Three Nigerian airports have been ranked among the 10 worst in Africa with the Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers State topping the list.
A survey conducted by a travel website, Sleeping in Airports, which was released on Saturday, also named the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja the seventh worst airport on the continent, while the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos was ranked 10th.
According to the website, respondents’ main complaints about the airports centred on corruption, crowds, chaos, confusion and uncleanliness.
It noted that lack of standard facilities, if any at all, was a common predicament in the listed airports, and advised would-be passengers not to rely on the airports for entertainment or customer satisfaction.
A statement on the website read in part, “One look at the interior of the worst airports in Africa was often enough to convince our voters to splurge on a nearby hotel. Top complaints generally revolved around corruption, crowds, chaos, confusion and a total lack of cleanliness – five Cs an airport definitely does not want to be associated with.
“Amenities across the board are decidedly scarce if not entirely non-existent, and many airports’ architecture verges on decrepit. You’ll want to arrive in these terminals equipped with your own snacks, your own entertainment, lots of patience and definitely a sense of humour.”
Also listed in the survey are the Khartoum International Airport, Sudan (2), Kinshasa N’djili International Airport, Democratic Republic of the Congo (3), Juba International Airport, South Sudan (4), and Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport, Djibouti (5).
Others are the Mombasa Moi International Airport, Kenya (6), Luanda Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport, Angola (8) and Douala International Airport, Cameroon (9).
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