World’s Worst Airports?

Rocking chairs at Boston Logan International Airport

Whenever anyone asks me which airport I think is the worst, I always tell them the truth:

Even the best airport in the world can be the worst if you’re stuck there when you really need or want to be someplace else.

Be that as it may, you may find this Bing Travel slide show – World’s Worst Airports -to be of interest.

With so many airports to choose from, how did they settle on the worst?

To find the worst offenders, we compared the top airports worldwide, ranked by passenger numbers, and consulted an ad hoc panel of frequent world travelers — the sort who spend as much time in airports as at home — and statistical compilations that range from weather data to traveler surveys.

I disagree with many of these choices, but here are the airports listed on Bing travel’s list of world’s worst airports.

Chicago O’Hare and Frankfurt Airport are on the list based on weather; London Heathrow and Newark Liberty International Airport are included based on delays; Phoenix Sky Harbor and Madrid-Barajas got dinged for being hard to navigate; and Washington Dulles and Beijing Capital International Airport were labeled hard to reach.

Airports in Moscow and Jakarta were called the dirtiest and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was dubbed the most crowded.

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport are here under ugly (despite the fact that Haneda recently opened a truly lovely new international terminal) and, rounding out the list as “worst” are the Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Haneda Airport shopping street

(The shopping street in Haneda Airport’s new international terminal)

Which airports do you think are the world’s worst?

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3 thoughts on “World’s Worst Airports?

  1. R says:

    Try Lagos airport Nigeria!!!!

  2. Caroline says:

    Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal. With thieves and porters running rampant, a sketchy and dirty terminal as well as completely BS security, LSS is my number one worst. Those people who complain about CDG and JFK have probably never experienced an airport in the developing world. Going back to JFK was a relief!

  3. Erica says:

    Heathrow! So hard to navigate when I was there last year, with no comprehensive people-mover system… And so, so crowded.

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