Islamabad airport ranked 9th worst in the world

Published: October 21, 2015


The Benazir Bhutto International airport in Islamabad has been named among the worst airports in the world, according to a new survey.

A survey conducted by Sleeping in Airports has ranked Islamabad airport on number nine on a list of the world’s 10 worst airports in 2015.

The survey asked travelers to rate their airport experiences based on the services and facilities available within the terminal, cleanliness, customer service, comfort and their overall airport experience.

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Here’s a look at the world’s worst airports:

1) Port Harcourt International Airport, Nigeria (PHC)

2) Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia (JED)

3) Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal (KTM)

4) Tashkent International Airport, Uzbekistan (TAS)

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5) Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport, Venezuela (CCS)

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6) Port au Prince Toussaint Louverture International Airport, Haiti (PAP)

7) Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan (KBL)

8) Ho Chi Minh City Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport, Vietnam (SGN)

9) Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Pakistan (ISB)

10) Paris Beauvais-Tille International Airport outside Paris, France (BVA)

This article originally appeared on Sleeping In Airports

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Harshvardhan
    Oct 21, 2015 - 12:10PM

    No commentsRecommend

  • surprised
    Oct 21, 2015 - 2:47PM

    Surprised to see french airport in this list.Recommend

  • sara
    Oct 21, 2015 - 3:23PM

    very unfortunate but its true islamabad airport is very pathetic even railway stations are better than this.Government should pay special attention to it but they are happy in only changing the name.Recommend

  • JA
    Oct 21, 2015 - 3:23PM


  • Hasan
    Oct 21, 2015 - 3:27PM

    It is. I recently visited Islamabad and I absolutely fell in love with the city. To the point that I am considering moving there in the future. However, that airport is such a disgrace to a great city.Recommend

  • N.Sid
    Oct 21, 2015 - 4:10PM

    Current Islamabad airport is an airforce base turned into a makeshift airport, at Chaklala. The new, better, bigger, high end modern airport is coming up, will be ready in 2 year time, hopefully. You can google search ‘new Islamabad airport’ and open it in images.
    And yes, hope they name it Gandhara Airport and not associate it with any political figure.Recommend

  • GKA
    Oct 21, 2015 - 4:46PM

    Pakistan clubbed with Haiti and Port Harcourt ?Recommend

  • Oct 21, 2015 - 5:14PM

    In contrast to this India’s three international Airport airports of New Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai are ranked 8th , 9th &10th BEST AIRPORTS of Asia by the same survey. efforts should be made to surpass them instead.Recommend

  • Waseem Sarwar
    Oct 21, 2015 - 6:27PM

    Islamabad’s new airport is on it’s way but current airport is surely in pathetic conditions. Speed up the work on new one dear government. The other issue of such condition is that no VIP uses that airport anyway. Chaklala is a beautiful airport and very secure and close to Islamabad anyway. Recommend

  • Mrs HighBall
    Oct 21, 2015 - 6:34PM

    @N.Sid: This airport has been work in progress for the last 10 years !! What gives ? Almost as bad as India’s Tejas jetfighter program.Recommend

  • harry
    Oct 21, 2015 - 6:45PM

    I agree 100% with this. Islamabad airport has the worst customer service in the world. The staff and all the security personnel working over there are looking to make a quick buck by hook or by crook. They will open your luggage; rummage through it, tease you, talk to you rudely, charge you money in the name of tax, look through your passport to look for some anomaly, just to name a few things. I have always had a bad experience at this airport. Now if you go through VIP (Rawal lounge) it is a slightly different story. The staff at the capital of Pakistan’s airport epitomize the culture prevalent in the rest of the country. Recommend

  • Atif
    Oct 21, 2015 - 11:15PM

    The airport has really bad customer service I have experienced myself airport security and FIA staff being rude with Pakistani nationals while giving VIP treatment to foreigners. Do not get me wrong I welcome foreigners but it is rude for airport staff to mistreat Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Patriot
    Oct 21, 2015 - 11:19PM

    See i told you, Islamabad is just like ParisRecommend

  • Wow
    Oct 22, 2015 - 4:38AM


  • Mubashir
    Oct 22, 2015 - 4:54AM

    Frankly this is embarrassing. We collect so much billions of dollars of aid money from USA. We could have used the money to improve these things. Recommend

  • ajeet
    Oct 22, 2015 - 8:41AM

    @Mrs HighBall:
    You could have brought it from your iron brother and repainted it as the Chinese airports are better instead of copying the defence items alone.Recommend

  • JAM
    Oct 22, 2015 - 9:55AM

    impact of its name.Recommend

  • Haroon Rashid
    Oct 22, 2015 - 12:02PM

    But we have nuclear weapons ! Recommend

  • hz
    Oct 22, 2015 - 12:43PM

    I visited Ho Chi Minh only last month and its one of the best ones… there’s flaw in the report….Recommend

  • Imran zia
    Oct 22, 2015 - 2:46PM

    it is offcourse the worst of all as somebody stole my brand new Ipad from the ticket counter.and when i asked the authorities to check in the security camera they said the counter is in the blind spot.Recommend

  • Stranger
    Oct 22, 2015 - 7:01PM

    Beauvais is a very small airport. Only a handful of flights go from there. It should not even be considered for this list . Recommend

  • Oct 22, 2015 - 7:22PM

    Islamabad is the beautiful city and its airport is otherwise, demonstrate the lake of the responsibles care, all the VIPs arrive and leave from this airport ,but not take interest of its management .the airport of a country is the fisrt impression for a newcommer,which gives an over all look of the management, devotion and prosperity of the country ,what massage deliver ,when any one come to pakistan ,while landing Islamabad.Recommend

  • Bilal Mehmud
    Mar 2, 2016 - 3:21PM

    I lost a flight to Dubai due to the fact I could not enter the departure door, there were six or seven flights at the same time and poor airport was not able to handle the load.Recommend

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