What is the worst and best airport you have visited so far?
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What is the worst and best airport you have visited so far?
Worst: Marrakech. 2 hours waiting for immigration with a 1000 other people, no air conditioning. People fainting…
London City (LCY) is a very good one. Easily access from central London, small and a very fast process.
Best: Singapore Changi
Worst: Kuala Lumpur KLIA2
One set of ratings, based on a survey of passengers, are here:
They have no US airports in the top ten, which strikes me as correct.
Another set on this site:
Ones I’ve flown through and consider excellent are London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schipol, and Hong Kong. Everything I hear about Singapore and Seoul/Incheon is positive.
Athens & Cairo were pretty bad for major cities. I’m told Manila airport has improved lately, but I still enter the Philippines via Cebu to avoid it.
No mention of SIN? Changi (Singapore) is THE best airport. Immigration was smooth and fast, everything is very modern and of high standard. And also, how many other airports have waterfalls?
The international airport in Manila was the worst experience of my life.
17 hour layover, stuck with no wifi and no money (but a delightful meal voucher) in one airport terminal because they wouldn’t let me leave. I seriously think it was the closest experience I will ever have (hopefully) at being stuck on a life raft at sea.
But it really is a crappy airport.
Best: MSP (Minneapolis, Minnesota USA)
Worst: JED (King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia)
Best: ICN (South Korea)
Worst: JUB (South Sudan)
LAX, worst airport ever.
The old LCCT at KL was pretty darn awful. Long stopovers on Air Asia flights combined with minimal facilities and dodgy air conditioning. Luckily it’s been replaced.
I don’t really remember the good airports because they are the ones you breeze through without really paying attention.
I’m a big fan of HKG (especially Cathay Pacific’s lounges The Wing and The Bridge).
Worst? Hard to say. DTW and CDG immediately come to mind, though.
My worst one was Nairobi shortly after it got burned down about one and a half years ago. The whole Immigration was improvised in the parking lot and was a huge mess.
Also Ahmedabad in India was quite annoying because they had multiple security checks, they were very unhappy about the fact that I didn’t print my PDF flight ticket but only had it on my tablet, nobody knew how to deal with my motorcycle helmet (luckily Qatar airways helped me arguing with the airport administration regarding the helmet), plus there were guys who after the security checks randomly approached me and asked critical questions about where I’m going and why.
I’ve always had a great experience at the Hong Kong airport, problem free and efficient.
Best: AMS (Amsterdam Schiphol)
Worst: Luckily I tend to forget things these thing.
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