We often complain about airport experiences that are actually not that bad. The reason why we complain is that most of us never had the chance to spend time at some of the world’s truly abysmal airports. Today, we will be looking at 5 of the world’s worst airports, at least according to the readers of Sleeping In Airports, a very popular website that is all about, you guessed it, airports.
According to them, this year’s worst airport in the world is the Port Harcourt International Airport in Nigeria. The Arrivals Hall is a tent, there is no air-conditioning on most days and seats are almost impossible to find. It is also insanely corrupted and unless you are ready to spread some love in form of cash, you’ll be getting nowhere quickly.
The second worst airport in the world according to Sleeping in Airports is the Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia. Most people cited inefficiency of the airport staff (especially immigration officers), various odors emanating from unknown places and common scenes of people smoking in non-smoking parts of the airport as reasons why they really dislike this airport.
Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal made it to #3 although it has to be said that the officials are probably doing their best. The airport struggles with lack of space, lack of funding and, most recently, lack of fortune. The airport is struggling, but it is not because anyone is slacking off.
In the fourth place comes the Tashkent International Airport in the capital of Uzbekistan. The reason is simple – waiting. Waiting is nothing strange in airports, but this one takes home the gold. Every single aspect of the airport experience at Tashkent International involves waiting for hours on end in queues that often turn into scenes from your favorite metal festivals (yes, we’re talking about mosh pits).
The fifth worst airport in the world is the Caracas Simon Bolivar International Airport in Venezuela. Some of the reasons why this airport made it to No. 5 are its chaotic nature, the fact that chairs and clean bathrooms are almost impossible to find and its loud and unnecessarily aggressive police officers.