We already know airports are disgusting places full of germs just waiting to get us sick, but there are definitely some airports and airlines that are better than others. Like there are some airports where you just regret leaving your house at all and there are others where you actually had a relatively pleasant time. How Tom Hanks ever lived in one for a whole movie, we’ll never know.
AirHelp, a company that advocates on behalf of air travelers for compensation in cases of delays or cancelations, put together a ranked list of the 141 best and worst airports in the world. The rankings were based on on-time performance, quality of service, and online consumer opinions. So where do people just sit back and enjoy their airport experience and where do people try to crawl into a corner and die?
The 10 best airports of 2018
- 1. Hamad International Airport, Doha (DOH)
- 2. Athens International Airport, Athens (ATH)
- 3. Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Tokyo (HND)
- 4. Cologne Bonn Airport, Cologne, Germany (CGN)
- 5. Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore (SIN)
- 6. Nagoya Chubu Centrair Airport, Nagoya, Japan (NGO)
- 7. Viracopos International Airport, Campinas, Brazil (VCP)
- 8. Amman Queen Alia Airport, Amman, Jordan (AMM)
- 9. Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International Airport, Recife, Brazil (REC)
- 10. Quito International Airport, Quito, Ecuador (UIO)
Sadly no U.S. based airports made the cut so that is a bummer but not too surprising. The only U.S. airport that it made it anywhere near the top 10 is Seattle-Tacoma in 33rd place.
Ashley Raiteri, an industry adviser for AirHelp, told Bloomberg “Different airports deal with different problems,” noting that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta has had many power outages, and airports in the Scandinavian region are often prone to bad weather. “In some places, the local culture can leave people feeling cold,” he added.
On the plus side, no U.S. airports made the bottom 10 so that’s somewhat uplifting.
The 10 worst airports of 2018
- 132. Eindhoven Airport, Eindhoven, Netherlands (EIN)
- 133. Bordeaux Merignac, Bordeaux, France (BOD)
- 134. Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh (EDI)
- 135. Boryspil International Airport, Kiev, Ukraine (KBP)
- 136. Manchester Airport, Manchester, United Kingdom (MAN)
- 137. Stockholm Bromma Airport, Stockholm (BMA)
- 138. Paris Orly, Paris (ORY)
- 139. Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport, Lyon, France (LYS)
- 140. London Stansted Airport, London (STN)
- 141. Kuwait International Airport, Farwaniya, Kuwait (KWI)