World's worst airport to sleep at

CHRISTINE LINNELL
Last updated 16:59 20/10/2011
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UNSOUND SLEEP: Manila Airport's corrupt staff, filthy bathrooms, rampant scams and bribery suggest it might be wise to find other accommodation.

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IN TRANSIT: Sleeping in Manila's Ninoy Aquino Airport is not recommended.

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Manila Airport in the Philippines has been voted as the worst in the world for 2011 by a popular travel website.

The airport tops a list compiled by The Guide to Sleeping in Airports based on user reviews from disgruntled travellers.

"The current government administration should hire a bulldozer and a ramming team and start tearing it apart," said one visitor to the site.

Another described it as "run by thieves and extortionists neatly dressed in uniforms."

Auckland Airport topped the 2011 poll for the South Pacific region's best airports to sleep in.

Sleeping in Airports encourages adventurous travellers to save money by spending the night in airports instead of hotels.

They compile annual lists of the best and worst airports for sleepovers, based on issues like safety, availability of comfortable seating and entertainment, and price and quality of food.

Manila does poorly in nearly all categories, with travellers reporting corrupt staff, filthy bathrooms, rampant scams and bribery, and a crowded, uncomfortable main terminal.

"Earlier this year, some bad press regarding the state of the airport made airport officials promise to clean its Terminal 1 toilets and provide running water and soap," the site's review said.

"Imagine.... they actually had to 'promise' to offer this!"

Sleeping in this airport is not recommended.

Other airports on the Worst list include Paris Beauvais in France and Keflavik in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The best airport for 2011 is Singapore Changi, followed by Hong Kong and Seoul Incheon.

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