Anyone who loves travelling, or loves someone who loves travelling, spends a lot of time in airports. Yet how often do you take the time to appreciate the complexity and scale of where you’re standing? Sure, we rate airports by the kind of hospitality and retail they offer. But what about what we don’t see? What aspects of the airport keep things ticking so smoothly whilst we’re enjoying our coffees and waiting for our flights to depart? Here we take a look under the surface of the airport, seeing the hidden efforts that make them so effective and so amazing. Read more
I always get anxious before flying. Always have, always will. Although flying is safer than driving and more accidents happen while you are on a journey by car than by plane, the anxiety remains with you. However, the thought that you are in the air and if anything happens you cannot ask the pilot to ‘drop you off at the next stop’ is very unsettling.
Ironically, although flying gives me the creeps, I love being in airports. The feeling that I get whenever I receive someone who’s coming to visit or the thought of a new destination awaiting for me always relaxes me. Of course, this also depends on the airport you’re in. Believe it or not, not all airports give you a warm, fuzzy feeling when you are inside. Some make you want to jump in the first plane you see and ask the captain to take you anywhere. And fast!
Which ones do you think are the worst airports in Europe? We’ve done some research and this is the result!
1. Charles de Gaulle, Paris – While everyone dreams of visiting Paris and its assets, the welcoming is not that great. Apparently the French are so stubborn that they don’t care much about speaking English in an INTERNATIONAL airport. ‘Why come to France if you don’t know French?’ This will get you in a bit of a pickle especially if you book flights with connections. Always make sure that you have enough time between connections or else you will find yourself lost and unable to find your way out (the signs are quite poor and airport employees are not that helpful). In addition to this, the restrooms are not maintained properly enhancing the feeling of dinginess and the airport tends to get really hot in the summer and quite cold in the winter. So beware! Read more