BY LBC STAFF
The Guarulhos International Airport. in Sao Paulo is Latin America's worst for business travelers, according to a new reader survey from Latin Trade magazine.
Readers were asked to select their favorite airport based on factors like comfort/ambience, customs/baggage, ease of connection, shops/amenities and location/access.
Sao Paulo ranked worst in comfort/ambience, customs/baggage and ease of connection. Meanwhile, it ranked second-worst in shops/amenities and location/access.
The Sao Paulo airport served 22.3 million passengers in 2009, making it the second-busiest passenger airport in Latin America, according to the ranking of Latin America's Top 50 Airports from Latin Business Chronicle.
As its traffic has been growing in recent years - largely because of Brazil's economic and business boom -- so have complaints about long lines and inefficiencies. It leads hands down as the least-favorite airport in the Frequent Traveler column in Latin Business Chronicle.
Maiquetia International Airport Simon Bolivar in Venezuelan capital Caracas ranks as the second-worst, followed by Cali in Colombia and Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro.
Readers of the travel survey ranked Santiago in Chile as the best airport. It received the highest marks for comfort/ambience, customs/baggage and shops/amenities. Tocumen in Panama ranked second. It scored the highest among its peers when it comes to ease of connection and location/access.
Other airports that scored high include Montevideo (ranked third), Mexico City (fourth) and Guayaquil in Ecuador (fifth).
Mexico City served 24.2 million passengers in 2009, making it the top passenger airport in Latin America. The third-busiest, Bogota, ranked as the sixth-worst in terms of satisfaction among business travelers, according to the Latin Trade reader survey.
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