Sleepy? The best, and worst, airports for shut-eye

A man walks in a viewing lounge facing a Singapore Airlines (SIA) aircraft at Singapore's Changi Airport May 13, 2008. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - On a shoe-string, stuck or just need some shut-eye? Avoid Paris’ Charles de Gaulle at all costs, but embrace Singapore’s Changi, according to a survey that rated the world’s 10 worst, and best, airports to sleep in.

Dirty floors, filthy, overcrowded bathrooms, bird poo and biting insects were among the biggest complaints of the 6,200 travelers who took part in the poll, by travel website The Guide to Sleeping in Airports.

Charles de Gaulle was voted the absolute worst, followed by Sheremetyevo in Moscow, which one traveler called “hell on earth.” In the third and fourth spots were New York’s JFK and Los Angeles’ LAX, while India’s Delhi airport rounded off the top five worst airports.

On the flip side, Singapore’s Changi was rated the cleanest and most comfortable airport to sleep in, followed by Seoul’s Incheon and Amsterdam’s Schiphol.

Oslo’s Gardermoen and Hong Kong airport rounded off the top five best airports, which the site said travelers loved for the amenities, friendly staff and comfortable seating.

“Sleeping in airports is no longer just for the young budget traveler looking to save a few bucks,” said the website, which was founded by Canadian former travel agent and expert budget traveler Donna McSherry in 1996.

“People of all ages and vocations can now be seen stretched out on airport floors all around the world, whether they are there because of a long transit, flight delay or voluntarily to save money.”

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Writing by Miral Fahmy; Editing by Alex Richardson