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Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?  
User currently offlineAlekToronto From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 328 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3331 times:

Just wondering if any members here have travelled just to visit an airport, rather than the destination itself? Either to spot, photgraph or just to see the airport.

cheers!

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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3328 times:

Not on a constant basis... but have done it before, and plan to do so again:

DEN
DTW
SXM... already done


KIX
HKG (both)... in the works for '04/'05


User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3318 times:

I have done "day trips" to ORD from DTW probably 4 or 5 times (first flight out, last flight back)....never left the airport...the last one was probably 30 yrs ago. Whenever I travel to a large city, I will stay at an airport hotel (with a view, whenever possible).


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User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3311 times:

When I actually worked for an airline? Yeah... AUS once, ATL frequently. MDW a couple of times.


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User currently offlineSocrates17 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3311 times:

Just small regional weird ones. Surprising I haven't flown Ryanair - seems like a marriage made in heaven (or at least the upper atmosphere.)


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User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1869 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3293 times:

I have to see an aircraft at least once per week.. With my work, I have no problem....
And when on vacation, yes, I do visit airports. For instance, I have been in Slovenia with my car for a little bit more than 2 weeks. As a result, I have visited 2 of the 3 airports in the Country. (Ljubljana and Portoroz) . I drove very close to the third one (Maribor), but didn't have enough time to stop.

Teva



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3275 times:

In the past I did a lot of trips for spotting only, but now my main reason for travel is to see the city/country itself and not only the airport. I was at a lot of destinations where I saw the airport only but not the city, for example:

  • Paris (I was there for eight times but only at CDG


  • Zurich (never been to the city, only at the airport)


  • Dublin (only at the airport during an a.net spotting tour a year ago)


  • Glasgow (only at the airport during an a.net spotting tour a year ago)

  • Lisbon (I flew to this city just to fly jumpseat, spend approx. 30 minutes during turnaround at the airport, in the plane)


  • Izmir (I flew to this city just to fly jumpseat, spend approx. 30 minutes during turnaround at the airport, in the plane)


  • Nice (I flew to this city just to fly jumpseat, spend approx. 30 minutes during turnaround at the airport, in the plane)


  • Oporto (my first jumpseat flight, spend 20 minutes inside the terminal before going back into the plane, at least I was on Portuguese territory Big grin)


  • and probably a few more


  • Patrick


    [Edited 2003-12-11 00:55:54]

    [Edited 2003-12-11 00:56:34]

    User currently offlineAS739X From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 5993 posts, RR: 24
    Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3251 times:

    A co-worker and I were sitting at SEA-TAC bored and decided to jump on a Horizon Air flight just to go somewhere. We flew over to Port Angeles (all 20mins.). Took some pictures and got back on. The flight attendant gave us a really weird look when we got back on. Glad we did it, QX will be suspending Port Angeles service soon.
    ASSFO



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    User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 11
    Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3202 times:

    I haven't for many years, but when I was in my teens and shuttling between my parents (Alaska to Arizona every summer), I'd try and route myself through different airports and give myself extended layovers to sightsee/photograph. Got to see every major airport in the western US that way.

    Duane



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    User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3187 times:

    I visit ATL on a frequent basis just to spot. I have taken a break since 6/2003, but will be back in 1/2004.

    I have been to ATL on:
    1/26/2002
    6/10/2002
    9/7/2002
    2/15/2003
    3/8/2003
    6/21/2003
    and I connected on 7/17/2003, and 7/21/03

    I try to go three times a year to spot.


    User currently offlineRjpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3160 times:

    I drive to JFK about once every two months just to spot and see what is going on there.

    User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3132 times:

    Airports I flew to just to visit:

    PDX
    JFK
    LGA
    MCO
    TLH
    IAD (I had flown into there several times before, but my plans for that day were messed up because my flight was delayed about 90 minutes out of ATL, so I just hung out there for a few hours.)


    User currently offlinePlanemannyc From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1004 posts, RR: 8
    Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3123 times:
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    I have not taken a trip to a city just for the airport, but have chosen flights with connection points just to be at a specific airport. I flew to Halifax to visit family three times in 2003 from New York. Once I took the CO Express non-stop flight. Then I took AC via YYZ. The next trip was LGA-YUL-YHZ-YOW-LGA although connections were available through YYZ or YUL both ways.

    I flew Icelandair to CPH because I wanted to see KEF and fly FI. But I did stop in Iceland for a day, and loved that experience! I recommend anyone flying FI between Europe and the US to stay in Iceland and check this amazing country out!


    User currently offlineAirtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1557 posts, RR: 12
    Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3078 times:

    The first time I went to New York, I landed at EWR and the day after took the subway just to visit JFK. Also, when I'm close to CDG I always stop to spot, and like Planemannyc said, I'd rather book a multistop flight than a direct flight... even if my girlfriend can't stand this !!!

    Regards

    jef



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    User currently offlineJabpilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 423 posts, RR: 1
    Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3039 times:

    I've gone from BUR-YVR twice just to spot, staying at the Fairmont Hotel inside the terminal.

    Jeff

    User currently offlineOlympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
    Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2961 times:

    The last time I did something like that was way back in the '60s when Mohawk had a deal whereby you could fly anywhere you liked on their system on a weekend for $25. There were some restrictions - you had to end up where you started from, and your last leg had to take off before 6pm on the Sunday. You couldn't start before Saturday morning, and you couldn't make your reservations until Wednesday before the weekend you wanted to fly.

    I spent hours poring over Mohawk's timetable trying to come up with the greatest amount of flying time that could be fitted in to the time allowed. I forget what my final routing was, but it came apart because I couldn't get a seat on one of the legs. Back to the drawing board.

    The trip I finally got ticketed for was from YYZ to Rochester, NY (I don't know the codes for some of these places) on a BAC-111, then on an FH-227 to Ithaca, Elmira, and on to DCA. I would then return on the same plane to Elmira, then to Utica and BOS. I would RON in Boston then return to YYZ on a BAC-111 via Hartford, CT, Rochester, and BUF.

    This trip also came unglued. On short final into Elmira, Chemung County, the flaps decided to retract all by themselves. After going around we made a landing without flap. The plane couldn't proceed. The other passengers were put on other flights to Washington, but that was no use to me with my non-transferable itinerary. However all was not lost - I was told that the plane would probably be fixed in time to do the Elmira-Utica-BOS legs. As there was a couple of hours to kill and as I was an active glider pilot at the time, and as the Schweizer Aircraft Co. was building sailplanes across the field I gave them a call. Their sales manager, whose name I have now forgotten, came and picked me up and gave me a free demonstration flight in their latest 2-seater.

    The rest of the trip went according to plan.





    User currently offlineSurfSlade From Guinea, joined Oct 2003, 124 posts, RR: 2
    Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2936 times:

    2 week ago I went to YYZ for the new terminal trial and spotting.

    User currently offlineKAL744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2929 times:

    Usually I go on day trips just to visit the airports to:

    AMS (2 hours by train)

    FRA (3 hours by train)

    ZRH (1,5 hours by plane)


    User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2926 times:

    I had to fly to RSW from IND on three different occasions over a period of 14 days for meetings (this was in the mid-80s). While I was scheduling the flights, I scheduled one with TWA so I could fly through STL. This was immediately after TWA took over Ozark. I made sure I had several hours for the connection so I could explore the terminal. STL used to have a restaurant (may still be there) and I believe it was on a third floor and the windows were so that you had a GREAT view of the parallel runways.


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    User currently offlineORD777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 258 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2899 times:

    Fortunately I live only a half an hour away from ORD so I drive up there quite often just to visit the airport. If I were to ever fly somewhere solely to visit an airport it would undoubtedly be Kansai Airport in Osaka. I have seen many programs on the airport and cannot wait to see it in person.

    User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
    Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2897 times:

    Yupp, I've taken several trips to HAJ, HAM, FRA, MUC, ZRH, LHR and LGW for visiting (and photographing) at airports...


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    User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4626 posts, RR: 37
    Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2889 times:

    YYZ twice. Once last May, and the second was end of September/early October for the Concorde fairwell.

    When I'm in Japan in Jan. I'm going to Osaka mostly to check out KIX (if it's possible without flying in or out of)? I'll have a day to do the tourist thing too.
     Smile

    Kris



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    User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4692 posts, RR: 44
    Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2881 times:

    I've got to admit, I am also one of you guys without a life. Big grin

    So far, I've flown to MUC (a couple of times), TXL, NCE, GVA, DCA and probably some other airports I cannot remember right now just to hang out at the airport, take some pics and explore the architecture and functionality (one of the advantages if you can mix your profession with your hobby).



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    User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
    Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2832 times:

    ... and it's probably going to get a lot worse for me, because I'm (most likely) moving to Munich next year...


    Smile - it confuses people!
    User currently offlineKlm From Norway, joined Mar 2001, 73 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 24, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2800 times:

    Every year when I go US (Mostly MSP) I go with different carriers, so I can see new/other airports.
    Some of the routes:

    OSL-KEF-MSP
    OSL-ARL-ORD-MSP
    OSL-AMS-MSP
    OSL-FRA-ORD-MSP



    Klm all the way!
    25 Post contains images Kingsford : When I was a kid and I was on holidays on the Belgian sea-side, I used to grab my bike and do 15km to spot planes at OST. I was always in awe at the 7
    26 Post contains images NoelG : The mass of budget airlines in Europe makes it easy to just hitch up and go at the last minute spending less than £70 on airfares... I've done AMS 3
    27 Yow : I've flown YOW-YYZ a couple of times just to spend the day at YYZ spotting. I plan to do so again in early April 04 to make one last trek to YYZ's T1-
    28 Mxp : In my life of spotter FRA LHR ZRH in the future im planning MIA as part of my next holidays next year regards
    29 Vimanav : Have not done any recently, but in the past yes - HAM, BRU, Augsburg, SPL, PAR, ZRH, KUL, FRA/Hahn. rgds//Vimanav
    30 SprxflySWA : Let me count the ways. Either driving on trips, I would map out the airports to stop at along the way. Been to Crescent City,CA;Eureka,CA;Pendleton,O
    31 Godbless : I can count a few of those: LHR (with Airsicknessbag and SN332) MAN (with Ndebele and Donder10) CPH (with Sabena332, Fly-k) MAD (with Fly-k) DUB (with
    32 Godbless : Damn it... I missed ATH Max
    33 Ba319-131 : I must admit most of my 'holidays' are plane spotting trips. My LAX trip this year was just for spotting,though i did pop down to Century City for som
    34 Post contains images Jkw777 : Train Journeys to: SOU LGW (2004) LHR (2004) Car Journeys to: LGW Flight to and from: LGW-MAN in 2004 (Meeting with forum member MYT332) All just for
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