I am a sucker for slide shows that show the top 10 worst or best in anything related to travel. These lists can be very subjective, so I was ready to pounce when I saw that the Frommer’s travel site had made their picks. I agree with some, and disagree with others.
Of the ones I’ve been in, they were spot on with Newark Terminal B, US Airways’ LaGuardia Airport terminal, Paris Charles de Gaulle Terminal 3 and Delta’s JFK Airport Terminal 3 — fondly known as the Third World Port. But I disagreed with their pick of Chicago Midway, finding it to be a nice little airport with a great sense of place. Below are some of my own picks for the worst airport terminals.
- Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The city deserves better than this. The airport has outdated concessions and a very bland, 1060s look. The city has been arguing for decades over airport upgrades, with no end in sight.
- Garuda Indonesia’s terminal at Jakarta’s Soekarno–Hatta International Airport. I was last there in 1994, but the place was a dump. It was dark and badly laid out.
- São Paulo/Guarulhos–Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport. I’m told they are upgrading this airport in time for the 2016 Olympics. My advice would be to tear it down and start from scratch. This airport is old, dark, dank and not very passenger friendly.
- Lima, Peru’s Jorge Chávez International Airport. I actually smelled this airport more than I saw it. When I was there in the late 1990s, the airport was literally next to a large garbage dump. And it seemed to be coated in cigarette smoke. Not a good look for a country’s main airport.
- TIE – The old Terminal Bs at Sacramento International and San Antonio International airports. Kudos to both of these facilities for upgrading these respective terminals, which were both frozen in the 1960s.
So I ask you, dear readers — what are some of your nightmare airport terminals? Why are they so bad?