Manila Airport: Ceiling At NAIA Terminal 3 Partly Collapsed, Injuring Passenger


Part of the ceiling at Manilas Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Terminal 3 has collapsed, slightly injuring a passenger who was hit by the debris.


NAIA Terminal 3 is the most modern building of the international airport which easily belongs to the group of being one of the worst in the world.

Whether you have been arriving or departing from Manila, if you used the old terminal buildings which are still operational then you were certainly in for a shock. The Terminal 3 was a light on the horizon because the airport was aching due to it’s dated infrastructure. The opening of said terminal however was tainted by scandals and legal battles with the main contractor Philippine International Air Terminals Co. Inc. (Piatco) as well as Germanys FraPort in the middle. Neither of the two ever received the fully agreed compensation for the terminal from the government of the Philippines after various court hearings.

Yahoo Travel News (access here) reported about the collapse of the ceiling this weekend.

Part of a ceiling collapsed in the Philippines’ biggest airport Thursday, slightly injuring a foreign passenger, the latest in a series of incidents at a facility seen as among the worst in the world.

The collapse at a restaurant at Terminal 3 of Manila airport “slightly scratched” a male foreign passenger, according to airport spokesman David de Castro.

He was treated for the injury but insisted on leaving on his flight for Japan hours later, de Castro told AFP, declining to give more information on the passenger.

De Castro said the collapse did not involve the building’s concrete ceiling but rather a facade on which the restaurant had affixed overhead lights.

“They are allowed to make their own construction inside these restaurants,” he said, adding that airport authorities would investigate if substandard materials were used.

Terminal 3 opened in 2008 after a years-long legal row between the government and the Filipino-German consortium that built it, with the authorities citing breach of contract and a failure to conform with safety standards.

Interesting that individual vendors are allowed to construct around as per their wishes and there is no proper safety inspection by the airport authorities. Not that this surprises too much given the overall condition of NAIA and the rampant corruption in the Philippines.


Were the materials that came down any heavier, sharper or had they hit the passenger in an unfavorable angle the whole situation could have ended much worse. Hopefully the airport authorities take this incident to heart and introduce limitations and safety checks to prevent this from happening again.