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    What's the shittiest airport in the world?

    Talking about international ones, not some dust track and tin shack in remote Africa...

    For me, Paris CDG has got to be the shittiest of all international airports.... Just shite... When you need to make a connection you have to fight to get on a couple of buses, get shunted all the way round the airport and then end up about 100 yards from where you started.... Even the lounges are shite in CDG...

    Schipol and Hong Kong are up there with the best IMO..

    What do you reckon?

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    Any place that still makes you cue up to pay departure tax.

    I mean even Bangkok has got that sorted now.....so why not Auckland?

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    I used to spend way to many hours at Chiang Kai-shek IAP in Taipei. It used to be the crappiest, most unfriendly, dimly lit, hard chair, horrible food airport on earth.

    They've made great strides over the past five years and now it's merely pretty bad.

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    San Francisco is pretty bad. It's possibly the ugliest airport I've ever been to. London Heathrow is bad too - I hate traveling long distances between terminals, and what's even worse, having to get on a tram to get to a terminal (LHR is guilty on both counts).

    The one in Taipei is shit as well --- it's small, and there's absolutely nothing to do. Ho Chi Minh is like that too.

    I'd agree that the best is Schipol in Amsterdam. Every few gates they have a bar serving up Heineken on draft. Incheon in Seoul is pretty good too. It's really big, but very easy to get around. Tons of shops and internet cafes so you can kill time while waiting for your flight.
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    Gander, New foundland. That place was desperate. One shop that sold it all and little cafe.

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    I'll have to agree with CDG. Huge walks and no signs.

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    London Heathrow takes my vote.

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    Oh I forgot one. Honolulu, Hawaii --- this takes the cake as the shittiest airport I've ever been to. First off, when I went to BKK from Honolulu the departure gate was somewhere in an underground garage -- I shit you not. Secondly, when you arrive in Honolulu you have to walk about a mile around the airport to actually get to the baggage area, and then finally to the exit. It makes no sense.

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    Kulusuk international airport East Greenland.......Nothing in the entire world even comes close to that..

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    Mexico City.
    You gotta walk miles from the Domestic to International departure gates thru swarms of people...

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    Dakka Bangladesh !

    Absolute pits in all respects!

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    Forgot Delhi. I never flew into or out of there, but went to go pick up a friend. Oh the humanity! or lack of Never saw luggage so big.

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    Bucarest International airport. And the Tarom of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock View Post
    Any place that still makes you cue up to pay departure tax.

    I mean even Bangkok has got that sorted now.....so why not Auckland?
    You pay departure tax in NZ

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    Quote Originally Posted by rawlins View Post
    Talking about international ones, not some dust track and tin shack in remote Africa...


    What do you reckon?
    you spoilt my day there, I was going to mention Bioko in Equatorial Guinea

    The terminal consists of a concrete toilet block, dismal dirty grey, prob painted white a long time ago, no windows. Just a mass of humanity fighting to get their bags from a concrete bin, far too small for the large plane that has recently disgorged them.

    Mind you, that is charming compared to trying to get out; the thugs (immigration officers) are determined to search your bags before checking in, not for contraband (there is little to take out) but for items they chance upon that they then slip into their voluminous pockets with a twisted grin. No complaints there


    There is a presidential terminal nearby, a beautiful glass and cement structure that gleams in the sunlight, but that is only for the president, sorry.


    From the outset, President Francisco Macías Nguema, considered the father of independence, began a brutal reign, destroying the economy of the fledgling country and abusing human rights. Calling himself the “Unique Miracle,” Nguema is considered one of the worst despots in African history. In 1971, the U.S. State Department reported that his regime was “characterized by abandonment of all government functions except internal security, which was accomplished by terror; this led to the death or exile of up to one-third of the population.” In 1979, Nguema was overthrown and executed by his nephew, Lieut. Col. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. Obiang has been gradually modernizing the country but has retained many of his uncle's dictatorial practices, including the amassing of personal wealth by siphoning it from the public coffers. In 2003, state radio compared him to God
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    Quote Originally Posted by cimboc View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock View Post
    Any place that still makes you cue up to pay departure tax.

    I mean even Bangkok has got that sorted now.....so why not Auckland?
    You pay departure tax in NZ
    Wouldn't be a good Nanny State w/out taxing to the max, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happyman
    Dakka Bangladesh !
    Seconded. A real wonder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    Forgot Delhi. I never flew into or out of there, but went to go pick up a friend. Oh the humanity! or lack of Never saw luggage so big.
    The worst I have been to so far was Dubai but I have not been to Delhi and don't plan to though I have heard and seen pictures what a terrible place that is.

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    Dhaka Intl., Bangladesh. Don't even think of going within 50 meters of the dunnies, imagine gallons of stale vindaloo swilling around & you'll get an idea. A real-time flight arrival/departures board might be nice.

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    Brunei, its crap, not the worst by any means but jesus, you can't even buy a beer and the food you get is pure swill, they have free wifi now, but mostly it doesn't work and the bitches aren't worth a look.

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    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

    Upon arrival you can expect to stand in the immigration queue for up to 2 hours. Just what you want at 2 am.

    Can't buy a beer there either.

    After that it just gets worse.

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    ^You need to post more often Tiz.

    I honestly believe your insights and comprehension of world events are truely a step above the din.




    Your av aint bad either.

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    Turkministan. Shit hole. Second to Amsterdam

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    Anyone ever go through the old Beijing airport?

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    Sofia.

    Flew in there from the Maldives - apart from the air hostesses on Balkan Air having more facial hair than Grizzly Adams the flight in was memorable because many of us got sick. There was a 3 or 4 hour wait for the connecting flight, however at the airport you just couldn't go to the toilet as the stench was unbearable. Only when people were at the brink of shitting themselves would they attempt to enter the toilets. I was retching and hard swallowing at a distance of 5 odd meters from the toilets so I knew I wouldn't be able to survive in there. Also ,there were no seats.

    When the plane eventually boarded there was a stampede to the toilets.

    Fortunately, I had a pair of cleanish kegs to replace my rather soiled ones.

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