Islamabad airport voted the worst in the world: Poll

Published: October 18, 2014
Benazir Bhutto International Airport. PHOTO: APP/ FILE

Benazir Bhutto International Airport. PHOTO: APP/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Benazir Bhutto International airport in Islamabad has been voted as the worst in the world, knocking Manila off the top of the unenviable list, The Independent reported.

According to a poll by the Guide to Sleeping at Airports website, the Islamabad airport was voted as the worst based on comfort, facilities, cleanliness and customer service.

The Worst Airports of 2014 report included a quote from a traveller who compared the airport to a “central prison” because of “aggressive security checks”, crowds and dirt.

“Travellers have also complained about the airport’s inability to handle passengers for over a decade – and thankfully, it seems the end of ISB is near,” the site said.

“A new airport is slated to be completed for mid-2016, which should dramatically improve air travel to the city.”

Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport, in Saudi Arabia follows Islamabad in the list at second place, while Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, in Nepal clocks in at third. Manila, which was knocked off the top slot, now occupies fourth place on the list.

While the appearance of airports from developing countries can be expected, the list also features a number of airports with countries from the European Union and the USA.

From the European contingent, Paris’s Beauvais-Tille International Airport is listed at number six owing primarily to its location, nearly 88 kilometer from the city centre and access restricted to private transport or the airport shuttle.

The Beauvais-Tille shares the slot with Germany’s Frankfurt Hahn International Airport. It one-ups its Parisian counterpart, located 120 km away from Frankfurt city centre.

Bergamo Orio al Serio International Airport in Italy and the Berlin Tegel International Airport in Germany come in at eight and nine on the list respectively.

New York’s LaGuardia International Airport completes the list at 10 for its security lines, drab décor, poor restaurant selection, lackluster cleanliness, counterintuitive layout and the notoriously unhelpful staff.

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Reader Comments (28)

  • Khalid_NJ
    Oct 18, 2014 - 1:26AM

    Cool we are # 1 at something.


  • Moe
    Oct 18, 2014 - 3:38AM

    A very well deserved place.


    Oct 18, 2014 - 7:52AM

    Waste of space


  • Sodomite
    Oct 18, 2014 - 8:10AM

    That’s what matters. WE are Numero UNO.


  • Umair
    Oct 18, 2014 - 9:30AM

    Sad thing is that we don’t care because in our minds we believe we are the best.


  • Tore
    Oct 18, 2014 - 11:50AM

    In 2017 new airport in Islamabad will be ready at Fateh Jhang some km outside Islamabad.

    Then this ranking will be different, but in my oppinion Islamabad airport is better then Jeddah airport which is on second place and katmandu airport (3 rd place)


  • Sindh
    Oct 18, 2014 - 1:13PM

    Whole world is changing even small, small countries are trying to improve these kind of places because first impression is last impression. Couple of months back i got a chance to go to New Delhi. It was business trip and God Swear guys i got shocked when i arrived at Airport. New Airport is so beautiful, world class and well designed. I felt jealous also. Got to know that most of the airports in India also getting new design and furnishing. Hope we will also these kind of improvements in Pakistani. Hope of the Best.


  • Ajeet
    Oct 18, 2014 - 1:36PM

    Islamabad has an airport?


  • Jawad U Rahman
    Oct 18, 2014 - 4:33PM

    It is a bus station pretending to be an airport. Terrible, old building is just the smaller of the problems. The poor planning and management is just appalling. The staff is untrained and uninterested. The signage is from the previous millennium. And, there is hardly any upkeep. This airport is one reason why Pakistan gets such a negative image.


  • kamran Abuzar
    Oct 18, 2014 - 4:48PM

    Corrections* Basically it is not an Airport of some kind, rather it is an Airbase


  • Oct 18, 2014 - 5:24PM

    In my humble opinion, peshawar airport is the worst.


  • wiserneighbour
    Oct 18, 2014 - 5:34PM

    Should check out the new airport in Mumbai. World class!


  • iftikhar Shah Gilani
    Oct 18, 2014 - 11:26PM

    I believe that Islamand Airport was the only Airport in the world where they used to charge entry fee of visitors except passenger and car parking were charged separtely.Recommend

  • pakistani
    Oct 19, 2014 - 12:43AM

    yes.pls read the news again.


  • Obaid Ur Rehman
    Oct 19, 2014 - 12:54AM

    I dont agree with this hypothetical and hear say rather without any footings survey. In such a limited space I tjink it is some of the best airports of the world.lets bet.


  • aka
    Oct 19, 2014 - 1:48AM



  • Sid
    Oct 19, 2014 - 2:36AM

    Why is it a news ?


  • AVMPolpot
    Oct 19, 2014 - 11:39AM

    Congrarulations Pakistan
    It requires talent to be consistently worste.


  • Hailstorm
    Oct 19, 2014 - 12:25PM



  • Prognosticator
    Oct 19, 2014 - 12:31PM

    Looks like a train station.


  • Ahsan Abdullah
    Oct 19, 2014 - 12:41PM

    Why is the new Islamabad gandhara airport over-delayed?


  • Moiz Omar
    Oct 19, 2014 - 1:24PM

    At least we’re #1?


  • Furqan
    Oct 19, 2014 - 2:12PM

    I am sure no African countries airport was in the race. Would have won hands down.


  • chmgaadarr
    Oct 19, 2014 - 3:02PM

    … the worst international airports I have seen are;

    (1) Port Harcourt – Nigeria
    (2) Lagos – Nigeria
    (2) Cairo – Egypt
    (2) Dhaharan – Saudi Arabia
    (3) Jeddah – Saudi Arabia
    (4) Heathrow – United Kingdom
    (5) Charles De Gaulle – Paris
    (6) Abuja – Nigeria

    Islamabad Airport is far better than any of these … in terms of service and ‘time taken to the kerb-side from plane) …


  • chmgaadarr
    Oct 19, 2014 - 3:04PM

    … most of these ‘news-paper’ studies are not scientifically done and not comprehensive … data and structure is easily manipulated …


  • akki
    Oct 19, 2014 - 5:02PM

    Trust me..It is a conspiracy by Indian RAW and Israeli Mossad.Recommend

  • king
    Oct 19, 2014 - 5:20PM

    why nawaz !you don’t go@go nawaz go


  • Amir Iftikhar Warraich
    Oct 24, 2014 - 12:30AM

    Comparatively, Allama Iqbal Airport Lahore is a much better than Islamabad Airport…


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