JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2451 times:
For connectivity, Frankfurt or Munich - 2 terminals at most, very short MCT's. Paris CDG - provided you don't have to change terminals.
For facilities and transfers, Schiphol by miles.
For airside shopping and the nicest business lounge anywhere, Sydney.
For avoiding the hassle of a major airport - Manchester NH, beats BOS hands down and you can get to most US domestic points via a hub transfer in ORD,CVG,CLE,DTW. And you don't have to drive through the big dig to get there.
For the record, best avoided for transfers are:
JFK - absolute nightmare - even without changing terminals
LHR - no better, especially T1/2/3 to T4 and v.v. - kiss your bags goodbye
MXP - huge queues, the ever hovering possibility of wild-cat strikes
BKK - you walk MILES.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2373 times:
Aaah, CDG - great for connecting, but don't stay too long. As far as amenities go, CDG2 is the world's biggest bus station - ugly grey concrete, limited and VERY uncomfortable seating, deplorable retail offering. CDG1 (where United fly from), used to be futuristic (in the 1970's), with its confusing people-tubes, but no shops to speak of, and very uncomfortable to wait around in.
Maybe retail in airports is overrated - you can take it too far, like BAA have done at LHR and LGW, shops as far as the eye can see selling the most unlikely and unfeasible rubbish, but with all the space taken over by retail, public areas are cramped and badly organised. The whole of Heathrow is a giant shopping mall, with a few planes taking up valuable carpark space.
Airdolomiti From Italy, joined May 2003, 680 posts, RR: 10 Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2300 times:
Munich is among my favorites. Can't wait to try out Terminal 2 at MUC, I hear it's a jewel.
I also love Frankfurt, it just feels 'nice' - it's some intangible feeling that makes me like it!
Others I liked are:
-AMS , excellent shopping, wonderful terrace (why can't all airports be like that!), and excellent transportation to the city.
-SYD, I had a 7-hour layover but had no problem enduring it, which means it must be good
-HKG, huge, but even tight connections are alright. My only gripe is that it feels a bit 'sterile' as far as shopping goes. But I love it all the same, the architecture is nothing short of amazing.
-AKL - small but nice!
-LGW, a lot better than Heathrow.
Honorable mention for my home airport VCE, fantastic terminal, excellent business lounge with a great terrace, good connections to all of Europe and a daily flight to JFK. I sure will miss it when I move away from Venice...
My least favorite airports:
-CDG - never been to T1, but I was not impressed with 2A/B/C/D - dirty, awful toilets, horrible cafés, and poor shopping. I also rarely encountered friendly personnel. I haven't been to 2F/E though (just arrived at 2F once for a connection to LAX so I didn't see much of it), which seem to be nicer.
-JFK - I'll never forget the dirty immigration area and the walk to baggage claim the first time I arrived there. Yuck! I can't imagine what a nightmare transferring between terminals must be.
-MXP - only been there once, it's not horrible but nothing exciting either. Pity!
Teva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1868 posts, RR: 17 Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2247 times:
My favorite airport ? Bora-Bora
My number 2? CDG
I have a lot of airlines and destinations. I really love CDG2F, where you have a lot of restaurants/cafes/brasseries. (at each end of the building, in the public area)(and in each peninsula after security)
About shops in CDG, in the public area you have to follow the signs "BOUTIQUAIRE". There is one in the basement of CDG1, with a few shops and a lot of restaurants. The other one in between CDG2A and 2B.
About CDG1, I love it, but I agree with everyone here: it urgently needs renovation. There was a project, but it has been postponed after Sept 11.
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JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2233 times:
Bora Bora is cool, but Rarotonga is better - the boarding lounge is on the grass behind a hedge - waiting to board your NZ 747 is magic - the aircraft takes up the whole apron, and dwarfs the terminal.
StevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2153 times:
PDX (E concourse) is great. DEN (UA concourses) are great also. I love IAD for the scenery around it, and the spotting, but the concourse is too damn narrow. ORD (once again...UA concourses) is a great place to spot also. HNL is great, just for the tropical feel to it!
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2134 times:
Hi SteveUhl777 - why LHR an international favourite ? Great spotting opportunities yes, but its a dia-bloody-bolical airport to travel through - great long gangly neverending piers, moving pavements that don't move, crowded stuffy baggage halls, outdoor bus stations (ideal for the sun-drenched British climate), I could go on for ever. LHR was home base for some years, and I HATED it - but I still prefer the horrors of T1 to flying Squeazyjet into LTN, or (God forbid) Ryanair.