Skip to comments.Frommers' 10 worst and best airport terminals in the world
Posted on 11/09/2012 9:52:05 AM PST by SeekAndFind
If you've ever been stuck at New York's JFK airport or Newark International Airport you know all to well how depressing and inhospitable some of their terminals are.
If caught in weather delays, travelers can easily find themselves sitting on the floor for lack of seats, or tentatively using over-used bathrooms.
With that in mind, Frommers.com released to USA Today its choices of the 10 worst and best airport terminals. The travel guide site based its rankings on cleanliness, services, on-time departures, navigation, and ease of travel to and from a city's center.
New York JFK's terminal 3, used for Delta flights, was ranked as the worst layover location in the world. According to Frommers, it won its dubious distinction for its "endless immigration lines," bad food and shopping and gloomy environment. "There's also a sense that the cleaning crew gave up in despair a while ago," said Frommer's.com.
It's considered so bad that Nairobi's International airport, which Frommer's.com described as a "Third World construction site" and should be avoided, is ranked as a better layover choice.
The good news is that Delta is under going a $1.2 million renovation project to be completed by 2013.
In total, four of the 10 world's worst terminals are in the U.S.
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WORLD’s WORST TERMINALS:
1. New York JFK Airport Terminal 3
2. Manila, Philippines Airport Terminal 1
3. Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport Terminal B/C
4. Nairobi, Kenya Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
5. Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, Terminal 3
6. Amman, Jordan Queen Alia Airport
7.New York LaGuardia Airport Terminal 5
8.Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport
9. Paris’ Beauvais Airport
10. Chicago Midway Airport
WORLD’s BEST TERMINALS:
1. Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) Hajj Terminal
2. Leifur Eriksson Air Terminal, Keflavik, Iceland
3. Seoul (South Korea) Incheon Airport
4. Wellington (New Zealand) Rock Terminal
5. New York JFK Airport Terminal 5
6. Singapore Changi International Airport Terminal 3
7. Marrakech (Morocco) Menara Airport Terminal 1
8. Madrid (Spain) Barajas Terminal 4
9. Carrasco International Airport, Montevideo, Uruguay
10. Bilbao (Spain) Airport Main Terminal
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So who’s gunna fly anymore? The Obamaphone owners? Put it on an EBT card?
Oh, it’s the 1% who all voted for Obozo...flying off to their dachas.
The Delta Terminal at LAX should be on any worst list.
The Hajj Terminal shouldn’t even be on the list: it serves only a specialty purpose, for a limited time. If you only have one thing to do, then you’d better be good at it.
It’s been a long time, but I HATED the terminals at Newark. All I can remember is that each seat had these little B/W televisions on them, and that they took quarters ... but there was no place to get the quarters! Grey, depressing, horrible acoustics ... Dante would have included it had Virgil shown it to him.
It should also be noted that one of the things which makes Singapore Changi International such a great airport is superb security organization. You don't even know you are being watched and profiled. Each gate has its own security clearance as people assemble to board. You will occasionally get wanded a second time, but generally by a beautiful shapely Asian girl who is about as pleasant as your typical unionized TSA slob is unpleasant.
Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria should have been on that list. It’s so bad the FAA refused to certify it for access by American air carriers. Avoided it for 12 years on the African continent, only to be stuck there on the final flight out. The place damned near killed me. WAWA!
I nominate Kilimanjaro International Airport outside Arusha, Tanzania, as one of the worst.
Kigali International in Kigali, Rwanda, is not a garden spot, either, although Kigali City is a vibrant, booming city since the genocide ended.
Amsterdam Schipol is one of the best.
Detroit International Airport is beautiful now - go figure.
Midway Airport in Chicago has been renovated and really does not deserve to be on the list. The International Terminal at ORD Chicago is dismal and should be on the list.
I like Midway. I find it much easier to get in and out of than O’Hare.
“2. Manila, Philippines Airport Terminal 1”
I travel to the RP on business and family matters.
Hands down the most corrupt terminal in the world. Where on earth are you able to “pay cash” just to use the toilet, for tissue in the toilet, and just to “process the passport”? You lost something? You have to pay cash to the security guys. Not only that, these cretins try to harass you outside just for the sake of bringing your stuff to your destination.
Not even NY’s JFK can do that.
“So whos gunna fly anymore? The Obamaphone owners? Put it on an EBT card?”
Obama phone? I had an idiot send me a snopes story about how the obama phone is due to a tax increase during Reagan’s term.
What an idiot......
Only $1.2 million? That won't go very far!
Except for international, my wife and I never go to O’Hare. Midway is much better, and they rarely have weather issues. But, it is often very exciting to land at Midway - coming in hot the pilots use thrust reversers and maximum braking. It was really “fun” back in the day to go into Midway on a 757 - wow! Takeoff in a 757 was, shall we say, exhilirating....LOL.
Midway has a nice food court. It's not that bad.
Candidates for worse than Midway: some PHX terminals, plus it is 1.5 miles from end to end of PHX; San Antonio is cramped, Dulles, Miami.
My worst experience was the international terminal at Miami. It's not their fault in a way, it's just too busy. Everything in the Caribbean and South America seems to go through there. I remember a poor guy near the back of the line who was desperate to get checked in because his flight was leaving. He was pleading for people to let him jump the line. We let him through. This was back in 1985. I'm not sure it would happen that way today.
I remember getting off a plane and RUNNING for 20 minutes, never getting out of the United gates.
For a major airport, I’d vote Fiumicino as the worst - crowded and very confusing. When they were doing construction on De Gaul it was pretty bad, too. Johannesburg is really nice. Hong Kong is cool cause you can get on a train without ever leaving the terminal and be in the heart of downtown in 20 minutes - Blade Runner meets Disneyland...
PHX is bad. If you drive to the wrong terminal you have to get back on the freeway just to go to the right one. Sucks if you’ve forgotten your car rental agreement and almost get arrested for car theft trying to get from one end of the airport to the other - but that’s another story...
New Orleans, however, absolutely belongs on the list of worst airports. It's dingy, dirty and offers the worst possible food by surly and uncaring people. It is the worst domestic airport I travel to, and I spend a lot of time in airports.
Are you describing the airport,the city,or both? Although I've never been to NO everything I've read about the *city* contained the adjectives you've used to describe the airport.
One good thing about the *old* HK airport (Kai Tak) was that it was about a 5 minute cab ride from the Star Ferry terminal on Kowloon.The train to and from the city *is* pretty impressive though.And it's all courtesy of the Brits who got things underway just before they left.Of course the Chicoms won't tell you that.
I’m with you on Midway. When I noticed that they were listed I couldn’t believe it. I have used that airport fifty times and I can’t think of anything bad about it.
True that, but at the old airport they about had to fly sideways just to miss the buildings. Either way, it’s a great city. I’ve been a few times and would really like to spend a year.
But then, the old saying about New Orleans is truer today than ever before: Show me someone going to New Orleans for vacation and I'll show you someone going there for the first time.
It’s an older airport, but MSP is a very nice place for a layover. Lots of decent restaurants and if you have to spend a night in an airport, you really can’t beat it.
The worst I’ve ever been to was Atlanta. Awful wait time and uglier than hell. Of course this was 5 years ago, they could have spiced it up since then.
I like my local airport, Kona International. Unless you try hard like going to the head, you are never indoors. No air conditioning, no luxury lounges, no jetways. They even make you walk up a ramp or steps to get in and out of planes! The horror of such a 3rd world airport.
Don’t get me started on Atlanta....also Miami is terrible as well.
Yup,I did the Kai Tak Heart Attack twice.The first time I didn't have the faintest idea what it was about and as the 747 banked to about 70 degrees I truly thought I was gonna die.And then,when we leveled off,I was stunned to look out the window and realize that I could see what the people in the nearby apartments were watching on TV! As I left the terminal after getting through immigration I got a great shot of a bright orange Brannif 747 passing low enough so I could almost touch the landing gear.
And you're right...it's a truly amazing city.East meets West in its purest form.If you ever get a chance,check out Singapore.It's a much cleaner,much more orderly and much wealthier "spinoff" of HK.But the humidity will get ya...year round!
My personal favorite is Munich. There’s a beer garden in the terminal! Bottom is Rome - chaotic, dirty, flights are never on-time, and half of the time your luggage gets lost.