For a pretty city, Sao Paulo has an airport that consistently ranks among the worst world-wide.
You know those vacations where it seems like everything that could go wrong, does? Factor in these abysmally-ranked airports and there is one flop of a travel experience. Check out these worst airports and if possible, try to steer clear of them.
1. Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International, São Paulo, Brazil
Long immigration lines, over-priced food and drinks and unannounced gate changes await travelers at Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International. Handling 36 million passengers in 2013, the airport, also known as Cumbica Airport, is the busiest airport in Latin America, spelling trouble for flyers with no time to waste. But it gets worse: The outdated facility is understaffed, and 3 out of 5 flights don't leave on-time, according to Forbes. Sao Paulo-Guarulhos has plans to add runways and terminals, leaving passengers only hoping it happens soon.
2. Chicago Midway International, Chicago, U.S.
In the Windy City, Midway International Airport might as well blame its delayed departures on the elements. This airport ranked among the nation's worst for on-time departures in the federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics data. Despite its new food court and frequent subway connection to downtown Chicago, the airport seems to constantly serve as a sort of purgatory for passengers, who have a tendency to wait hours for the boarding signal.
3. Perth Airport, Perth, Australia
The domestic terminals at Perth Airport are home of two-hour taxi-line queues, and the check-in lines are said to be equally frustrating, CNN reported. Perth's flights can be crippled by just three aircraft arriving within 20 minutes of each other. On top of labeling the airport as an eyesore, some passengers have received their luggage dripping wet due to a lack of cover in the rain. The sub-par service doesn't help either.
4. John F. Kennedy International, New York, U.S.
It's a less-than-special greeting for foreigners who are visiting the U.S. for the first time. John F. Kennedy has mid-century terminals and a reportedly sassy ground staff. Travelers should beware of people outside pretending to be cab drivers. As an international hub, JFK sometimes reflects New York City's wider dirtiness – the doors to some of the women's bathroom stalls won't close and the ground is covered in paper.
5. Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris, France
Right alongside JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle has grimy washrooms with missing toilet seats. Many travelers can't understand the puzzling circular layout and tunnel-like structures that have led some passengers to wait in the wrong queue. The staff is dismissive, and as one flyer pointed out, they know English but refuse to use it. The upside? The Charles De Gaulle Airport hotels are accommodating and could try to help passengers forget about their airport experience.
6. N'Djamena International Airport, Chad, Africa
This airport has an insect problem. USA Today reported that the departure lounge was crawling with bugs, which passengers have to sweep and kick off. Don't put your bags down while you're waiting, otherwise you might take home some new friends. The open-bag security check held outside is another headache, as it only helps to draw more bugs around the infested airport. Tip: Travel with bug spray.
7. Jomo Kenyatta International, Kenya, Africa
Although Nairobi's airport was built to support about 2.5 million passengers, the hub now averages about double that, according to Frommer's. In 2005, the Kenyan government announced plans to expand the airport, but those plans have not been accomplished yet. Don't be surprised by power cuts. Passengers should watch about for scam artists who tend to inhabit the grounds of the facility.