Ariis From Poland, joined Sep 2004, 417 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2870 times:
which airport observation decks/terraces/facilities have you visited and what is your impression in terms of spotting opportunities?
Let me limit the subjects to those facilities accessible easily by foot (within the terminal or its closest surroundings, like nearest sidewalks, parkings, bus stops, etc), or by free-of-charge terminal bus/shuttle at farthest. So, please, refrain from lining up various fences, nearby parks, anything that you would need a car, bicycle or whatever other transport to reach. Just the ones you would visit if you had 2 hours transit time.
For me these come to mind:
FRA (T1) - excellent, no further explanation is needed here I hope. I haven't seen the T2 though , but it got to be less attractive. Takes 3 EUR to enter if I remember well.
WAW - the terrace is quite nice, but the amount of action could be better (well, the airport itself is not big). 0.60 USD entry, much of construction work going on currently.
SZZ - nice terrace, but no action (no airplanes most of the time). Open only when something arrives (+- 15 minutes).
HND (T1) - decent, two story terrace, JAL group only. Free of charge.
HND (T2) - IMHO much better than T1, here ANA group only. Free of charge.
ITM - really good wide terrace. Free of charge. Used to be even better, but after 9/11 they seem to have closed more "dangerous" (i.e. more interesting) areas.
NRT (T1) - not big, but good terrace. Free of charge.
NRT (T2) - two decks on opposite ends of the terminal, but not too good for photos if you ask me. Free of charge.
KIX - takes a dedicated bus to go to (which costs I believe about 3USD, I would walk actually, but there are no sidewalks), gives an excellent view of the terminal and approach route (if you're lucky; if not, departure). You get also live departures/arrivals information board.
AMS - deck is just great. Another example of an excellent facility.
CDG (T1) - you get cool, unobstructed view of the action from the outside circular sidewalks. Some people could yell at you though. No terraces in both CDG terminals.
Both are open daily and cost 2 Euros for both and all-day. The train station observation deck is easily accessible via the SkyTrain from the terminal and is free of charge. I used to go there every weekend myself.
Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3786 posts, RR: 24 Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2790 times:
Let's not forget lowly IAH. Of IAH's 5 terminals, 3 have parking garages that have rooftop parking, which offer spectuclar views. In addition to those 3 areas are the A/B parking facility situated in between A and B as well as a new facility next to terminal C. Below are some samples.
MH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1633 posts, RR: 32 Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2710 times:
These are my favorites:
1 - BUD (cheap entry and low "fence")
2 - AMS (FREE entry (up to now) but sun could be in a wrong position)
3 - MAN (excellent viewing area with Concorde)
4 - FRA (great deck, but too large: you will miss something)
5 - ZRH (excellent decks, both at the "old" and "new" terminals)