What Makes Your Least Favorite Airport So Awful?

By Nicholas DeRenzo
January 12, 2022
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Perhaps the only thing more associated with Thanksgiving than turkeys and pilgrims is airport-induced rage. Hours of delays, lost luggage, and never-ending security lines can surely leave a bad taste in your mouth. A major part of your holiday happiness, therefore, can be tied to the airports through which you travel. If you're lucky enough to get a good one, flying can be a breeze: the sunny halls, central-hub design, and easy-to-navigate tram system at Tampa International Airport means I never have to worry about being a Thanksgiving Grinch on my way home for the holidays. But millions of other travelers aren't so lucky. compiled a list this week of the most hated airports around the world, with reasons why each earned this dubious distinction:

10. São Paulo-Guarulhos International, São Paulo, Brazil: "just 41 percent of all flights leave on time"

9. Perth Airport, Perth, Australia: "a reviled pair of domestic terminals (home of two-hour taxi-line queues, atrocious check-in lines, overpopulated gates and meager lounges)"

8. Tribhuvan International, Kathmandu, Nepal: "primitive yet officious check-in procedure, starring a roulette wheel of underpaid security agents"

7. John F. Kennedy International, New York, United States: "a dim, surly, unbearably congested airport reeking with attitude and unapologetically long immigration lines"

6. Jomo Kenyatta International, Nairobi, Kenya: "cramped spaces; long lines; inadequate seating; frequent power outages; tiny washrooms hiding up several flights of stairs; shabby duty free shops; overpriced food outlets; and business class lounges worthy of a shelter in mid-city Los Angeles"

5. Ninoy Aquino International, Manila, Philippines: "ground crew strikes, unkempt conditions, soup kitchen-style lines that feed into more lines and an overall sense of futility"

4. ToncontÍ n International, Tegucigalpa, Honduras: "second most dangerous airport in the world"

3. London Heathrow, London, England: "long walks (or, more commonly, runs) between gates to a frenzied soundtrack of ‘last call' announcements"

2. Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, United States: "a dramatically undersized and moribund one with the architectural élan of a 1960s correctional facility"

1. Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris, France: "the baffling circular layout is worsened by warrens of tunnel-like structures, dismissive staff and seething travelers waiting forever in the wrong queue...the worst part may be this airport's aura of indifference to it all"

More often than not, we don't hate an airport for something major, such as Tegucigalpa's spotty safety record. It can be the little things that bug us: long taxi lines, lengthy walking times between terminals, uncomfortable seats, too few outlets.

What's your least favorite airport—and what makes it so terrible?


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