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Going to World Cup? Expect “chaotic, ugly as heck” airport experience

Apr 7, 2014, 11:33 PM EDT

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The good news: Most people don’t identify airports as the make or break part of their travel experience.

The bad news: Most people going to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil are going to have a subpar airport experience.

There will plenty of temporary structures and other makeshift airport amenities as the overhaul of many national airports are expected to fall well short of plans. A London Free Press report says the failings are hitting home especially hard considering the airports will exist long after this summer’s World Cup ends.

From the LFP:

“People coming to Brazil are going to be shocked, especially Americans, by the how bad the airports are,” said Paul Irvine, who runs travel agency Dehouche in Rio de Janeiro.

“There won’t be any catastrophic issues … but they will be chaotic and ugly as heck,” he said.

It won’t just be the airports, but air travel; the Brazilian Air Force has caused rerouting problems by planning to enforce no-fly zones over World Cup stadiums, and big losses in the airline industry have led to massive cost-cuttingĀ in recent years that will affect the number of personnel and the expertise of said workers.

Not to mention “travel headaches are common in the country even without the crush of a major sporting event.”


  1. thedeadlockvictim - Apr 8, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    The US already has fully-operational airports, and everything in England is within driving distance. Still time to change your mind, FIFA. Otherwise, I hope Qatar is stocking up on camels now.

    • ws0001 - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Doha has a brand new $15 billion airport opening this year. The comfort and quality of travel for the tourists who go to Qatar is the last concern about the World Cup in 2022. The rights of the workers who are building everything is the concern there.

      • kryptock - Apr 8, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        Really? How about women traveling to the games and the attire they are allowed to wear? How about gay people? How will drinking be handled in Qatar? How will gatherings of large numbers of people? There are more issues than just the worker (slave labor) conditions for the Qatar WC.

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