World's Ugliest Airports

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Flying through these airports? Don’t bother looking around.

Linate Airport, Milan

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From the outside, Linate—the international airport five miles from Milan (as opposed to Malpensa, which is 25 miles out)—resembles a billboard plastered with advertising. Inside, it appears hyperfunctional, in the way that some Europeans (Scandinavians, for example) do quite well. But here the dominant aesthetic is Subway Station. According to Johanna Grawunder, an architect and lighting designer who divides her time between San Francisco and Milan, “the ceilings are low and very dark, the floor is also very dark, and the desks are a sickly yellow plastic.” Furthermore, upon emerging from security, passengers are “spit out directly into a Wolford stockings shop,” Grawunder says. “It’s unbelievable—you have to go through the duty-free shops to reach your gate!”

The Upside: Linate is just 18 minutes from central Milan, while Malpensa is an hour and a half away.

World's Ugliest Airports

Linate Airport, Milan

From the outside, Linate—the international airport five miles from Milan (as opposed to Malpensa, which is 25 miles out)—resembles a billboard plastered with advertising. Inside, it appears hyperfunctional, in the way that some Europeans (Scandinavians, for example) do quite well. But here the dominant aesthetic is Subway Station. According to Johanna Grawunder, an architect and lighting designer who divides her time between San Francisco and Milan, “the ceilings are low and very dark, the floor is also very dark, and the desks are a sickly yellow plastic.” Furthermore, upon emerging from security, passengers are “spit out directly into a Wolford stockings shop,” Grawunder says. “It’s unbelievable—you have to go through the duty-free shops to reach your gate!”

The Upside: Linate is just 18 minutes from central Milan, while Malpensa is an hour and a half away.

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