Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 39 Posted (12 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 4988 times:
Does anyone else feel loyalty towards one particular airport even though it may not be the nearest or most convenient for them any more?
In about a months time I will be relocating work/home with the result that my local airport, Leeds/Bradford (LBA) will no longer be my near neighbour, instead replaced by Humberside (HUY).
Whilst I will try and use HUY for convenience purposes (especially on charter flights as scheduled flights are currently just Aberdeen and Amsterdam), I will feel some sort of guilt at not using LBA so much as this has until now always been my local airport and the one I have enjoyed supporting and see prosper.
It's only now that I realise that my fondness for LBA is like supporting a favourite sports team, that its just not that easy to change your loyalties!
Fortunatley LBA and HUY are only about 60 miles apart so I can still make trip to LBA when needed.
I'm sure I can't be the only one who has gone through this. Anyone else had similar feelings?
767Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 4939 times:
I live in ATL but have no problem driving 2 hours to Birmingham Alabama if I have the time and the Southwest price is favorable enough. I find B-ham much more convenient in terms of checking in, security, walking to gate, etc. You can shave approximately 45 minutes to an hour off the front-end at B-ham compared to ATL.
Canadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 4940 times:
Interesting topic. I myself feel a certain "loyalty", fi you will, to two Canadian Airports, YVR International (I grew up in West Van, and my family was a CP one). Spent many a happy time at YVR, planespotting, etc. It is in many ways my "home" base airport. I am thrilled to see YVR "come of age" with its
beautiful new international and U.S. terminal, plus the wonderful re-design of the domestic arrivals/departures area. I always feel as if I am coming home whenever I land at YVR. I especially love the Asian theme and artwork in the centre atrium on the international departures level.
Secondly, YYZ's Pearson International, as our family relocated to YYZ, and again I have spent many a happy day there, both planespotting and venturing off from T1 and T2 on many journeys. As with YVR, I am very pleased and proud with the design and beauty of Pearson's T1-New. It will be a wonderful port of entry for those visiting Toronto for the first time, and will no doubt leave quite a positive impression upon these arriving and departing pax.
FLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5243 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 4916 times:
if its ever possible I fly from my homeport STR.
First flight ever from STR, near my actually hometown, good to reach by train and car,
Classic Airlines and LCC´s there.
And if nothing else happens (and if the fare´s ok) why do not fly from STR.
Always when I arrive there I know home is no more far away.
767Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 4894 times:
I forgot to mention on my above post another important factor: at B-ham, you're almost always "number one for departure" because traffic is so light there. At ATL, it's a lot of hurry-up-and-wait...you get on the plane and then you sit there for 30-40 mins in a long line waiting behind 20 departures ahead of you. Once I'm at the airport I like to be on my way, and you very much have that feeling at B-ham.
Canadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 4878 times:
Two of the most beautiful sights to me are:
1. Twilight at YVR International, with the taxi/runway lights illuminated; the
sun casting a golden glow on the majestic Canadian Rockies to the east of
the airport. Illuminated tail lights of Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, EVA Air,
etc., as they pushback and begin their journey from the Canadian west to
the romantic far east. Aaaaaaaaaaah!
2. Twilight at YYZ Pearson International, observed from the roof of the
parking garage of Terminal One. An unforgettable sight; the odour of
JP4 fills the air! Aaaaaaaaaaah!
Jkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 4822 times:
My most local Airports are SOU/BOH but in an hour I can get to LGW/LHR. I would be pretty upset if I had to move away from those last two (LGW/LHR) as you can get to anywhere in the world from them. Leaving SOU/BOH wouldn't be an issue as I haven't and probably will never need to fly from there.
Ual747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 4808 times:
Well, I have a lot of PRIDE in my airport, if that's what you mean. DFW is the closest airport to me which is not a low-cost carrier airport. DAL is only a few miles from my apartment, but DFW is by far my favorite for it's size and international status. I can't wait for the new international terminal to open up. Hope we get some more international carriers, but I have a feeling AA will be the one taking up most of the gates, which is still a good thing.
Gamps From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (12 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 4756 times:
I guess I fit your description!
I used to live at Redwood City and that meant San Francisco was the default airport. But even after moving to south Bay, with San Jose International only 3 miles away from my home, I still fly more from San Francisco even though it is bit far (35 mins drive). But I like flying from SFO - especially going there early and seeing the new developments/construction and all those regular birds from faraway lands. Airport feels lot bigger/newer and less crowded compared to SJC - JMO.
Like this weekend, flew San Francisco - Vegas, but main reason the price was cheaper compared to San Jose - Vegas
JETSET123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 8 months 7 hours ago) and read 4698 times:
I used to live about 17 miles from Leeds, but like most people in Yorkshire preferred to fly from Manchester or East Midlands as they had more flights, easier to get to and less likely to be diverted. Once had to wait 7 hours at LBA for an inbound diverted By flight!!!
ILoveORD From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 220 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (12 years 8 months 6 hours ago) and read 4638 times:
Uh, yeah I'm loyal to my home airport--it only happens to be the world's busiest (and best, according to myself and several aviation authors such as Joseph P. Howard) aiport located in the world's greatest city!! The name says it all (read: I Love ORD)....
Csavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1478 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (12 years 8 months 5 hours ago) and read 4569 times:
Always try to fly out if it, even if it is less convenient than EWR. (Which i will go out of my way *not* to fly out of) To me it will always have that patina of international travel and excitement, and it definitely until recently got short shrift from the Port Authority, one of my pet peeves. one of the few things I agreed with Giuliani on.
Anything I can do to help this much maligned and waaaay too over-bashed airport is all right by me.
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