Traveling by air can be a great pleasure or it can be a terrible nightmare. Some of the best and the worst experiences related to air travel do not take place in the air but on the ground, at the airports!
Frommer’s Travel Guide has compiled a list of the best airports and the worst. If at all possible, you will wish to avoid taking off or landing at the bad ones.
According to the article, the terminal designated as the best one in the world was the Hajj Terminal in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is only open for six weeks each year and is used by Muslims making a pilgrimage to Mecca.
Another terminal which was deemed to be excellent by Frommer’s is the Leifur Eiriksson Air Terminal. It is located in Keflavik, Iceland. Both of these top two terminals won excellent marks because they were visually stunning, well-organized, and very clean.
Of course, there are also some very bad terminals that airplane passengers will want to avoid.
One of the most hated is the Paris-Charles de Gaulle terminal in Paris, France. Travelers dislike this terminal because the bathrooms are dirty, the scanning machines do not work properly, and there are not enough signs to tell tourists where they need to be heading. In the year 2012, 5.3 million passengers passed through this terminal.
The Heathrow terminal in London is notoriously inefficient. Parking is very difficult and in many cases, passengers need to run to catch a connecting flight. There are long lineups for security and the equipment in the terminal is often broken down. Heathrow services 190,000 incoming and outgoing passengers per day.
Airline passengers who wish to avoid having problems when they are traveling should make an effort to avoid the airports that have the worst reputations. It’s easy to check the reputation of most terminals online as there are many clips describing these reputations like for example here .
After researching world airports and terminals, savvy travelers will make alternative arrangements to land and depart elsewhere, if they do not like where their plans are taking them. Although sometimes it just can’t be avoided!
Your heart really has to go out to those who really have no choice and must land and takeoff from wherever they are supposed to… that is the pilots and crew of the airplane! Although experience will teach them what they should do, and what they should avoid at certain terminals, it must be a tough learning process that takes time to know.
So the next time we travel we have to really give thanks to those pilots and crew that are flying the plane contributing to a pleasant experience in the air, even though it may not be as pleasant on the ground!
By Ken L. Larizza
Have you ever dreamed of flying an aircraft or piloting your own plane as a career choice or as a hobby?
Did you ever wonder what it takes to become a pilot?
If so, please click here now to grab a FREE REPORT on how to get your pilot’s license and learn how to fly!