One of the busiest places in the world are airports, and it goes without saying. They are the terminals for air transportation, and most of them operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Businessmen, tourists, travelers– all kinds of people travel by air. It’s faster and more convenient most of the time, but some avoid air transport if they can help it.
Even though air transport is more convenient, some prefer the old-school way of land or sea travel because there are some airports in the world that are so bad, they only end up making the people’s traveling experiences hassling and out of control. Do you want to know where they are? Here are 12 of the worst airports in the world in no particular order:
1. Santorini Thira National Airport, Greece
Santorini in Greece is one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the world. However, before you arrive at this paradise, you must first endure the hell which is Santorini Thira National Airport. According to travelers, there seems to be no kind of organization whatsoever in the airport, and most of the time you have to wait outside in the heat before you can check-in. That is, if you’re lucky to be redirected to the correct check-in counter on your first try!
2. Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal
Nepal’s International Airport has always been on this list over the years, and the government apparently doesn’t deem it a priority to fix this problem. All of what could go wrong is found in this airport– horribly dirty bathrooms, disorganized flights, and worst of all, corrupt airport officials. Avoid this airport if you can.
3. Tashkent International Airport, Uzbekistan
Lines seem to go on forever in Tashkent International Airport, and the airport staff doesn’t seem to mind unless you give them large bribes to jump your queue in line. No good amenities exist whatsoever, so basically, you just have to endure the torture of being here until it’s all over.
4. Paris Beauvais-Tille Airport, France
Only choose this airport when you absolutely have to, because many travelers who have experienced this airport’s hospitality are all hesitant to go back. The airport closes between 11 pm to 6 am, so if you have an early morning flight, good luck. Nearby hotels are pricey af, and the airport doesn’t allow anyone to sleep inside the terminal. You can brave out the chilly night outside of the airport if you can, though.
5. Port Harcourt International Airport, Nigeria
According to passengers, nothing good or any significant changes have been made to this airport over the years. The air conditioning is terrible, decent bathroom facilities are practically non-existent, and the airport staff and immigration officials are overcome with corruption. Good luck trying to get through this airport.
6. Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport, Tanzania
International airports are supposed to be accommodating, but this airport, in particular, seems to have no regard for passenger comfort and convenience whatsoever. Food options are scarce, seating options are limited, and don’t bother asking the staff for help– most of them are rude or don’t seem to care about everything that is going on.
7. Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia
Every passenger’s patience would be tested once they set foot in the Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport. Some of the main complaints in this airport include limited staff to accommodate all passengers, frequently overcrowded terminals, and limited options for comfort. On a positive note, the operators behind Singapore’s Changi Airport–one of the best airports in the world– were given the reins to try and fix this mess of an airport. Hopefully, they can be able to amend all the problems in here
8. Crete Heraklion International Airport, Greece
Another Greek airport on the list, the Crete Heraklion International Airport made the cut again because of overwhelming customer complaints pertaining to airport facilities, amenities, and organization of flights. The terminals are always overcrowded, and the government doesn’t seem to care to address this problem. Food options are also really expensive, and seating options are really scarce.
9. Juba International Airport, South Sudan
The Juba International Airport in South Sudan held the top spot for the worst airport in the world last 2017, and according to passengers, it’s not hard to wonder why. The main terminals are merely propped-up tents, and “renovations” still haven’t finished since 2012. People also keep falling through the cracked plywood floors, and the crowds are practically unbearable. I’m surprised this airport still isn’t closed yet.
10. Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport, Venezuela
We all know Venezuela isn’t the richest of countries, but still, they could’ve at least make sporadic improvements to the deteriorating facilities of this airport. Apparently, the security in here is also the worst as well– so if ever you’re unlucky enough to pass by this airport, guard your belongings extremely well.
11. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, China
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is China’s second busiest airport, but the facilities are nothing to be impressed about. Need Wi-Fi? Only Chinese mobile number can gain access, and if you want to ask for assistance, prepare to be snubbed by the unfriendly airport staff.
12. Rome Ciampino International Airport, Italy
You’ll have the worst airport experience of all time if you happen to chance an early morning flight in this airport. The Rome Ciampino International Airport closes from 12 midnight to 4 am, so if you don’t want to miss your flight then better huddle up together with the other passengers outside of the terminal, as the management doesn’t allow passengers to sleep inside the terminal during closed hours. Good luck.
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