About a week ago, CNN published an article of the World’s Worst Airports, and Port Harcourt Airport topped this list. In the article, the airport was described as having unhelpful and unpleasant staff, lack of seating, broken AC, and a tent for an arrival hall.
List of Worst Airports:
1. Port Harcourt International Airport (Nigeria)
2. King Abdulaziz International Airport (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
3. Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu, Nepal)
4. Tashkent International Airport (Uzbekistan)
5. Simon Bolivar International Airport (Caracas, Venezuela)
6. Toussaint Louverture International Airport (Port au Prince, Haiti)
7. Hamid Karzai International Airport (Kabul, Afghanistan)
8. Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
9. Benazir Bhutto International Airport (Islamabad, Pakistan)
10. Beauvais-Tille International Airport (Paris)
The FAAN (Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria) however are not thrilled about this ranking, and have released a statement to air their irrelevances:
Our stand is that the said ranking was unfounded as it did not take cognizance of the fact that the airport terminal was still undergoing remodeling. Some of its terminal operations are still conducted in a temporary structure.
Apart from this, construction work is also in progress at the site of the new international terminal. We believe that operations at such an airport where construction work is going on simultaneously with normal flight and related operations cannot be as conducive as in those airports where there are no on-going construction projects.
Neither can environments at such different scenarios be equally clean, the statement added.
We wish to assure all passengers, airline operators and other airport users that services at our airports are delivered at recommended international standards that ensure safety, security and comfort.
While we regret any inconvenience experienced at these airports, including Port Harcourt International Airport, due to on-going construction projects, we promise that services at these airports will surely get better at the completion of these projects.