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Frommers' 10 worst and best airport terminals in the world
Fox News ^ | 2012

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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society
KEYWORDS: airports; best; frommers; worst

1 posted on 11/09/2012 9:52:12 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

This list is 11 months old but not much has changed since.

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

CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE EXPLANATION


2 posted on 11/09/2012 9:54:02 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


3 posted on 11/09/2012 9:55:15 AM PST by matginzac
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To: SeekAndFind

Best terminal: Frommers' best listed airport terminal is Saudi Arabia's Jeddah airport Hajj Terminal which serves exclusively to travellers on their way to the Saudi holy city of Mecca


The terminal is open just six weeks of the year catering to millions of pilgrims descending on the airport
4 posted on 11/09/2012 9:56:12 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: matginzac


Number five: New York's John F Kennedy airport is rated number five for their terminal 5 featuring an easy passenger flow and the best airport food in New York
5 posted on 11/09/2012 9:58:09 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The Delta Terminal at LAX should be on any worst list.


6 posted on 11/09/2012 10:01:15 AM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: SeekAndFind

Second worst: The Philippines' Manila International Airport was ranked as the second worst airport directly behind New York's terminal three at JFK.

The Manila airport fell behind in the travel site's criteria of 'cleanliness, services, on-time departures, navigation and the ease of getting to and from a city's center'



Terminal 3 of Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport was listed at number five on the list for reported stressful journeys which occasionally feature homeless people
7 posted on 11/09/2012 10:01:46 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


8 posted on 11/09/2012 10:03:42 AM PST by alancarp (Democrats can't win on merits, so it's okay to cheat, steal, lie, break the law to "win" elections.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


9 posted on 11/09/2012 10:04:28 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Chicago Midway Airport is, indeed, the pits. But it has one redeeming feature: generally short layover times.

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.

10 posted on 11/09/2012 10:05:58 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SeekAndFind

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!


11 posted on 11/09/2012 10:06:35 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


12 posted on 11/09/2012 10:08:09 AM PST by astounded (Barack Obama is a clear and present danger to the USA)
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To: SeekAndFind
I must be the only one who likes Midway. O’Hare, on the other hand, is just awful.
13 posted on 11/09/2012 10:09:52 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Vigilanteman

I like Midway. I find it much easier to get in and out of than O’Hare.


14 posted on 11/09/2012 10:10:40 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: SeekAndFind

“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.


15 posted on 11/09/2012 10:11:49 AM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: matginzac

“So who’s 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......


16 posted on 11/09/2012 10:13:03 AM PST by 9422WMR (Life is not fair, just deal with it)
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To: SeekAndFind
The good news is that Delta is under going a $1.2 million renovation project to be completed by 2013.

Only $1.2 million? That won't go very far!

Regards,

17 posted on 11/09/2012 10:13:53 AM PST by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: fatnotlazy

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.


18 posted on 11/09/2012 10:20:33 AM PST by astounded (Barack Obama is a clear and present danger to the USA)
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To: astounded
Midway Airport in Chicago has been renovated and really does not deserve to be on the list.

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.

19 posted on 11/09/2012 10:24:55 AM PST by cicero2k
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To: SeekAndFind
Incheon Airport in Seoul is very nice. I had a wad of Korean cash from my business there and was able to get some very nice gifts for the family during my wait. The daily flight (KAL/Delta) to ORD was very convenient.

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.

20 posted on 11/09/2012 10:25:17 AM PST by chimera
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To: SeekAndFind
Top 20 Airports In The World (2012)
21 posted on 11/09/2012 10:44:05 AM PST by tsowellfan (Allen West for Speaker!)
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To: Last Dakotan

I remember getting off a plane and RUNNING for 20 minutes, never getting out of the United gates.


22 posted on 11/09/2012 11:09:29 AM PST by wolfpat (Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. -- Cicero)
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To: SeekAndFind

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...


23 posted on 11/09/2012 11:11:38 AM PST by stormer
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To: cicero2k

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...


24 posted on 11/09/2012 11:15:28 AM PST by stormer
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To: colorado tanker
Midway is where I book when flying in and out of Chicago. When O'Hare is closed, Midway is still flying. Midway doesn't deserve being on this list.

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.

25 posted on 11/09/2012 11:21:54 AM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: SeekAndFind
It looks like I'm one of very few people who doesn't expect anything actually “enjoyable” at an airport terminal.I've seen a fair number of terminals in my day...US,Europe and elsewhere,including the Third World.The only ones that stand out in my mind as being particularly good or bad are Hong Kong (the new one,not Kai Tak which,IMO,was just OK) and Dubai.Both were good IMO,very possibly because both are relatively new.
26 posted on 11/09/2012 11:27:42 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: Mase
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.

27 posted on 11/09/2012 11:33:11 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: SeekAndFind
Geez I've been through all 10 of the worst and only 4 of the best.....
28 posted on 11/09/2012 11:42:27 AM PST by montanajoe
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To: stormer
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...

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.

29 posted on 11/09/2012 11:42:39 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: astounded

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.


30 posted on 11/09/2012 12:08:46 PM PST by Quigley
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To: Gay State Conservative

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.


31 posted on 11/09/2012 12:10:24 PM PST by stormer
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To: Gay State Conservative
I was referring to the airport, although the city isn't much better - save for the food. How the city can offer such awesome food, while the airport food sucks in epic fashion, is a mystery.

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.

32 posted on 11/09/2012 12:12:24 PM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


33 posted on 11/09/2012 12:13:16 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


34 posted on 11/09/2012 12:24:09 PM PST by skinndogNN
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


35 posted on 11/09/2012 12:31:23 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: skinndogNN

Don’t get me started on Atlanta....also Miami is terrible as well.


36 posted on 11/09/2012 12:34:27 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: stormer
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.

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!

37 posted on 11/09/2012 1:55:24 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


38 posted on 04/24/2013 5:35:10 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq He could sure play that axe. RIP anymore, it's about the USA!)
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