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Use airport income, travel tax for NAIA makeover – solon By Charlie V. Manalo 05/21/2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Use airport income, travel tax for NAIA makeover – solon

By Charlie V. Manalo 05/21/2011
A member of the House of Representatives yesterday asked that authorities running the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), which has been ranked by travelers as Asia’s worst airport, to utilize part of its P7.5 billion gross profit in 2009 and the P1.4 billion income in travel tax collection to finance an “emergency makeover” of the airport.

“Poverty can never be an excuse on why the NAIA continues to be beset by poor facilities because year in and year out it is turning in a tidy profit,” Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara said.

Angara made the comment after the Web site, “The Guide to Sleeping in Airports,” ranked the NAIA, particularly Terminal 1, which it described as a “bombed-out ruin” and a “cattle yard,” not only Asia’s worst but also the fifth worst in the world.

Angara said the Manila International Airport Authority, which operates the three NAIA terminals and the old domestic terminal, posted a before-tax net profit of P1.17 billion out of a gross income of P7.5 billion in 2009..... MORE

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