worst airports in Africa

It is true that Africa has a few good airports, some of which outrank those of them in the United States, but that does not erase the fact that Africa is one of the continents that have the worst airports. This ranking was done based on the condition of general amenities that are always required to be in place in every airport as reported by users. They include things like security services, conveniences, availability of restaurants, accommodation facilities, staff attitudes/customer services, etc. In all these, the airports here have fallen short of providing good services that travellers prefer to avoid them at all costs whenever they have other options. You can only subject yourself to the gory experiences in these airports when you are left with no alternative, but its good to inform you beforehand because to be forewarned is to be forearmed. And in case you must use these horrible and worst airports in Africa, what do you think is going to be the most “vital arm” you are to bring along? Its nothing but lots and lots of patience! Here are the 8 Worst Airports in Africa that everybody would love their first use of them to be the last:

Worst Airports in Africa

8. Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos, Nigeria


The Lagos international airport has had a long-standing reputation of being an unpalatable terminal for travellers. The airport is located at Ikeja near Lagos and was built during World War II. Originally known as Lagos International Airport, it was renamed in the mid-1970s, during the construction of the new international terminal, after a former Nigerian military head of state Murtala Muhammed. During the late 1980s and 1990s, the international terminal had a reputation of being a dangerous airport. From 1992 through 2000, the US Federal Aviation Administration posted warning signs in all US international airports advising travellers that security conditions at Lagos Airport did not meet ICAO minimum standards. Despite the renovations and improvements that have been put into place in recent years, the airport has still not succeeded in wiping its name off the blacklist of “worst airports”.

7. Accra Kotoka International Airport, Ghana


Although the Kotoka Airport is the most reputable in Ghana, that did not in any way help to escape this list as travellers have continued to endure the poor conditions of the airport just because they have very little or no options. Kotoka Airport was renamed from Ghana International Airport, in honour of Lieutenant General Emmanuel Kwasi Kotoka (1926–1967), a member of the ruling National Liberation Council, who was killed in an abortive coup attempt, at a location which is now the forecourt of the airport.

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6. N’Djamena International Airport, Chad


N’Djamena International Airport is an international airport serving N’Djamena, the capital city of Chad. It is the country’s only international airport. The airport has dual-use, with civilian and military installations on opposite sides of the single runway. It is one of the airports in Africa you’ll never want to pass through more than once. The crises in Chad is the major reason for the untold poor conditions of the airport. It is hoped that something will be done to improve the facilities and thereby minimize the woes of frequent users.

5. Luanda Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport, Angola


Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport is the main international airport of Angola. It is located in the southern part of the capital Luanda, situated in the Luanda Province. “Quatro de Fevereiro” means 4 February, which is an important national holiday in Angola, marking the start of the armed struggle against the Portuguese colonial regime on 4 February 1961. In 2009, about 1.8 million passengers were counted. Because of the airports deteriorated conditions, the country is constructing another airport to take its place.

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4. Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport, Tanzania


Julius Nyerere International Airport is the international airport of Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania. It is located about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) southwest of the city centre. The airport has flights to destinations in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. It is named after Julius Nyerere, the nation’s first president. Besides poor floors, bad hygienic conditions and bribery, Tanzania travellers have continued to complain about other inconveniences, especially the lack of air conditioning facilities as a result of the country’s high altitude temperatures and the general transport navigational chaos, limited yet expensive restaurant options, questionable-effective security processes, etc.

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3. Tripoli International Airport, Libya


Tripoli International Airport is an international airport built to serve the capital city of Libya. The airport is located in the area of Qasr bin Ghashir 34 km from central Tripoli. As part of the 2014 Libyan Civil War, the airport was heavily damaged in the Battle of Tripoli. It was reopened for limited commercial use from July 2017. Prior to its complete damage, the availability of facilities and customer services had gone down to the barest minimum such that using the airport became a nightmare for travellers.

2. Kinshasa N’djili International Airport, the Democratic Republic of the Congo

DRC Kinshasa N'Djili Airport Picture II

N’djili Airport also known as N’Djili International Airport and Kinshasa International Airport, serves the city of Kinshasa and is the largest of the four international airports in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It is named after the nearby Ndjili River.

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In 1998, N’Djili airport was the site of one of the decisive battles of the Second Congo War. Rebel forces advancing on Kinshasa infiltrated the airport perimeter but were repulsed by Zimbabwean troops and aircraft arriving to support the government of Laurent Kabila. The airport has barely been maintained or upgraded and is still using the infrastructure built by the Belgians during the colonial era. This has contributed to making it one of the most unpleasant terminals to find oneself.

1. Khartoum International Airport, Sudan


The Khartoum International Airport, Sudan is in its worst state now and ranks the worst airport in many lists of world’s worst airports. Its lack of required facilities has superseded what could be remedied by renovation. That is exactly why the country resorted to building a new one. In July, the Sudanese government signed a $700 million contract to construct a new international airport in Khartoum.

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