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Your Home Airport Strengths And Weaknesses  
User currently offlineGarri767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6276 times:

tell me what your home airport [s] is, then give me some info on what ur opinion of its strengths and weaknesses

[Edited 2005-05-06 01:51:39]

36 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineRCS763AV From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4395 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6272 times:

BOG (Bogota, Eldorado International)

Advantages:

- Big hub operation (Avianca system)
- Nice choice of destinations and frecuency (America, Europe and a lot of domestic cities)
- Choice of carriers (several international and 5 main domestic operators)
- Improvements are being made prior to the major makeover to be finished in 2025.
- The Juan Valdez stores!

Disadvantages:

- Very old and cramped facilities for the number of pax it handles (designed to handle 6mil/year and it now handles 8mil)
- Not enough gate space for international flights, at bank times planes have to park on remote stands and passengers have to face Bogota´s cold air when arriving at night. (only 10 gates for almost 100 daily flights)
- No more space for the ticket counters (theres already spaces designed for 1 carrier being shared by 4 or 5 operators)


User currently offlineJUANR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6262 times:

Quoting RCS763AV (Reply 1):
- Not enough gate space for international flights, at bank times planes have to park on remote stands and passengers have to face Bogota´s cold air when arriving at night. (only 10 gates for almost 100 daily flights)

I don't think there are more than 100 daily international flights out of BOG, now, on the international concourse there are 9 gates and in the whole airport there are 21 gates.

Still, you've summarize quite well the current situation of BOG, perhaps I'll add that BOG is the busiest cargo airport in Latin America and that is situated just 10 minutes away from downtown.

Juan
SKBO


User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6254 times:

MDT (Harrisburg International, Pennsylvania)

Strengths:

Brand New, Opened Sept 2004
Close Proximity to home, about 20 miles
No Lines! Cheap Parking! Quick Security
Some decent spotting opportunities
Air National Guard Base, Lots of C130 Traffic

Weaknesses:
Only feeder flights, RJ's & Dash 8's
No Heavies (except UPS & FedEx)

All in all, a nice regional airport.
(They call it International I think because AC flys 2 B1900's @ day to and from YYZ)

Russ



My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offlineSalso From Slovenia, joined Dec 2004, 205 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6246 times:

LJU (Ljubljana International, Slovenia)

Advantages:
-Small and convenient. Located 20 minutes from downtown Ljubljana by highway. Because of its small size you can pass all the pre-takeoff and after-landing procedures in a very short time.
-Cheap parking, even though a new parking garage has just been opened.
-Considering its size, it has a lot of daily flights throughout Europe with quite a range of different carriers. It has really a lot of charter flight in the summer season.

Disadvantages:
-Too small for the number of passenger it gets (around 1 million annually).
-Only a handful of bars and shops.
-The terminal is around 30 years old and does not live up to the image of a modern airport. But the construction of the new terminal is due to begin beginning 2006. It will even have jetbridges!!!  wideeyed 


User currently offlineBoeing73G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6242 times:

SEA (Seattle-Tacoma International Airport):

Advantages
-Convinence: Located approx. 15 min. from Downtown Seattle, 25 min. from Bellevue
-AS's main hub- lots of nonstops
-Superb choice of domestic carriers and destinations
-New Pacific Marketplace now open, with greater choice of shops and restraunts
-You can access any concourse or sattelite through any security checkpoint
-Helpful Cell Phone Lot for picking up arriving passengers (off-site)

Disadvantages
-Lack of nonstop international flights
-Parking is a pain: huge garage makes parking confusing and the parking is expensive


User currently offlineLehovec From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 296 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6251 times:

Quoting Salso (Reply 4):
-Small and convenient. Located 20 minutes from downtown Ljubljana by highway. Because of its small size you can pass all the pre-takeoff and after-landing procedures in a very short time.

Maybe it is small, but it is definitely not close to LJU city center (27 km). Many other airport in the region are closer: ZAG 17km, KLU 3km, VIE 20km, even ORY 18km... So not so close after all.

Quoting Salso (Reply 4):
-Considering its size, it has a lot of daily flights throughout Europe with quite a range of different carriers. It has really a lot of charter flight in the summer season.

Can't agree on this one either. ZAG airport is slighty bigger then LJU (1,4 millions pax over 1,1 milions in LJU) and has many more carriers:
LJU - U2, JP, OK, AF, AUA, MA, JU
ZAG - OU, LH, AUA, TH, AF, SU, 4U, MA, OK, LO

Quoting Salso (Reply 4):
-Cheap parking, even though a new parking garage has just been opened.

Agree on this one. 6 euros per day is really cheap.

Biggest advantage is it's size. Once came 15 minutes before departure and didn't have any problems checking in; plane left on time.  Smile

Quoting Salso (Reply 4):
Disadvantages:

I agree on all disadvantages.


User currently offlineRCS763AV From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4395 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6228 times:

Quoting JUANR (Reply 2):
I don't think there are more than 100 daily international flights out of BOG, now, on the international concourse there are 9 gates and in the whole airport there are 21 gates.

Still, you've summarize quite well the current situation of BOG, perhaps I'll add that BOG is the busiest cargo airport in Latin America and that is situated just 10 minutes away from downtown

Yes there are. Count both departures and arrivals.

No there are not 21 gates. If you count Puente Aereo its more like 29.


User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6221 times:

DIA,

16,000 ft runway.


User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6217 times:

BRS, Bristol airport, south west England.

Advantages:
- Getting popular - something like 80 destinations served (2/3 charter, 1/3 scheduled)
- Three LCCs
- Direct service to EWR starting in a couple of weeks!
- Three bars!

Disadvantages:
- Shortish runway with little opportunity to expand (hills)
- Middle of nowhere, little chance of rail links
- Car park is usually 99% full - and overflowing on bank holiday weekends
- Car park charges nearly LHR prices and it's not even hard standing!
- Crap food
- Hard to get good photos because of the hills and new security fence

Geoff M.


User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6209 times:

Geoff,
You are spelling your name wrong.  Wink


User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6203 times:

JAX (Jacksonville, Florida)

Advantages:
-Looks pretty nice after the new renovations done a few months ago.

Disadvantages:
-Don't get TED, SONG, JETBLUE, etc.
-Mainline carriers (usually) only fly in regional jet's and commuter airlines except for DELTA, which operates a daily DL 767.  Smile


User currently offlineJetBlueAtJFK From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1687 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6198 times:

JFK

Advantages:
-Hub for B6
-Focus City for AA and DL
-ALOT of Int'l destinations (especially Europe)
-Alot of destinations
-4 Runways and all can be used by all aircrafts (except some runways for the 747 and soon A380)
-9 Terminals
-Big Cargo Operations

Disadvantages:
-It is a little further from the city
-Parking is either at the terminal or far away
-Gets VERY crowded at holiday times
-More Int'l destinations then domestic (in other words more of an international airport)


 airplane jetBlueAtJFK airplane 

I do love JFK though so the disadvantages were hard for me to say b/c I love it.



When You Know jetBlue, You Know Better
User currently offlineIntothinair From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 392 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6196 times:

From where I come from/was born
FRA:
Advantages: A lot of different destinations on earth, over 200.
A lot of choice in which airline to choose
incredible (Zuschauer terrasse)Airplane viewing terrace

Disadvantages:
Quite cramped
Almost at maxmum capacity

Where I live right now:
PEN
Advantages:
Very clean
Carpet(Most of the airport)
Not cramped


Disadvantages:
relatively small airport, 3 million pax.a year
Not that many destinations

Cheers, Konstantin G.


User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12282 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6192 times:
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My home airport is WLG

Strengths:

Very spotter friendly Smile
Heaps of good spotting locations Smile
Main domestic hub in New Zealand

Weaknesses:
Runway, under 1900ft
not enough airlines


User currently offlineIntothinair From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 392 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6185 times:

Quoting 777ER (Reply 14):
Runway, under 1900ft

Seems very short to me, almost as short as Saba.
I think you made a little mistake.
According to FS2004, it's 6762ft.
Still relatively short though.


Cheers, Konstantin G.


User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6177 times:

Quoting JeffM (Reply 10):
Geoff,
You are spelling your name wrong.  Wink

Sodding Americans twisting a perfectly good English name and making it "simpler" for themselves to spell!

Geoff M.


User currently offlineMHG From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 794 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6175 times:

Mannheim (MHG)

Advantages:
10 mins to Mannheim downtown
15 mins to Heidelberg downtown
Maximum! 3 mins from car park to check-in / baggage claim to car park
5 mins walking distance to local tramway and bus-stop

Disadvantages:
Obstacles in approach on both sides (elevated trunk road on one side and high buildings on the other side)
Short runway (3400ft) leading to only one operator with limited choice of a/c (DO 328 + Dash 8-100 with relatively high seat mile costs...)
Very high fares
Monopoly of an operator and limited size of a/c is always a bad combination...



I miss the sound of rolls royce darts and speys
User currently offlineNavairjax From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6165 times:

Quoting UAalltheway (Reply 11):
JAX (Jacksonville, Florida)

Advantages:
-Looks pretty nice after the new renovations done a few months ago.

Disadvantages:
-Don't get TED, SONG, JETBLUE, etc.
-Mainline carriers (usually) only fly in regional jet's and commuter airlines except for DELTA, which operates a daily DL 767.


While there is a good amount of RJ traffic, all carriers except United, American, and Independece offer as much if not more mainline traffic than express.

Parking is plentiful and inexpensive here, and the new central security checkpoint is a huge improvement over the cramped checkpoints which used to be at the first gate of each concourse.
The fact that there is an absence of TED and SONG is a no brainer as the current flight schedule shows little evidence to support increasing current traffic to ORD, NYC, etc. B6 will strongly consider service after the E jets enter service. Perhaps the only true disadvantage at JAX is the limited amount of westbound traffic as most routes are to the north. I believe the furthest west one can travel nonstop from here is MSP.


User currently offlineVatveng From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1009 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6151 times:

PHF: Newport News/Williamsburg

Advantages:
Small size means car-to-plane in 20 minutes.
Plenty of AirTran service to MCO, LGA, BOS, TPA, and (of course) ATL.
Convenient to where people live, not in the middle of nowhere.
Growing fast with plans for parking deck and 2nd concourse.
Room to grow, rumors of a 3rd runway.
Lots of GA traffic, and some military traffic means good variety of smaller planes.
Competition between AirTran and Delta.
Viable alternative airport to ORF.
Cheap parking - $5/day.

Disadvantages:
Baggage claim area is WAY too small, it was designed with CRJ and Dash-8 in mind, now with a 717 and an MD88 landing at the same time there's a stampede for the two baggage carousels.
Parking lots are getting cramped. Parking deck is still only in the planning stages.
Only 3 airlines: FL, DL, US Express


ORF: Norfolk International Airport

Advantages:
Lots of airline choices: DL, UAX, US, NW, WN, AA
UPS/FedEx big birds
Southwest has brought fares down.
Spotter can sit in one place and see traffic from ORF and lots of Navy and Coast Guard helicopters, and sometimes even Nightingale (air ambulance).
Parking deck built just a few years ago, connected directly to baggage claim area and short (indoor) walk to checkin & gate areas.
Close to everything, not in the middle of nowhere.
Approach from north goes directly over Little Creek Amphibious Base, great view of the top of several hovercraft.

Disadvantages:
Little room left to grow. There's been a study done for a possible parallel runway but it will be a very tight squeeze and could affect wetlands. Enter the NIMBYs.
Long-term parking lot has no parking lot shuttle, long hike to terminal.
We're the first city to get dumped by Independence Air.

Advantages of PHF + ORF:
We have both Southwest and AirTran, and they don't have to directly compete with each other.
Delta mainline serves both airports.
DL Connection and US Express serve both airports.
If necessary, a diversion from one to the other means only a 15-minute drive.



Visited VA,NC,PA,SC,FL,GA,OH,AL,TX,TN,CO,CA,UT,NV,NM,IN,KY,MD,MO,CT,MA,NH,ME.
User currently offlineYanksn4 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1404 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6148 times:

DEN

Advantages:
- Tons of land to expand to
- Major hubs for United Airlines and Frontier
- Flights to almost all major cities in the United States
- Not hard to get a low fare
- No WN
- All Major carriers (except WN) serve it

Disadvantages:
- A little far from Denver and the Denver Metro Area
- only two international airlines (BA & LH)
- getting more regional jet service now

signed,
Matthew



2013 Airports: EWR, JFK, LGA, LIS, AGP, DEN, GIG, RGN, BKK, LHR, FRA, LAX, SYD, PER, MEL, MCO, MIA, PEK, IAH
User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6142 times:

SLC

Advantages:

Increasingly Large Hub for DL
Lots of Destinations, especially West Coast/Midwest
Relatively Large for the City
Good Runways, Interesting Approach / Climb
Relatively Easy to Walk Across / Simple Setup, Full Access to All Gates after security
Close to the City
Slowly being upgraded

Disadvantages:

Older, Architecturally Dull Conglomeration of Buildings
Inadequate (VERY Inadequate) Landside Facilities
Fewer Airlines, Few International & East-Coast Flights
Too Much WN
DEN's little sister
Dominant Airline Failing
Mostly CRJs
(Relatively) Locked In
Largest flight a 764


User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6118 times:

LAX, no disadvantages just an In-n-Out airport with no delays. Thats what I like less ground time more air time. Plus LAX offers the spectacular takeoff over the ocean and take-offs are always smooth at LAX because of that ocean breeze.

User currently offlineRCS763AV From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4395 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6124 times:

Quoting Yanksn4 (Reply 20):
only two international airlines (BA & LH)

I thought you also got Air Canada and Aeromexico or Mexicana (dont remember).....


User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6114 times:

MIA:

AAdvantages:

AA

DisAAdvantages:

AA

 

[Edited 2005-05-09 05:37:39]

25 WA727 : PHX Advantages: Hub for HP and WN. Competiveness keeps some fares low but that's been changing lately Three parallel runways. Longest 11,500 feet Rare
26 Post contains images JetBlueAtJFK : They dumped Lansing, MI before that. LOLOL I like that. That is an advantage in NY too, I have to add that to my list. jetBlueAtJFK
27 Westjet_8 : YYC -Calgary. Canada Advantages -redone terminal buildings -9 million pax for a city of 1 million -Westjets base city -Major Air Canada destination -F
28 FlyMIA : MIA. Advantages: AA hub. Many airlines to chose from. Gateway to the Carribean and Central and South America. Many European destinations. 7 miles from
29 UAcsOKC : OKC Advantages New Terminal (Final Stages of construction) Mainline service Good Weather Military practice TOGO's (lots of E-3's) decent spotting Few
30 Post contains links FlyMKG : My home airport is MKG (Muskegon, MI): Advantages: Great spotting locations Relatively new Only 1 mile away from my house The Muskegon Air Fair Two St
31 Ib16uk : MAN - Manchester Airport Advantages Great train links Terminal 1 resturant has a fabulous view of the runway Disadvantages bmibaby !! When there are n
32 Post contains images GlobeTrekker : Aruba International Airport Reina Beatrix; Advantages - Brand new airport - Common use facilities for check-in. Any airline can use any counter or gat
33 Post contains images PlymSpotter : PLH: Plymouth City Airport, England. Advantages: Only 4km from the city centre. Friendly service. More destinations being added. Only 1km from my fron
34 Post contains links and images OzLAME : SYD (Kingsford-Smith International) View Large View MediumPhoto © Tristan Freedman The one huge advantage SYD has over just about any other major
35 Post contains links and images Airboeing : TLS - Toulouse Blagnac, France View Large View MediumPhoto © Denis Roschlau Advantages : very close to the city centre easy spotting lot of car p
36 767-332ER : ATL (Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport) Advantages: -Busiest airport in the world -Good balance between heavy traffic and smaller, RJ's
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