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Top 5 Best And Worst Airports  
User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 19
Posted (12 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 9760 times:

OK, at first I thought the whole "Top 5" idea was kind of silly, but now I'm intrigued. What are your Top 5 airports -- not for spotting or variety of aircraft, but layout, appearance, convenience, etc.

My Top 5:

1. DFW
2. AUS
3. DCA
4. MSP
5. ORD

The Bottom 5:

5. JFK
4. IAH
3. BWI
2. ATL
1. IAD

Hope I don't make anyone too mad.

[Edited 2003-12-11 14:34:44]

"Lose" is not spelled with two o's!!!!
77 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
User currently offlineUnited4ever From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 291 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 9692 times:

Based only on the ones I have used:

Top 5 (in no particular order)


Worst 5 (in no particular order)


[Edited 2003-12-11 14:43:53]

User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 9662 times:

Never been to CDG -- what's the deal with it?

"Lose" is not spelled with two o's!!!!
User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 67
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 9654 times:

Best 5: HAJ, JNB, MUC, DEN and - strangely enough  Big grin - CDG
Worst 5: HAM, FRA, DUS, LHR, JFK

Smile - it confuses people!
User currently offlineHUYfan From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1421 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 2 hours ago) and read 9641 times:

top 5

London LHR

Worst 5

Paris CDG



User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 9633 times:

wow mine are almost opposites  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Ssides
Maybe it is because I know them to well or what not, anyway:

Top 5
1. Chicago-Ohare
2. Houston-Bush Intercontinental
3. Denver
4. Shannon (small but good)
5. Dubai

Bottom 5
1. Oklahoma City
2. Frankfurt
3. Dallas/Ft Worth
4. Phoenix
5. London Heathrow

Some are easier to use O&D versus conecting (like DFW) but those are my currents. my lists would probably change monthly LOL

Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, Yankee Air Pirate

User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 9619 times:

I can understand how some connecting traffic is difficult at DFW -- but in my experience it's hard at IAH as well!

But just wait until SkyLink is up and working!

"Lose" is not spelled with two o's!!!!
User currently offlineFlyguyclt From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 537 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 9603 times:

1. Detroit Metro (World Gateway Terminal)
2. Amsterdam
3. Minneapolis/St. Paul
4. Denver
5. Pittsburgh

Safe Flying All  Smile

Florida Express, Braniff II and ......
User currently offlineTR From UK - England, joined May 2001, 964 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 9575 times:

Top 5 (no particular order)
Hong Kong

Worst 5 (no particular order)
London Heathrow
New York Kennedy
Tel Aviv
Sao Paulo

User currently offlineNtspelich From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 9550 times:

Top 5 (no particular order)
DTW (NW WorldGateway)

Worst 5 (no particular order)
MDW (old)


United 717 heavy, you're facing the wrong way. Any chance you can powerback to get off of my deice pad?
User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5551 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 9484 times:

Top 5:
CAE (have to put in a vote for the home team  Laugh out loud)

Bottom 5:
oh yeah did I mention IAD yet?

CAE prior to its renovations in the mid '90s

South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
User currently offlineB4real From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2766 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 9481 times:




JFK (O&D) - (Connections okay)
DFW - AA (other airlines or no terminal change okay)

B4REAL, spelled like it sounds
User currently offlineBongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 9391 times:


JFK by far



One for each category is enough

MDE: First airport in the Americas visited by the A380!
User currently offline9V-SPF From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1375 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (12 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 9372 times:

Among the ones I have been to:

1. MUC
2. CVG
3. SFO


3. FRA (Terminal 1)
2. MIA
1. JFK

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19608 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 9363 times:

Top 5 airports for convenience (the time it takes to get out of the airport), are:


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineDoninfc From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 135 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 9356 times:

Of those I've been to,

Top 5:


Bottom 5:

Bottom honorable mention:
ATH (old)
DFW (bad design for connecting traffic)
BWI (overcrowded, bad parking/roadways, long lines, ugly terminal)
IAD (build the tunnel and get rid of those 1960's people movers already!)

I'm still baffled that a world class city like San Diego has yet to do somthing about its 3rd world airport.

User currently offlineYbacpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 months ago) and read 9325 times:

Top Five:
1. EWR
2. SFO
3. LHR
4. SJC
5. PIT

Bottom Five:
5. DCA
4. ORD
3. LGW
2. IAH
1. MEM

SkyTeam: The alliance for third rate airlines finally getting their act together!
User currently offlineDoninfc From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 135 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (12 years 5 months ago) and read 9314 times:


just curious, what have you got against DCA? The new terminal opened in '98 (i think) is beautiful, easy to navigate, has great views of the monuments and Potomac, and is 10 minutes from downtown via metro. What more could you ask for?

User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (12 years 5 months ago) and read 9291 times:

No. 1: SNA! Where else are you going to be surrounded in Marble and greeted with Palm Trees? Cleanest, Beautifullest airport  Big grin

Worst? DTW and LAX (I can't come up with 5).

The United terminal at DTW seems to be the armpit of the place (I don't fly NW, so I don't see the new terminal that much).

LAX is just disgusting when you're flying domestic. Last time I flew out of LAX and was sitting at the gate, for a minute there I thought I was in some run-down hospital waiting room in the middle of South Central.


User currently offlineCoronado990 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1673 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (12 years 5 months ago) and read 9266 times:

Domestic Best 5:

Domestic Worst 5:

Uncle SAN at your service!
User currently offlineG-KIRAN From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2000, 736 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 9236 times:

I can only say for the airports I have been to, namely: LHR, BHX, CDG, PRA, FCO, VIE, BKK, CNX, KUL, SXB( old KUL), SIN, JKT, SOC, DPS, MEL, SYD, NRT,YVR, YCL.

Best 5:

Worst 3:

User currently offlineScf158 From Switzerland, joined Dec 2003, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 9169 times:

YVR gets my top vote... very very nice, relaxing and modern.

I dread connecting through heathrow every time i go back home... its a dirty old and crowed place (depending on which terminal).

User currently offlineAlekToronto From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 9167 times:

My Top 5:
Seoul (ICN) - beautiful architecture.
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) - fast in and out, easy to navigate, 5 mins to the beach!
Amsterdam (AMS) - easy transfers, great shopping.
Barcelona (BCN) - chic airport for a chic city.
Vancouver (YVR) - very Canadian, clean.

Bottom 5:
Sao Paulo (GRU) - very ugly, rude and disorganized.
Miami (MIA) - hell to arrive at. spread out, dark.
New York Kennedy (JFK) - hell to arrive at. Spread out and dark.
Los Angeles (LAX) - just nasty, crazy line ups, rude service, ugly.
Toronto (YYZ) (Terminal 1 and 2 resemble 3rd world bunkers.) can't wait for the new Terminal 1 - about time.


User currently offlineKAL744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 9048 times:

Top 5 (from where I have been to):

1. ICN
2. AMS
3. ZRH
4. HNL
5. SFO

Bottom 5 (from where I have been to):

1. CDG
2. BKK
3. GRU
4. ORD
5. LHR

User currently offlineBGIplanefreak From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 8989 times:

Top 5:
CDG - 2E
SYD - Qantas Domestic

Bottom 5:
CDG - 2B
JFK - Terminal 3/Old Pan Am
SJU - can't find anything to eat

25 CainanUK : TOP 5 1...Kuala Lumpur 2...Washington Dulles 3...Charlotte 4...San Diego 5...Frankfurt BOTTOM 5 1...Philadelphia 2...Manchester (UK) 3...Heathrow 4...
26 Icarus75 : I agree with people ranking CDG among the worst and among the best. The worst : terminal 1 : old, sometimes dirty and needing a lot or refurbishing. T
27 Dtwclipper : TOP DTW JFK-'cause it's cool, it doesn't work, but it cool KIX ZRH AMS Worst DCA LGA ORD EWR LAX
28 Ah414211 : Top 5: MSP DTW ORD DEN MCO Worst 5: SEA BOS DFW LAX JFK
29 PropJock04 : I haven't been to a bunch, but from what I have experienced here is my list: Best-- 1. PIT 2. PHX (once you're inside!) 3. SFO 4. DEN 5. DCA Worst-- 1
30 SprxflySWA : My top 5,in every conceivable order: 1.PVD,easy,new B.PDX, new C,D,E areas,like the market area,not too busy. 3.ACV (Eureka/Arcata,CA),nice small fac
31 Homer71 : Top 3 (in no order): IAH - Terminal E just opened, wide open space, lots of natural light NRT - Terminal 2 is spacious, Terminal 1 in the middle of ma
32 Rkmcswain : Are they still using the old terminals at CVG? You know, where you catch UA and/or CO flights... "B", I think. Who designed that? The windows run from
33 Post contains images Leviticus : I'm a positive person so I think I'll skip the "worst"-list (anyway, MRU gets a big minus) My five favorites in no particular order are : FRA AMS JFK
34 RockyRacoon : Rkmcswain: The old terminals are still in use. Terminal 2, which you are talking about is used by united, american eagle, and continental express. I h
35 Post contains images Cpharris5514 : Well, here's my 2-cents worth: Top (no particular order) LHR SEA (I'm from Seattle, so I'll confess a bias!) SFO DSM (I live here now -- very easy to
36 Triley1057 : Top 5: (no particular order) AMS IAH (besides Terminal C) VIE PIT MUC OK, I'll make it 6: DEN Bottom 5: DFW HOU Terminal C at IAH SNA (beautiful airpo
37 ORBITJFK : What's with all the JFK on the worst list? What's so bad about it? My Top Five: JFK CVG (GREAT AIRPORT) ISP DFW MCO Worst: LGA EWR LHR (TOO BIG) ORBIT
38 UA744KSFO : Lot of diversity here! Well, here's my two cents: Top 5: 1. SYD (I love everything about it!) 2. SFO (New Int'l terminal has a lot of space) 3. DEN (V
39 BH346 : Best: 1.KIX - Easy to use, amazing terminal, lots to do(outside of the secure area at least) 2.OKA - Easy to use, beautiful terminal, tropical atmosph
40 Capt078 : best five: amsterdam-schipol (ams), mcnamara terminal at detroit (dtw), shanghai-pudong (pvg), paris-charles de gaulle (cdg), and washington-national
41 Paddy : BEST 1. YVR (best airport in the pacific northwest. a reflection of the city itself, very clean and international. my first choice for Asia flights.)
42 Qantasboy : Best: 1. Singapore Changi ~ Lots to do, beautiful lounges, fantastic connections. 2. Milan Malpensa (MXP) ~ Lovely terminal, heaps of shopping, nice l
43 Nwcoflyer : Best Airports: (top five) -Detroit/Metro (NWA's WorldGateway Terminal)--DTW -Minneapolist/St. Paul International--MSP -Denver International Airport--D
44 Ybacpa : Doninfc, I've always had problems at DCA... weather delays, ATC delays, maintenance delays. Granted that is just my experience. I also always seem to
45 SkyHigh340 : Best: EWR IST JFK (Terminal 1) LHR LGA- Just personel experiences there. Worst: RAK ESB MSY-Sorry, I just can't stand it JFK-The rest of it BWI
46 Ryanb741 : Best: SIN HKG DXB SYD KUL Worst: CDG LHR (Terminals 1 and 2) JFK Delhi Karachi
47 Jm017 : Top 5 (in no particular order): EWR BWI (international pier) IAD DEN ATL Bottom 5: YYZ (A Bloody mess. Plus A bad experience a while back) PHL ( I pos
48 Post contains images BlatantEcho : Top 5 (no particular order) SMF - Sacramento, CA (clean and efficent) PDX - Portland, OR (lots of parking, tidy and efficent layout) ORD - Chicago, IL
49 L1011Lover : This is based on all my experiences I´ve made over the years in flying both private and as a F/A! Best: 1) CVG (it´s gorgeous, clean, new, convenien
50 Lan_Fanatic : Based on airports I have been: Best 5: AMS SCL FCO LHR MAD Worst 5: ORY LIM GRU MIA EZE
51 Graham697 : Best 5 TPA (Home airport and its constantly forgotten) DCA PHL(New Int'l Term, WOW!) ORD ATL Worst 5 MCO (Copier of original TPA Design) LGA MDW CDG L
52 Chi-town : Best: 1. ORD 2. DEN 3. LAX 4. MSP 5. MDW Worst: 1. MCI (connecting here is a bitch) 2. DTW 3. ATL 4. CLE 5. OAK[Edited 2003-12-12 04:13:22]
53 STT757 : I generally like most commercial airports, but I'll list terminals I like and Terminals I do not. Terminals/Airports I like.. 1.) Orlando (MCO) 2.) Ne
54 TxAgKuwait : Airports I like: PHX, FLL, LAS, PIT, MCI Airports I am ambivalent about: LAX, DFW, MSY, MEM, SAT Airports I would rather not ever see again: ATL, ORD,
55 RiddlePilot215 : Top 5: CDG DTW(The NW terminal) BWI EWR SFO Worst: MCO(pretty inside....but it's horrible...it's that damn mouse I tell ya) ATL(just hell in general)
56 Homeroid : From my many past years (not now) non-revving. Best: AUS - If you get lost, you need to see a shrink! SNA - same deal MHT - great layout (A this side,
57 Aviatortj : MEM-worst What a dump. Needs a facelift.
58 B6FA4ever : My top 5: HNL - like mentioned above...love the open terminal FLL IAD - except for the people mover KIX PSP/SAN (tie...) (though SAN could work on the
59 Kanebear : Top 5 : HKG - The Wing... ahhhh. I do miss the Elemis spa sooo much though. CPH - Tuborg beer on tap, good shopping, great design and even the trash p
60 Skip7966 : I fly a lot but most of my flying is restricted to 3 airports. LAX SEA RNO. I did use OAK this summer and found it to be really easy to use, and BOI w
61 StevenUhl777 : Best: 1. IAD (people movers and rolling green hills and scenery around it - love flying in!) 2. PDX - transformation in last 10 years or so is nothing
62 Qantas005 : best 5 CPH SIN HKG FRA MUC worst 5 NRT CAI FCO ATH(old airport) PER
63 LH423 : Best: 1. VIE 2. FRA 3. YUL (except for the ages long walk down the rather dreary Transborder pier) 4. RSW 5. LAS Worst: 1. IAD 2. MIA 3. EDI 4. BOS 5.
64 Post contains links and images Pr1268 : SAN - I distinctly remember picking someone up and we had to walk less than 500 feet from gate to car (of course this was in 1989) AUS (Bergstrom Int'
65 IndustrialPate : I don't understand all the votes for LAS being one of the best airports. Sure, it's got some beautiful scenery surrounding it, but outside terminal D,
66 LImamura : Top 5: KIX HKG SIN ICN SFO Bottom 5: CDG LHR OAK JFK PHL
67 Lhr001 : Best Airports 1/ Dubai 2/ Honolulu 3/ Hong Kong 4/ Kuala Lumpur 5/ Munich 6/ Amsterdam 7/ Paris/Charles de Gaulle 8/ Milan/Malpensa 9/ Frankfurt 10/ L
68 Post contains images IFLYMCO : Top 5: MCO SLC SFO IAD DCA Bottom 5: BWI LHR ATL ORD MIA Have a great day!
69 SPL : Good 1. Amsterdam 2. Dublin 3. Zurich 4. Brussel 5. JFK Bad 1. Paris Charles de Gaulle 2. London Gatwick 3. Frankfurt 4. DFW 5. ORD Just MY opinion ba
70 Qantasboy : Best: 1. SIN 2. DXB 3. SYD 4. AKL 5. MXP Worst: 1. BOM (chatrapaji shivaji) 2. GOA 3. LIN 4. BKK 5. CDG
71 Post contains images SNBA319 : best: AMS Amsterdam Schiphol; grand, great transit area easy gates HEL Helsinki Vantaa; clear and easy airport BRS Bristol; sweet little country airpo
72 Britair : Best: 1. Singapore 2. Helsinki 3. Dubai 4. Kuala Lumpur 5. Hong Kong Worst: 1. London Heathrow 2. Venice Treviso 3. Glasgow 4. Prestwick 5. Paris CDG
73 Dghiggins : It's all relative - if you fly mostly longhaul or shorthaul - if you have access to lounges etc etc ......... As a frequent longhaul flyer I think it
74 QANTAS747-438 : TOP 5: 1. LAX!!! 2. SYD 3. STL 4. SEA 5. ATL WORST 5: 1. LGB 2. LGB 3. LGB 4. LGB 5. SAN I'd like to note that I think Long Beach (LGB) is the biggest
75 IndustrialPate : I'd like to note that I think Long Beach (LGB) is the biggest joke I've ever seen! ... 20 min north is LAX with any flight you could want. LGB is the
76 FinnWings : These are not in particular order: Best: - Hong Kong - Singapore - Helsinki - Copenhagen - Amsterdam Worst: - London Heathrow - Mexico City - JFK - Ma
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