If you’re lucky, all of the flights on your around the world ticket UK will depart on time and your flight transfers will all go without a hitch. If you’re not so lucky and you do end up kicking your heels at an airport at some point on your trip you want to hope it is one of the top 5 airports to stop over in and keep your fingers crossed it’s not one of these…

MANILA

Manila airport has the dubious honour of recently being ranked the world’s worst airport. Among the reasons cited were long queues, a lack of comfortable seating, rude staff, poor facilities, hostile security and little to nothing in the way of services to help pass the time.

There have also been accusations of theft and bribery. As if this wasn’t enough, earlier this year a ceiling at Terminal 1 caved in. On a more positive note, there is free Wi-Fi and the airport management has promised drastic improvements in the wake of the recent bad press.

MOSCOW SHEREMETYEVO

Worst airports to be delayed - Moscow SheremetyevoThis rather drab, unwelcoming airport is a throwback to the communist era, although it makes the list for reasons other than simply the aesthetic.

On arrival, chances are you’ll be approached by numerous unscrupulous taxi drivers trying to charge 3 or 4 times the going rate. Once you’ve bargained them down to an acceptable rip off, the drive into Moscow is notorious for heavy traffic and the 16 mile or so drive to the city centre can take anything up to 3 hours.

At the airport itself, there’s very little in the way of services and the ‘fast food’ options normally take so long to prepare that you’re often faced with a quick choice to miss your flight or leave your food. We’d suggest leaving the food.

DELHI     

The best word to describe Delhi airport is chaotic. India’s economic expansion has produced  shiny new airports for other Indian cities, but not Delhi. Complaints include, but are not limited to: dirty bathrooms, broken down trolleys, poor facilities, insistent hawkers and dishonest taxi drivers.

There are generally long queues at passport control and security with x-rays on your baggage when you arrive as well as when you depart.

 

LOS ANGELES Worst Airports To Be Delayed - Los Angeles

Better known as LAX, this airport is unfortunately unavoidable on many round the world itineraries.  After September 11, the

American airport experience took an understandable turn for the worse, with security precautions going into overdrive. That is certainly evident at LAX, with long queues through security and rude immigration staff who seem to work on the premise that everyone passing through the airport is an international terrorist unless conclusively proved otherwise.

There are no less than 9 terminals and with poor signage, transiting this airport can be an unpleasantly stressful experience.


JAKARTA

The Worst Airports To Be Delayed - JAKARTA

Despite being situated only 12 miles from the city centre, the traffic choked drive into Jakarta rarely takes under an hour. The airport itself also leaves a lot to be desired with complaints including insufficient seating, overcrowding, poor dining options and woefully inadequate duty free shopping. Signage is also confusing meaning it’s easy to get lost in the crowds.

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