Bosses at Paris Beauvais airport (which is 80km north of the French capital) are sure to be embarrassed that their airport has once again turned up a list of the world's worst.
Beauvais airport was ranked the ninth worst airport in the world in a survey by travel site “Sleeping at Airports” just ahead of Tashkent International Airport in Uzbekistan, Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal and Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport, Venezuela.
However Beauvais bosses can take some comfort in the fact that the airport came ahead of Juba International Airport in war-torn South Sudan and Port Harcourt International Airport in Nigeria.
And the travel site had some harsh words for the airports that made an appearance.
Photo: Sergio Calleja/Flickr
“The airports that appear on our list of the worst in the world are ones that have the capacity to truly offend travellers. Within these terminals, there appears to be a general disinterest in a positive traveller experience.”
All the airports on the list were ranked according to eight categories: Comfort, services, food options, immigration/security, customer service, cleanliness, navigation and ease of transit and sleepability.
As for Beauvais airport, used mainly by Irish airline Ryanair as its Paris hub, the travel site gave some some words of advice for travellers who venture to the airport.
“Planning will make your time here significantly more pleasant” said the site, highlighting that the airport is over 90 minutes away from central Paris.
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It advised travellers “to note that it closes from 11pm to 6am, and nearby hotels are not budget-friendly. If you have an early morning flight and you are planning to go to the airport the night before to sleep in the terminal – don't do it!”
Finally it said, “Be aware that the airport itself is extremely basic, offering a few dining options inside two bare-bones terminals. With these three facts in mind, consider whether buying a ticket from one of the budget airlines that serve BVA is worth it to you – and if it is, come prepared.”
One person who responded to the survey had some stern words for Beauvais: “That damn airport closes it's two terminals between 10.45pm and 6am. Your only options are to wait the night on an uncomfortable steel bench outside or walk around the parking to keep warm.”
Boarding lounge at Paris Beauvais. Photo: ERIC SALARD/Flickr
But while airports bosses will be far from happy, it's unlikely to be much of a surprise, with Beauvais featuring on the annual list in previous years.
Indeed in 2013, The Local reported that the airport had been ranked fifth worst in the world, with Manila NAIA (Terminal 1) taking the bottom spot.