Top 10 Most Shabby Airports of the World

With the holiday season comes the much awaited vacation. Traveling for many can be hassle, especially if their journey involves destinations with bad airports. This article will make your life easier by warning you about the dirtiest airports in this world.

Here are the top 10 Most Shabby Airports across the globe:


1. Los Angeles LAX  Airport

This airport has interiors that scream 1980’s. The airport needs major overhauling. Traveling from one terminal to another is tedious and the place is crowded. Another major issue is that there is always a long queue at security check. Few terminals are filthier than others.


2. Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris

Several people have found this airport mocks the fact that it is located in a modernized country. It is considered as one of the filthiest and disorganized of all the airports. If you are stuck in transit here, it is advisable that you carry a cushion along as the metal seating is painful. The toilets are best avoided because they are filthy and the stench can make you throw up. The terminals are small, badly designed and poorly lit. At times the air conditioner in the passengers lounge is not working and dirty.


3. JFK Airport, New York

When you arrive at terminal 2, 3 and 4 you are in for a rude shock, this “Gateway to America” desperately needs to be razed and rebuilt. The floor is beyond filthy, and when you reach the immigration you have to walk bare feet which could be a traumatizing affair. It is badly lit and desperately needs cleaning. The staff adds to your woes. They are very unruly and treat the passengers badly.


4. Annadurai International Airport, Chennai

When you enter the airport you know that the airport was constructed in a different century. The state of the airport is sad to say the least and is in a desperate need for revamping. It is wise to clean the seats before you sit. The toilets are dirty; the stench excruciating. The airport is dimly lit to make matters worse. It is wise to avoid drinking and eating here.


5. Tribhuvan International Airport, Katmandu

This is by far the most chaotic and the dirtiest airport. The business lounge is much better but they do not have toilets. There is always a queue in the toilets and the reek.  The toilets are best avoided. The staff are equally unpleasant and disrespectful adding to the woes. They are also money minded and try to scam and tip you off.


6. Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport

The terminal F seems to be last repaired before the cold war. Terminal F at least has benches where you can stretch and relax. It might be a wise decision to clean the seat before you relax. Do not be surprised to find the terminal filled with homeless people. This terminal seems to be a haven for the homeless. If you have a long transit here ensure that you carry enough food with you as the airport is expensive and unhygienic.


7. Rio De Janeiro Airport, Brazil

The airport is chaotic and disorganized. The floor needs to be cleaned. The signage is terrible. You have to search the whole airport to find ATMs and food stalls. Even the far apart food stalls are located in an area that reeks of urine and is in hospitable. The shops are shabby and the food is best avoided. One can just wonder how the venue for the next Olympics can have such airports.


8. Dum Dum Airport, Kolkata

This airport is a traveler’s nightmare. The seats are in a despicable condition. It is wise to choose seats in the center than the corners. The airport building is in a sad state. The walls are filled with tobacco stains. The attitude of the security personals is worse; they look morose. The toilets are unbearable; there is absolutely no ventilation and the in dire need to be cleaned.


9. Phuket International Airport, Thailand

This is one airport that you should try and avoid if possible. There are very few shops here and most of them open rather late. It is a rather tiny airport and has not been repaired in ages. There is always a shortage of place to sit. It is not uncommon to see people fight for a seat. Despite being a tourist hub this airport fails to meet the basic demands.


10. Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Jakarta

Most people who have been struck in this airport think that this airport is a disgrace to Indonesia. It is badly lit and there is no signage. The toilets are dirty and you should not be surprised to see cockroaches and other insects lurking. It is not uncommon to see people smoke within the airport premises and litter the place. There is always a long queue in immigration. The air conditions are not always working and add to the woes of a stranded passenger.

Work related travel or just a vacation, this list should help you with your travel plan the next time you fly to one of these places. Some of these airports are currently undergoing some construction and hopefully will graduate to the best airports list soon!

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