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Which Airports Do You Try To Avoid?  
User currently offlineUsair320 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 991 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6482 times:

Easy one for me. EWR!!!! That place is the S**t hole of the USA. The Airport I like best is FCO such a nice place.

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User currently offlineFlyboy14295 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6483 times:

Ditto on that and also T4 at JFK. That place has got to be the scum of the earth at JFK. ITs sad tosee that people coming from outside the US have to experience T4 first. By the way, T4 at JFK is Delta.


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User currently offlineIahflyr From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6469 times:

HOU....nice new terminals but all the runways cross which can be a nightmare but ATC does a good job there.

OAK and SJC....lets get more passenger friendly but I do like some gates at SJC with no jetway so ya get the ole stairs, always love that.



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6460 times:

Quoting Flyboy14295 (Reply 1):
By the way, T4 at JFK is Delta.

No it isn't. T2 and T3 are Delta. T4 is the old International Arrivals Building.

I agree that T3 is the pits though, hasn't been refurbished since Pan Am left, very cramped and squalid.


User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6460 times:

PHL

I have not flown thru there, but mostly anyone that I have heard that has, tries to avoid the place, unless you aren't checking luggage.



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User currently offlinePSA727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 974 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6455 times:

ORD and ATL for the most part.

I'm not very fond of JFK or LHR either.

EWR (via CO) is starting to piss me off with the flights to/from
IAD and DCA arriving at Terminal A. The bus to Terminal C does
not run as often as it should during busy times. Other than that,
I really don't mind EWR. CO's Terminal C is quite nice actually.



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User currently offlineFlyboy14295 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6453 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 3):
No it isn't. T2 and T3 are Delta. T4 is the old International Arrivals Building.

I agree that T3 is the pits though, hasn't been refurbished since Pan Am left, very cramped and squalid.

Thanks for the correction! I was there this morning and have already forgot! T4 is great. But T3 needs to be knocked down and built up from the ground again.



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User currently offlineSK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6447 times:

Quoting Usair320 (Thread starter):
Which Airports Do You Try To Avoid?

None! (if I don't have to change planes)

When transferring to another flight I will avoid:
-LHR
-IAD
-ORD
-FRA
-CDG
-MXP (together with AMS, one of the worst in the world when it comes to mishandling baggage)

I use AMS a lot, since it's basically my house, but it would not be my first choice for making a transfer. Loooooong walkways (hello Schiphol...tram?? like in DTW?) and known for bad baggage handling. I work at AMS almost 8 years and in all those years KL is blaming Schiphol for the baggage problems (regular system break-downs) and Schiphol is blaming KL for bad organisation...and I tell you: they are both right!


User currently offlineQXatFAT From Israel, joined Feb 2006, 2405 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6446 times:

I find GRU a toughy to connect in. But I do love the airport there. I pretty much like every single airport because I get destracted from all the crap or crowd when I walk by gates and see beautiful birds at them or beautiful FA's getting ready to get on the birds  Smile


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User currently offlineBnamaxx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6442 times:

ATL can be pretty painful, but I have always suspected I am a victim of a massive DL gate scheduling conspiracy. If running late, I can always count on arriving at C1 and departing from T15 with 15 minutes connecting time. Which begs a question I never seem to remember to ask when there - is the old connector tunnel between concourses B and C still used as it was back when those gates were occupied by EA? For some reason I was under the impression it was closed off, but it shows up on the website map.

User currently offlineJetBlueAUS From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1145 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6442 times:

LGA.

I always experience delays there. Then, when we finally push back we have an extended delay due to the long line at takeoff.



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User currently offlineSilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2154 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6420 times:

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 4):
PHL

I have not flown thru there, but mostly anyone that I have heard that has, tries to avoid the place, unless you aren't checking luggage.

You will still catch a delay there most of the time and then there is the Philly-attitude.


User currently offlineLipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11458 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6417 times:
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GRU and BSB.

The lack of comfort at the airport is impressive, and during high season, become a nightmare.

Felipe



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User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6410 times:

I try to Aviod LAX if i have to transfer to other flights on the same day

User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 881 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6400 times:

definately like to avoid CDG; however due to my love for Air France, I cannot avoid it  Smile

User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3771 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6378 times:

Every connection I've had at CDG has been bothersome. Partly because I don't like rushing from one end of T2 to another, and partly because for some reason my connections with AF always seem to be reduced to 30 mins, because of various delays coming in...

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User currently offlineDernierVirage From China, joined Aug 2006, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6370 times:

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 14):
definately like to avoid CDG; however due to my love for Air France, I cannot avoid it

I agree completely !

CDG is the weak link for Air France, especially as the closure of 2E had a big impact on capacity (2E has in fact partly reopened, but all boarding is by bus !!). I think until 2E is completely open again and the other projects finished that CDG will continue to be a difficult place. That said, I notice that things like passport control, baggage claim etc that are handled by ADP (Aéroports de Paris) are still not showing any improvement, these are areas where things could be changed, whatever the status of the building and reconstruction work.

It's a pity, since the quality of AF is let down by their home base and my fear is that things may get worse before getting better. For some time now, I schedule all my flights to avoid busy periods, just to minimise the pain !

Quoting Doona (Reply 15):
Every connection I've had at CDG has been bothersome

CDG is the airport I know best, but I would not want to transfer through it myself !


User currently offlineAlphafloor From Chile, joined Jun 2004, 1277 posts, RR: 40
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6345 times:

Quoting DernierVirage (Reply 16):
CDG is the weak link for Air France, especially as the closure of 2E had a big impact on capacity (2E has in fact partly reopened, but all boarding is by bus !!). I think until 2E is completely open again and the other projects finished that CDG will continue to be a difficult place. That said, I notice that things like passport control, baggage claim etc that are handled by ADP (Aéroports de Paris) are still not showing any improvement, these are areas where things could be changed, whatever the status of the building and reconstruction work.

It's a pity, since the quality of AF is let down by their home base and my fear is that things may get worse before getting better. For some time now, I schedule all my flights to avoid busy periods, just to minimise the pain !

Agreed. CDG is also the airport I try to avoid, I'll add ORY. Last year my flight back to GVA was cancelled due to a strike, I was with my 4 year old son... no fun  Sad



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User currently offlineDernierVirage From China, joined Aug 2006, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6342 times:

Quoting Alphafloor (Reply 17):
Last year my flight back to GVA was cancelled

I know the problem - 2 years ago I was taking a flight to GVA on a day where there was a surprise strike by Aéroports de Paris, who blocked all road access to terminal 2. I sat for 2 hours in the traffic, then had to get to the terminal on foot . There were about 100 protestors and the same number of police surveying them, but no attempt to move them or clear up the chaos.


User currently offlineUsair320 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6318 times:

Quoting Silentbob (Reply 11):
You will still catch a delay there most of the time and then there is the Philly-attitude.

I know just what you mean about Philly attitude. I lived in the area for 15 years before moving out west. I rember on many occasions arriving from a long transatlantic having to hear the lovely PHL customs and immagration yelling"Yo yous wit a us passport ova here yous from otha countrys ova here" in he ever so famouse Philly accent.


User currently offlineIAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6318 times:

Not to fond of FCO could they turn on the air just a little bit in the security line area geesh! It is so flipping hot this time of year in there. And I loathe ORD for all the delays.

User currently offlineOrdryan28 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 988 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6316 times:

ATL, yuck...worst airport ever


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User currently offlineTango29 From Ireland, joined May 2006, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6308 times:

Only ever visited this airport once and i swore i would never set foot in it
again, you`ve guessed it.......CDG!!!

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User currently offlineReyes27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6305 times:

LAX if i have to transfer, dont mind it otherwise

User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3308 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6288 times:
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LHR...

Last summer, on the way to London doing EWR-LHR on VS, Passport Control took us an hour and 15 minutes, and we had left EWR at 8:00AM so there were not a HUGE number of flights arriving at 8:20 PM in LHR. The Heathrow Express also costs a fortune (well, everything in England does).

And on the way back home, we had 4.5 hours for our layover doing ZRH-LHR on LX and then LHR-EWR on VS. We made it to our flight with 15 minutes to spare.

Absolutely horrendous, and never again will I fly to or through LHR.

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25 RootsAir : any airport in the U.S !!! filler filler filler
26 EWRandMDW : Either airport actually within the municipal boundaries of NYC and ATL, although my most recent experiences thru there weren't as bad as in the past.
27 AirScoot : IAD for any reason. Without question. I'm also not terribly fond of ORD for connections since it's my luck that the day will be going perfectly smooth
28 GAIsweetGAI : CDG. Had to wait for my luggage. IAD. Had to wait for friends at immigration. Never again if that's possible. Depends if you're doing a direct transat
29 777fan : Exactly. Quite possibly the worst airport for connections. Period. UA domestic connections can require a marathon trek from T7 to T6 and don't offer
30 NHGrafx : I really hate IAH, it is way too big and can get quite confusing sometimes. The only thing I like about it is how easy it is to get to the car rental
31 Hjulicher : CDG is hard, really hard for all of the rest of the people in the world who aren't aviation enthusiasts. I consider myself fluent in French, and airpo
32 Bohica : Actually T4 is now the NEW International building and it is very nice. A huge improvement over the old T4. I will aviod LGA like the plague. There ar
33 Siren : I absolutely hate OAK... As to airports I like... SJC. Call me strange, but I enjoy boarding a plane without the jetway. Stairs let you get intimate w
34 Post contains images Sarah : Tried to avoid connections through Toronto Pearson (YYZ) during their major overhaul. A major trek between Terminals 1 and 3 via shuttle buses with $3
35 GQfluffy : The tunnel runs from T all the way out to E concourse...escaltors/stairs/elevators to each concourse... Back on topic; I loathe CVG. It seems everyti
36 Post contains images DAL767400ER : That's the main tunnel in the center of the concourses. What Bnamaxx was referring to is the tunnel on the northside that runs solely between B and C
37 LPLAspotter : LHR since you have to wait in the central part of each terminal before your gate is announced. Annoying if you want to spot aircraft before bording. L
38 Falstaff : ORD for me. I have missed a couple of transfers because of the time it took to walk from one part to another. That was back in the TWA days of the 90
39 AirForceOne : Ottawa was the Most Crampled for Me AirForceOne
40 Post contains images Asturias : I don't think there is any single airport I try to actively avoid.. rather there are certain types of airports. It is a bit hard to explain, but it's
41 Swissgabe : LHR CDG DFW RUH CMB
42 NightHawk117 : I try to avoid any routing through ATL. Since I am mainly a DL flier, I get stuck w/ connections through there because it is much cheaper or there are
43 Boston92 : OAK. IAD is usually filled past capacity, T1 at LAX, the old Terminal at BDL, PIT kind of freaks me out sometimes, I have no idea why.
44 Silentbob : After the treatment I got this morning in CLT, I'd be happy if I didn't have to go there again. Nothing like having gate agents threaten to pull you o
45 Post contains images Leskova : Any airport that has a name beginning with the word "London"... ... and I try to avoid having to transfer at MUC whenever possible (which, given that
46 Post contains images Boeingfanyyz : CDG- Complete shithole with even shittier staff, many of whom do not speak English (even the BA employees!!!) CUN- Customs: YIKES! No air conditioning
47 Mjlhou : I'm sure it'll get better once the new terminal is complpete and open....sorry for now. Bangkok(BKK) is absolutely the worst in my opinion....I was t
48 Timepilot : JFK is the absolute WORST airport I've ever been to; I hate it with every fiber of my being. If I never have the misfortune of flying through there ag
49 Kingsford : Especially with new security measures : LHR ! Nightmarish airport with extra long walks, long luggage waits, guaranteed delays, extra small, packed te
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