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Nice Departure Area/horrible Arrival Area  
User currently offlineB6JFKCOEWR From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 4 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2747 times:

Which airports have really nice departure areas in their terminals, but awful arrival areas that you have to deal with when you return?

I think the DL terminal at JFK is like this. The departure area is somewhat spacious, has a nice food court, and for an older terminal it's really nice. Arriving back there, a bunch of intl. flights arrived at around the same time and the customs/baggage area was a complete wreck. I've never seen so many screaming customs officers in my life. Any similar experiences?

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User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2733 times:

With out a doubt Las Vegas. LAS has very nice departure areas at terminal 1, the domestic terminal. Lots of light and clean spaceous areas. When you are arriving however, you go through the thick smoke of cigarettes and slot machines and the chaos because all domestic arrving passengers funnell through one area to get out of the airport.

User currently offlineLH455 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2646 times:

JFK Terminal 7 (UA, BA, CX) -- departure area isn't as nice as Terminal 4 but it's decent. However, the customs area/baggage claim area is dark, dingy, depressing. It's difficult to go from HKG to that.

User currently offlineAirtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1564 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2560 times:

My home airport always look nice on departure and horrible on arrival  Wink

Life is short : eat dessert first !
User currently offlineSK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2526 times:


Yes, it looks nice, with all the shops and (fast-food) restaurants, but when I arrive I would like to go home....and in AMS you need to struggle through the shopping mall before you finally reach the car park. I just want to pick up my bags and on my way home....

User currently offlineN801NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 744 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2502 times:

Unless they finished the project, BOS Terminal E is like this. Departure renovations was completed in May, 2003. I read here on a.net that they Arrivals area hadn't been finished as of 2005.

User currently offlineBA747YYZ From Canada, joined Mar 2006, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2492 times:

YYZ, especially T3, ok dearture area, works fairly well, but the arrivals area, it can take a long time and a long walk to get to custums

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