PHL welcomes A380, world’s largest commercial jet

President Benigno Aquino III welcomed the Emirates Airbus A380 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Tuesday night October 7, 2014. The aircraft is considered as the world’s largest commercial plane. Airbus A380 is from Dubai then landed at NAIA terminal 3 past 10 p.m.

Airbus A380 is a double-decker, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by Airbus.

The Airbus A380 was welcomed with a water canon salute. The president met the passengers and the officials of the airline particularly the plane’s Filipino pilot, Capt. Franklyn Desiderio.
The president himself observed the operations of NAIA Terminal 3.

Some of online traveler surveys like The Cheat Sheet labeled Ninoy Aquino International Airport as one of the world’s worst airport in 2013. Travelers were asked to rank airports based on cleanliness, comfort, conveniences and customer service.

The common travelers complains are about the poor facilities, rude staff and officials, and long wait times in the airport.

The Philippine government has a solution to the problems being faced by Philippine airports. The Department of Transportation and Communications allocated a budget of PhP109.63 billion for the modernization of the primary gateways and secondary airports in the Philippines within five years.

DOTC Undersecretary Rene K. Limcaoco said, “We are making sure that our airports are safe and capable also of accommodating A320 jets. We are also modernizing and converting into jet capable our key secondary airports and key secondary tourism locations such as Puerto Princesa, Bohol, Busuanga,”