redzeppelin From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 767 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4231 times:
I recently was chatting with a colleague about airports that we have passed through without ever visiting the city, and I thought it would make a fun question for this forum. For me, the list is fairly short, but I'd imagine that some of our day-trippers and mileage runners might have some fairly long lists. Here is mine:
So that makes 5 out of a total of 52 airports in my log. I'll give honorable mentions to two other cities that I have visited on road trips, and later connected through the airports, but still "never left the airport" on those flights. Those are DEN and YVR.
rsrik From India, joined Oct 2008, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4197 times:
Hmm, Let's see
DXB (5-6 round-trip stops)
FRA (1 occasion)
HKG (More than a dozen times... SQ Tech stop between US and India)
AMS (1 occasion)
SYD ( 1 occasion, I was on my way from SFO to MEL)
IST (1 occasion)
ICN (Maybe 2-3 times)
n729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 541 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4140 times:
HKG x 2 (on the way to Australia..one stopover/one change of flight)
DXB x 4 (flts to Australia passing through, there and back twice)
BKK x 1 (on the way back from Australia SYD-BKK-DXB)
SIN x 4 (to/from Australia two stopovers/two change of flights)
BLQ x 1 (Blackall, QLD) on route from BNE-LRE
SFO x 1 (change of flights)
GOV x1 (Gove NT, on route from DRW-CNS)
RamblinMan From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 1139 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4125 times:
OGG (weird one...flew HNL-OGG-IAH-BNA instead of direct just to try a HA 717)
LAX (been to Orange Co but never LA proper)
PDX (then drove back through Portland on the same trip but never left the freeway so still never been)
EWR (been to NYC but never to Jersey)
I think that's all of them.
I also once did the opposite, flew MDW-DTW-BNA-MKL connecting through my own hometown of BNA with a 3 hr layover, so I scheduled my annual appt with my allergy specialist. Landed, rented a car, hustled across town for the appt, then straight back to the airport.
Yflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1253 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4100 times:
EWR (I've been to New York, but all my flights to EWR were just for connections)
IAD (Same as above -- I've been to Washington, DC on a road trip as a kid, but I've only connected through IAD)
LAX (Technically I left the airport, but only went as far In-N-Out Burger, then back to the airport to catch my connecting flight).
I would say that we keep it to cities that we have never actually visited--Since my original post I've thought of a few more that I could grant honorable mentions to, but I say let's keep it simple. Cities that you have never visited at any time via any airport or other transit method, but you have passed through the airport.
Quoting RamblinMan (Reply 3): (weird one...flew HNL-OGG-IAH-BNA instead of direct just to try a HA 717)
I don't find it weird at all. I'm flying YYZ-LGA-MSP-BZN soon (rather than the simpler YYZ-MSP-BZN) just to catch the WS 737-600. Remember your audience here.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 28122 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3991 times:
Quoting redzeppelin (Reply 7): Cities that you have never visited at any time via any airport or other transit method, but you have passed through the airport.
I've probably missed a few but those that come to mind:
Regina, SK (YQR)
Deer Lake, NL (YDF)
Fort St. John, BC (YXJ)
Grande Prairie, AB (YQU)
Fort Nelson, BC (YYE)
Watson Lake, YT (YQH)
Cambridge Bay, NU (YCB)
Resolute Bay, NU (YRB)
Iqaluit, NU (YFB)
Mont Joli, QC (YYY)
Gaspe, QC (YGP)
Iles de la Madeleine, QC (YGR)
Kansas City (MCI)
San Jose (SJC)
(The last 6 points above, all in Wisconsin except DLH, were intermediate stops on a 6-stop North Central Airlines Convair 580 from YWG to ORD sometime in the 1970s. I flew it nonrev once just for fun as it sounded interesting. A couple of the sectors were only 15 minutes or so.)
Sal Island, Cape Verde (SID)...when SAA used it as a fuel stop to/from JNB during the Apartheid era.
Adelaide (ADL)...intermediate stop on Ansett flight MEL-PER.
Rotorua, NZ (ROT)...intermediate stop on Fokker F27 AKL-CHC in mid-70s.
Nadi, Fiji (NAN)...intermediate stops between HNL and SYD.
Sao Paulo (CGH)...intermediate stop on Varig A300 EZE-GIG in mid-'80s
Santiago (SCL)...intermediate stop on CP DC-10 YVR-LIM-SCL-EZE in mid-80s.
Caracas (CCS)...extra stop on Varig DC-10 GIG-PTY-LAX in mid-80s due cancellation of a GIG-CCS flight.
Panama City (PTY)...intermediate stop on above flight.
Madrid (MAD)...connections only, never visited.
Genoa (GOA)...weather diversions (twice) due fog at MXP in 1970s.
Bremen (BRE)...intermediate stop on KLM DC-9 AMS-HAM in early '70s.
Nuremberg (NUE)...diversion for fuel 2 years ago on a KLM 737 AMS-MUC due closure of one runway at MUC when SQ 77W went off the runway on landing.
zrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3437 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3975 times:
I used to construct great segment runs. Here are my cities:
Des Moines (ORD-DSM-DEN)
San Jose (do landside connections between terminals disqualify me?)
roberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1092 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3924 times:
For me it would be mostly some of the major US hubs, as I connected to those several times but never visited the city. It would include:
(8 out 34 US airports)
In Europe, the list is shorter. I do have a lot of connecting flights in Europe, but I did visit the city of the airport one time or the other. The exceptions are:
- VCE (yeah, I actually connected to VCE!)
(5 out of 213 airports)
Only a small number of airports for me in Asia, 7. Of those 7 I only never left CGK. I connected to SIN another 3 times, but I did visit Singapore on an earlier occasion, so that doesn't count.
reifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1541 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3898 times:
Very interesting indeed. More interesting is even the reason why people would do that (other than the "regular transit"). My list would be quite long with airports people would not expect transit trough, that was from the time I did a lot of daytrips, same day return on the same aircraft and mileage runs:
LWO (actually never left the plane, it was a stop)
LPA (flew there with DE in order to fly back with IB 340 to MAD, another time with DE to fly back on a DE 767)
PMI (uncountable times with AB in transit)
ZRH (either in transit with LX or not countable times I flew between FRA and ZRH with AB in one day as a mileage run)
FRA (see ZRH)
STN (in transit with AB to BHD, when they used ot have a mini hup there, another time connecting with FR from TLN to HHN)
LHR (twice overnight, once with BA arriving the evning before from CDG connecting to IST, and once arriving with BA from FRA and connecting with LO to WAW, overnight as well, also in transit on a ame flight return at T4 with AF on the A380)
BTS (connecting overnight with defunct Sky Europe from CGN to ORY)
ALC (connecting from FRA with AB to PMI with UX)
BCN (connecting from AB from PMI to Clickair to GVA, as well as with LX from BSL to LH to FRA)
PRG (connecting from F7 from GVA to U2 to MXP as well as with OK from FRA to TLV)
MAD (quite a few times: From PMI with HG to FRA with LA, as well as with JK from BCN to FRA with LH)
VIE (with HG, OS, LH)
FCO (either with HG or quite a few times with AZ)
TXL (with AB)
AYT (with PC from ECN connecting to X3 to FRA, as well as a few other flights, including a transfer by night between both terminals by foot)
RIX (with FR from HHN to BT to Liepaja, but also a few other BT transfers)
URE (same plane turnaround with Avies from TLL)
BRI (same plane turnaround with X3 from MUC)
TLL (transfer from HAJ to TBS with OV as well with Avies to URE)
SZZ, WAW, WRO(connecting with LOT)
NAP (connecting with Intersky from FDH to Skyeurope to BTS)
STR (same flight connecting from/to VIE on HG on a mileage run as well as DUS-TXL)
BGY (interestingly connecting from AB to AB i.e. from DUS to TXL)
OLB (same flight connections with AB and X3)
SHA (well I visited the old airport hotel in the airport, but that's it about the city, was on a overnight transfer arriving from MU from PEK connecting to Shenzhen)
CDG (connecting from JFK to PAR on AF, and once on a hub visit by AF)
AMS (hub visit by KLM, we basically flew there to visit the airport)
SAW (overnight transfer, arriving with Izair from ESB connecting to X3 to FRA)
BDS (just flew there with X3 from FMM and back)
BEG (transiting with JAT to/from SJJ, on the way out I still got to a landside restaurant in a little town next to the airport)
FAO (flew there with HG and back on the same plane (to and from PMI) )
ZAG (connected with OU from DBV to Pula)
ZAD (just a stop, did not even left the plane)
ESB (connecting on Anadolujet from Van to SAW)
SIN (stop with LH on the FRA-CGK flight, as well as from LH from CGK to LH to MUC)
CGK (connecting from Jambi on Batavia to DPS on Lion Air)
JMB (connecting from Batam on Kartika Airways to CGK on Batavia, I left the airport though and walked a few meters down the road to a restaurant)
MUC (connecting with LH from SIN to FRA)
BSL (stop with a plane from now defunct Sky Airways from AYT to FRA)
EWR (in transit from CO from BTV to DL to ATL)
ATL (in transit with DL from EWR to RDU)
BWI (in transit with WN from RDU to EWR)
IAH (in transit from LH from FRA to UA to TPA, but also once with UA from EWR to PTY on UA, but I actually spent the night in an airport hotel next to the freeway, if that counts)
PTY (connecting from IAH with UA to CM to BOG)
BGA (in transit with Avies from BOG to CUC, ate breakfast in a restaurant in front of the airport)
CUC (in transit with Avies from BGA to BOG)
MXP (in transit between AZ from FCO and LH to FRA, as well as SV from JED to LH to FRA)
KIX (flew there and back on the same AZ plane from FCO, had a nice meal)
KWI (connecting from MS from CAI to SV to JED)
JED (7 hours layover with SV from KWI to MXP)
LYS (connecting on AF from STR to FCO)
YOW (on AC from FRA to YYZ)
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 24134 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3771 times:
For me, it's not many.
AMA (didn't leave the plane)
ECP (didn't leave the plane)
ANF (didn't leave the plane)
CDG (entered France to mail a letter, though I was transferring from a non-Schengen flight to a non-Schengen flight)
Airports I've flown through and visited by car or otherwise
DFW (all my O&D trips to Dallas have been to DAL)
IAH (all my O&D trips to Houston have been to HOU)
I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more