Do These World Airports Need Upgrades?

Which major airports around the world need major upgrades? “All of them” is not the correct answer or so says Mother Nature Network. But the site does offer some candidates.

World Airports with Problems?

The following quotes are from the Mother Nature airport post but please not that FareCompare cannot independently evaluate upgrade needs. We also know most airports have some good points. If you know more, tell us.

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New York City, USA: LaGuardia

  • What’s supposedly wrong? Much of the airport seems “straight out of the Mad Men era – think overused and outdated, not retro-hip.”
  • More bad news: “The layout is disorganized and fractured.”

Sao Paulo, Brazil: Guarulhos

  • What’s supposedly wrong? “Poor customer service, overpriced food and costly Internet access.” [according to a 2014 passenger survey]
  • More bad news: Terminals are “poorly lit, dirty and overcrowded.”

Nepal: Tribhuvan

  • What’s supposedly wrong? “Dark, dirty and disorganized.”
  • More bad news: “Lack of a coherent security system.”

Manila, Philippines: Ninoy Aquino

  • What’s supposedly wrong? “Floor tiles are broken, check-in and security lines are unbelievably long, bathrooms are dirty, lighting is dim.”
  • More bad news: “Air conditioning works sporadically.”

Paris, France: Beauvais

  • What’s supposedly wrong? “Some people arrive expecting to be in the French capital” but Paris is 50+ miles away.
  • More bad news: “Cramped gates and ticketing areas, a general rundown feel and a lack of user-friendliness.”

Lagos, Nigeria: Murtala Muhammed

  • What’s supposedly wrong: The article cites Jalopnik for this criticism: “It is all-but-necessary to have a fixer to help you through the corruption and chaos.”
  • More bad news: “The airport is cooled by small air conditioning units, most of which don’t work.”

Islamabad, Pakistan: Benazir Bhutto

  • What’s supposedly wrong? “Unusably dirty restrooms, lack of working climate controls and aggressive security staff.”
  • More bad news: The part about the restrooms seems to pretty much cover it.


Updated: August 31, 2015