Top 10 Worst Airports in the World

Flying is among those things in life that offer us immense pleasure, but it can equally be pesky; let’s explore the top 10 worst airports in the world at the moment.

The air-travel website, AirHelp, carried out a ranking of the world’s major airports. This list is comprised of 133 airports, which were evaluated on a range of factors, such as cleanliness, customer service, on-time performance as well as the food & shopping options offered to service users.

The body awarded the airports an overall score on a 10-point scale. On-time performance contributes 60 per cent of the score, service quality per cent, and food & shopping options 20 per cent.

Shedding light on its methodology in the ranking, AirHelp stated, “We chose the airports based on the best known and most used airports – but we exclude airports that we are unable to get data for.” 


Worst Airports in the World

These are the 10 places you should do everything in your power to avoid to make your flight experience less painful. In reverse order, these are the 10 worst global airports this year:

#10. Gatwick Airport – London, UK

worst airports in the world - Gatwick, London
  • One-time performance: 6.7/10
  • Food & shops: 7.9/10
  • Quality service: 8.0/10
  • Overall score: 6.62/10

Also called London Gatwick, Gatwick Airport is a major international airport, which is sited close to Crawley in West Sussex, England. It is 47.5 km (29.5 mi) south of Central London.

Based on total passenger traffic in the United Kingdom, Gatwick is the 2nd-busiest airport in the UK after Heathrow Airport and the 9th-busiest airport in Europe.

#9. Billy Bishop – Toronto, Canada

Billy Bishop Toronto Airport
  • One-time performance: 5.8/10
  • Food & shops: 7.0/10
  • Quality service: 8.1/10
  • Overall score: 6.5/10

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, sited on the Toronto Islands in Toronto, Ontario, is a small regional airport. It is usually called the Toronto Island Airport. 

Billy Bishop was formerly known as Port George VI Island Airport and Toronto City Centre Airport. It is named after Billy Bishop, who was the Canadian First World War flying hero and Second World War Air Marshal.

It was rated in 2016 as the 9th-busiest airport in Canada, the 3rd-busiest airport in Ontario by passenger numbers, and the 6th-busiest airport in Canada serving the United States. Billy Bishop’s service users include civil aviation, air ambulances as well as regional airlines with turboprop planes.

#8. Porto Airport – Portugal

worst airports in the world - Porto Airport
  • One-time performance: 5.6/10
  • Food & shops: 7.6/10
  • Quality service: 7.9/10
  • Overall score: 5.46/10

Simply referred to as Porto Airport, Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is an international airport that is close to Porto, Portugal. It is (formerly called Pedras Rubras Airport and is located 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) north-west of the Clérigos Tower that is in the centre of Porto, Matosinhos & Vila do Conde.

The airport, which is run by ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, is the 2nd-busiest in the country in 2019 by aircraft operations. It is also rated as the 2nd-busiest in passengers according to traffic statistics from Aeroportos de Portugal, coming next after Lisbon Airport and ahead of Faro Airport.

#7. Orly Airport – Paris, France

worst airports in the world - Orly, France
  • One-time performance: 6.37/10
  • Food & shops: 7.9/10
  • Quality service: 7.8/10
  • Overall score: 6.37/10

Paris Orly Airport is often called Orly. It is an international airport that is partly sited in Orly and partly in Villeneuve-le-Roi, Paris, France.

The airport is a secondary hub for domestic & overseas territories flights of Air France. It is also Transavia France’s home base. Before Charles de Gaulle Airport was launched in 1974, Orly was the Paris major airport.

Even though international traffic was mostly shifted to Charles de Gaulle Airport, the latter was still the busiest airport in France for domestic traffic and the 2nd busiest airport in the country overall based on passenger traffic in 2018.

Flights that operate from this airport head to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, North America, Africa, East Asia and Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean.

#6. Manchester Airport – UK

worst airports in the world
  • One-time performance: 5.2/10
  • Food & shops: 8.0/10
  • Quality service: 7.8/10
  • Overall score: 6.26/10

This is an international airport that is located in Cheshire, England, 8.6 mi (13.9 km) southwest of Manchester city centre. Manchester Airport, in 2016, was the 3rd busiest airport in the UK by passenger numbers as well as the busiest of the ones not serving London. 

It opened formally on June 25, 1938, and was originally called Ringway Airport. People still call it by this name, locally. Manchester airport has three passenger terminals, in addition to a goods terminal.

#5. Malta International Airport – Malta

Malta Airport
  • One-time performance: 5.0/10
  • Food and shops: 7.5/10
  • Quality service: 7.7/10
  • Overall score: 6.05/10

Malta International Airport’s the only airport in the country. It serves the entire Maltese Islands. It’s sited on the island of Malta, which lies south-west of Valletta (Maltese capital).

Malta International Airport has a single passenger terminal that started operating fully on March 25, 1992, and it served as a replacement of the old Luqa terminal, mostly used currently for cargo.

Apart from serving as a base for Ryanair, Malta International Airport is the primary hub for Air Malta and Medavia. It equally has the Area Control Center and served as the host for the annual Malta Airshow until 2017.

#4. Henri Coandă International Airport – Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport
  • One time performance: 6.0/10
  • Food and shops: 6.0/10
  • Quality service: 6.1/10
  • Overall score: 6.03/10

Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport is the busiest international airport in Romania. It is located in Otopeni and is currently one of two airports that are serving the Romanian capital (Bucharest). Aurel Vlaicu Airport is the other one that does not have scheduled passenger traffic any longer.

Its name honours Romanian Henri Coandă, who was the flight pioneer, builder of Coandă-1910 aircraft as well as discoverer of the Coandă effect of fluidics.

#3. Eindhoven Airport – The Netherlands

Eindhoven Airport
  • One-time performance: 4.9/10
  • Food & shops: 7.1/10
  • Quality service: 7.8/10
  • Overall score: 5.92/10

Eindhoven Airport’s an airport that is sited 4.7 mi (7.6 km) west of Eindhoven in North Brabant, Netherlands. Its service users include both civilian and military traffic.

Eindhoven Airport, by the number of served passengers, is the 2nd largest airport in the country that served 6.2 million passengers last (significantly behind Schiphol with over 68 million passengers). 

#2. Kuwait International Airport – Kuwait

Worst Airports in the World - Kuwait Airport
  • One-time performance: 4.3/10
  • Food & shops: 8.0/10
  • Quality service: 8.0/10
  • Overall score: 5.78/10

Kuwait International Airport is an international airport in Farwaniya, Kuwait, 9.6 miles (15.5 km) south of Kuwait City. It is the main hub for Kuwait Airways & Jazeera Airways.

A segment of the Kuwait International Airport complex, designated as Abdullah Al-Mubarak Air Base, serves as the headquarters of the Kuwait Air Force and the Kuwait Air Force Museum.

#1. Portela Airport – Lisbon, Portugal

Portela Airport
  • One-time performance: 4.7/10
  • Food and shops: 7.4/10
  • Quality service: 7.3/10
  • Overall score: 5.77/10

Number one on the worst airports in the world list is the Portela Airport. Portela Airport is an international airport that is sited 4.3 mi (7 km) north-east from the city centre of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. It is also called Humberto Delgado Airport or Lisbon Airport.

This airport serves as the primary international gateway to the country. It’s Europe’s 18th-largest airport based on passenger volume with over 29 million passengers last year, recording an increase of 8.8% over 2017.

Portela Airport handled 115.7 thousand tons of cargo in 2017. It serves as a major hub in Europe to Brazil, as the largest European Star Alliance hub to the South American region, and a European hub to the African region as well.

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