MANILA, Philippines – A campaign on Facebook requesting to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) back to Manila International Airport (MIA) is slowly gaining ground among online users.
It is not clear who started the campaign but Facebook users have been sharing posters recently; demanding that NAIA be renamed back to MIA.
One of the widely circulated posts read:
Do you like this idea? from NAIA back to MIA (the original name of the airport that represented our country) – MANILA INT’L. AIRPORT
Back to original MIA – the famous Manila Intl Airport (world class and no1 in ASIA)
Retain as NAIA – Ninoy Aquino International Airport (worst airport in the world)
Another important thing, our airport needs improvements and change the management..etc. Our airport (MIA) was one of the best airports from 1970s until 1987… We can make it one of the bests again.
Originally named Manila International Air Terminal, the country’s main international gateway was moved to its present location in 1948 following the Philippine independence.
The original structures including the present location of Terminal 2, runways, taxiways and the control tower were built in the 1950s. A terminal building for international passengers was inaugurated in 1961, but a 1972 fire caused severe damage to the original terminal building; prompting the government to build a slightly smaller building in its place that would later become the international terminal.
In 1981, the Terminal 1 was built and was named Manila International Airport (MIA), and replaced the old terminal as the new international terminal.
Sang-ayon ba kayo na ibabalik sa dating MIA(Manila International Airport) ang NAIA(Ninoy Aquino International Airport) ? Cast your vote below!
It was then renamed to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on August 17, 1987 by virtue of Republic Act No. 6639 under the late president Cory Aquino.
Hounded by congestion, lack of facilities, poor service and corruption among airport staff in later years, NAIA has been consistently tagged as one of the worst airports in the world by several travel websites.
In 2015, NAIA finally relinquished its title in The Guide To Sleeping in Airports’ list to a Nigerian airport, but remains the 8th worst in Asia.
Netizens said NAIA should shake off its ‘jinx’ as one of the worst airports by reverting it to its old name.
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