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World’s Most Stressful Airports to Travel Through – VisaGuide.News

World’s Most Stressful Airports by VisaGuide.World is a comprehensive ranking system assessing the stress levels encountered by passengers navigating the world’s top 30 largest airports.

The evaluation takes into consideration various factors selected by travellers as the most significant contributors for their stress levels when travelling by air, including here passenger volumes throughout the entire year, density of crowds, likelihood of flight delays, and more.

World’s Most Stressful Airports

United Kingdom’s London Gatwick Airport is the world’s most stressful for passengers to pass through with a score of 52.00. The same is the UK’s second busiest airport, and one of the two British airports that rank in this list.

Second is listed Türkiye’s Istanbul Airport with a score of 42.79, followed by the Munich Airport in Germany is listed third with 40.43 score.

The list of the top five is completed by one American and another British airport – Denver International Airport (39.60) and Heathrow Airport (37.13).

Complete List of the Most Stressful Airports in the World

Here is the detailed list of the most stressful airports ranked according to their score:

Rank Airport Country Total passengers Airport size Passenger density Delays Downtown distance Score
1st London Gatwick Airport UK 32,848,088 6,712,109.68 4.89 41.10% 43 52.00
2nd Istanbul Airport Türkiye 64,289,107 76,354,541.04 0.84 31.50% 38.8 42.79
3rd Munich Airport Germany 31,642,738 15,745,482.45 2.01 49.20% 33.5 40.43
4th Denver International Airport USA 69,286,461 139,892,218.01 0.50 20.90% 37.01 39.60
5th Heathrow Airport UK 61,614,508 12,122,336.46 5.08 40.50% 28 37.13
6th Los Angeles International Airport USA 65,924,298 11,913,515.79 5.53 19.02% 29 36.44
7th Fiumicino International Airport Italy 29,346,365 15,971,281.24 1.84 28.80% 30.4 35.12
8th Dallas Fort Worth International Airport USA 73,362,946 69,590,540.34 1.05 20.67% 31 34.12
9th John F. Kennedy International Airport USA 55,287,693 19,947,661.09 2.77 25.43% 27.35 32.66
10th O’Hare International Airport USA 68,340,619 30,827,439.08 2.22 18.76% 27.35 31.44
11th Charles de Gaulle Airport France 57,474,033 32,373,747.57 1.78 43.20% 24.8 30.90
12th Singapore Changi Airport Singapore 32,202,000 24,090,533.20 1.34 27.80% 25.1 29.22
13th Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport Spain 50,602,864 30,329,004.34 1.67 19.00% 24.5 28.07
14th Tokyo Haneda Airport Japan 50,290,705 15,208,639.41 3.31 9.67% 23.1 27.37
15th Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Netherlands 52,472,188 27,704,640.81 1.89 41.50% 20.8 26.84
16th Orlando International Airport USA 50,176,103 46,933,491.01 1.07 29.69% 20.92 24.96
17th Indira Gandhi International Airport India 59,490,074 20,646,229.16 2.88 39.8% 21.9 24.78
18th King Abdulaziz International Airport Saudi Arabia 31,648,324 106,095,099.92 0.30 37.60% 20.4 24.46
19th Soekarno–Hatta International Airport Indonesia 38,791,168 17,953,243.12 2.16 8.30% 20.9 23.89
20th Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport USA 93,699,630 18,972,963.08 4.94 16.39% 15.77 22.35
21st Antalya Airport Türkiye 31,228,377 12,965,401.77 2.41 24.20% 17.4 22.23
22nd Harry Reid International Airport USA 52,694,312 11,308,431.20 4.66 25.29% 15 22.19
23rd Dubai International Airport UAE 66,069,981 29,116,192.02 2.27 36.80% 15 20.95
24th Frankfurt Airport Germany 48,918,482 22,798,324.28 2.15 59.30% 11.9 19.98
25th Miami International Airport USA 50,684,396 13,052,146.77 3.88 25.46% 12.87 19.30
26th Hamad International Airport Qatar 35,730,482 21,998,710.21 1.62 39.2% 15.5 17.12
27th Josep Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat Airport Spain 41,616,302 15,334,956.77 2.71 18.70% 12.3 16.88
28th Charlotte Douglas International Airport USA 47,758,605 22,452,821.27 2.13 18.59% 12 15.99
29th Tan Son Nhat International Airport Vietnam 34,278,320 8,496,942.17 4.03 36.60% 7.7 15.39
30th Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport India 38,332,106 7,481,461.27 5.12 44.3% 7.7 12.82

Note: The unit measuring the size of the airport is square meter (m2). The unit measuring the distance from the city downtown is kilometer (km)

Methodology

The passengers were asked on the factors that stress them out the most while travelling abroad. The things that stress them out the most have turned out to be:

  • A high number of passengers
  • Large airports, which can often be difficult to navigate due to their area
  • Crowded airports
  • The frequency of flight delays
  • The distance from the city downtown

Based on the concerns listed above, a unique formula has been established to create the ranking calculating the following factors:

  • Total number of passengers
  • Airport size in square meters
  • Density passenger per square meter
  • Share of annual delays
  • Downtown distance in kilometres

We have then normalized data for fair comparison, assigned weights to factors based on their impact, and computed a composite “Stress Index” using a weighted formula.