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The World’s Worst Airports

The World’s Worst Airports

Traveling can be very difficult and stressful.  Actually, let’s rephrase that – flying can be very stressful.  If you want to get from Point A to Point B quickly, then the headache of airline travel is just something that we have to endure.

Not all airports can be like Singapore’s Changi, where the design brief was to create a stress-free commuter experience; koi ponds, spas, and even a free movie theatre means its okay to slow down and enjoy the trip.  However, not all airports offer a pleasant experience.  The site “SleepingInAirports” has consolidated all of the complaints made about airports in the last few years and presented us with the list of the 10 Worst Airports in the World -(Yay! None in Australia made the list!)

You have been warned… Here are some of the 10 Worst Airports in the World! (As rated in 2015)

10. Paris Beauvais-Tille Airport, Paris, France

This airport is horribly dated, and worse – its almost 2 hours from Paris!  This airport is consistently rated THE WORST IN EUROPE.  Steer clear and don’t be duped into flying in here, if you’re thinking you’ll be saving time by not flying into Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport instead. Just don’t do it.

9. Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Pakistan

Despite being named after one of the most inspiring women in the world, Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International airport is considered to be one of the dirtiest airports.  Rampant corruption means that one can be held up in lines. The airport is currently being renovated and is slated to expand soon, so hopefully improvements are in the future.

8. Ho Chi Minh City Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport, Vietnam

Make sure you bring plenty of money when visiting this airport.  No, not for the souvenirs, but to make sure that you can pass through customs quickly and without issue.  The number one complaint is that customs official are very corrupt, and expect a bribe just to let you leave the airport.

7. Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan

It’s really not a surprise that this airport is on the list, especially as it’s not really a tourist destination, so its a little unfair to expect comfortable amenities.  However, based on the reviews, any amenities would be better than what’s on offer, which is pretty much nothing at all.

6. Port au Prince Toussaint Louverture International Airport, Haiti

The major complaints for this airport is the heat and lack of facilities.  Its also recommended to keep your valuables on your person.  This would be a perfect airport for using your AirBolt.

5. Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport, Venezuela

The biggest complaint about this airport is how boring it is!  There is frequently no place to sit down and rest, very little places to eat, and poor wifi service.

4. Tashkent International Airport, Uzbekistan

Surprisingly, the major complaints about Tashkent International has nothing to do with their facilities.  Most complaints are credited to the long lines, and the massive crush of people.  There is no “personal space” here, so be prepared to be shoved, pushed, and hold your ground in the long lines through security.

3. Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal

Sadly, with a series of earthquakes in the area, there has been little chance to improve Kathmandu International.  This airport is the stuff of legend, with blog posts and guides written specifically just to help others learn how to navigate the facilities.  One theme is common, “avoid the toilets.”

2. Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia

You would think one of the richest countries in the world would have an airport that supports the reputation.  Saudi Arabia’s national airport is noted for it’s chaos; long lines, employees that are anything but helpful, and poor bathroom facilities.

1. Port Harcourt International Airport, Nigeria

Port Harcourt barely even rates as an airport, with its arrival hall being a large tent!  Corruption is common, and travelers are advised to bring cash if they expect to to leave the airport.  The airport is under construction, but there is an investigation into where the money is going, as it doesn’t appear to be going to construction.

Well, these are the considered to be some of the worst!  Has much changed since 2015?  If you want to read more, check out SleepingInAirports.

Don’t forget, while you are traveling to the best…or worst airports in the world – remember your AirBolt.  Keeping your bags safe, without having to remember combinations, and knowing if your bags have made your flight makes every trip easier!

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