In what won’t come as a surprise to many readers, Beauvais-Tillé International Airport has been named the tenth worst in the world and the worst in Europe in a survey by The Guide to Sleeping in Airports travel website.
The facility, mainly used by low-cost carrier Ryanair, rubs shoulders with airports including Saigon’s Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport and Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Pakistan in the annual survey which is based on user reviews.
The site ranks airports based on four categories: “comfort, convenience, cleanliness and customer service”.
And clearly users aren’t happy with the Paris contribution to the list.
“If the seventh circle of Hell were a place on earth, it would be ‘Paris’ Beauvais-Tillé,” one reviewer told The Guide to Sleeping in Airports.
Other reviewers listed grievances including a lack of chairs and unhelpful staff, while a shortage of toilets and poor hygiene standards also raised the ire of passengers at the facility which dubs itself “the smart airport”.
Readers of The Local, meanwhile, seemed put out by the sheer (90km) distance from Paris.
@olivergee23 Was there once, years ago. Had to get a coach from a random carpark in a Paris suburb. I thought we'd gone into Belgium.
— David Jørgensen (@misterjorgensen) October 22, 2015
@TheLocalFrance It was years ago, but I yelled at the airline saying, “This isn't Paris” LOL.
— E. Dacey-Fondelius (@Fondacey) October 22, 2015
At best, the airport “in what is plausibly a sparsely furnished converted factory with pre-fabricated ‘temporary’ 10-year old extension” appears to be functional.
@TheLocalFrance worked well enough. No frills, no service, like dining at a vending machine.
— Michael Harrington (@goodbyeharan) October 22, 2015
For the bosses at Beauvais airport, there is, however, one silver lining, albeit it a small one .The facility, it seems, is on the up. Last year it was ranked four places lower as the sixth worst in the world.
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