2 PH airports cited on 'SleepingInAirport's Best' list

By Ma. Cristina Arayata

October 30, 2019, 5:18 pm

MANILA -- Iloilo International Airport ranked 18th while Mactan Cebu International Airport placed 16th on the 2019 Sleeping In Airport's Best Airports in Asia list, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced on Wednesday.

The list is based on the airport sleepers' guide and resource website, sleepinginairports.net, which does the survey yearly.

In the survey, travelers were asked to rank their experiences on the following: comfort; services; food options; immigration or security; customer service; ease of transit; cleanliness; and "sleepability".

"We expect that more Philippine airports will be included (on the list) next year. The survey for the 2019 list was done until September. We have airports that were built just recently," CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

He said he sees the newly-built Bohol Panglao International Airport, and the airports in General Santos and Laguindingan that are both undergoing rehabilitation, would join the 2020 best list.

"We are very optimistic that these airports would make it into the list," Apolonio said.

Singapore's Changi Airport topped the 2019 list, in both the website's top 10 best airports as well as its top 20 best airports in Asia.

Other airports on the list include Seoul Incheon Airport, Tokyo Narita Airport, Osaka Kansai Airport, Taipei Taoyuan Airport, Hong Kong Airport, Kuala Lumpur Airport, New Delhi Airport, Jakarta Airport, Tokyo Haneda Airport, Mumbai Airport, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangalore Airport, Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat Airport, Hyderabad Airport, Da Nang Airport, Islamabad Airport, and Kunming Airport.

"Top airports have a lot in common: plenty of seating, rest areas, a good amount of food options, helpful staff and efficient check-in, and security procedures. Some airports go above-and-beyond with perks like in-terminal movie theatres and gardens," the sleepinginairports.net website read. (PNA)