What's the worst airport in the world? According to a poll of 65,000 travellers, that dubious honour goes to Berlin Schönefeld. The German hub should be avoided, says the holiday website eDreams, after it scored a meagre 3.17 marks out of 5, on average ...
Whatâ€™s the worst airport in the world? According to a poll of 65,000 travellers, that dubious honour goes to Berlin SchÃ¶nefeld. The German hub should be avoided, says the holiday website eDreams, after it scored a meagre 3.17 marks out of 5, on average, when rated by its customers. It pipped Luton to the unwanted accolade, while another Berlin hub - Tegel, New Yorkâ€™s LaGuardia and JFK airports, and two Parisian airports - Charles De Gaulle and Orly - also featured in the roll of shame.
The world's worst airports, according to eDreams
New York LaGuardia
New York J. F. Kennedy
Brussels South Charleroi
Lima J. ChÃ¡vez International
Rome Ciampino International
Paris Charles De Gaulle
What makes SchÃ¶nefeld so unappealing? No quotes from travellers were offered to explain the low scores, but some calculated deductions can be made. Used almost exclusively by low-cost airlines, such as Ryanair, easyJet, Jet2.com, Germania, Wizz Air, WOW and Norwegian, SchÃ¶nefeld has expanded rapidly in recent years, handling 11.6 million passengers last year - up from just 6.7 million in 2013 and 1.8 million in 2003. eDreams says airports were judged on categories such as waiting areas, shopping facilities and restaurants, so perhaps SchÃ¶nefeldâ€™s offering has failed to keep pace with the sharp rise in passengers.
What makes SchÃ¶nefeld so unappealing?
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It is also due to close once Berlin Brandenburg Airport finally opens its doors (2018 or 2019) - so thereâ€™s not much incentive for investment and improvements. Â
The website Sleeping in Airports sheds further light on SchÃ¶nefeldâ€™s supposed failings. Its reviewers reported that â€œpassengers were herded like cattle and kept standing in the boarding lounge while waiting to board their flightâ€. It adds: â€œThis is an old, small airport. Because itâ€™s due to close in a few years, the amenities are few and wonâ€™t be improved - donâ€™t expect much. Consider yourself lucky if you find a vacant seat to sit in.â€
LaGuardia also scored poorly
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But is it really the worst in the world?
The eDreams survey only rated airports where its customers can fly to, while Sleeping in Airports features reviews of lesser-known terminals in the farthest reaches of the globe.
Its annual rankings claim Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia is worst of all. And the verdict is scathing. â€œVirtually all aspects of the terminals need serious improvement,â€ it says. â€œCleanliness is but a mythical concept. The place is said to be staffed by a team of immigration officers described as â€˜carelessâ€™, â€˜arrogantâ€™ and â€˜rudeâ€™, and amenity-wise, the terminal is devoid of restaurants, shopping and entertainment. During peak hours - to say nothing of when the Hajj pilgrimage rolls around - the queues are unfathomable, and there are never enough chairs to accommodate.â€
Juba International Airport in South Sudan, Port Harcourt International in Nigeria, Tashkent International in Uzbekistan and Santorini Thira National complete its bottom five. Notably, London Luton is the only airport to feature in both lists.Â
The world's worst airports, according to Sleeping in Airports
Jeddah King Abdulaziz International, Saudi ArabiaÂ
Juba International, South SudanÂ
Port Harcourt International, Nigeria
Tashkent International, Uzbekistan
Santorini Thira National, GreeceÂ
Chania International, Greece
Crete Heraklion International, Greece
Caracas SimÃ³n BolÃvar International, VenezuelaÂ
Kathmandu Tribhuvan International, NepalÂ
Special mention too should be made for Paris Vatry Airport. Research by Telegraph Travel recently showed that itâ€™s the worldâ€™s least convenient airport, situated as it is a staggering 212 km / 2 hours 9 mins by car from the city it purports to serve.
The world's most inconvenient airports
Paris Vatry - 212km from Paris
Frankfurt Hahn - 126km from Frankfurt
Oslo-Torp - 118km from Oslo
Munich West - 113km from Munich
Stockholm Skavsta - 108km from Stockholm
London Oxford - 100km from London
Barcelona Girona - 98km from Barcelona
Dusseldorf Weeze - 83km from Dusseldorf
Lubeck-Hamburg - 78km from Hamburg
London Southend - 68km from London
Weâ€™ve also got scant praise to offer Banjul Airport in The Gambia (â€œone dire cafe, one check-in gate, and a queue that stretched into the car parkâ€), Lubeck (â€œthe terminal was in what looked like a large shed, with a couple of makeshift tables for securityâ€), Marrakesh (â€œgrim - disorganised arrival and check-in process, abysmal food and drink optionsâ€), Jomo Kenyatta in Nairobi (â€œthe 'come find your baggage in a heap outside' system is unsettlingâ€) and Zanzibar (â€œchaotic and disorganised considering it's a famous honeymoon destinationâ€).
And what of the world's best airports?
We've one word for you: Changi. The Singapore airportÂ has taken the top gong at the last four World Airport Awards. See our gallery below for a full list of the finest.Â
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