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User currently offlineC17Glbm From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 127 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5970 times:

I was just curious to know if any of you have any favorite airports to fly in to or out of and what experiences made it one to remember.

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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5945 times:

'cause we went from worst to first!!!

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User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2641 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5948 times:

Probably MYF since thats where I train...I love that little GA airport here.

As for the bigger airports, I like going through IAH, CVG, as well as LAx and JFK for the variety of aircraft you see.

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User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6222 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5935 times:
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My favorite airports are OAK (I was raised there), SFO (same as before), SJC (same as before), ICT (because I live here), MCO, LAX and SAN.

User currently offlineBOAC707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5931 times:

I think that I would have to say YVR is my favorite. Excellent spotting from outside and good from the departure gates. Also on a clear day the scenery is great on approach or departure.

User currently offlineKBUF737 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5885 times:

Well.. lets be fair

Favorite destination airports

BUF - Its my hometown Airport specially since the '97 Terminal and the expansions. It even has people movers!
SRQ - Its my favorite vacation spot, and a really nice little airport.
TPA - If i dont use SRQ I love TPA. Its all about the trams!

Favorite Hub Airports

PIT - Just went there for first time last April and really enjoyed the sky mall, and the interesting terminal design
ATL - soooooo big yet the inter terminal subway ride is worth the stop in itself
CLT - two words - rocking chairs
RDU - well so much for that

The tower? Rapunzel!!!!!!
User currently offlineJrlander From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5868 times:

As a child, I always liked HNL for its open hallways and its garden. Last year, I really enjoyed flying into CDG. I was also very impressed LGW's newer terminal, where BA and Delta are. In the mainland US, I thought Denver was a beautiful airport. The new terminal at DCA is really quite beautiful and user friendly.

User currently offlineAirVB From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 268 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5855 times:

Denver International for pretty much everything. I only like LAX for its traffic veriety and I like HNL like Jrlander mentioned for the open-air feeling. SAN's pretty cool too.


User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4324 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5837 times:

MAF, Midland/Odessa International Airport, Texas. Fun little airport to go into. Only 6 or so gates, so its easy to navigate in Smile Has a very airy feel inside the terminal, well lit, they did a good renovation job on it. It also has a couple neat little shops, or at least did the last time I flew out of there, which was a few years ago. The Confederate Air Force Museum is also on the property, and it is well worth a visit! All kinds of rebuilt old planes! It gets hot quickly in the summer though, so that's something to consider (summer out there generally lasts from late March through October or early November)
The old Robert Mueller International in Austin was another fun one! Land almost right on top of the semis going down I-35. Extremely close to both the state capitol building and UT (Hook em Horns!). Sad day when it closed, haven't been to Bergstrom yet.
And finally, ADS, Addison Airport. Great GA airport in a Dallas suburb. Flew a plane for the first time out of there, a Cessna 172 on a local flight over White Rock Lake and Lake Ray Hubbard. Cavanaugh flight museum is a great place to visit, and you get good views of the airfield from the parking lots of the businesses around the airport. That and its close to home Smile


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User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5834 times:

I went through SFO last week for the first time in several years, and I was once again impressed by it. The variety of aircraft was a nice change from the same ol' things I see at SEA. However, it was ridiculous that I couldn't find a place to get a simple burger and fries! I was leaving out of Gate 78, and I went to the main arterial and walked in every direction for as far as I could, and I couldn't find a Burger King, McDonalds or anything like it anywhere! lol.  Smile

[Edited 2004-01-09 06:45:16]

User currently offlineSkip7966 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5791 times:

SEA- It's my home airport
HKG (when that meant Kai-Tak)- Right side of the plane on approach couldn't be more exciting.
RNO- In the summertime that bumpy approach is like a rollercoaster without rails.

User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5739 times:

Any airport in South Florida where the approach and departure is over the water!

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User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5727 times:

CDG in Paris will always remain my favorite international destination. But for the states, I would say that DFW holds a nice position! Although, it will be much nicer once the renovation process is done.

Sean Merritt

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User currently offlinePgh234 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 819 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5662 times:

PIT (Just plain awesome...plus my home  Smile)
HNL (for reasons mentioned above)
OGG (same as HNL)

Honorable Mention goes to:

User currently offlineUnited4ever From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 291 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5598 times:

Personally it's got to be CMH - I met my wife there.

As an airport, I really like ORD and CDG terminal 2E. CDG IMHO has the rare distinction of being both one of the world's best airports and one of its worst, depending on which part you use.


User currently offlineKAL744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5557 times:

My favorite departure airport is AMS, cuz I love to be early at the airport for spotting and AMS is one of the best airports in Europe fpr spotting in my opinion.

Frank (KAL744)

User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2496 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5473 times:

For me it has to be Changi Airport in Singapore, superb airport, very clean, great layout, never get lost and was host to the worlds first airport game show  Smile

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User currently offlineTanyaluvs2fly From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 351 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5469 times:

PWM -Its my home airport
MHT - thought it was cute
MCO-Cause its warm where its located
(haha -5 today)

SRQ- I'm heading there today

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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5551 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5458 times:

CLT - two words - rocking chairs

KBUF, CAE has those rocking chairs too, except we've got 'em in the gate area in positions looking out on the runway. Excellent way to spend a delay to watch the variety of private/airline/cargo aircraft coming in.

My faves:

Of course I'm going to say CAE since it's my home. The terminal design is gorgeous as well as the design of the new parking garage. Krispy Kreme and barbecue at the food court...who could ask for anything more?

Other airports I've been to that I've loved:

PIT - GREAT design, loved the airmall, good concessions too.
EWR - Again, a great simple design but what makes this airport for me is the ease of getting into NYC using AirTrain and NJ Mass Transit.

South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
User currently offlineMarcopolo747 From Brazil, joined Mar 2001, 460 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5445 times:

It's neither big, nor modern. NO airbridges, NO fancy shops, ONLY domestic flights, NO 747s, but.....

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User currently offlineBNA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5423 times:

I think my name says it all...it's my home airport.

A close second would be LAS.

User currently offlineDC3CV3407AC727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 314 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5375 times:

JFK,because I grew up in its shadow and the awesome variety of aerial flora and fauna that can be seen there everything from the stray freight dog DC-3,to the late,lamented Concorde.SMQ, a little turf,and tarmac strip in NJ where I used to fly a Champ because it embodies all that is good in grass roots aviation. Finally, YIP,in Michigan,where i spent many a night and day in the cockpit of a DC3 or CV340, and where I still get to keep my round engined soul tuned flying the C47 and the B17 for the Yankee Air Force.

the rumble of round engines is like music to me,likewise the thunder of thr JT8D
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19607 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5366 times:

Perhaps SIN, EXT, LPL, BRS, PLH.

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User currently offlineBuckfifty From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1316 posts, RR: 18
Reply 23, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5364 times:

I've always been partial to Kai Tak, not because I lived right off the IGS when I was a kid. I just miss the old terminal, I've always liked it. It was stuffy, it was small, it was crowded, but walking into the customs area and walking down that ramp on arrival...it's as if I was in a T.V. show.

Other than that, I really like Gardermoen. I've never been there, but it's one of those must see destinations for me.

User currently offlineDazultra From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 689 posts, RR: 38
Reply 24, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5328 times:

Manchester, la la la! Manchester la la la!  Big thumbs up

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25 Dstc47 : Must admit I always like TPA, friendly people there even under pressure. Little exciting traffic however. The poorish groundside views dont really bot
26 Mu2 : N66-Oneonta NY, on baseball hall of fame weekend. Lots of biz-jets and small airport and runway. Home town. ALB-Albany NY. closest OK airport to home
27 Clrd2go : MHT..I can be in the parking garage in less than 15 minutes after leaving home. CLT..I just love that airport. Easy to get around in, plenty of facil
28 Dmerinop : My vote goes to Orlando intl. MCO, does anyone agree with me? Dani
29 Sushka : Mine are: Moscow Sheremetyevo Frankfurt Main Paris CDG New York JFK Chicago O'Hare
30 Dasheighty : I like the approach into EWR the best (Also My home airport) TTN (Mercer County) ACY (Atlantic) Ahh those were the days were I could sit out there for
31 ATA L1011 : LAX no doubt, it has the worlds simplest design when you enter its U shaped so you dont have to do all of that twisting and turning to get confused. U
32 Post contains images BMAbound : Hmm, I'd say BMA... (what a surprise, huh? ) Some people call it Sweden's Kai Tak, because GA planes are recommended to have four whites on the PAPI w
33 Juanr : My favorite airport in my country is, no doubt, BOG, small but still plenty of activity everyday. From abroad I must say that JFK (Terminal 1,4), ATL
34 KYIPpilot : Without a doubt, my home airport, Detroit Metro (DTW)!!! I love seeing the sea of red tails every time I am there.
35 COEWRNJ : For me it would have to be, EWR- My home town airport HNL- Love the approach and seeing all the Hawaiian Islands from the air LAX- Love the array of d
36 Post contains images ElectraBob : Dtwclipper and KYIPpilot -- I couldn't agree more with your selection of Detroit Metro. It is just amazing how that airport has developed in the last
37 Thrust : It was once great having Lambert as an airport for St. Louis. Now it sucks. I have to admit, if I were to choose another airport apart from Lambert, I
38 BlackJackLV : For me it's Chicago O'Hare. BlackJack
39 N757KW : My favorite airport is Incheon International Airport, (Seoul, South Korea). It has a very airy feeling, lots of windows, and fairly clean. Off course
40 GlobeTrekker : For me it's......................... that's right Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, AMS, my home away from home..
41 Jeffie813 : PBI - my home airport DTW - the world terminal is unbelievable MUC - what a world class airport truly looks like
42 Post contains images Fanofjets : Mine is Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ). Imagine an international airport with planes from all around the world that still uses boarding stairs.
43 YEGspotter : I agree with Fanofjets, Punta Cana has a unique quality about it that is not found in too many other places. HNL is my favorite though, for a few reas
44 CO737800 : I like YVR its a great looking airport, both inside ond out
45 EddieDude : I really like MDW and GRU.
46 Jobalas : For me, it's CDG ( of course) after : CPH ARN AMS SFO TLS MAN BKK ..... regards
47 Post contains images Ushermittwoch : My favorite airport would have to be CPH. Not only because it's the homebase of my favorite airline SAS but also because it's a nice and "cozy" intern
48 CVGpilot : CVG!!!
49 Post contains images RockyRacoon : HNL- What more can you ask for? Open air concourses, it's heaven. Nothing like putting your arms on the ledge and checking out the heavies loading up
50 Cash777 : My favorite one would have to be Can Cun Intl. Its a small airport but I like the glass structure. And also I like Pittsburgh Intl, I like how many sh
51 Caetravlr : Let's see.... CAE for all of the reasons GarnetPalmetto mentioned, as well as it being my home airport, and SO easy as an O/D airport, getting in and
52 Airshowdawg : I personally like DCA and ATL for the layovers, great views of the runways to pass the time. Karl
53 Slcdeltarumd11 : Its clean, beautiful, and a DELTA HUB Salt Lake City
54 N1120A : LAX, LAX, and LAX. FRA is cool too
55 Post contains links and images Gilesdavies : London Luton Airport of course. It is the David of airports fighting against the Galiath might of BAA that owns LHR, LGW and STN. It is a simple, smal
56 Alcregular : Personally, for me it is ALC. I used to be a holiday rep, and it was the best place to cool down in the height of the summer season. In the mid-aftern
57 ASBOIRR : Well, I'm fond of my home airport - BOI. The new terminal was completed in 2003 and its quite nice. I'm excited for the rest of it to be completed by
58 PIA777 : My Favorite is ORD. I think the United Terminal is awesome and my favorite destination is Dubia International Airport. PIA777
59 JeckPDX : I think this topic has been discussed in the past, but to add my two cents worth, here is the list: CDG- terminal 2E ORD- terminal 1 A and B gates TPA
60 MikeTheActuary : My favorites: MEM, airport of my childhood home, and a great cure for claustrophobia BDL, the airport in my backyard DEN, one of my regular destinatio
61 Clipper707 : The top of the list has to be (SXM) beautiful place to relax and watch the silver birds land!!! And what great beaches they have!!!! 2nd would be (SAN
62 Post contains images AirMatt : For me ONT is my favorite. Growing up in So Cal that was my home airport. It's nice to see that airport expand! LAX has so many 747's along with just
63 Post contains links and images Acho : My personal favorite would have to be MEX. MEX Has great variety of traffic, including European traffic, Asiatic, American, Canadian, central American
64 Post contains images A340pilot : I will have to say my favorite airport is my hometown airport of YVR! So much to do, so much to see. Best regards, a340pilot
65 Av8rDAL : Home: ATL. Huge, never a dull moment. Away: FRA. It's so clean that if I dropped food on the floor I would probably pick it up and eat it.
66 TLHFLA : TPA - Where I grew up, always liked the airport and the landside/airside design MCO - TPA copycat, but the landscape and interior is a but more intere
67 Post contains links Pilawt : I have to put in a good word for my home airport, Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington (VUO), just across the river from PDX. Never heard of it? --
68 Espion007 : never been there,but SXM!Its great y?well do the math topless beach 7700' runway 747s landing 20ft above you Lots of bars + hotel roofs(for spotting)
69 Upgradeplease : LGB- Because it is so small and reminds me of what it must have been like to fly in the 1930's. Plus it is so easy to get in and out of. Too bad my ai
70 Post contains links and images FunFlyer : I would have to say MHT just because I live here!!! View Large View MediumPhoto © Jason Bisson View Large View MediumPhoto © Jason Bisson Vi
71 Post contains links and images Skytrain : I've got to say Gibraltar (GIB). Always means a nice warm vacation for me! And you can count on a variety of aircraft, (Military/Private/Commercial) p
72 ANX4fishing : CPH: fresh, great place to shop, eat, look at planes while waiting for flight HNL: love the outdoor/indoor settings Bizarre but cool: LKL: in the summ
73 Post contains images Pilawt : Then there's BUR - Burbank, California (just renamed in honor of comedian Bob Hope). Is there another major metropolitan air carrier airport where the
74 Post contains images N751PR : My favorites would be: KIX- Like the concept of an island airport (even if it is sinking) and is beautifully designed. KUL-Also beautifully designed.
75 Mog : I guess I like Zurich the most, because it is not too big, is very safe (most things in Switzerland are) and clean, has a great mix of amazing aircraf
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