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Easiest Transfer Hub In The World...  
User currently offlineRicardoFG From Spain, joined Feb 2005, 677 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8722 times:

I flew to FCO last week via AMS and having made many transfers in my life I found that AMS is the easiest airport for transfers...would you all agree? if not where...start it up  Smile

Rgds,
RicYYZ

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User currently offlineBoeing7E7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8709 times:

Gotta say the new Detroit NWA facility was a pretty damn smooth transfer. Four A-330-300 flights came in at the same time and we were on our way in less than 20 minutes, but that was more of a TSA problem than anything. Customs took about 30 seconds. AMS wasn't too bad either on the other end. Much larger scale than DTW. Better view on landing...Sun was just coming up.

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26196 posts, RR: 76
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8705 times:

Supposedly it is MUC, though when I was there last week, I had 2 bus transfers. LH does have a MCT of something ridiculous like 25 minutes there.


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User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8692 times:

Prague is really easy though. It's so small, everything under one roof I presume, just walk from one gate to the other. However, once my mum flew into MUC on gate 27, and then left MUC at gate 24 (or something similar)  Smile
-mr. X



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User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4878 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8688 times:

MKE?

All the YX gates are in one concourse, the airport is uncongested.

Of course there aren't any intercontinental flights.



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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8688 times:

Quoting Boeing7E7 (Reply 1):
Gotta say the new Detroit NWA facility was a pretty damn smooth transfer. Four A-330-300 flights came in at the same time and we were on our way in less than 20 minutes, but that was more of a TSA problem than anything. Customs took about 30 seconds. AMS wasn't too bad either on the other end. Much larger scale than DTW. Better view on landing...Sun was just coming up.

I have to say DTW.

I don't like AMS at all. Long walks, old style piers, and the Lounges are just a pain to get to.

CDG, the worst.

ORD, well if you are AA to AA or UA to UA it's ok, unless you are International to Domestic.


User currently onlineRL757PVD From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4630 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8686 times:

Ive never had any problem with CVG or SLC, CVG esp if its mianline to mainline, 90% are in the nice concourse B with good shops/food selections and a short walk. In terms of sheer volume, on a good day ATL is good, on a bad day...forget it.

CVG gets my vote for best

EWR gets my vote for worst ( technically I never "connected" there since it was so bad I had to take Amtrak to PVD for my 2nd segment!)



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User currently offlineVT977 From India, joined May 2005, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8667 times:

personally I like Singapore Changi......Worst exp JFK


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User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4522 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8663 times:

I would cheat and say NW with its operation in IND since it has 8 gates in one small concourse but I know you mean a real hub right? DTW has to be the easiest in my opinion. At least when you are dealing with fortress hubs.


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User currently offlineGuyBetsy1 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 838 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8668 times:

US domestic flights are not included!

For a major international airport, I'd say my vote goes to VIE. 20 minutes is all they need! But with new EU borders and passport control, that can cause a few nervous moments as you queue while transferring for an international flight!

My vote overall goes to SIN. Easy transfer. Take-a-number, have a seat, while you wait to check-in at transfer desks. Very comfy. Nice staff.


User currently offlineBeany From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8652 times:

I find Singapore unrivaled. IMHO, its by far the best airport on this planet for transfers. Also, not many airports can boast a swimming pool on the roof  Smile

I must admit though, I was pleasantly surprised when I transferred through EWR terminal C on Monday night on my way from LAX to LGW. CO have a good facility going on there. Big thumbs up from me.


User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 7873 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8625 times:

MUC, if you're flying on Star Aliance carriers. No doubt about it.
SIN is also great, especialy if your layover is sort of long but the walking can still be long at Changi. In fact, for a long layover, SIN is far better that just about any other airport I've been to.
AMS comes a close third to the above too.


User currently offlineBirdbrainz From United States of America, joined May 2005, 449 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8615 times:

I disagree about JFK, but I'm sure it all depends on which connection. The DL to SAA (SFO-JFK-JNB) connection in JFK couldn't be easier. It was about a 500 ft walk with no re-screening. However, ATL is just too damn big, period.

I thought AA did a very good job making SJC-LAX-LHR work well both ways. The American Eagle bus ride was a bit of a pain, though.

UA's terminals at ORD are good, with a good connection there just depending on the weather.

For Europe, I agree about AMS being very good, although CPH is also good.

Like everything else in Singapore, SIN works very well.

I'm amazed LHR works at all. That place blows my mind.



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User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8603 times:

I agree AMS is the way to go!

I have been for transfer at MAD, GRU, ATL, etc... and found none of them as easy as AMS.



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User currently offlineCayMan From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 905 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8591 times:

I found ICN pretty impressive--both for ease of transfer and superb facilities available inside.

User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8571 times:

EWR gets my vote for worst ( technically I never "connected" there since it was so bad I had to take Amtrak to PVD for my 2nd segment!)

You obviously don't travel through EWR much. It is not the best, but it is certainly better than many.

Harry



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User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4522 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8565 times:

AMS is fine if you don't mind riding a bike or driving from end to end  Smile

It really isn't bad just a long hike at times. I do like their security. At least when you depart from AMS you feel safe. That is my opinion anyway.



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User currently offlineSK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8581 times:

I think AMS is a bit overrated and gets too much credit. As Dtwclipper wrote, the walking distances are outrageous, waiting times at security checkpoints and immigration are way tooooooooo long, not enough seats in the gates, bad climate control, gates are too small, the odd way of boarding: ground staff forces you into a small crowded area with no facilities and then they let you (and the 100 other pax) in the jetway; totally disorganized. And did I mention the loud announcements every minute or so? No way to relax!

I like DTW (bright, spacious, train!), MSP, MEM (yes I fly NW quit often) and ATL in USA, dislike DFW, ORD, JFK, SFO, SEA.
In Europe ZRH, GVA and MUC are my favorites, not so keen about CDG, NCE, VCE and LHR


User currently offlineVivek0072 From India, joined Jun 2005, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8531 times:

I found SIN the best ,JFK was one of the worst I visited I don't know about BOM as being a hub , thought the facilities are really pathetic its surprisingly quick, Incheon at Seoul was good too but I feel they can improve a lot. There were a lot of queues when I flew thru Incheon.


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User currently offlineCDNpax From Canada, joined Dec 2004, 45 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8505 times:

I love SIN and even HKG (long walks but a beatiful facility from which to admire the tarmac.) Worst is YYZ if you are coming off an international flight as you have to get a bus from the infield terminal, then clear customs and then connect. Extremely maddening after a really long flight!!

User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8471 times:

Quoting SK601 (Reply 17):
I think AMS is a bit overrated and gets too much credit. As Dtwclipper wrote, the walking distances are outrageous, waiting times at security checkpoints and immigration are way tooooooooo long, not enough seats in the gates, bad climate control, gates are too small, the odd way of boarding: ground staff forces you into a small crowded area with no facilities and then they let you (and the 100 other pax) in the jetway; totally disorganized. And did I mention the loud announcements every minute or so? No way to relax!

The one thing I just love about AMS is the voice on the moving sidewalks....

"Mind your step!" I wish she would come to DTW!!!!


User currently offlineRicardoFG From Spain, joined Feb 2005, 677 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8443 times:

Quoting CDNpax (Reply 19):
Worst is YYZ if you are coming off an international flight as you have to get a bus from the infield terminal, then clear customs and then connect. Extremely maddening after a really long flight!!

Dont forget having to pick up your baggage and put it on a transfer belt! I work at YYZ but it sucks for transfers!


User currently offlineKonrad From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 516 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8418 times:

MUC in Europe
CVG in the States


User currently offlineBlackhawk144 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8412 times:

Well, if you call BOI a QX connecting hub...then I would easily venture to say BOI is definately the easiest, as no matter which you're going on, you're always going to practically be there (even though QX uses 12 gates, I believe, in a ground loading concourse).

Anthony


User currently offlinePA006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8412 times:

Keflavik is a breeze, despite the need to go through passport control transfering between US and Europe.

25 Gilesdavies : Charlotte and Bahrain are two of favorite and easiest transfer hubs. BAH Walk off the aircraft via the airbridge, passport control is directly in fron
26 Post contains images Glareskin : How can you say this? This is the worst transfer airport I know of. Especially if you have to transfer to the non-Schengen pier (the round one). Terr
27 Geoffm : Singapore has got to be best, though I've only ever arrived there, not transitted. DXB has not been mentioned and I would suggest that is the best in
28 Dtwclipper : I know, I know...but that's how I know I'm in AMS! LOL!
29 Post contains images GQfluffy : Evil. That's what CVG is. EVERY SINGLE FREAKIN TIME I FLY THRU THERE. Something happens. Generally it's the fact that flights are always late either
30 STLGph : how often do you connect there? DTW CVG CLT ORD
31 Wingedarrow : As for EU, I think that FCO too, mentioned at the outset, offers a quite simple transfer system. Three close terminals, clear and easy to understand s
32 SA7700 : ATL is a breeze and ORD is marvelous. Why do people whine about connecting at JFK? I connected from my SA-flight at T3 to UA mainline at T7 with no pr
33 Neednewairport : I always have enjoyed transfering in PIT. No stupid train to get on. Wide concorses and a great, reasonably priced mall and resturants.
34 Kdeg00 : I'm surprised CPH doesn't get some votes. Sometimes a bit of a walk, but great lounges, signage, food, etc. I've made connections there even at widely
35 Post contains images Indy : I flew AA from FRA to ORD and connected in ORD to IND. I was exhausted by the time I got to my gate for the domestic departure. International connect
36 Crosswind : Has to be Zurich... Great airport (always has been) and a very efficient setup. Because gate allocation is so logical you know exactly what direction
37 BOSPMV : MSP and CVG get my vote, I had no problems at all, at CVG, most flights are in the main concourse, wicked nice terminal, msp, everything is in the sam
38 Post contains links and images Hjulicher : Can't really say anything about DTW, never have had to make a transfer, it's always my originating or final destination, but, I have had weird things
39 Post contains images GlobeTrekker : I have to go with AMS! Most definitely! The signs are clear, the info screens as well and of course easy to find transfer desks. That's why I use the
40 Mats : The winner--by a long shot--is HELSINKI VANTAA. It is definitely the best transfer airport in Europe. I love Helsinki. It's a gleaming terminal with n
41 N766UA : PIT and CLE are pretty painless.
42 Delta767300ER : From experience ATL, CVG, and DFW, and EWR have been really good for me. IAH and LAX have been a bit harder but no major problems. -Delta767300ER
43 Cubsrule : ATL has this problem as well... better hope neither ATL nor DTW ever sees the 380... ATL would put it on 5 carousels!! In the KEF vein, how about PTY
44 WDBRR : I imagine Airtran in ATL, they are mostly in ONE concourse.
45 Post contains images ANCFlyer : CLT is a breeze . . . . every gate is accessible after clearing the TSA Nazi's security gauntlet. Clean, bright, airy terminal! PIT is a breeze - rath
46 Post contains images 1MillionFlyer : I love that announcement. I used to live there and flew in and out 2-3 times a week for a while. "Let Op aufstep, mind your step!" I smile every time
47 Rushed : Melbourne, Australia would have to be a pretty easy transfer airport due to its single terminal building housing all three terminals. International (T
48 Matt27 : Personally I think Singapore and Amsterdam are very good and easy transfer hubs. //Mattias
49 777klm : I can't talk about the transfer services in AMS, I've never had a transfer flight from AMS. In my opinion CPH, SIN, SYD (international to domestic) an
50 Post contains images Windshear : CPH airliners.net wants me to write more... But CPH is my final answer. Boaz...
51 Jet-lagged : Okinawa! I saw some people flying from Taipei, Taiwan to Okinawa, Japan (my flight), then transfer to a flight to Shanghai, China. The international f
52 Eyeonthesky17 : MUC in Terminal 2 is by far the best European connections, as long as you are staying within Star Carriers. JFK has deservedly gotten a horrible reput
53 Post contains images Glareskin : It is fine, especially since you probably transfer from UA to UA. Ofcourse it is annoying that you have to claim and re-check your baggage when arriv
54 Bogota : It is funny to see so many votes for American airports, it is evident people have not done International to International transfers in the US. Having
55 ManchesterMAN : This is a pain, but I think one of the reasons why DTW is a favourite is because it makes this process very easy. Certainly in the US of all the airp
56 HighFlyer9790 : I think Gatwick is small, therefore making it a very easy transfer. Also, they have good in-airport transportation and it is very well makred/organize
57 UsAirways16bwi : Airports I found easy to go through are CLT and CLE. Only problem was that in CLE, we were delayed for hours because of snow, but it was all good cuz
58 BH346 : The airports easiest for international-domestic (and vice versa) transfers from my experiences: SEA: I went between Northwest's domestic and internati
59 Emrecan : Budapest Ferihegy Airport is also an easy airport for transfer pax.
60 Post contains images Morvious : Thats just an oppinion of other people What do we care anyway.. Emirates will take over all flights, and land at Dubai as worlds biggest hub
61 TACAA320 : Agree!
62 ORDUSA : ORD is horrible for connections. Weekends are the worst, forget about making that connection in less than an hour. A quick question for the a.net vete
63 FXMD11 : It has to be Singapore. Arrived from JFK on SQ25 and had to connect to BKK. Lay over was 43mins. All went well and the luggage with 2pcs made it also.
64 Post contains images TransIsland : MUC for me, nice light airport, not too crowded - probably because it's a pain if you actually want to go to Munich Nightmare: MIA
65 AMS : In my opinion Osaka Kansai airport in Japan is the best and most convenient airport to change planes. Regards, AMS
66 BoeingPride800 : I would say DTW is pretty easy. With the tram and things. It's easy to get to your next flight. But Newark is also nice not just in connecting flights
67 Post contains images CRJIAD : Probably DFW
68 Post contains links and images RogerThat : Flew AA Eagle STL - XNA - DFW. Thunderstorms the night before closed down STL and filled up all the non stops for days. Eagle's Northwest Arkansas min
69 BA757 : I wish she would shut up. Try sitting at the gate waiting for your flight by the end of one of them - I had just come in from EWR, not had much sleep
70 Argonaut : I agree KEF is among the best in some ways. Of course, it has the advantage of being small...only a short walk to any other gate. On the down side, t
71 Post contains links SK601 : Argonaut, you are correct in stating that Iceland is not EU but Iceland is part of the so called Schengen-countries (Schengen treaty), so pax transfer
72 Nonrevman : My wife and I had the same experience. We just got off of a flight from Houston and were connecting on to MUC, so we were just a bit tired and irrita
73 Wdleiser : IAH... sucks. It takes forever to go through customs and immigration because of all the flights coming from Mexico and Central america all arriving at
74 Klyk1980 : Let me share all my experience: ORD: Your nerve will definitely tighten up if you arrive at T-5 (International) and your connection in other terminals
75 777klm : Next Saturday, 23/7, I'm flying UA 947; AMS-IAD-LAX. I've got 2houres and 20 minutes transfer-time in IAD, is that enough?
76 CXA330300 : Best: London Heathrow Terminal 4, British Airways. Easy to get around, great stuff there, comfortable, and spotting at Gate 25 is to die for on a sunn
77 Gigneil : For mainline connections, CVG gets my vote. The shuttle over to the Comair terminal is less convenient, but not bad. DEN is pretty ridiculously easy,
78 Post contains images Mfz : @ ORDUSA 1h15min for transfer at MUC is normally more than enough. You will not need to change terminal - both flights operate at Terminal 2, the "new
79 EK156 : DXB has a very nice and easy to go around terminal!! It is one long building with Duty Free shops, restaurants and hotels. That's why it is excellent
80 Glareskin : Yes you'll have plenty of time.
81 NYCFlyer : Of the MAJOR Euro hubs (LHR, CDG, FRA, AMS, maybe MAD if you're generous), AMS is totally the best. Only two people have mentioned DEN! UA at DEN is g
82 Shawn Patrick : DEN is extremely simple and very well thought-out, and I have never ever seen it congested. And I've been there a zillion times seeing as it's my home
83 Jdaniel001 : sorry dude. DIA is not good. I like PIT and AMS. Food and beer for the fellows and shopping for the ladies. LHR for us airplane geeks.
84 CHI787ORD : Were you on the street walking from T5 to T3 or T1? Surely you took the train...
85 Newkai : True, I do it all the time to/from SYR. The thing that sucks is that the afternoon flight to SYR leaves about the same time as most flights from Euro
86 Newkai : I found that too. However, I was driven to my gate as my connecting time was short! Really funny experience. The carts don't have horns or beeping no
87 Nosedive : And this statement warrents anything why? Yes, I'm a DEN guy. The airport is well thought out, but I do wish the signage and shopping was more abunda
88 ACDC8 : I find the easiest AMS. It's never taken me longer then 15 minutes to get from B pier to E or F piers (including passport control) and vice versa. Lot
89 Indy : Our arrival was to the very last international gate. From there it was quite a hike to customs and to the train (or whatever you call it). Then after
90 Jeffry747 : Was flying SDF-MDW-ISP. got off the plane at Midway and the gate I had to go to for the flight to ISP was right next door. It doesn't get any easier t
91 AF773 : Well, I might get in trouble for this one: Best: CDG I transfer there at least once a month. Never had any problem. But then I know the airport well a
92 RicardoFG : What airports have that? YYZ and YUL are pax only
93 Newkai : Most U.S. ones, especially domestic terminals. ATL is a prime example. JFK T6 is another one I've been to recently. And almost all medium and small a
94 ACDC8 : I should have stated that it's usually the domestic baggage claims that are like that. YVR is a good example, YLW (although it's a very small airport
95 Wingscrubber : When discussing airports could everyone please give the airport's full name. Not all of us have memorised the entire worlds airport's three-letter IDs
96 ACDC8 : If you put your mouse cursor over the 3 letter ID code, you should get a little pop up with the name and location of the airport. Correct! Agreed! An
97 Kal744 : I agree on AMS Regards FRA
98 Schipholjfk : AMS. Extremely convenient and full of life, shops, good views of the airfield.
99 Legallykev : GVA is the best airport to arrive at. I've walked out of the airport within 20 minutes of landing most of the time.
100 Post contains images Vatveng :
101 USAF757300 : I also would have to go with NW at DTW, maybe YX at MKE.
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