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Best Airport You've Ever Been To  
User currently offlinejetblue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1597 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 9246 times:

What's the best airport you've been to? Surprisingly, my favorite airport is an American airport: SFO. What I like about SFO is that the facilities are great and they have very friendly staff. My personal favorite is they're Int'l terminal. Personally, I've never been to ICN, SIN or HKG, I've read a lot of reviews about those airports, and it seems like they are the best inthe world. I'm going to ICN this summer and I have high expectations after reading a lot of reviews about the airport. So, what's your personal favorite?

It's a cultural thing.
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User currently offlineaivisavia From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2010, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 9240 times:

East Midlands, best aiorport I've been to.
Second goes to Manchester, third RIX, 5th LPL, 6th CRL, 7th Stansted

User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30076 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 9237 times:

Quoting aivisavia (Reply 1):
East Midlands, best aiorport I've been to.

Why EMA?

My favourite is Zurich always a pleasure to transit there.

User currently offlineUltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2345 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 9235 times:

I have to say I REALLY like SAV. Nice facilities, plenty of (close-by) parking, friendly people (might just be a southern thing), and lots of Gulfstreams to drool over  The only complaint I have is that it's efficiency is pretty 'southern' as well: Came in on a 35 min. flight from ATL and it took just under an hour to get the first bags (and mine wasn't even among those first ones!). Other than that, it's a wonderful little airport that I always look forward to flying to.

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User currently offlineLDIkaros From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 9203 times:

ICN is the best airport I have been to. Followed by SIN Changi airport. HKG is also pretty good, and so is MUC.

User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 16740 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9198 times:

I have my top three.
3. San Francisco International, international terminal.
2. Zurich
1. London Heathrow, Terminal 5

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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 29477 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9194 times:

Quoting oa260 (Reply 2):
My favourite is Zurich always a pleasure to transit there.

My favourite in Europe is T2 at MUC (the LH and Star Alliance terminal), followed by ZRH. Problem with ZRH is that connectoins to/from longhaul flights require the underground train shuttle, and too many shorthaul flights require buses to/from the aircraft. Otherwise it is good. GVA is also very convenient, provided you can avoid weekends during the ski season when there are dozens of charter flights and resulting congestion.

Of the major hubs, AMS is also excellent.

Of medium-size airpors in Europe like GVA, other excellent airpoirts in Europe are DUS, HAM and PRG.

[Edited 2010-04-02 19:55:49]

User currently offlinehoons90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3375 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 9143 times:

1. ICN
2. SIN
3. DTW
4. HKG
5. KIX

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User currently offlineKU747 From Kuwait, joined Mar 2008, 380 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 9133 times:

- LHR - T5

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User currently onlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8970 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9122 times:
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Without a doubt mine was the late and very much lamented Tempelhof . No other airport I have been through has made me feel that I was transported back in time to the golden age of flying . I felt glamourous ( there simply is no other word ) just walking through that amazing building . I could feel the history ( not all of it admirable of course ) of the place . It would have been worth flying there and back just for the experience without even spending any time in the fabulous city that is Berlin .

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User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2608 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9112 times:

Nagoya - Chubu Centrair (NGO), Japan.

Modern, clean with excellent facilities.

User currently offlineaivisavia From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2010, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9085 times:

Quoting oa260 (Reply 2):
Why EMA?

Simply because it's small, and it feels great to be there. Sitting at gate and looking at the big window and planes in front. I use it the most (15 times in less than 3 years) so I'm loving it. It's close to my home and it's kinda perfect!

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4963 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 9058 times:

Singapore, because I have never been processed so efficiently through Passport control at any airport on such a constant basis ever.

Hong Kong is up there also, as you can check in and leave your baggage at the train station desks before you even get to the airport!

Special mention to THF as per the poster above - flew in there before it closed. Time capsule to the max and all the more awesome for it  

I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3215 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 9058 times:

Singapore SIN for the facilities and the passport control.
Hong Kong HKG for the facilities and the free wifi.
London LHR T5 only for the facilities and the BA lounges.

Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlinebabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 9055 times:

CPH. Easy to get to and from and its lack of shops is a real treat. I like to ba at an airport not a shopping centre. I also like the wooden floors and the ramp views from the departure lounge. From a passenger point of view they seem to have thought of everything.

HEL is also good. No massive queues. Not many shops and lots of plane spotting areas inside the lounge.

User currently offlineMadameConcorde From Monaco, joined Feb 2007, 11332 posts, RR: 34
Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 9013 times:

Singapore (Changi), Zurich and Nagoya (Centrair).
I like all airports but these three are definitely on top of my list. Beautiful, hassle-free, safe and efficient.

LHR and Frankfurt are my most favourite for plane spotting.         

There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1381 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8980 times:

1 - DXB (T3)
2 - LHR (T5)
3 - OSL
4 - MUC
5 - LCY

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User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30076 posts, RR: 59
Reply 17, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 8978 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 6):
GVA is also very convenient, provided you can avoid weekends during the ski season when there are dozens of charter flights and resulting congestion.

Ive never had the need to go to GVA so never seen it. Im too in love with ZRH and Zurich city  
Quoting aivisavia (Reply 11):
Simply because it's small, and it feels great to be there. Sitting at gate and looking at the big window and planes in front. I use it the most (15 times in less than 3 years) so I'm loving it. It's close to my home and it's kinda perfect!

Ok just wondered , I was there a few weeks back it was 6am and quite congested especially around the gate areas.

User currently offlinechootie From Germany, joined May 2007, 299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 8955 times:

Tops for me:

5. MUC T2--clean and easy to navigate
4. ZRH
3. CPH
2. LCG--small, super-friendly staff, and a great airport to experience powerful take-offs and landings  
1. OSL Clean, friendly, and nice wooden flooring.

User currently offlineYYZRWY23 From Canada, joined Aug 2009, 561 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 8949 times:

CLT by far. Flew US to FLL through CLT a few times and I have never enjoyed an airport more. Friendly terminal staff at food establishments and shops. US staff at CLT were a pleasure to interact with and I try to connect in CLT when I can going to Florida.

That's the people. The terminal itself is fantastic. I love the main area with the large window and Muskoka chairs, and the concourses annexed from it. Just a lovely space to be in and enjoy a layover.

Second Place- YYZ Terminal 1
Third Place- YVR


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User currently offlineWhatUsaid From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8928 times:

YYR is my favorite. Love flying in and out, except with the TSA requirements slowing down what had been a very efficient immigration...

User currently offlinevhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1607 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8891 times:

Large Airport

BNE International Departures - Modern, lots of natural light unobstructed windows

Medium Airport

ADL - Large modern facility although appears to be too big for it's purpose
CHC - Large open air rooftop viewing deck a rarity these days

Small Airport

ASP - Very flash and modern large spread out design only drawback in the tarmac is a considerable distance from the Departure lounges and trees obscure any views of aircraft from the terminal.


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User currently offlinebrooklynchris13 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8888 times:

The "best" is always such a subjective word, however I can easilly say that my most memorable positive experience at an airport was the old SRQ terminal, early-mid 1980s. A classic southern or warm weather airport with art-deco touches, including roof-top observation area. I think the only jet ways were one or two in the special Eastern terminal addition, and there was nothing remotely like a baggage carrousel.

I will never forget the experience of getting off the plane into the Florida sun and walking across that tarmac. Truly felt like arriving in a different world, or the set of a movie. I was fortunate enough to watch a few Eastern 757s operate there in the early days of their time with Eastern, which was an impressive site made all the more so by being able to stand outside and watch it from only a short distance away.

There are a lot of good things about modern airports and the jetways and the shops and all, but I miss that feeling, at least a little. Not so much when it's pouring rain or -10 outside.. but I digress..

"Be the change you want to see in the world" (mg)
User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1350 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 8833 times:

MLB (Melborne, Florida) -- Very easy to get in and out.
DTW -- Nicest terminal, fast baggage return, but loses some points for long lines at security and check-in.
SFO -- Most interesting things to do while waiting for your connection. The last time I was there they had a a museum type display in concourse F called "For Amusement Purposes Only" that showed the history of slot machines and other gambling devices from the late 1800s through the 1940s or 50s. I found it very interesting and a good way to kill some time.

User currently offlineAI151 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2009, 303 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8817 times:

(1) Singapore Changi
(2) Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok
(3) Dubai Terminal 3
(4) Heathrow Terminal 5

SIN and HKG as both gave me no hassle and everything is easy to understand. Staff are brilliant and very friendly as well. DXB and LHR would be for the lounges mainly!

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25 Post contains images Redtailsforever : Hi, Long time reader first time poster. My best be would be MSP One central security chechpoint. Once past that you are free to move about the airport
26 Post contains images initious : My vote definitely goes to SIN. Besides being my homeland airport, it is very clean, modern and the service is top-notch. Fast internet stations, lots
27 KiwiinOz : SIN first, HKG second I noted in the recent skytrax results that the new BKK ended up in the top 10 for the world. Having just passed through there a
28 EDICHC : Not for much longer unfortunately. Best for me ... Overall SIN facilities are outstanding. If you have a few hours you can go for a swim or take the
29 alaska737 : Kona Hawaii Dutch Harbor Alaska St. George Utah Deer Valley Arizona Monterey California Half Moon Bay California
30 shamrock604 : SIN would be hands down my favourite. ICN and HKG may be more aesthetic, but SIN wins on facilities. Other favourites are KUL, AMS, SFO international
31 redtailsforever : I would also have to say Honolulu. You can walk along a concourse connector, and you're basically outside. Some spots you feel might be violating secu
32 AustrianZRH : ZRH, my home airport. 2nd place: YYZ, was nice, well-lighted and easy to navigate.
33 SOBHI51 : SIN great airport, lot of facilities always clean. KUL large airport, easy to go around, not very busy GVA Swiss at it best small and eficiant IST new
34 n5014k : Most of my travel is domestic US. That said, I like Kona's airport the best. AUS is a nice medium-sized airport. So is JAX. MCI is an easy-to-use airp
35 StarAC17 : Here are some of my top ones. YYZ - My home airport and the new T1, makes it way better than in the past, T3 is pretty good as well especially the che
36 PI4EVER : My favorite is my hometown airport TPA. Others of notable mention are PIT, SFO, DCA, CLT, MCO and JAX in no particular order. PIT in its glory as a ne
37 Post contains images lxmd11 : HHH (hilton head airport), one floor, two check-in counter, two baggage "carousels", four gates (doors), and never a delay or wait
38 PGNCS : That's exactly right. Best for what? For hubs in the US I prefer MSP and CLT; for Europe I like KEF, CPH, and AMS. I don't like JFK, PHL, EWR, LGA, L
39 HT : I think, there are too many answers to such a question. I have used (commercially) about 200 airports ranging from ones that process only a few thous
40 osubuckeyes : 1. DCA- Excluding the A terminal, so easy and nice to walk around, fast security, fast bags, good food options. 2. CLT- Love the rocking chairs inbetw
41 Post contains images MadameConcorde : Not the best airport I have ever been to - see my other post - but still my most favourite. Rarotonga, Cook Islands
42 EDICHC : That I can quite understand!
43 sw733 : Pure beauty, efficiency, architecture, comfort: HKG without a doubt. I absolutely love that airport in every possible way. I have no problem arriving
44 isitsafenow : Im ready!!! Take me PLEEEAAASE. My fav is MCI 2nd DTW 3rd TPA or MCO(kinda the same)
45 CanadianDC10 : I absolutely love DTW - The McNamara terminal. It's got a great atmosphere and it's loaded with amazing food choices. I love how long it is and the tr
46 ANITIX87 : Agreed. I love ZRH, especially with the ease of connection to national rail lines and the cleanliness. Two summers ago, flying EWR-ZRH on CO, it took
47 Post contains links and images hoons90 : Except that it's not that great for pictures
48 CanadianDC10 : lol I KNOW! Those damn dots all over the window to block the heat from the sun!
49 LX138 : 1. HKG Hong Kong - still the best all round - modern, well looked after, clean, great facilities and pleasant to be at 2. OSL Oslo - underated - moder
50 danild : Based on my experience and personal preference I would put the list as folllows, my favorite by far is the new Bangkok airport, you can even get a mas
51 sw733 : This is the weird one for me. I keep hearing how great KUL is, yet every time I am there it seems rather stale, boring and somewhat beat-up. My perso
52 kiwiinoz : Right, that's it....you're on my list!!
53 danild : LOL I do agree about the long immigration queues and about the long walks, but it's a very clean open airport with great shopping and when I have bee
54 StarAlliance38 : CLT is my favorite too for the same reasons haha! I always try to connect there as many times as I can! I love Carolina Pit BBQ and I always order so
55 Continental : Probably either BRU or YYZ. Both airports are very airy and gorgeous.
56 Post contains images sasd209 : I'd have to say HPN, in terms of ease of navigating the airport and making the flight. Now, the parking rates are absolutely crazy, but with the limit
57 mckvakk : I would say: LHR T5 CPH OSL (even though there's not much to do there while waiting, it's still a nice airport with a modern feel) RYG (small, things
58 Post contains images surfandsnow : KOA is far and away the best airport I've ever been to. Nowhere else do I get to wander through open air gardens on the way to the gate and then wait
59 Post contains images columba : favorite airport in the US...immigration also goes much quicker as in EWR My favorite airport is TXL it has the shortest way to each terminal
60 elbandgeek : mine would be a tossup between DTW, MDW, and MCO for different reasons. DTW because of obviously, the amazing terminal. The train and light tunnel are
61 Post contains images KingFriday013 : I would say ROC because the staff there are always friendly, security is always quick, and the airport has a great atmosphere -- except they left my b
62 Post contains links Mortyman : * OSL: Oslo Airport Gardermoen - Norway: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oslo_Airport,_Gardermoen * AKL: Auckland Airport: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A
63 Post contains links and images Mortyman : I forgot to add this one: LYR : Svalbard Airport, Norway Placed in the Advent Valley The terminal itself is small and not anythign special, but the su
64 eicvd : My personal favourite as a passenger that I have flown through is PMI. It really was built with the future in mind, its very spacious & easy to fi
65 gffgold : Oh yes! It is the only airport in the world that I actually feel priviledged to have used - on several occasions. I will never forgive the City of Be
66 web500sjc : Personally I like LHR T5 (overall nice and efficient, shopping where you want, and quiet places) CDG T2E (was nice as a departure piont, -AF staff, ru
67 VZLA787 : Large Airports worldwide: HKG. I just enjoy transiting through there, great layout and spacious. The CX lounge has great staff. Large Airports USA: DF
68 boots00 : Depending on what you mean by "best", I think DCA, OGG and TPA are strong contendors for me. They are all for different reasons-- DCA because of its e
69 Post contains images GrinddalCPH : Mine are #1 SIN - Well it goes without saiyng - simply stunning #2 CPH - Not being a homer, but I love it, Beautiful, spacey and nice views from depar
70 tropical77W : europe AMS, LUX, MUC. North America YUL, YYZ (T1). Asia HKG, SIN least favourite SVO, LED, JFK, LAX
71 HT : But you have a Polar Bear in that (small) terminal at LYR ... {checkmark] -HT
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