EUROPE’S WORSE AIRPORT EXPERIENCES
Airports are pretty essential if you want to explore far-flung corners of the world. In a bid to arm passengers with advice, website SleepinginAirports asked travelers to rate airports based on their overall experience, taking into account comfort, services, and facilities, food options, security, customer service, cleanliness, ease of transit and ‘sleepability’. Here we bring you the ten worse rated airports in Europe.
10TH WORST: BERLIN TEGEL AIRPORT, GERMANY (TXL)
When it comes to the SleepinginAirports “worst” in Europe list, Berlin Tegel Airport has the dubious honour of weighing in at number 10. Claims from disgruntled passengers included “overpriced” snack machines, long queues and uncomfortable seating, but one rated the “nice” showers, which reportedly included a towel and shower gel for €5.
9TH WORST: BERLIN SCHÖNEFELD AIRPORT, GERMANY
Hot on the heels of its counterpart is Berlin Schönefeld Airport. While some overnighters reported a reasonable sleep and the speedy wi-fi is highly regarded, it seems it isn’t all good news. Negative comments included “dirty” toilets, a lack of overnight access to food and drink and “cold” metal seats.
8TH WORST: CLUJ-NAPOCA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ROMANIA
Formerly known as Someșeni Airport, Cluj International scores three out of five stars. To be fair, there’s only one review from an overnight traveler, who said the experience was “not bad with an air mattress.” Pros include clean toilets and vending machines with tea, coffee and snacks, but the temperature was apparently cold.
7TH WORST: CHANIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, GREECE
Chania Airport is, according to one reviewer, a “disaster”. Complaints included crowding, limited dining options and a lack of seating.
6TH WORST: ROME CIAMPINO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ITALY
It may be one of Italy’s fastest-growing airports, but several overnight passengers at Rome Ciampino report being made to wait outside between midnight and 4am, regardless of the cold. One reviewer dubbed it “the worst experience I had in my life”, while another said it was “just awful”.
5TH WORST: LONDON LUTON AIRPORT, UNITED KINGDOM
Luton is often an economical option when flying in or out of the UK, but negative claims include a lack of places to sit in comfort and unfriendly staff. One very disgruntled writer even called it “a vision of hell”, although a more positive nocturnal visitor reported having a “pretty darn good” night.
4TH WORST: PARIS BEAUVAIS-TILLÉ, FRANCE
One unimpressed reviewer urges travelers to “avoid this airport”, while others claim they had to wait outside Paris Beauvais-Tillé in the early hours when the building closed. However, some happier reviewers did note recent improvements in the shape of new bathrooms and a bus station with a Starbucks.
3RD WORST: RHODES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, GREECE
The island of Rhodes may be popular with holidaymakers, but it earns just two out of five stars, with one reviewer claiming the “shambolic” airport would make him think twice about returning. Sleepers make mention of the hard metal benches, whilst the wi-fi received mixed reports.
2ND WORST: SANTORINI NATIONAL AIRPORT, GREECE
Sunny Santorini has the misfortune of bagging the number two spot in the SleepinginAirports list of the “worst” airports in Europe. One reviewer claimed it was “chaotic” and “overcrowded”, with not enough staff to get flyers checked in and through security. Another traveler talked of defecting to a hotel when he discovered he couldn’t sleep there overnight.
ABSOLUTE WORST: HERAKLION INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, GREECE
Tourists flock to Crete for the warm weather and sandy beaches, but Heraklion Airport hits the number one spot when it comes to the SleepinginAirports list of the “worst” in Europe. One report mentioned “stinky” toilet facilities and “dirty” floors, while another claimed to have had an hour-long wait for suitcases. However, one solo female traveler admitted the airport “wasn’t nearly as bad” as she’d expected, despite the uncomfortable seating.
Source: This story was originally published by the MSN