Whether travelling for business or pleasure, the experience you have at the airport can set a terrible tone for your trip, or end it on the wrong note. What should be just a quick stop in your worldly wandering can turn into a nightmare when bad customer service, disorganization and un-cleanliness are prevalent.
Manila – Ninoy Aquino International Airport
When it comes to ranking airports around the globe, Manila is at the bottom of the list year after year. This could possibly be related to its coming and going of over 32 million travelers every year, when it only was only designed to handle 6.
Add in an air conditioning system that only works erratically, and your trip is taking off on the wrong foot. The biggest complaint given by travelers is the long wait times, which were only heightened during its recent renovation.
The remodel hopefully took care of the rundown look and feel of the outdated airport. With the “new” airport now up and flying, Manila’s infamous airport may slowly make its way off of the list.
France – Charles De Gaulle Airport
One would think that a Paris airport would be like a little cosmopolitan city within the city, yet flyers consistently complain about rude and brash staff and overall chaos inside. Sounds like the City of Lights needs to send a memo to its airport staff on how to seduce their visitors.
The design of Charles De Gaulle leaves much to be desired as well, with connecting terminals set almost 2 miles apart.
And with an obvious lack of enough seating, you want even get a rest after that sprint through the airport.
United States – Los Angeles International – LaGuardia Airport (a tie)
One far to the West, and the other to the East, both LaGuardia and LAX are two of the busiest airports in the world yet get consistent complaints. For a major international hub, LAX is poorly lacking in restaurants, shopping and even just seats. Considering the Hollywood heavy weights that grace the halls daily, you’d think they could afford a few couches.
Being reported as too small, too crowded and just outright dirty, Governor Cuomo hangs his head in shame at the state of LaGuardia airport. Vice President Biden finds it similar to being in a third world country.
This is sad news for the tens of millions of foreign visitors riding its escalators each year.
Italy – Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport
Rude staff, an unclean environment, and a lack of international language skills makes this Italian airport a frequent stop on the worst of the worst lists. You know it’s really bad when a reviewer says that destroying it is the only solution to fixing its myriad of problems.
Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport caters to many of the budget airlines servicing Europe, making it a popular layover and flight change airport. If at all possible, choose another airport for your switch in airlines.