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Best And Worst US And Canadian Airports?  
User currently offlineJeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1336 posts, RR: 12
Posted (11 years 1 week 3 days ago) and read 5612 times:

What are the best and worst US airports as far as passenger service? Also what are the best and worst Canadian airports as far as passenger service?

God bless through Jesus,


God bless through Jesus, Jeff
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User currently offlineKearnet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days ago) and read 5597 times:

I think the best US airport is MHT (OK, so I'm biased). But considering it's growth, ease of use, and prices, I think they're definatly near the top, if not #1.

Now I do know TPA has had the top ranking for the past several years if my memory serves me correctly.

User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days ago) and read 5595 times:

Best US: Toss up among many in my book. SEA, SLC, PIT & MCO
Worst US: IDA (Idaho Falls), ORD, DFW, AVP (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre)

Only been through one Canadian airport, YVR; was a great experience though.

User currently offlineYegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1732 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days ago) and read 5579 times:

I think by far, you have to go with YVR. It has both solid North American and overseas service.

I like Denver too, but Denver has very little overseas service (FRA and LHR).

User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days ago) and read 5567 times:

DFW, BOS,& MEM are three pretty sad airports in terms of facilities and overall appearance.

MCO, DEN, & PIT are pretty much top-notch facilities in every category.

Steve in New Orleans

User currently offlineCessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5519 times:

From my experience...

United States: Northwest's new Detroit World Gateway (DTW). Very easy to get around as compared with their old jungle of terminals.

Seattle used to...I wouldn't cast my vote for Seattle as being the best. When the remodeling is done...then let's talk. Just my opinion, btw...

I'm kind of partial to Charlotte/Douglas CLT.

Canada: My vote goes to Vancouver YVR. Good airport. Spectacular viewing from all over the whole place.

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User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5450 times:

I would say the best in the U.S. would be SFO, and as far as Canada, YVR

User currently offlineBmacleod From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 2337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5336 times:

BEST Canadian airport: YVR

WORST Canadian airport: YYZ YYZ YYZ YYZ YYZ!!!!!!!!!

[Edited 2003-11-15 19:45:07]

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User currently offlineYegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1732 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5313 times:


Wait until the new terminal in YYZ is open. I don't know that it will beat YVR.

User currently offlineCOEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1065 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5279 times:


EWR: The newly refurbished Terminal C is great. It has great restaurants stores and is easy to navigate. Also my home airport.

BWI: I felt BWI was very modern. From the parking garage with lights that tell you what spots are available to the check in and terminal.

PBI: I've always like PBI, don't know why though. Maybe just because it's small and easy and you still get to see the wide bodies.

SNA: Only been to SNA once but all I remember is how easy it was to get from check in to the gate.

Worst: JFK, ORD, TUS

JFK: JFK is just a zoo. It is horrible to get around and a pain in the neck to get to.

ORD: I feel that O'Hare is just a monster of an airport. Again hard to navigate if you are not from the Chicago Land Area.

TUS: Although TUS is small and very easy to get from check in to the gate it is flat out boring. I got there early to try and stand by for an earlier flight which didn't work. I was so bored. No interesting aircraft other that the occasional military movement and the aircraft that did come in were few and far between and nothing exciting. I guess when you are used to EWR a small airport like TUS is very un eventful.

User currently offlineJeffie813 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5201 times:
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DTW (NW terminal)

i know that foreign airports aren't part of the topic, but overall i really love MUC the most.

User currently offlineTranceport From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5151 times:

The best Canadian airport and arguably the best airport in North America is YVR. I live in Vancouver, and on my somewhat frequent trips to the airport as a passenger or as offering a ride to someone else, the beautiful architecture and wide open viewing spaces always amaze me. The way that Native American art has been incorporated into the design of the building gives a calm and restful atmosphere.

Most of my experiences are in the international terminal, which I recently noticed has undergone even more improvements. Although I'm certain they exist in other airports and I just don't know where, this is the first North American airport I have ever used (and I've been in plenty) that is equipped with glass/clear jetways so that as you board the aircraft you have a wide open view of the aircraft, the terminal and the entire airfield. This may only be in the international terminal.

However, as far as the domestic terminal the mini-mall shopping area is fantastic. Sometime if you are there, take some time to study the intricate tile design on the floor in the domestic terminal before the security and AIF checkpoints.

User currently offlineJeckPDX From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5089 times:

I may be biased since its my home town, but the recent improvements at PDX qualify it as one of my favorite US airports for its ease of use, pacific NW architecture and the giant glass and metal awning that spans from the termianl to parking garage keeping the rain out. I am also a large fan of TPA, MCO, DEN, and ABQ for a small airport. As far as Canadian airports go YVR is definitely the best, especially the international arrivals hall with all the native ameriacan artwork. (maybe best airport in north america. I know its off topic but I absolutey love the new kuala lumpur aiprot in malaysia

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User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5073 times:

Jeck- PDX's terminal is really nice, my cousin helped design it. I always like connecting there rather than connecting thru SEA.
My top 3 US airports
1. SFO
2. PDX
3. MIA

Top 3 Canadian airports
1. YVR
2. YUL
3. YYC

User currently offlineWGW2707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1197 posts, RR: 34
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5068 times:

In the USA, from the architectural standpoint, I would say JFK, LAX and IAD are at the top. From the standpoint of ease-of-use, the most user-friendly airport I have been in was PDX.

BTW would any of you know if there is room at MEM for a new terminal to be built to replace the existing facility? Also how close is MEM to the city center?


User currently offlineJayspilot From United States of America, joined May 2001, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5037 times:

boston has the best controllers in the country, 99% of the time they run 2 runways and they very rarely impliment speed restrictions. now the alley setup at the airport at terminal C has much to be desired. I have gotten in early many times only to sit and wait for the alley to clear and end up like 15 min late. (the alley i'm talking about is located between were the airfrance widebodies sit and the american heavies.

User currently offlineNavega From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 741 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5038 times:

Best U.S. Airport probably SEA or TPA. Worse hands down

Best Canadian airport YVR. Worse Canadian airport
Hands down top winner goes to YUL. Your transported
to the 50s, old architecture, old buildings, old employees
and the worse AC service in Canada followed closely by

User currently offlineVIRGINIA From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5029 times:

Worst US airport: LAX, IAD, JFK and also MIA awfull airport.

Best US Airport: just came back from AUS very nice and spatious, EWR, PHX.

Canada only have been to YYZ nice.


User currently offlineWarszawa From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 727 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5011 times:

Tough choice.. but, my favorite is probably KTPA, Tampa International, wow that is an awesome airport. Second favorite is definetly DTW's NWA Worldgateway Terminal.

I also like this airport, even though this airport is small, KFNT, Flint Bishop, its very nice airport, very clean, very small, which makes it super easy to get around in! The checkins right at the front door, you walk up some stairs, walk 100 feet and your at the gate. Its awesome too because the terminal is open to everybody, until you get to the circular part ( the farthest south end of the terminal which holds all the gates ), then they have security there.

I was picking up a relative arriving from MDW into FNT on Chicago Express ATA Connection, and i was waiting in the terminal, its very nice cause you have a view of the main runway from both directions, so you can easily see planes landing, departing, etc. I had a nice shot of that Saab 340 ATA that my relative flew on pulling into the ramp right next to the window i was sitting at, real cool airport!

Plus its like a get in-get out place. There are only a couple baggage carousels, but thats PLENTY for Saab's, 717's, etc. that come into FNT.

I always try to fly out of flint if the airfare is decent, but it depends on where im going. Airtran is nice to have here in FNT, thats for sure. A lot of people around where i live ( i live about 45 mins east of FNT airport ) fly out of flint, and love it, most go by Airtran or Delta though.

Have a look at Flint, next time you go to michigan  Big grin http://www.bishopairport.org/

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User currently offlineGoose From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 1840 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5009 times:

YVR is nice, but I'll admit not having been there in a few years.

YEG is a confusing airport.... with a monsterous international hall which you can shoot a cannon off in at times because it's so empty.... meanwhile, the area WestJet uses is often very busy, and tiny... but I'll admit it's been some time since I've been around YEG as well. Oh, and YEG isn't actually in Edmonton.... it's in Leduc - a twenty-minute cab ride away.

YYC will be a nice airport, if they ever get it finished. They've only been working on it for 30 years.....  Big grin

"Talk to me, Goose..."
User currently offlineBOAC707 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 278 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4945 times:

YVR tops them all...

MIA and YQT fall short. MIA seemed dark and old...and at YQT you have a newer terminal with nothing to do...not bad for spotting, but really how many flights really pass by...

smokey classics to the end of time
User currently offlineJ.mo From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 664 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4927 times:

Best: I am partial to SLC (home). But I think it is very nice airport with alot going on and some good scenery.

Worst: OKC, What a sh!thole. Dirty, dingy and boring.

I have not been to a Canadian airport yet.


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User currently offlinePVD757 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3418 posts, RR: 16
Reply 22, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4907 times:

GUESS WHO I'M VOTING FOR??? PVD!!!!! It's not perfect, but it's got a little of everything: looks nice, clean, great views (lots of glass) good variety of airlines and flights. The concessions could be a little better, but we're working on it. Anyway...

I can't say I have a worst (if I'm at another airport, that means I'm traveling, I love travelling so, how could I hate any other airport?!) I must admit the old DCA terminal was bad and so was the old STT Terminal (old Hangar???). Last time I was at Key West and Carlsbad, I think the terminals were converted mobile homes!

User currently offlinePVD757 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3418 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4888 times:

DAB's terminal, although terribly underused, is quite nice (and simple) too.

User currently offlineNonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1302 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4882 times:

Best: I will give it a tie between DEN and MCO. In the past few years, the experiences in these airports have been good. They also have attractive designs.

Worst: LGA due to congestion issues as well as poor ground transportation choices.

25 Iflyatldl : YUL used to be the pitts, but I've flown through there the last three years in a row and it's getting MUCH better. Traffic is still an issue. TPA is g
26 Awschucksflyer : I love the new YOW terminal and airport. I vast improvement over the old terminal. The new terminal has 'Canadian' written all over it; from the indoo
27 Yegbey01 : Goose, YEG has two sections. Now they are connected through the co called Central Hall (Amazing facility.. Just flew to YYZ a couple days ago). The In
28 CanadaEH : YVR gets my vote for the best, hands down. I've been to YEG, YLW, YYC, YUL, and YYZ in Canada, and YUL gets my vote for the worst.
29 Caribb : USA Best: ORD (US Terminal, architecturally pleasing, functional, lots to do, interesting) (runner up: ATL - simple design and just works) Worse: MIA
30 N62NA : Best US: EWR (Terminal A, B and C). Easy to get around from terminal to terminal and clearly marked signs (which are very helpful for travellers not f
31 BMAbound : Despite being really small, I have to mention FCA (Kalispell, MT). The airport staff is really helpful, the interior looks great and you're able to ge
32 Cessna172RG : One airport that I forgot to add... Maui! (OGG) Good, clean airport, easy to get around, nice semi-outdoors check in area, TSA actually works ok there
33 Goose : The Internationl hall you are referring to is called the South terminal (occupied by AC and includes all flights to the US-NW, CO, AS, UA and HP). It'
34 Yegbey01 : Goose, West jet had been an opponent of expanding YEG. Now they have asked the Airport Authority to modify their plans to speed up the renovation of t
35 Westjet_8 : Best American: Denver, very nice modren airport. Quite easy to connect. Great views. Second Best American: Fort Lauderdale T1, Amazingly nice, modren,
36 Micstatic : BEST: DTW- New NW World Terminal is stunning DAB- Small but easy and modern MCO- Very Scenic, although the checkpoint can backup ATL- Out of the megap
37 Yegbey01 : I have to agree with Westjet 8 about PHX T2. No monitors no nothing. Tghe worst thing about T2 also is gates C and D (What a joke)
38 Mats : Best (USA): 1. Washington National. It's beautiful, has a great view, and a great location. 2. Salt Lake City. I think it's the most attractive hub ai
39 Post contains images EmiratesA345 : I like YYZ. Terminal 3 is really nice and modern. New Terminal 1, which I have been in is one of the nicest that I've been in. I can't wait for it to
40 Tommy767 : EWR--Home airport, nice terminal C, and easy to get around. MIA--Like the layout, and the airport hotel! LAX--Ontime, nice AA terminal, large and in c
41 Lnglive1011yyz : I had to throw my $0.02 in here guys.. I'm new to the discussion groups, so I just had to throw this in. I've also been into the new Terminal @ YYZ an
42 Dctraveler : Best of best US airport is DCA Washington-National Worst I've seen - MCI, Kansas City
43 Cessnapimp : YVR for it's spacious areas, beautiful design, and fairly rapid acces. YYZ: What can I say... terrible connector, confusing to the first time travelle
44 Badgerguy : I live the new NW terminal in DTW. I wish they were all that easy.
45 Badgerguy : I meant to say I love the new NW terminal in DTW. Sorry!
46 Warszawa : By the way, has anyone ever flown COA or NWA's RJ's out of NWA's new terminal in DTW? If you did then you probably walked through the underground tunn
47 Post contains images IFLYMCO : I guess I have been spoiled by MCO and its modern airside trams and lush foliage, but I was at ORD this week and really thought it was dingy, disorgan
48 BO__einG : Best CDN Airport.. I vote for YVR. Mainly because of the diversity in traffic, Somewhat of a balance between European and Asian carriers plus the awes
49 Filip549 : LAX All the way. Lindbergh field in San Diego is also nice.
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