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Your Favorite Airport?  
User currently offlineTWAtwaTWA From United States of America, joined May 2006, 141 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 6 months 17 hours ago) and read 4316 times:

I have had the pleasure of spotting and hanging out in various airports. Some airports are just amazing for aviation fanatics, with unique spotting locations and a variety of aircraft. Some airports are unique machines in themselves, and the airport design and function is as much fun as the airplanes themselves.

Some of my favorite airports:

LAX- amazing spotting location by the famous In-N-Out Burger, love the AA terminal T4 and the TBIT

YYZ- there used to be a great outdoor elevated viewing deck on the top of the parking garage at the old terminal 1

ORD- busy, interesting, densely packed. Personally like the UA island terminal best of all

SIN- beautiful facility, great A/C, flowers everywhere

Kai Tak- of course, the most amazing approach in commercial aviation history

Chek Lap Kok- voted best airport 2005 with good reason, clean modern design, open spaces, beautiful and functional filled with international widebodies.

Would love to hear of other members' favorite airports and their specific reasons?

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User currently offlineONTFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 380 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 16 hours ago) and read 4276 times:

Don't have any one favorite but here's a couple based on different things:

Spotting: LAX. Don't forget Imperial Hill besides In-n-Out

Convienence and Ease: ONT. Cheap parking, check-in, arrive at gate in 10 minutes or less most of the time

Facilities: SIN. New, modern, and clean.

Proximity to Destination: SAN. 5 minutes to downtown, Amtrak, and Cruise ship terminal.

Location and Surroundings: HNL. Open air terminals. And Hawaii! Enough said.

Those are my personal favs.


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User currently offlineDID747 From France, joined Apr 2005, 411 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 13 hours ago) and read 4169 times:
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my favorite airports:

* Honolulu, clear, all open, very clean, a lot of facilities for photos mostly in the corners beetween the 3 piers and at the top of inter-island terminal parking where you can spot all the landings.

* San francisco for spotting area at the shuttle aerial terminals. Nice place of the airport and the very short drive to the town.

* Los angeles for the "theme building" for lunch with a wonderful view in the same time on the 4 runways. impossible to miss any landing or take off except for the smoke salmon... and his fresh burgundy white wine...

* Zurich is a very nice place for spotting. The viewing areas are in good places on the terminals roofs and when the weather is nice you spend a nice day.

Regards. DID747

User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5600 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 10 hours ago) and read 4096 times:

Almost any medium-sized city's airport. Birmingham and Louisville, for two examples, are very easy to transit.

I love long German words like 'Freundschaftsbezeigungen'.
User currently offlineBA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 10 hours ago) and read 4095 times:

V C Bird International in Antigua. Amazing landscaping at the front and a great mix of a/c and just a great location!

cabin crew: doors to automatic and cross-check...
User currently offlineBatonOps From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 752 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 10 hours ago) and read 4089 times:

TPA is a great airport. You can watch the main runways from the parking garage. At least you could prior to 9/11. Not sure if they let you spot from there anymore.

SAN is a fantastic airport being right downtown.

User currently offlineRNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 830 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 10 hours ago) and read 4087 times:

I really like MEX. Yes, I know it's overcrowded and in dire need of replacement or expansion, but I love all the widebodies and foreign flag carriers. I have worked at RNO for 26 years, and although I am grateful for the airport putting a roof over my head for that long period, I just get so sick of all the 737's, A320's and RJ's going to dull regional destinations.

When I go to MEX (my wife is from there) I just feel exhilarated with all the people and the international flights and BIG PLANES! I would even like to work there someday...

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User currently offlineGregarious119 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 534 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 10 hours ago) and read 4086 times:

Favorite so far to travel through:
MDT - Cleanest, quietest, easiest access airport I've been through

DTW - to get from B32 to A77 is quite a hike, but at least you get to go through the cool tunnel and pass a National Coney Island

CMH - 2 parallel runways with the Gateway Dr. in between = great spotting and numerous close call fender benders

User currently offlineThepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 5 hours ago) and read 4075 times:

My favorites are some small airports such as...

S43 (Harvey Field, located ~6 miles east of PAE) Great little spot with an amazing restaurant! Short runway of 2600 feet with a width of 36 feet (~11 meters). Takes a lot of skill to get in there.

Bigger Airports are...
SIN (Amazing airport)
SEA (my hometown airport)

My .02.

From YVR
User currently offlineRobbie86 From Sweden, joined May 2006, 542 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 3 hours ago) and read 4069 times:

FRA: It's just sooooo biiiig! Big grin

Next flights: ARN-ORD-MCO, MIA-ORD-ARN
User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1481 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4053 times:

Favorite International Airport-AMS I loved the rent a bathroom after a long flight.
Favorite Domestic Airport-PDX The new Alaska terminal is light and and pleasant to be in.

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