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Your Favourite Airport To Fly In Eastern Europe  
User currently offlineAlespesl From Czech Republic, joined Jan 2004, 582 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 10 months 3 days ago) and read 6070 times:

Hi All,
i would like to start this topic because I would like to ask what is your favourite airport to fly in Central and Eastern Europe. The countries I am talking about are Czech Republic and east of it.

Personally, for it is is Prague and Ostrava (OSR).

Thanks for sharing..


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User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days ago) and read 6065 times:

I used to like Prague but that was when it was undiscovered and bedore BMIbaby and Easyjet and all the no-frills jumped in.

I like Belgrade. Much undiscovered by many and only available from the UK with frills, on BA or JAT.


User currently offlineDanny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3508 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6016 times:

Poznan - Lawica (POZ). It's small but has beautiful new terminal and offers very high quality.

User currently offlineCV580Freak From Bahrain, joined Jul 2005, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6001 times:

I flew into Pisner in Czech Republic on a Let 410 of Air Skoda (yep that's was the airlines name - no pun intended). Obviously a Czech airforce base as lots of Migs sitting in hard bunkers.

A tractor met us and coupled up the aircraft and set off at least 75kph which was a hoot.

Went through the VIP channel and only a short coach ride away from the world famous brewery. Stunning scenery AND a tour of the brewery - a great day had by one and all  Smile



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User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5958 times:

I've only been to one so I have to say Prague.

User currently offlineAirevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 873 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5944 times:

My other favorite airport was Riga. A brandnew terminal building, everything looks nice and is quite quick and efficient.

[Edited 2005-09-25 17:02:07]


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User currently offlineAirevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 873 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5944 times:

My favorite is Bratislava, very short ways. The terminal is not a beauty but everything is very quick and efficient.


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User currently offlineGreenjet From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 951 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5922 times:

Tallinn is very nice but you get the feeling in another few years it won't be able to cope with the increased demand.

As for the worst well it has to be the Etiuda terminal at Warsaw. Hell on earth.


User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5918 times:

Yes, RIX is very nice. VNO is ok. LJU is small but nice. WAW is hell, but should be very nice when the new terminal opens. Perhaps the worst I've seen is VSG.

User currently offlineDartland From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 643 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5899 times:
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I kinda like WAW ---

but I'd give my vote for MSQ.

Impressive soviet terminal now mostly deserted. An annual capacity of 5.8M passengers and an annual throughput of less than 500K.

So long as you aren't intimidated by the entry guards, quite a plesant experience!


User currently offlineCgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1139 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5892 times:

Anyone remember Budapest Ferihegy Terminal 1? Perfect for any "iron curtain" nostaligists....a real good example of socialist architecture from the 1960s.

I think its only used now for freight operations.



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User currently offlineFlanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1627 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5842 times:

Sofia. its crazy comin over the mountains which is bumpy lot of the time and then a nice strait in final.  Smile


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User currently offlineAlespesl From Czech Republic, joined Jan 2004, 582 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5717 times:

I would also wanna try to fly to some smaller airport in Romania, such as Cluj, Sibiu and Timisoara.


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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5706 times:

Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 10):
Anyone remember Budapest Ferihegy Terminal 1? Perfect for any "iron curtain" nostaligists....a real good example of socialist architecture from the 1960s.

I think its only used now for freight operations.

T1 at BUD is supposed to be the LCC-terminal now (but was a cargo terminal in recent years).
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KTW has a very modern airport while KRK´s spectators terrace offer good views of the apron - but movements at both airports are a little bit limited.

-HT



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5686 times:

Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 10):
Anyone remember Budapest Ferihegy Terminal 1? Perfect for any "iron curtain" nostaligists....a real good example of socialist architecture from the 1960s.

Oh yes. when I first went to work in Hungary in the early/mid 90s I used to fly in and out of T1. As you say, a marvellous example of socialist architecture, inside and out. Really felt like you were still in the Eastern Bloc.

Quoting HT (Reply 13):
T1 at BUD is supposed to be the LCC-terminal now (but was a cargo terminal in recent years).

My understanding too was that it would become the LCC terminal.



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User currently offlineDean From Hungary, joined Apr 2005, 216 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5686 times:

For me, the best is LHBP / BUD.  Smile But for spotting, I think PRG is the best one!

User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5681 times:

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 1):
I like Belgrade. Much undiscovered by many and only available from the UK with frills, on BA or JAT.

Nice to hear something nice about Belgrade.

Unfortunately, Belgrade is still a mess. International terminal is still under construction. Anyway, the city should be discovered by Western tourists and their number is growing every year.

Budapest is nice.

Quoting Cornish (Reply 14):
My understanding too was that it would become the LCC terminal.

I think that Ferihegy 1 was opened this month.



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User currently offlineKingsford From Belgium, joined Nov 2003, 427 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5669 times:

OTP definitely because of the 100 plus flights I have had to and from that airport, perhaps two were delayed ! Also the luggages arrive very quickly and one doesn't need to walk miles from the plane to the luggage belts area.

They have extension plans and are about to finish works on the second runway taxiing lane. I think this is a future potential hub between Europe and ME.


User currently offlineLuvflng From Costa Rica, joined Nov 2000, 178 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5586 times:

Zilina (ILZ) Slovakia
Poprad (TAT) Slovakia
Krakow (KRK) Poland

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User currently offlineTreg From Estonia, joined Oct 2001, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5563 times:

Quoting Greenjet (Reply 7):
Tallinn is very nice but you get the feeling in another few years it won't be able to cope with the increased demand.

The extension is already planned and additional 9 gates together with extended terminal building and a new pier should be operational by fall 2007 (or was it 2008).


User currently offlineZSOFN From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1413 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5553 times:

Quite liked DBV. You can get a nice approach over the old city and with the mountains on one side a visual approach from the north round onto Rwy 30 can be fun.

User currently offlineHjulicher From Liechtenstein, joined Feb 2005, 869 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5522 times:

what about DME? I think this is the nicest and most modern airport in Eastern Europe. At least it's the most western in the east, if you know what I mean.


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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5520 times:

Another one came to my mind: TIV

Back in the early 1980´s it was quite a bit of a thrill to make a 180-degree turn within the Bay of Kotor in order to align with the runway. My logs show that it was a DC-9 of Inex Adria Airways. When we arrived at the airport for our return flight early morning, the airport was still locked. Some custodian had to open the building for us; the DC-9 flew in a bit later on a positioning flight (from DBV, IIRC).

So this one is in the category "favourite for experience" ...
-HT



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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1684 posts, RR: 31
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 5523 times:

Been to the following:

SVO, RIX, WAW, SXF, PRG, BUD and would rate as follows:

1 - RIX (nice and small so very convenient)
2 - PRG (messy arrivals area, but enjoyed departures and friendly staff)



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