Airports are the city gates of every state where visitors who fly in or out must pass through. Travelers get to spend some quality time in an airport waiting for their scheduled flight time and as such an airport can be a temporary home for these people. This is why it has to be conducive, comfortable and consoling in cases where people have to wait almost a full day in an airport.
The facilities in an airport play a major role in making it befitting; it is as important as the flights it offers as people need to feel at ease just before their trip and after one. However, not all airports are of the same standard. We have the good, the bad and the terrible, but in this articles we are focused on the 10 best and 10 worst airports in Europe.
The ranking of the worst airports is based on an overall airport experience as determined by voters in 2015 Airport Survey, while that of the best is according to the Skytrax annual rankings. It was based on the impressions of over 13 million fliers from 112 countries. More than 550 airports were included in the survey, which covers 39 service and performance parameters, including facility comfort, location of bathrooms, and the language skills of the airport staff.
Worst Airports in Europe
10. London Luton International Airport – England (LTN)
At London Luton, flights may be cheaper but every other thing is expensive. The terminal pass for all drivers is £2.50 and you get to pay for access to their Wi-Fi. Due to the frequent use of this airport by budget travelers, there’s not enough walking space and comfortable sleeping lodges around.
9. Bergamo Orio al Serio International Airport – Italy (BGY)
This airport has been on the worst airport list for several years now. However, slight improvements has been made over the years, like the recent installation of sleep pods and the opening of a landside lounge and of a few more cafes. Sadly, the distance from the airport, which is located at the outskirt, to Milan is a 50km journey and that is a lot of money if you are hiring a car.
8. Brussels Charleroi International Airport – Belgium (CRL)
Although this airport receives flights from RyanAir, Wizz Air, Pegasus Airlines and Jetairfly, it is described by one voter as “unsuitable for passengers”. The terminal lacks basics facilities like sufficient seating, heat, outlets and free Wi-Fi. There are no 24-hour food options and there is no transport to the city centre late in the evening. However, the airport allows travelers to sleep over, and they have the floor to that effect if they do not bring along a cushion and a blanket.
7. Rome Ciampino International Airport – Italy (CIA)
Ciampino is a secondary airport for Rome that caters largely to budget airlines and travelers. Passengers get frustrated with the insufficient seats, long queues and drab architecture. The unlimited free Wi-Fi does obscure an overall lack of facilities, though cold overnight temperature brings everyone back to reality. The only good thing about Ciampino is its efficient connection with Rome’s primary train station.
6. Corfu International Airport – Greece (CFU)
To show the magnitude of how bad Corfu International Airport is, a traveler once said “our prison population have deluxe standards of food, entertainment and comfort in comparison to this unhygienic cesspit of an airport.” Passengers are not to be blamed for complaining, Corfu’s airport is small, drab and sparsely furnished with uncomfortable chairs. Queues are consistently long, as staff do not seem interested in helping travelers out. There are no shopping malls and the in-house café serves but the bareest minimum.
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