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Whats Your Favourite Airport?  
User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4256 times:

Hello A.netters!

  

What is your favourite airport and the reason being?

Mine is CLT because the airport looks amazing and there is so many places to see the planes etc... Very unlike airports here in the UK (well LGW anyway). I travelled to CLT for the first time on US from LGW on the 28th Dec 10 and returned on the 4th Jan 11.

Btw I also I hope to travel back there soon and see the US A320 which went into the Hudson at the CLT aviation museum.


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User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2360 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4233 times:

Mine would definitely have to be FRA. I grew up in Germany and FRA was my home airport. I would always be so excited because as a kid going to FRA usually meant that I was heading back to the USA to visit family... Plus FRA is famous for the number of different airlines and aircraft movements... The interior is amazing and I always loved watching those famous old school flip boards that displayed the flights arriving and departing... Hope they never get rid of them... Display monitors are NOT the same...   Once as a teenager when my parents had to go do something in the city, they literally just dropped me off at Terminal 1 for 4 or 5 hours just so I could get my dose of aviation and FRA. I spent the entire time just walking around the airport exploring every little nook and cranny that I could find. Spent lots of time riding the tram from T1 to T2 and also a lot of time at the McDonalds in T2 watching the planes land and take off... God I loved that place...   Now I'm back in the US and won't be headed back to Germany any time soon...  


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User currently offlineairevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 890 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4229 times:

Munich when it comes to Europe. In particular Lufthansa´s Terminal 2. It is nice and modern and tidy, there are nice shops and quite good views of the apron. I transfer through MUC a lot and always find it hugely convenient. Even transfers of 30 minutes are never a problem, neither for me nor for my luggage. Excellent airport.


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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4208 times:

Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 1):
Once as a teenager when my parents had to go do something in the city, they literally just dropped me off at Terminal 1 for 4 or 5 hours just so I could get my dose of aviation

I am similar with you but at LGW, I go there for hours upon hours just enjoying the airport. I bet you had many great times at FRA! I would love to visit that airport sometime, sounds great.

Quoting airevents (Reply 2):
Munich when it comes to Europe.

Yeah I have seen some pics of Munich before, it does look really great. Maybe I should think about going to Germany and having a look at a few airports there myself.



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User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2851 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4207 times:

DUB cos it's me hometown airport  

SNN cos they get exotics!

I was in GRO recently & enjoyed how quiet & relaxing it was.



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User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4205 times:

ICN. Hands Down.

Huge, clean, airy, spacious airport. Hardwood floors on the gate areas, never over crowded and super efficient. The best transfer I've ever made and the staff were polite and friendly.

As for the US, SFO and TPA tops my list.

On the other hand, I'm also a big fan of JFK... PURELY because it's my home airport and from a spotter's perspective, it's great - lots of international airlines and widebody A/C!



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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 4195 times:

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 4):
DUB cos it's me hometown airport

I mentioned CLT as my favourite airport which it is, but also LGW also is because like you its my hometown airport.

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 5):
On the other hand, I'm also a big fan of JFK

I was in NYC at Christmas, sadly I never made it to JFK. I only got the chance to go to EWR and LGA. When I go back to NY, my mission is definitely got to be going to JFK.

Cheers for the replies, interesting to know what airports you love.
 



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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 4192 times:

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 6):
I mentioned CLT as my favourite airport which it is, but also LGW also is because like you its my hometown airport.

I haven't been to CLT for many years even though I have family in North Carolina, but these days I always seem to fly into either RDU or GSO when I go to visit. From what I remember of CLT though is that it was a clean, airy terminal that always smelled of popcorn!!

Looking at your profile LGWflyer, I don't know if you're old enough to remember the viewing terrace at LGW with its reasonable views, cafeteria and fairly good aviation shop? At one time they also installed a HP Herald up there too and I think the nose of an old Comet. Happy days! I remember bunking off school one day and heading down to LGW on the train...I arrived on the viewing terrace just as Braniff's big orange 747 landed...it made all the guilt worthwhile! Although the strange thing is that I was still wearing my school uniform and not a sole questioned why an 11 year old was alone on the viewing terrace in his school uniform during school hours! 

Anyway, if you'd asked me the question 10 years ago I would have said GCI...I used to love the old terminal with its nice little rooftop viewing terrace and its easy-going nature, but they pulled that terminal down and built a shiny new one which, although nice, just isn't the same. Not that there was a great deal of interesting visitors though, I'm just a big Guernsey fan!

So I guess my answer now has to be LHR. I live a mile from T5 these days so it's my home airport too, although there was a time when I would always prefer LGW over LHR, but LGW's just not the same to me now as it was when I were a lad!



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11690 posts, RR: 60
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4189 times:

PLH in England. Plane seat to car seat in 30 seconds, five minutes from my front door by road, and only about 20-30 mins if I have to walk it.


Dan  



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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4186 times:

You should 100% get yourself back to CLT! US Airways do quite a good deal from LGW to CLT. Yep the airport is still the same as what you said, nice and clean etc.
  

Yeah I can still just about remember the spotters viewing area above Pier 2. My dad has worked at LGW since I was small so I have been up the since I was small. I remember the aviation shop, my dad got me 2 planes from there. From what he said it was quite expensive, I think they also had a WHSmith up there too. I remember the old aircraft which was up there, never got to go on it though. Last time I heard the plane is currently right down at the end of the airport near the fire station. If only the spotters bit was still up there now I probaly would be at LGW double than what I am already haha. One thing which does stick clearly in my mind of the spotters area was seeing the NWA DC-10's on the satelitte from up there.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 7):
Anyway, if you'd asked me the question 10 years ago I would have said GCI.

Interesting, I have never been to the channel islands before.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 7):
So I guess my answer now has to be LHR.

It's been a couple years since I last been to LHR, I think even last time I went T5 was still being built.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 7):
LGW's just not the same to me now as it was when I were a lad!

Yes I agree with you 100%! After nearly all the American carriers left it wasn't the same, now LGW is full of orange!



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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4183 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 8):
PLH in England. Plane seat to car seat in 30 seconds, five minutes from my front door by road, and only about 20-30 mins if I have to walk it.

Now that sounds like the perfect airport! I have been to NQY and was sort of similar. Off the plane, straight into the terminal, collect your bags then off you go.



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User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2360 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4178 times:

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 3):
I am similar with you but at LGW, I go there for hours upon hours just enjoying the airport. I bet you had many great times at FRA! I would love to visit that airport sometime, sounds great.

Yeah it was a lot of fun... Now my home airport is pretty much IAH... Nothing against IAH (great airport BTW) but the endless stream of CO jets whether it's 737s or Embraers gets old quick. I also fly a lot out of DFW but they're not much better with the seemingly endless stream of AA MD-80s... Sure FRA had a lot of LH obviously but they had enough different models and different airlines serving the airport to always make it a different experience each time I went there...  



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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4170 times:

Yeah quite a few airports are mostly full of just one or so airlines. Not so good for spotting trips but hey, the heavies make up for it!   

Here at LGW there are alot of different airlines but one very orange airline dominates here and that is easyJet.   



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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4149 times:

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 9):
now LGW is full of orange!

My thoughts exactly!! I remember a time when LGW was the place to go to see unusual and exciting airlines and aircraft! The one and only time I saw a Comet take to the skies was at LGW (belonging to Dan Air who, at the time, I thought were Danish  ) as well as a Spantax CV990. You also used to get to see Eastern, Braniff, CP Air, Piedmont, Northwest Orient (I got to fly both of the latter two out of LGW in the late 80s) and a whole host of others taking to the skies. Sadly the glory days of LGW seem to be long gone.  



Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
User currently offlinebananaboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1586 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4149 times:

Can't narrow it down to one - I have a few for various reasons.

LGW - happy memories of there, particularly as a kid.
PUY - worked for a summer in Croatia and was there 4 times a week. Great little place - again happy memories.
ONT - as well as being a great facility that's easy and quick to use, it's closest to my in-laws and friends in Southern California. Plus, I can avoid LAX  
LHR - even though I'm living in Sydney (which is also a nice airport), LHR is my "home" airport with family & friends 30 mins away.

Mark



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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4143 times:

I just don't see how LGW which was one of the busiest airports in the world now has become a point to point hub for Europe. Another thing also is that most people in the South East would rather use LGW than travelling all the way up to LHR.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 13):
Sadly the glory days of LGW seem to be long gone.

Yeah I don't think LGW will ever return to the way it was. I have been recently looking at some of the older pics of LGW with all the airlines you mentioned like Braniff (now that is orange I don't mind seeing everyday haha).   
I think even for a while Pan Am use to come here, could you confirm that for me? Cheers!

Also another major factor nowadays is that most aircraft are even an a319/320 or 737 etc... where as back in the glory days there were DC-10's, MD-11's 741/2/3, tri-stars etc. LGW use to be Tri-Jet Heaven!

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 13):
Piedmont, Northwest Orient

Ahh nice one, where did you fly too?



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User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7252 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4138 times:

DCA for me. Nice, modern, perfect location. Fun approaches great views just everything is great about it.
A extremely close second MIA. Home airport, the diversity of airlines, new modern terminals but you can still get that great 1970s feel in some places.



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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4133 times:

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 15):
Yeah I don't think LGW will ever return to the way it was. I have been recently looking at some of the older pics of LGW with all the airlines you mentioned like Braniff (now that is orange I don't mind seeing everyday haha).

Dude you cool!! 
Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 15):
I think even for a while Pan Am use to come here, could you confirm that for me? Cheers!

I believe Pan Am sold its profitable routes to UA after the Gulf War, leaving only its LGW routes, although I'll be honest when I say that I don't know what those routes were...maybe someone else can shed some light on that?

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 15):
Ahh nice one, where did you fly too?

My NW flight was my first ever trip to the US, December 27th 1986 LGW-BOS on one of their 747 something-or-others, although at that time it certainly wasn't a 744! The Piedmont flight was exactly six months later to CLT, and two weeks after PI started direct service LGW-CLT with their 767s. I remember being annoyed that I wasn't flying on a 747, but it was a nice flight nonetheless, from what I remember!



Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4134 times:

Quoting bananaboy (Reply 14):
Can't narrow it down to one - I have a few for various reasons.

Doesn't matter the more airports the better!   Cheers for posting, interesting to hear your favourite 4 airports.   

Quoting flymia (Reply 16):
DCA for me.

Ahh DCA, I would love to go there some day. I have heard about the infamous approaches, now why pay for a ride at a theme park when you can just land at DCA haha.
  



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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4127 times:

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 17):
Dude you cool!!

Haha cheers!   

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 17):
My NW flight was my first ever trip to the US, December 27th 1986 LGW-BOS on one of their 747 something-or-others, although at that time it certainly wasn't a 744!

Yeah I guess it would have been very strange to see a 744 back then!      
Have you been on a 744 before? I could imagine that there was a huge difference to when you flew to BOS back in 86 on a 747.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 17):
exactly six months later to CLT

Ahh so thats when you went to CLT, I bet it was alot different to how it is nowadays.



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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4124 times:

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 19):
Have you been on a 744 before?

Oh yes, many times, but my NW flight was my first time on a 747...it seemed so huuuuuge!!

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 19):
Ahh so thats when you went to CLT, I bet it was alot different to how it is nowadays.

I think the last time I flew out of CLT was around 1989 when I caught a Pan Am flight to JFK via RDU...I won't bore you with the details of the Air India flight that I subsequently took from JFK to LHR, but from what I understand, AI is a lot different from what it was back then! 



Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4122 times:

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 20):
my first time on a 747...it seemed so huuuuuge!!

Yeah i bet it was!!! Those 747's are huge! I still haven't got on one yet, hopefully though i'll get on one in the near future. I just thought, imagine the size of an A380 up close, wow.  Wow!
Quoting BAViscount (Reply 20):
but from what I understand, AI is a lot different from what it was back then!

Haha yes alot has probaly changed.



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User currently offlineSpeedbird741 From Portugal, joined Aug 2008, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4118 times:

Luanda's 4 de Fevereiro airport. Why? Because nothing beats:

- Exiting an A340 or 747 via airstairs while listening to the music from the APU and the the nacelles spinning with the calm breeze;
- The blast of heat and humidity with the smell of red earth when leaving the plane;
- The power going out when all passengers await their bags;
- It is one of my two home airports (the other being Faro, Portugal)

Of course, the airport renovations along with its GPUs and new electric structure are killing all the grace!

Speedbird741



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User currently offlineInitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1066 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4099 times:

Definitely SIN

Besides being my hometown airport, it is also the best airport in the world I've been to. Why? Clearing immigration takes no longer than 2 minutes unlike other airports (DXB, BKK, HKG comes to mind) when even the fast track is almost as long as the others. Besides that, SIN opened with T1 in 1988 and T2 in 1991 and both of them still look sparkling new. Using SIN had never been a problem to me and I can foresee myself using it for hundreds of times in the future.  

Daniel



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User currently offlineelbandgeek From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 759 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4099 times:

Being my home airport, I have to go with MDW but a close second would be MCO. I've never arrived there and not immediately felt refreshed even if it's downpouring. The shuttle ride to the terminal always gets me with the greenery separating the ramps and it just has that fresh, Florida-y feeling to it.

25 ash1111 : Brisbane International Airport.
26 KL642 : AMS! I have always loved Schiphol going back to the 1960's when I was a child. The airport is a destination in itself. On my last trip to AMS in 2009
27 zrs70 : BOS. Beautiful approach. Variety of old and new style terminals. Close to the city.
28 OA260 : Zurich - very nice and good spotting/ease of transit/duty free/lounges etc... Athens - Very clean and well maintained/Ease of use and nice lounges. Pl
29 PITingres : The more I fly, the more I appreciate PIT. #2 would have to be YOW. I haven't been there for a while and I gather that the terminal(s) have been upgra
30 LGWflyer : Yeah I have seen many brilliant pics here on A.net of BOS. Probaly some of the best pics on the sight!
31 carbon787 : not in any particular order, as follows: SIN, followed closely by BZN and MUC.
32 Post contains images JetBlue777 : I flew last summer on OZ's 747 (twice) and it looked smaller than I thought! Well, it was parked near ICN's gigantic airport terminal, so that helped
33 Post contains images UltimateDelta : Definitely one of my favorites, too. I think my absolute favorite would have to be SAV. It's small, convenient, modern, and has a lot of Southern cha
34 pwm2txlhopper : I don't have a favorite per say, But there's a few on the top of my list, Boston Logan- BOS Fairly busy with good spotting locations. Not a hub airpor
35 Post contains images FRAIAD : First, I'm happy that so many people favour my home airport FRA. I have a lot of memories connected to it, too. When I was a little kid, my aunt who w
36 LGWflyer : Yeah from the looks of them, I can see where your coming from. Another aircraft I still need to get myself on! Here at LGW, I see plenty of them whic
37 aklrno : Thus thread needs to broken into large and regional airports. ONT may be nice but comparing it to FRA is silly . Like comparing a C172 to an A380. The
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