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World’s worst airport: The head of state personally apologizes

"We ask for your pardon and patience," Philippine president Aquino said in remarks to reporters aired live on national television.

World’s worst airport: The head of state personally apologizes

“We ask for your pardon and patience,” Philippine president Aquino said in remarks to reporters aired live on national television.

Manila airport, already named by an online travel guide as the world’s worst added steam to this name after the air-condition system broke down in Terminal one during a busy travel day for the Easter Holidays.

Manila airport Terminal 1 is used mostly for foreign international airlines.

The transportation ministry also issued a separate public apology Wednesday, on the eve of four-day Easter holidays in the Catholic Philippines that begin on Maundy Thursday.

Aquino said the air conditioning system of Terminal 1, the oldest of its passenger gateways, was undergoing rehabilitation and some of the units had to be shut off.

He said that while the government had tendered for replacement parts in November last year, deliveries would only start in August.

The Manila airport’s Terminal 1 was rated as the world’s worst as of last year, for the second year in a row, by online travel website “The Guide to Sleeping in Airports”.

Travellers criticised its “dilapidated facilities”, dishonest airport workers particularly taxi drivers long waiting times and rude officials in the latest rating.

The website had yet to issue its 2014 rankings.

Senator Pia Cayetano, tweeting about the air conditioning problem, said: “Did they have to wait for the president to find a solution?”