Surprise: NAIA Takes Just the 3rd Spot on List of Most Stressful Airports in Asia and Oceania

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( Nothing quite like unleashing all your feels on Google reviews, as evidenced by all the impassioned statements people tend to make over there—especially when they're not too pleased about their experience. And when it comes to airports, well, we're sure you're familiar with all the usual expectations (Read: hair-raising stories from NAIA). One Hawaiian travel blog analyzed data from these reviews and turned up with some interesting insights: the Ninoy Aquino International Airport ranks third on the list of most stressful airports in Asia and Oceania. Yup, we don't have it the worst. Yay, we guess. 

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NAIA ranks third on travel blog's study on most stressful airports in Asia and Oceania

Based on reviews made by passengers going through international airports in the two continents, 57.81% of them were stressed out at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). This lands our gateway on the third spot, following Australia's Sydney hub—with 58.98% stressed reviews—at second and Vietnam's Tan Son Nhat—with 60.13% stressed reviews—at first place.


There's no denying NAIA has a pretty bad rap. It was once at the top rungs of travel guide's Sleeping in Airports worst of the worst list. As of the latest rankings in 2019, we are no longer on it, thankfully. In 2018, it even made it to U.K.-based Skytrax's list of "World's Most Improved Airports." Though in May, global luggage storage app Bounce came out with a ranking that placed NAIA as one of the worst for Business Class travelers, which then Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade refuted as having "no fundamentals nor parameters." No official word yet on this new analysis.

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Sydney's Kingsford Smith International Airport may have had an influx of stressed-out reviews due to the fact that between May 26 and July 19 of this year, 34.2% of scheduled flights were delayed, said Hawaiian Islands as based on a CNN Travel report. That's the ninth most delayed flights of any airport in the world. 

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Now which airport topped the global list? It seems U.K.'s Manchester airport has the erm, title. The third largest airport in the territory after London Heathrow and Gatwick, around 29.4 million passengers pass through its gates yearly—with a whopping 82.5% of its reviews indicating stress. 

Hawaiian Islands' researchers analyzed over 1,500 Google Maps reviews in the English language for over 500 airports across the globe. They used a stress analysis tool to determine whether a text indicated said emotion or not. 

For more information, head on to the Hawaiian Islands website. 

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