Worst Airports in South America 2015

Date: October 17, 2015

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This year's list of worst airports in South America begins with the truly terrible and ends with discomforts found at the world's most remote terminal. The “top” two worst airports are both found in Venezuela, where travellers complain of an absence of chairs, dirty bathrooms, general chaos and little in the way of activities. In Rio de Janeiro's Galeão Airport, seat cushions and general directions are equally as hard to come by, and the overall facilities are a bit dated. However, the biggest headache here comes from trying to get in and out of the airport itself – the two small lanes often leaves traffic around the airport at an utter standstill. Brazil's Manaus international Airport is, by contrast, far less busy and provides only the most basic airport functions as a result. And finally, Mataveri airport on Easter Island rounds off the list. Though its small size does lead to a lack of amenities and frills, it's perhaps understandable given that the nearest city is over 3700km away and the airport receives only one or two flights per day!

These are the Top 5 Worst Airports in South America based on overall airport experience as determined by voters in our 2015 Airport Survey:

  1. Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport, Venezuela (CCS)
  2. Maracaibo La Chinita International Airport, Venezuela (MAR)
  3. Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, Brazil (GIG)
  4. Manaus Eduardo Gomes International Airport, Brazil (MAO)
  5. Easter Island Mataveri International Airport, Chile (IPC)

Continue on to read about the Best Airports in the South America winners!

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