Ninoy Aquino International Airport


A few days ago, my friend posted a news article on Facebook about how NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) is no longer the worst airport in the world. He captioned it with 'Progress!', and I hope that progress doesn't stop. NAIA has been listed as the worst airport in the world for 3 years straight, but this year, it has improved from worst to fourth worst... well, … [Read More...]


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