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DINING AREA. The dining area of  The Wings Transit Lounge in NAIA -3.
 (Photo from the lounge's Facebook Page.)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES. A new lounge opened on Tuesday, July 28 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 that seeks to touch up its stature as the world's worst airport.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado told Inquirer.net  that the lounge has rooms, showers, services like massage, manicure, and pedicure and other amenities.

Located on the 4th floor of the airport terminal, the lounge has 17 rooms that include other facilities such as bunk and capsule rooms, barber shop, dining hall and business centers.

In the lounge area, guests may stay up to 5 hours for only P700 and may have to pay an additional P175 per hour for an extension.

For passengers who need a nap, capsule room rates start at P880 including light meals for a 5-hour stay. For a package of P1000, a guest may stay for 8 hours with meals and shower. There is an additional charge of P200 per hour for extension of stay.

Like a hotel,  the lounge has twin rooms that cost P1500 for 5-hour stay while an 8-hour accommodation costs 1,800. An added hour costs P350. Bunk rooms for three persons cost P2,100 for 5 hours, 2,600 for 8 hours and P450 for an hourly extension. 

Meanwhile, the family room that can accommodate up to 4 persons costs 2,600 for 5 hours, 3,200 for 8 hours and an additional hourly rate of 530 for an extension of stay. 

Since its soft opening on June 20, the lounge has served at least 50 to 100 guests per day and has been receiving positive feedbacks from their clients.

"Highly recommended! Very friendly and accommodating staff. Very nice and clean and the place smells so good!, Melane Payot wrote in the The Wings Lounge's Facebook page.

Another guest also expressed his gratefulness and commended the lounge for its affordability and cleanliness. 

"Affordable prices, extremely clean and highly attentive staff. Overall, a very pleasant stay which would have been otherwise arduous", said Luke Nguyen from (according to his Facebook profile) Vietnam.

Aside from airline passengers, the general public may also avail of the lounge's services.

The first ever transit lounge in the Philippines, The Wings Transit Lounge is managed by Jipang Group, a Japanese company that manages Networld Hotels. 

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