, as for functionality - Terminal 1 has seen better days. I do love the "old-world' charm to it (Old-style FIDS, the absence of Starbucks, blue carpets, low ceilings, etc)
And I totally agree with SIN! Spent 12 hours there in 2012 and I loved it. I like how it actually didn't feel like an airport, very calm, hotel-like, the free foot massagers, computer stations, fast WiFi, lounge/shower options, wide range of food and shopping, and of course the nice quiet corners to sleep!
I'm surprised FRA was on the top 10 good list. I once tried to sleep in FRA about 5 years ago after my travel plans got screwed up. At the departures level, everywhere was tile and all the seats had armrests. Tried to make the best of it, but couldn't take it anymore. Meandered down to baggage claim, and at least found a bench that did not have armrests, and was able to get about 5 hours of sleep before the first morning arrivals rush came in. Then, of course, was surprised to find out I had to go through a customs search just to leave the baggage claim. Not my idea of a "sleeper friendly" airport.
"Toughest wind I ever played in....straight down!" - W. C. Fields
kgaiflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4011 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (1 month 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 587 times:
I observe that Air Mobility flights coming into BWI from overseas don't necessarily line up with domestic connections. There are always people sleeping overnight in the Main Hall / Ticketing Lobby of BWI when I deplane there after midnight. So many, in fact, there is a 24/7 "Subways" for these flyers (I've eaten there myself).