Five of the Worlds Worst Airport

We’ve all had terrible experiences at airports, at some point in our lives. Common examples include flight delays, malfunctioning conveyor belts and lost and misplaced baggage, all which cause a lot of tension and anxiety.

These things can happen and often the airport will compensate and will try to limit the negative experience. If you think you’ve had it bad, brace yourself for 5 of the world’s worst airports, based on overall experience. Some of these are really terrible!

Port Harcourt International Airport (Nigeria)

We’re not sure if the Port Harcourt can be considered as an ‘airport’. It’s more an over-elaborate marquee, posing as an airport. Yes, you read correctly. The arrivals hall is a tent, there is no seating nor any air conditioning. To add to proceedings, staff are not very supportive, they might as well make it a self-serve airport. You won’t be surprised to hear that it got voted the worst airport in Africa and deservedly so. However, there is some good news, it has undergone some renovation. More recently, travellers can enjoy the luxury of walls and windows! Don’t spoil us, now!

Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport (Saudi Arabia)

For such as rich country, this is a poor attempt at an airport. Saudi Arabia can be an arrogant bunch at times and this is reflected in their rude and obnoxious staff. You’ll need a whole lot of patience to deal with staff that take their time processing your details, will chat to their colleagues or play around on their phones. The only reason this is not the world worst airport is because it’s an actual building, unlike the Port Harcourt. That is literally the only thing separating the two. Overcrowding is also a huge problem as well as unhygienic amenities and stinking lounges and waiting areas. Stay away, at least until next year when renovations will be completed.

Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (Nepal)

We have some sympathy for the Kathmandu airport because Nepal has had to deal with unforeseen circumstances and natural disasters. Two incidents, a Turkish Airline skidding of the runway tarmac and the more widely known Earthquake in April 2015 have severely dented the overall experience. Further pressure has mounted owing to the fact that it is the only international airport in Nepal. It’s on the list because there are a few things they could improve on, namely the poor state of restrooms and terminals. Unfortunately, renovations have also been delayed for various reasons. We concede that they have been very unlucky and therefore don’t expect them to be on the list for too long.

Tashkent International Airport (Uzbekistan)

If we were to describe this airport in one word, we’d go with warzone. This airport feels like it has been sent from hell because it was too punishing for even them guys! Of course, being stuck in queues is something inevitable at any airport, but the problem that lies here is the lack of any crowd control. A queue normally is in an orderly fashion and there are etiquettes such as not pushing in, queuing in a straight line and not stealing others’ spots. In Tashkent, however, these rules do not apply. Passengers have to hang onto and defend their spot with their lives owing to aggressive passengers and no security to control the crowd. Queues are hugely chaotic and intensely add to the stress already apparent when travelling. The good news is that there is seating and air conditioning. The bad news is that the number of travellers severely outweighs available seats, resulting in more chaos.

Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport (Venezuela)

This airport has all the ingredients of being a really bad airport. There are no chairs available to rest, so the floor is your best friend during layovers and delays. However, the floor is off putting as are the bathrooms owing to the high levels of filth present. The police will make things hard for you, for no apparent reason, mostly to exercise their authority, whilst the food is not exactly to standards. The only saving grace is free WiFi!



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