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Africa : Angola : Luanda : LAD


3 hours of hell

by web-administrator (December, 2016)

Pros: -
Cons: -

(Guest Review by David) The worst airport I have ever had the misfortune of spending any time in, possibly only topped by Lagos, Nigeria. Dirty everywhere walls, floors, chairs and especiallythe toilets. All staff I had the displeasure of interacting with were lazy, unhelpful, unpleasant, rude and in some cases threatening. Ensure you have a Yellow fever card or expect to pay u100-500 cash fine. Hardly any amenities in waiting areas (was is there is overpriced - 5 Euros for a bad coffee ). Manual Security search even if you remain in transit to another international destination ! Wrong boarding gates indicated on the flight information board. Avoid if you can.

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12h sleepless

by hmendes (October, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Weather/airline delay
Where: Airside
Pros: none
Cons: Bar closes at 12pm and opens at 6am, very unconfortable hard rubber chairs,

To many cons in this experience, unconfortable airport in all ways, temperature, smell, space.. Rude staff, no information about our flight delay during 10h. When i ask for a responsible, they told me that 'if not appeared until now, there is because there isn't'.

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Everyone needs to be sent for training

by SiboK (November, 2010)

Where: Landside and Airside

Staff from police to immigration officials are rude, you are made to feel like a criminal, (but airport staff around the world are the same particularly in the UK, Australia and US). In Luanda they operate at a snail pace, they sleep on the job, checking in is done manually, oh police officers conduct body searches where your wallet is opened and they take away any local money you might have on you. WTF. Visitors are not allowed to leave the country with the Kwanzas. No explanation given.

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by web-administrator (January, 2005)

Where: Landside and Airside

(Contributed by Garlic) - "A truly bizarre place. Check-in takes HOURS - at least 4 hours for an economy class seat on the daily flight back to Johannesburg (which is why you arrive at the airport 4-5 hours before departure). There is hope, however. Fly business / first class and you get through in minutes. Pay US20 and you get access to the VIP lounge. Included in this price were 2 drinks and some crisps. Best money I ever spent. As for the rest of the airport - dark, dingy, overcrowded and devoid of any creature comforts. Duty free shop selling booze was the only "service" open, although there were display windows for other shops which simply never opened. In the general waiting area there were very few seats at all. I believe a new airport is being built. It can only be an improvement.Arrivals are no better - the hall is a stereotypical airport hellhole, with no signage, paint peeling off the ceiling and armed guards with big guns staring at passengers rather coldly. If you travel there on business, best you be working for one of the multinational oil companies. They manage to get people into the customs & immigration area who will see to it that you do not have to endure the lengthy immigration process, as well as the subsequent customs bribery attempts (the officials ask, brashly, for "gifts"). If you do not have someone to help you through, a very bold and authoratative sounding NO seems to do the trick." Added 31 Dec 05

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