Rducky From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 72 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2010 times:
I am trying to decide which airport to visit MIA, DTW, or MEM. I will be taking a trip to CLT next month, and I am trying to decide which airport haven't I been to recently. AA connects from MCO-MIA-CLT, while NWA, MCO-DTW-CLT, NWA also has service from MEM-CLT, how is MEM and can you see the huge processing plant for FEDEX, as you approach or depart the airport?
TOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3308 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1944 times:
Skip MEM, it's a pit compared to DTW. Not sure if AA's projects are done at MIA, but you'll be able to see the new NW terminal in DTW, and see the beginnings of the expansion to both the B and C concourses there as well.
Warszawa From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 727 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1884 times:
I'd go through DTW. DTW's McNamara NWA terminal is fantastic, believe me, you will be amazed. It blows away MEM im quite sure of that, and MIA wont come close. Im not sure how MIA or MEM's terminals are, last time i was leaving through the McNamara terminal, you can EASILY get awesome views of aircraft taxiing around the ramp, 747s, A330s, etc., ( The Whole side walls of all of the terminal are mostly glass, only thing that sucks is that they have these black tiny dots on the windows so you cant take pictures ) Im assuming you will be flying a DC9 DTW-CLT if you take that route, if you do, i believe you'll get those nice 717 interior's on those planes
Flying a plane is no diff. from riding a bicycle. Its just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes. -'Airplane'
UA865 From El Salvador, joined May 2000, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1867 times:
depends at what time. MIA has the advantage of alot of international service from the caribean south and central america. Plus all the majors from europe and your AA hub. I have never been thru DTW so I cannot comment but I don't belive it gets the international service that MIA does. Just my two cents.
Airkiwi From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1730 times:
I'd agree with UA865 - Miami has some South American planes that are really worth seeing. DTW from what I've heard is alright and the terminal is beautiful but once MIA gets done with construction it should be a decent place to visit and get around in (compared to know). If you're into spotting MIA has some awesome sights off the runways too.
PBIflyguy From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 248 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1739 times:
Not that I am biased based on my location... but I'd say hit MIA. As mentioned above, lots of flag carriers and planes you won't see at DTW. Example... you could see an Iberia 346 or a Finnair M11. Not too bad for one day's spotting.
Whatever your choice may be, have fun and travel safe!
IndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1619 times:
Personally, I'd take a combination of the flight times / airline FF program I like most.
DTW is a superior airport to MIA... I've maintained for the longest time that as bad as the old DTW terminal was (and what's left of it -- not occupied by NW, though -- is), MIA's much worse - probably the biggest dump in the country. I think it's difficult to spot from the terminal of pretty much any airport in the country, so I have no opinions on that. But the windows in DTW do allow awesome views of NW's aircraft (744 especially!).
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33280 posts, RR: 71
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1594 times:
I've maintained for the longest time that as bad as the old DTW terminal was (and what's left of it -- not occupied by NW, though -- is), MIA's much worse - probably the biggest dump in the country.
I have to totally disagree. Most of MIA (except A and H) is a huge mess and a complete dump, but nothing can top the old Detroit Metro. What remains of the old section is even worse since Northwest moved to the new gateway. They are really letting that place rot. The new Northwest terminal rocks, though, it is amazing.
Mia777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 1165 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1542 times:
I am biased as well, but from a photographer's/spotter's standpoint MIA surely beats DTW. Much more diversity here than the the one-airlined DTW. However, if you are simply interested in the terminals, go to DTW. Until the North Terminal project is complete, MIA will still be a dump.