Port Harcourt International Airport has been ranked as the worst airport in the world by SleepingInAirports, a website that reviews the best and worst airports in the world.
The airport was one of the five approved for remodeling by the Federal Government in 2010 in a project that was reported to cost N90 billion. When, then Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi alleged in 2013 that the FG had abandoned the project, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) General Manager Corporate Communictions, Yakubu Dati denied, saying 90 percent of the entire job had been completed.
However, SleepingInAirports 2015 Airport Survey showed Port Harcourt International Airport to be the world’s worst.
Every year, SleepingInAirports conducts a survey asking travellers to rate their airport experiences based on the services and facilities available within the terminal, cleanliness, customer service, comfort and their overall airport experience.
“Those that top our charts for worst airports in the world collected the most negative feedback from voters over the past year. These airports fall flat in terms of providing any kind of enjoyable overall airport experience. Instead, they’re dirty, uncomfortable, unfriendly and lack the most basic of services and amenities. They elicit passionate critiques from those who visit them, and countless warnings for future travellers to avoid these places at all costs,” SleepingInAirports said on its website.
Voters suggested that apart from being the worst airport in the world, Port Harcourt Airport should also win the title of most corrupt airport in the world.
“The terminal’s unpleasant and unhelpful staff help to earn it this trifecta of atrocious awards. With virtually no seating, broken air-conditioning and a tent for an Arrivals Hall, it was a struggle for many voters to pass the minimum required amount of time here. The good news is that some areas of the terminal have been recently renovated, meaning you can expect actual walls, floors and windows. Though it is a far cry from reasonable, improvements are being made,” SleepinInAirports noted.
Other Airports on the list of world’s worst are:
Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia (JED)
Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal (KTM)
Tashkent International Airport, Uzbekistan (TAS)
Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport, Venezuela (CCS)
Port au Prince Toussaint Louverture International Airport, Haiti (PAP)
Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan (KBL)
Ho Chi Minh City Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport, Vietnam (SGN)
Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Pakistan (ISB)
Paris Beauvais-Tille International Airport outside Paris, France (BVA)