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Most Iconic / Instantly Recognizable Airport?  
User currently offlineLAX2IADandORD From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 44 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2503 times:

Using this wonderful photo as the basis of this discussion (and my opinion):

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1028861/M/

I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on this very subjective topic. With the picture link, my personal opinion (slightly biased as it is my home airport) is that LAX, in total, is the most instantly recognizable, unmistakable airport on the planet. Anchored by the Theme Building, followed by the ATC tower and the "light tubes" on Sepulveda that cascade down Century Boulevard in front of the airport hotels make for a very iconic complex. I have seen CDG, MUC, FRA, LHR, MAD, BCN, FCO, MEX, MXP, VCN, ORY, GVA, GDL, CUN, MTY, LIS, LAS, ATL, CVG, JFK, ORD, DIA, SFO, DFW, IAD and nearly every other airport in the US.

In the US i'd place IAD as a close second (with Eero Saarinen's passenger terminal) and TWA's old terminal at JFK (all but demolished by now, also by Eero Saarinen) as very iconic structures. In Europe, both the original CDG terminal and the new Air France / Sky Team gates are very recognizable. I lack first hand knowledge of the new mega airports scattered throughout Asia.

It is tough to not confuse "iconic" with "beauty" as CDG's old alien space ship terminal is ugly, though it is unmistakably Paris, thus iconic. To be fair, as a frequent user of LAX, most of the actual terminals are dated insofar as design, facilities, amenities and in some cases general upkeep. But overall, LAX cannot be mistaken for any other and is almost instantly recognizable, thus the most iconic.

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User currently offlineN8076U From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 425 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2464 times:

I have to agree, that at least for me, I always instantly recognize LAX, as long as the tower is in the photo. But I also haven't visited that many airports in my lifetime, and definitely not very many at all in other countries.

Chris



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User currently offlineDartland From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 643 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2452 times:
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Agreed -- LAX, JFK (TW), and CDG would be at the top of my list. I'll add DEN with the distinctive terminal ceiling.

I'm from NY so I'm biased, but I would think LGA (parking garage view from Grand Central Pkwy or view of the hangars) and EWR (distinctive terminals from the road) would also be high up there.

From the air, I'd say DFW with it's semi-circle terminals and parallel runways and ATL with it's 5-tiered terminals would be the most distinctive.


User currently offlineZudnic From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2439 times:

Definitely IAD. That Saarinen terminal is pretty darn distinctive.

User currently offlinePilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2439 times:

LAX is probably the easiest to recognise, KAI TAK would also be up there.

[Edited 2006-07-11 19:42:16]


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User currently offlineUSADreamliner From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2321 times:

I think: CDG
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LAX
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JFK (TWA Terminal)
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IAD
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this is just me (probably), but I can recognise AMS from any other Airport, in a sec.
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User currently offlineGift4tbone From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 612 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2292 times:

What about BOS? I could recognize the tower in a heartbeat, never seen anything like it. Also, I would have to say ORD from the air, as for me, I can recognize the terminal layout. But I do agree that LAX, JFK, and DFW are up on the top of the list.

-Tony@PVD



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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2214 times:

Anyone been to IAD lately? I was there Saturday and there is a huge
contruction project going on.

Airports easy to identify?
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User currently offlineN43W79 From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2201 times:

Well,

I think that HKG is the most recognizable airport in the world; followed by CDG. Also, Kansai is pretty recognizable. LAX has a recognizable tower, but apart from that it is pretty generic.


User currently offlineSpartanmjf From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2187 times:

IAD - Washington Dulles [the original terminal]
LAX - Los Angeles International [the tower]
KIX - Konsai International Osaka [the bridge and the beautiful terminal]



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User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2144 times:

Quoting LAX2IADandORD (Thread starter):
TWA's old terminal at JFK (all but demolished by now, also by Eero Saarinen)

The TW terminal @ JFK is NOT being demolished... only the gates were demolished. The iconic terminal and famous "tube" connectors are still there and will always be there, and will front jetBlue's new Terminal 5.



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User currently offlineKlwright69 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jan 2000, 2017 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

This is indeed very subjective. It all depends on where the individual has been, and what the individual remembers.

I have never been to HKG and CDG so I wouldn't know. But I'll take your word for it.

Of course DEN is very distinctive, and very memorable. It is truly an original structure. But if one has never been, it is not worth much.

Some airports mentioned are not particularly distinctive, special, or iconic in any way.

Of all the airports I think the absolute most recognizable is LAX due to the "signature building." This is especially true if you've never been there cause the airport has been in so many movies over the years, and the signature building is always right there, by the tower. Yes the facilities at LAX are not that great as mentioned.


User currently offlinePetazulu From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 701 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2099 times:

How about St. Maarten? Could recognize that from anywhere!
I agree with Dulles and Denver as well as the TWA terminal. Throw in all of LGA (including Marine Air Terminal). CDG Terminal 1.
St. Barths and Jorge Newberry in BA are also very distinctive.


User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

For me it's LAX. Hands down.

CDG and DFW are easily recognizable from the air, but LAX outshines them all.



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User currently offline2travel2know From Panama, joined Apr 2005, 3580 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2068 times:

As for Latinamerian airports, I would think GIG, SDU, MDE and GUA (!) do are quite recognizable.


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User currently offlineTolmachevo From Germany, joined Jun 2006, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2068 times:

I think Berlin Templehof is quiet easy to recognise, but as noted in other posts it depends on where you have been more often

User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12340 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2068 times:

Quoting N43W79 (Reply 8):
LAX has a recognizable tower, but apart from that it is pretty generic.

That, and the "Theme Building".

I've only seen it in real life once, but I've seen it in TV shows countless times - it helps to have Hollywood in your back yard, I guess...



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User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2007 times:

I have to agree with everyone else here that it is LAX simply because of the theme buildings. I have friends who have never been to LAX or ever out the country and easily recongise the theme building and those big poles?? does anyone know the name?

User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3981 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2006 times:

Denver is pretty recognizable with the white cone type shapes of the roof.


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User currently offlineLAX2IADandORD From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2002 times:

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 17):
I have friends who have never been to LAX or ever out the country and easily recongise the theme building and those big poles?? does anyone know the name?

The name is precisely the "Theme Building". It was built in the Lyndon Johnson era (I believe) as his name is on a placard somewhere near the entrance I believe.

More than one indicated LAX's Tower as the most recognizable. Perhaps folks may be confusing the space aged "Theme Building" as the tower. If this is the case, it is not. The building houses a very cool restaurant / bar called "Encounter" which looks like George Jetson's living room on acid. Even the elevator ride up is an experience with music that starts and stops with the elevator. Order a fountain drink at the bar and you'll hear "galactic gun fire" as they pour your drink. The base houses what appears to be administrative airport offices.

WOW!! Thanks to all who agree about LAX. I am always glad to go there (which I do about once per month to fly). Will see it tomorrow.....


User currently offlineDLSLC From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 88 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1998 times:

I can't believe no one has mentioned ATL. At least from an aerial stand point, it has to be one of the most recognizable airport, you cant mistake the layout of ATL with any other airport. Also I think LHR is another easlily recognizable airport from the air.

If you are meaning easly recognized by the landmarks or buildings, LAX obviously and JFK with the TWA building.

Devin B.


User currently offlineCrjflyer35 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 668 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1942 times:

Definitely agree with LAX and DEN. MDW is pretty recognizable, and PHX is easy to confuse with LAX if you look too quickly and don't notice a "missing" runway. And now since I've flown out of it, the terminal at ICN is unmistakeable!

crj



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