Revealed! The most misleading airport names in Europe

Skyscanner has revealed the top ten airports with the most misleading names in Europe. Paris Vatry Disney, Munich Memmingen and London Oxford all feature.Vatry.com

Anyone who has flown "no frills" will have direct experience of taking airport names with a pinch of salt. Fly to Barcelona Girona, for example, and you'll find yourself nearly 60 miles from the city itself. Even London Stansted, at 40 miles away from the capital, is stretching it a bit.

But Ryanair's announcement that it will be using the new "Paris-Vatry Disney Airport" - which is 93 miles away from Paris and 73 miles from Europe's favourite theme park - has apparently beaten all records. It also promises to be Europe's longest airport bus shuttle: it's an estimated four hours to the centre of Paris.

Budget airlines often use secondary airports because they have lower operational costs, but some carriers, not least Ryanair, have come under fire for giving airports misleading names, as they are often so far away from the city they claim to serve.

Skyscanner has just released its top list of European airports with misleading names and it makes interesting reading.

Sam Baldwin from Skyscanner says: "If you fly to an airport with Paris in the name, you would expect it to be somewhere near Paris, but 93 miles isn't what you would call close. It's the equivalent of wanting to fly to London, but actually landing in Northampton."

Top 15 most misleadingly named airports
  1. Paris-Vatry (Disney) - 93 miles (150km) from central Paris (and 70 miles (112km) from Disneyland Paris)
  2. Munich West (Memmingen) - 70 miles (112km) from central Munich
  3. Oslo (Torp) - 68 miles (110km) from central Oslo
  4. Frankfurt (Hahn) - 68 miles (110km) from central Frankfurt
  5. London (Oxford) - 60 miles (97km) from central London
  6. Stockholm (Skavsta) - 59 miles (95km) from central Stockholm
  7. Barcelona (Girona) - 58 miles (94km) from central Barcelona
  8. Barcelona (Reus) - 58 miles (94km) from central Barcelona
  9. Paris (Beauvais ) - 55miles (88km) from central Paris
  10. Dusseldorf (Weeze) - 50 miles (80 km) from central Dusseldorf
  11. London (Stansted) - 40 miles (64km) from central London
  12. London (Southend) - 40 miles (64km) from central London
  13. Tokyo (Narita) - 37 miles (60km) from central Tokyo
  14. Verona (Brescia) - 33 miles (53km) from central Verona
  15. Glasgow (Prestwick) - 32 miles (51km) from central Glasgow


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The NAIA in Manila has been voted as the 2011 world's worst airport by users of the online travel website The Guide to Sleeping in Airports (sleepinginairports.net), based on reader reviews and poll votes. The website listed reasons such as safety concerns, theft, poor facilities, bribery and lack of comfortable seating. One reader said: 'You will not want to even close your eyes here! Bribery and theft exists. Airport taxes are collected, but the money does not seem to go towards the betterment of the airport.' In terms of facilities, passengers may have better luck at the newer Terminal 3, where it is clean, spacious and offers an internet connection.

It might be the largest airport in France - and one of the busiest in the world - but Paris CDG, which opened in 1974, has since frequently been criticised for its confusing layout, rude staff and ugly buildings. What's more, the seating benches have been deemed uncomfortable and insufficient, and homeless people are said to frequently disturb sleeping travellers.

Frankfurt Hahn also made sleepinginairports.net's worst airports 2011 list. They said: 'Limited seating, bucket seats, and a lack of passenger facilities. A very basic airport for budget airlines.' In a 2010 World's Worst Travel Survey, passengers also complained of 'confusing signage' and 'unpleasant ground staff'.

In a Priority Pass survey in 2010, London Heathrow was voted the least favourite airport, owing to the fact that it is also one of the world's busiest. The problems of winter 2010, when the airport was ill-prepared for bad weather and snow grounded thousands of flights, further weakened its image. Long security queues and hours waiting at  the baggage line have also been cited.

According to Independent writer Peter Popham, Delhi airport's 'carpeting is a thin scarlet runner, and stains are splattered in corners. Creature comforts are negligible. Passport control takes an eternity. Half the trolleys are broken down. They force you to x-ray your luggage coming in to the country as well as going out.' And, according to a survey by Foreign Policy magazine, it also boasts 'aggressive beggars, syringes on the terminal floor, and filthy bathrooms'.

According to reports, 'the odour of faeces and urine abound in this airport, which no doubt attract the hoards of rats, cockroaches and other bugs that scurry around the departures and arrivals area.'  There's also been talk of overflowing toilets, and passengers escaping the airport chaos only to be mugged or beaten on the tarmac outside.

The San Francisco Chronicle describes LAX as 'eight terminals connected by a traffic jam'. And, according to sleepinginairports.net, seating is limited, rude security staff 'automatically assume you are a terrorist or that you will never leave their country', bathrooms are in poor condition, signage is poor, and there are no conveniences for people in transit.... 'not even a 24 hour coffee shop.' Ouch.

This small airport in the town of Lukla in eastern Nepal is popular as it is the gateway to the Mount Everest region in Nepal. But it will give you a nail-biting landing, involving a plummet onto an uphill airstrip cut into the side of a mountain. And on takeoff, the airstrip comes to an abrupt end at the edge of a mountain cliff.

At Dakar's airport 'there is only squalor, an unnerving sense of confinement, and to some extent danger,' said salon.com's Patrick Smith. Foreign Policy magzine's survey concurred, writing: 'Dakar has no seats and travellers are targeted by hawkers, porters and security guards who move them on. Immigration takes three hours.'

Don't miss our picture gallery: world's scariest airports!

Simón Bolívar International, known locally as ‘Maiquetia’, is the main international airport in the South American state of Venezuela. It is located around 29km from the centre of the capital, Caracas, and is described as being 'situated practically in the middle of the favelas'. Hundreds of travellers have been robbed or mugged as soon as they left the airport, while kidnapping, stabbings and shootings 'have all occurred before passengers have even reached the taxi line', according to the Matador Network. What's more, you'll be charged a $53 airport tax for the privilege.

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