The Worst European Airports

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Which European airport guarantees the worst experience? Which has the longest security lines, the craziest gate transfers, or the most disorganized baggage claim?

We chuckled our way through Elisabeth Rosenthal’s piece in last Friday’s International Herald Tribune in which she gives results of her own unscientific poll. The results:

1) London Heathrow
“Hands down the worst” cited by “100 percent of respondents.” An airport so massive that passengers are forced to sprint between gates, and hampered by an inconvenient one-bag carry-on limit through security.

2) Charles de Gaulle
The Paris airport features “Gaulle-ing conditions,” look-alike terminals, and a confusing layout that makes you feel like you’re “in an Escher print.”

3) Rome Fiumicino and Frankfurt
Tied for “dishonorable mention,” one featuring “dirty conditions” and the other offering a miles-long “rainbow” subterranean tunnel.

The piece was in response to a new survey of the best airports in the world, put out recently by the air travel research firm Skytrax. To be fair, four European airports (Munich, Zurich, Amsterdam, and Madrid) did make the top ten list.

But that list is hardly as funny.

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Tom Meyers

About the author: Tom Meyers created and launched EuroCheapo from his Berlin apartment in 2001. He returned to New York in 2002, set up office, and has led the EuroCheapo team from the Big Apple ever since. He travels to Europe several times a year to update EuroCheapo's hotel reviews. Tom is also a co-host of the New York City history podcast, The Bowery Boys. Email Tom. [Find Tom on Google Plus]

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