Worst Airport in the World?

World's worst airport


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Yes, A Gloster Meteor. Apparently it's a local aircraft group that "stores" the collection there

This is list of UK Meteors in existance, including one in Hooton (formerly RAF Hooton) in Wirral


T.7 G-BWMF painted as WA591 in 2013
Airworthy

Meteor T.7 WA638 used by Martin-Baker for ejection seat development: non-standard canopy and F.8 tail. 2008
Stored or under restoration
  • Meteor T.7 WF877 is stored at Duxford, Cambridgeshire.[71]
  • Meteor T.7 WS103 of the Fleet Air Arm Museum's reserve collection is stored at Cobham Hall, Yeovilton, Somerset.[72]
  • Meteor NF.14 WS807 of the Jet Age Museum is stored at Gloucestershire Airport.[73]
  • Meteor TT.20 WM292 of the Fleet Air Arm Museum's reserve collection is stored at Cobham Hall, Yeovilton, Somerset.[72]
  • Meteor NF.11 WM167 of the Classic British Jets Collection is being restored to airworthy condition at Bruntingthorpe after making its last flight on 2 January 2019[citation needed]
On display

Meteor T.7 VZ638 at the Gatwick Aviation Museum in 2008.

Meteor T.7 VZ634 at the Newark Air Museum in 2006.

Meteor NF.14 WS739 at the Newark Air Museum in 2006.
My memory is sometimes a bit hazy, but I'm sure that when we did a 40mm Bofors shoot at Tenby, about 1973-75 the target drogue was being towed by a Meteor
 
My memory is sometimes a bit hazy, but I'm sure that when we did a 40mm Bofors shoot at Tenby, about 1973-75 the target drogue was being towed by a Meteor
Bit of thread drift here, but looking at the location of the engines, where the hell did the wing spar go? Come to think of it this would apply to the Comet, and AVRO Jetliner as well.
 

Oyibo

LE
"Avast there, me hearties", or whatever those gaylords in the Navy and RAF say. We have answers from 2015. We can hold our heads high - Luton makes the cut (as well as many other places mentioned on this thread):


 
"Avast there, me hearties", or whatever those gaylords in the Navy and RAF say. We have answers from 2015. We can hold our heads high - Luton makes the cut (as well as many other places mentioned on this thread):


I see Addis gets a mention. It is indeed pretty carp, especially in terms of food and drink choices and even more so in the ‘other’ terminal, but I think it’s overshadowed by the chaos that is Juba. Either you’re in Addis dreading the next flight, or you’re in Addis relieved to get out.
 
"Avast there, me hearties", or whatever those gaylords in the Navy and RAF say. We have answers from 2015. We can hold our heads high - Luton makes the cut (as well as many other places mentioned on this thread):


"Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah King Abdulaziz airport was second on the list – as it was last year - due to passengers’ annoyance at the “crowded, chaotic and unclean” Hajj terminal."

So who gives an actual feck?
 
The following has nothing to do with bad airports, but as there are people who fly about Africa following this thread I thought they might want to read about this South African expat now living in New Brunswick Canada who organised flights to get South Africans and Zimbabweans home who had been stranded all across the Far East as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown.
Riverview newcomer helps South Africans get home from China

He didn't have a government or company backing this. He just did it himself, using his phone, laptop, credit card, and business contacts in Africa.

His name is Tertius Myburgh and has something to do with CemAir. It's a fascinating story and well worth reading. Hat's off to him, I admire his initiative and ability.
 

riksavage

Old-Salt
Flying to Kenya from HK via Mumbai (Bombay) in 1993. Stopover in Mumbai airport. A rat (size of a cat) walked through the airside waiting area, bold as brass, not a care in the world. It was that ******* big It had its own carry on! Locals ignored it. I will never forget the ‘nostril flaring‘ aroma in that airport.

Worst airport - Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Arrival process completed in a tent, luggage dumped on the tarmac! Makes the Lagos airport experience feel like Changi.
 
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OneTenner

LE
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"Avast there, me hearties", or whatever those gaylords in the Navy and RAF say. We have answers from 2015. We can hold our heads high - Luton makes the cut (as well as many other places mentioned on this thread):


The criteria they used doesn't really work though, it's all about 'comfort'. 'facilities', etc. no mention of average cost of bribes, how many 'helpers' will fight over your luggage, how many times your bag will be opened before you see it again, how much does it cost to have each item pushed through the (non-functioning) x-ray scanner, whether personal livestock counts as carry-on baggage etc. etc.
And then there's the airlines, average number of loose seat frames, allocated or scrum seating, will there be windows and how many will leak, will there be enough fuel for the whole flight or will there be a whip-round at an unexpected stop for more fuel because the airline's credit car was maxxed out etc.
No genuine, hairy-arsed traveller of the dark continent cares about the price of a coffee in the club lounge, or how many charging points are in the seating areas!
 
Entebbe was a bit shite in 84 but I think Addis Abeba was the worst. Airport full of locals, nothing wrong with that but shitting on the floor as well as pissing in the corners.

Funny as the national carrier had a new fleet. Nice aircraft. Food service was a bit hit and miss.
Yes, Ethiopian Airlines upgraded their fleet with the money that the government saved whilst Saint Bob was 'feeding Ethiopia'. At that time, the Dergue spent £10million on getting cable TV into Addis Ababa so the grateful populace could watch the 10th anniversary celebrations of them seizing power. I worked for a flight simulator company at the time and we got a request for quote (RFQ) for a flight simulator for Ethiopian Airlines new fleet (upwards of £10million), which raised a few eyebrows. When we were moved up to Crawley, there was a big marketting photograph of a bunch of (obviously) Ethiopians being trained on their new simulator. Always made me smile on my way in to lunch.
 
Cases are rising but are deaths following suit? I'm seeing a cynical attempt to keep things locked down under strict govt control (how very socialist) while the emergency is inflated to extend the controls and enable further looting (once again, how very socialist).
I've been saying this since the March lockdown - it's not so much about controlling the outbreak, more about controlling the populace. Think about it, not one strand of barbed wire, or one guard tower has been needed to achieve removal of our civil rights without a whimper, just fear. The sad thing is, we have allowed them to do it - now they are gone, just try to get them back. There will always be another excuse for the government to keep them - usually 'we are only thinking about your safety'.
 
Bit of thread drift here, but looking at the location of the engines, where the hell did the wing spar go? Come to think of it this would apply to the Comet, and AVRO Jetliner as well.
Same place as a PA34 I should think. Inboard of the engines it's where it should be, outboard it's just stressed metal monocoque construction.
 
"Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah King Abdulaziz airport was second on the list – as it was last year - due to passengers’ annoyance at the “crowded, chaotic and unclean” Hajj terminal."

So who gives an actual feck?
Anyone who has to go through it once a week (in both directions) for three months.....

Post #61 called it, post #175 mirrors the above.
 
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Ritch

LE
For me, the worst airport I've been to is Seattle Tacoma Intl. The staff are very unfriendly, the TSA and customs lot even more so to the point of being aggressive.

The queues in the arrival hall are horrendous no matter what time you arrive. The morning arrival from London regularly turfs you off just after multiple arrivals from Seoul and Tokyo so there are upwards of 900 people in front of you waiting to he seen by three to four border police.
 
I see Addis gets a mention. It is indeed pretty carp, especially in terms of food and drink choices and even more so in the ‘other’ terminal, but I think it’s overshadowed by the chaos that is Juba. Either you’re in Addis dreading the next flight, or you’re in Addis relieved to get out.
They make good trainers though.
 
Yes, Ethiopian Airlines upgraded their fleet with the money that the government saved whilst Saint Bob was 'feeding Ethiopia'. At that time, the Dergue spent £10million on getting cable TV into Addis Ababa so the grateful populace could watch the 10th anniversary celebrations of them seizing power. I worked for a flight simulator company at the time and we got a request for quote (RFQ) for a flight simulator for Ethiopian Airlines new fleet (upwards of £10million), which raised a few eyebrows. When we were moved up to Crawley, there was a big marketting photograph of a bunch of (obviously) Ethiopians being trained on their new simulator. Always made me smile on my way in to lunch.
Lots of shiny new Dreamliners and 737 MAXs. Crews train in the Boeing building on Fleming Way out the back of Thales.

Ditto Kenya Airways.

To be fair, they’re all nice lads and VERY aware of how privileged they are compared to many of their countrymen.
 
For me, the worst airport I've been to is Seattle Tacoma Intl. The staff are very unfriendly, the TSA and customs lot even more so to the point of being aggressive.

The queues in the arrival hall are horrendous no matter what time you arrive. The morning arrival from London regularly turfs you off just after multiple arrivals from Seoul and Tokyo so there are upwards of 900 people in front of you waiting to he seen by three to four border police.
TSA

Thousands Standing Around. Talk to any American and the general consensus is they are wholly staffed by those rejected by McDonalds as unemployable.

I‘ll see your Seattle and raise you Miami. I’m just off to slam my testicles in a drawer (Repeatedly) in a bid to take the edge off the pain of the memories of endless hours of cocking about in that shithole.
 
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Are you saying it doesn’t deserve its plaice in the list?
You’re a dab hand at being a prawn, it was a typo ffs, stop flexing your literary mussels. If you upset him eel clam up. It’s not like he’s the sole offender in floundering with the English language.

Ah, a drawer, just what I neeed.
 

Ritch

LE
TSA

Thousands Standing Around. Talk to any American and the general consensus is they are wholly staffed by those rejected by McDonalds as unemployable.

I‘ll see your Seattle and raise you Miami. I’m just off to slam my testifies in a drawer (Repeatedly) in a bid to take the edge off the pain of the memories of endless hours of cocking about in that shithole.
On my first visit, I had the unfortunate pleasure of meeting Gonzo (that was his name according to his tag) of the Customs and Border Protection. What a thoroughly miserable twat.

When he called "next!" I walked up and said hello which he ignored, snatching my passport out of my hand. He questioned me quite aggressively as to why I was there and what I was going to do whilst in the US.

The only time he looked at me throughout the 5 minutes was at the end when I wished him a pleasant day and thanks for the lovely welcome.
 

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