The Worst Airport In the World Is...

Published On 10/19/2015 Published On 10/19/2015

Airports, SantaCon, and the Thanksgiving dinner table: places you don't want to get stuck for long periods of time. While some airports try to make the experience slightly more tolerable, others make your layover feel like an episode of Man vs. Wild. Every year, airport review site The Guide to Sleeping in Airports ranks the worst of the worst, and the 2015 results are in. 

To separate the mildly uncomfortable from absolute hells on earth, the website surveyed the public and received 26,297 responses. The airport that gained whatever the opposite of bragging rights are: Port Harcourt International Airport in Omagwa, Nigeria. Respondents noted the airport's lack of seating, broken air conditioning, tent in lieu of an arrivals hall, and all-around corruption as reasons for its general awfulness. Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia came in second, sitting in the same spot it hit last year. Voters called it crowded, dirty, and understaffed. There was no change at third place either, as Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, earned another bronze medal for its terrible restrooms. A devastating earthquake hit the airport in the last 12 months, though, so cut it some slack.

Unlike last year, which saw LaGuardia nab 10th place, no US airports made the top 10. Instead, Paris Beauvais took the no. 10 spot. For the uninformed, it's a RyanAir hub that looks and feels like, well, a RyanAir hub. Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto International Airport also saw improvement, dropping from last year's top spot down to 9th-worst in the world. It still sucks, but apparently, not quite so much.

Here's how the top 10 rounded out:

10. Beauvais-Tille International Airport (Paris)
9. Benazir Bhutto International Airport (Islamabad, Pakistan)
8. Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
7. Hamid Karzai International Airport (Kabul, Afghanistan)
6. Toussaint Louverture International Airport (Port au Prince, Haiti)
5. Simon Bolivar International Airport (Caracas, Venezuela)
4. Tashkent International Airport (Uzbekistan)
3. Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu, Nepal)
2. King Abdulaziz International Airport (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
1. Port Harcourt International Airport (Nigeria)

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Kara King is a News Writer at Thrillist and has survived three hours at Paris Beauvais. Send news tips to and follow her layover tweets at @karatillie.



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