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Airports In Need Of An Extreme Makeover?  
User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2501 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13156 times:

As many frequent business and leisure travellers can attest, an airport often serves as one's first impression of a city. Which airports (worldwide) make the best/worst impressions and why? I'm sure everyone has their favorites/most hated; don't share them unless you explain why. My bets:

Best (US):
DEN: brand new, ultra efficient, plenty of gate/concourse space, nice amenities
AUS: perfect size for the market, close to downtown, modern, great food and rental car facilities
LAS: you know you're in Vegas the minute you step off the plane

Worst (US):
LAX: crowded, outdated, inefficient, dirty, poor layout, employees often rude
HNL: still sporting 1970s architecture, few amenities, wiki wiki (express) bus takes longer than walking!
LAS: "Leaving Las Vegas" can be harder than pulling a full house; inadequate check in and security facilities


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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13154 times:

LHR: Some of the terminals have realy low ceilings and are in a very old/rubbish condition. The rest of the airport needs to be updated like Terminal 5 (and the newest part of T3)  Smile

Hopefuly the project "Terminal East" will take place  Smile

Rob!  wave 


User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3008 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13144 times:

SVO no doubt. I can't wait until Terminal 3 will be finished!!

Aeroflot777


User currently offlineDesertFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13144 times:

I definately agree with LAX and LAS. It's also pretty bad at many of the older terminals at SFO. Yuck.

User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12110 posts, RR: 48
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13144 times:
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CLE could use a make over add more food outlets. Add more food outlets prior to passing through security.


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User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2501 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13123 times:

Quoting DesertFlyer (Reply 3):
It's also pretty bad at many of the older terminals at SFO

I'm a UA flyer so I don't feel the pain that others do at SFO. The older concourses there hurt - one (B or C?) is all but abandoned. Nevertheless, I actually prefer SFO (over LAX) when flying to/from HNL. The food court in the UA concourse rocks!



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13099 times:

Quoting 777fan (Thread starter):
LAS: "Leaving Las Vegas" can be harder than pulling a full house; inadequate check in and security facilities

When I was there in April 2004, they looked to be working on those issues. One thing to remember is that the security checkpoints at nearly every single airport in the US wasn't setup to deal with the increased screenings that are now commonplace.


I'll throw ATL under the bus for this thread, especially Concourse D. Too damn narrow to handle the amount of traffic it sees, and gloomy. At least DL has managed to make their concourses look decent.


User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3105 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13095 times:

Quoting 777fan (Reply 5):
The food court in the UA concourse rocks!

Is that new? I went through SFO on UA most recently in summer of 2004, and found the food options quite poor. After a 10 hour flight from London, the only sit-down option was the Crab Pot. Maybe things have changed since then?

I will concede that the UA portion of SFO is much much better than the AA or AS parts of the airport.


User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2501 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13084 times:

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 6):
security checkpoints at nearly every single airport in the US wasn't setup to deal with the increased screenings that are now commonplace.

My recent trips (Jun,Oct,Dec 2005) to ORD (again UA terminal) suggest that they've actually done a decent job snaking the lines around which in turn, have kept waits to a minimum (most of the time).

It took my wife and I about 45 minutes to pass through security on my last trip to LAS (Nov 2005).



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User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2501 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13061 times:

Quoting RwSEA (Reply 7):
After a 10 hour flight from London, the only sit-down option was the Crab Pot. Maybe things have changed since then?

If memory serves me correctly, they have the "San Fran Soup Co.", a tex-mex joint, brick oven pizzeria, "healthy" asian place, gourmet dessert place and a deli in addition to a bar/restaurant near gate 82. The food court appears to be new (within the last year and a half). FYI, the Crab Pot place is still there - near the security entrance/exit.



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User currently offlineRICARIZA From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2391 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13051 times:

!! BOG !! But fortunately a major renovation is on its way. There is a whole thread with images and discussions about it:

BOG New Terminal (plans And Images) (by RICARIZA Feb 18 2006 in Civil Aviation)



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User currently offlineLAX2IADandORD From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13051 times:

LAX is in definite need of an overhaul. LAX is frozen in time of sorts and most probably the victim of the recent effort to overhaul it (with a remote mass check in facility, then access to terminals via a train connection). That would have vaulted LAX into the 21st century, but alas that has been squashed in local politics.

Ever pass down the arrivals hallway in T3 and T2? You walk down mosaic covered walls fashioned in 70s Brady Bunch style with stark white floors that blind you by the time you make your way through these exercises in massive unused space. Moving walkways would be great. Anything but what is currently there. There are a couple terminals (6 and 7) which are connected by arrivals level hallways yet have been inexplicably closed for years.

Delta (T5), American (T4) and UA (T7) are passable but also dated. Tom Bradley International is basically an embarrassment. Once you pass security forget about any type of amenity. Business / First Class Lounges are cramped.........

One thing that should never, ever be touched is the Theme Building. That signifies you have arrived in LA and the restaurant "Encounter" is great.


User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 57
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13051 times:

DUB needs an extreme makeover. So far, they've just added bits and pieces here and there, and that's how it looks. The airport is a shambles. Horrible boarding areas (anyone familiar with Pier A will know what I'm no about). The restaurants are awful. Luggage collection area is another typical nightmare, where they've just added on to it and don't seem to have (at least yet) managed to blend in the new part with the old part. Totally over-crowded, and security is a joke. Just too little. I unfortunately also have my doubts regarding the future plans, including more add-ons, at least maybe the second terminal will be something better. Public transport is awful. And the whole "drop-down" area at the departures level is unorganised and I'd even go as far as to say dangerous for pedestrians after the most recent "improvements".

I suppose the growth over the past ten years has been incredible, and the airport is just bursting.

Other airport I use alot: CDG 1 should just be knocked down and rebuilt. Personnally, I love using CDG2.

My local TLS airport is a nice airport, just fine for its market demand. Small, but not too small to be boring.

Haven't visited T4 at MAD but looking forward to it, yet I must admit I must be one of the few that have always liked MAD. (T1, T2 and T3).

I don't really like GVA, but I can't figure out why.

And I love ZRH.



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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7496 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13041 times:

The ticketing area in LAS is a mess . Baggage claim is no better. The lines for C/D security get pretty long at times. I do like the videos done by Strip performers while you wait,though.


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User currently offlineNycfly75 From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 759 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 13018 times:

The Delta complex at JFK (T2-3). Considering Terminals 1 and 4 and AA are new, Terminal 5 is being rebuilt, Terminal 7 was extensively renovated, the DL complex looks like a relic from an era long gone. I would have including Terminal 6, but its use after Jet Blue transfers to the new Terminal 5 is not clear yet.

User currently offlineB752OS From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 12985 times:

I would say most of BOS is in need. Aside from terminal A, the US side of terminal B and parts of terminal E, the airport is pretty bad.

Also on the list would be PHL and MIA, for two hub airports, I was not impressed at all, especially with MIA.


My favs are MSP, CVG(DLs main terminal) and PIT.


User currently offlineSpartanmjf From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 503 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 12946 times:

PHL without a doubt - ticketing/checkin on one floor, multiple terminals that don't allow easy walks for passengers arriving, bridges and stairways all over the place, and with the exception of the new terminal A, everything is generally shoddy, dirty, and poorly configured for security. Tear it down and start over!


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User currently offlineNorthwestEWR From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 423 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 12911 times:

EWR's Terminal A and B really really really need a makeover !! The worst food you could ask for ! Dark and dirty gate areas !

Best would be DTW's NW terminal by a long shot !



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User currently offlineGreaser From Bahamas, joined Jan 2004, 1101 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 12907 times:

DTW is certainly superb after the major overhaul, the floating NWA tram is seriously cool, as they float over the masses in the terminal (the tram is above the terminal floor). Cleaner, nicer restaurants, and that awesome musical light show when going from concourses C to A... bigthumbsup 

SFO was aite when I was there, mostly stayed near the UA gates.

MSP is another aite-r, it's not the cleanest after 9pm, even though the last flights were around 10, mine was delayed till 0045hrs, and so i managed to tour this lonely airport in the cold. kudos to the friendly staff though (NWA).

Midway is in need for some reno, it's got a weird layout, especially in arrivals...
ORD....is that undergoing reno rite now? it's getting old, and quite dreary.
JFK....it's sad to see that TWA terminal has not been taken over yet, but still looks the nicest besides B6's terminal.
ATW...one of the best small airports ive seen in the US, clean, modern, it's like the mini version of the better big ones out there.
NRT....one of the best, in my opinion, along with VHHH,which is absolutely wicked.



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User currently offlineEWROwznj00 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 12878 times:

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 6):
Quoting 777fan (Thread starter):
LAS: "Leaving Las Vegas" can be harder than pulling a full house; inadequate check in and security facilities

When I was there in April 2004, they looked to be working on those issues. One thing to remember is that the security checkpoints at nearly every single airport in the US wasn't setup to deal with the increased screenings that are now commonplace.

I didn't have a problem with LAS when I was there in September. Check in was very easy, and security wasn't a hassle either. It may have been the time of day I flew in/out as well.


User currently offlineNycfly75 From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 759 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 12870 times:

Quoting Greaser (Reply 18):
JFK....it's sad to see that TWA terminal has not been taken over yet, but still looks the nicest besides B6's terminal.

Jet Blue is building a new terminal 5 which includes the landmarked portions of the old TWA Terminal 5.


User currently offlineTom_EDDF From Germany, joined Apr 2000, 451 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 12845 times:

Airports I like are Munich, Copenhagen, Charlotte and Denver, as well as Hong Kong. I made pretty bad experiences though with MIA (inefficient immigration, dark, dated look, overcrowded), FLL (very cramped, when you have a cruise ship crowed coming in its getting from bad to worse), LAX for the reasons others have already mentioned. Athens is also chaotic, and Barcelona is also quite a mess.

I like Boise Air Terminal for having free wireless internet access, which is great in case United is having delays, as most of the time.

I also sort of like Frankfurt's Terminal 2 and Terminal 1 Concourse A, whereas Concourses B and C are still in need for a makeover, but they are getting there...

[Edited 2006-02-19 01:13:34]

User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2352 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 12785 times:

Quoting Tom_EDDF (Reply 21):
I also sort of like Frankfurt's Terminal 2 and Terminal 1 Concourse A, whereas Concourses B and C are still in need for a makeover, but they are getting there...

I like FRA's Terminal 2 but their Terminal 1 is in need for a major overhaul. Like LHR and LAX, FRA's T1 is dark, dirty and cramped in many places. Can't wait for that new T3 to be built... Big grin

P.S. Does anyone know when they will level all the buildings of the old US Air Force Base to start construction on T3?



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User currently offlineASAFA From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 171 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 12760 times:

YVR is a beautiful airport. I love the waterfall as you go down the escalators to immigration.

The new AS terminal in ANC is also stunning. Especially in the summer with the sun is setting at 11:30pm.

LAX needs to be torn down and built from scratch. There is some construction now in Terminal 3 and I believe they will be replacing all of the jetways one by one. The interior of T3 is also being updated. The TWA carpet on the wall is gone... sadly, but the mosaic is still in the tunnel. I for one hope they keep that, because it's now so far outdated that it is actually starting to look contemporary. It would be nice if they could figure out a way to inter-connect all of the terminals and eliminate the ten thousand rental car shuttles that clog World Way.

I agree Tom Bradley is an embarrassment. I shudder to think that so many will get their first impression of Los Angeles and the US from this terminal. It looks more like a prison facility.



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User currently offlineSX36 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 7 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 12706 times:

The A concourse and now the new B concourse at SEA are very nice. The rest of the airport (especially the N and S sattilites) are in need of some rennovation. MSP is very nice and now they are expanding the Northland Crossing shopping mall, very nice. GFK is in need of some updating. Between the faux marble floors, plastic chairs, marginal food (but nice people), and perhaps some of the slowest baggage handlers I have ever encountered (but that's NW's fault) there is little good about the airport. The staff are always nice, the airport is impossible to get lost in, and the people at the rental car counters are very nice......but I would think that since I am one of them.

I doubt anything will be done at GFK until NW stabilizes and makes their comeback.......I hope.



NW, the only way out.....
25 Post contains images Amhilde : RE: LAX I havent passed through there in a few years now, but I really hope they do something with T3- the bathrooms were horrible and it was a depres
26 StarGuy : It needs to be torn down with all of the rude LAX employees left inside. I can't stand it. I dread any flights through LAX. It feels like a prison!
27 Post contains images Cadet57 : BDL terminal A needs a revamp, the AA concorse is disgusting, no windows except near the ceilings and 1 food joint.....
28 United_Fan : SNA is way better than LAX. I only fly to LAX to get on a UA 'heavy'
29 Jsnww81 : Heathrow, Heathrow, Heathrow. It's criminal the way BAA manage that place. Passengers make their way from dark, cramped check-in facilities (which are
30 GoCOgo : With the exception of concourse D, the terminal at CLE could use much more than a make over and food. More like a new terminal. Especially A and B. B
31 Luv2fly : Well I was being kind.
32 Chrisrad : MEL International arrivals need a desperate re-furbishment, especially the immigration area.
33 Scotron11 : Heathrow, Heathrow, Heathrow. Have to agree with you there. I'm not a big fan of BAA either. Just a huge "fat cat" which monopolizes airports in Lond
34 Bohica : The airport which needs to be completely rebuilt is La Garbage. (LGA) Yes I said La Garbage, NOT La Guardia. The main terminal is a dump crammed betwe
35 Vegasplanes : In LAS, UA flies out of the D gates, security seems to be always backed up at that check-point. If you want to save time, go through the line for the
36 Post contains images DeltaGuy767 : I couldn't agree more, I spotted rats the size of my arm near the AF gates while comming back form CDG, Term. E is a dump along with D and B. C is ok
37 Flyabunch : I add my vote to LAX. I am also a frequent visitor to OAK and it is a real rat hole. Terminal 1 hasn't changed much since I was in college...and that
38 Mikester540 : Terminal B at BDL is in need of a remodelling and IMHO just needs to be torn down... I'ts dark, moldy and scary looking...[Edited 2006-02-19 05:19:51]
39 FlyingDoc : I've thought that MEM neeeded some upgrades, particularly the DL gates, but also some of the NW areas. Agree with some of the other posts: Some parts
40 Clipperhawaii : Considering the amount of traffic that HNL has it is in such a need of a make over it's not even funny. 1970's meets 2006. Unfortunatly we have to con
41 AASuper80 : This is SO true, I couldn't believe it when I was in T3 last summer connecting from an AS to AA flight. I thought the Brady family was going to jump
42 Cubsrule : Concourse B at MEM is fine. A & C, not so much. That's what happens at a hub. I'll add my vote (again) for ATL. It's easy to navigate, but if it's bu
43 Collyw : Indeed LHR and LAX need revamping.However even on their worst days they are ten times better than Mumbai or Delhi on their best days. These airports a
44 Carpethead : Not a single Asian airport on this list so I'll add one. Osaka Itami - sure it's clean and all but its the same structure since the 1960s. The ceiling
45 Sfomb67 : I will assume 777fan is refering to the new food court on the F concourse where it splits to the high 70 gates, or the 80's. I just saw it last month
46 Jetfuel : OOL - Doesn't even have airconditioning or air bridges for domestic or international flights. It was out of date when the terminal was buiult 25 years
47 Zippyjet : I was last in Concourse D last summer. It has been recently rennovated. I'll agree, that is narrow for the hustle and bustle of ATL. It was designed
48 Post contains images 9VSRH : Favourites: Hong Kong: because its clean, modern and its really easy to get around Singapore: it looks quite old, but it is really effecient, clean an
49 Commavia : It's my home airport, some I'm a bit biased, but I must agree with you -- Bergstrom's terminal is the absolutely perfect size for the market, and the
50 Phuebner : I think that MCI is a great airport, newly remodeled and has room to expand. Unfortunately, the airlines haven't seen that. It's an extremely underuse
51 IADCRJ : MDW in need for a renovation? The present day terminal there was finally completed about a couple of years ago.
52 Chgoflyer : CDG is hands down the worst. Changing terminals is as bad as IAD with ten times the people.
53 EurostarVA : GIG - Rio de Janeiro International Airlines terminal....living now in the stone age!
54 Hawk44 : FLL - Needs to be expanded, especially terminal 4 where immigration and customs is located. DL at JFK- when I got off my DL/song flight a few months a
55 FCYTravis : PHL: It's not called PHiLthy by US frequent flyers for nothing. A-West is spectacular, the rest... was built in the 1970s/80s and it really shows. Low
56 HPLASOps : LAS is in the middle of renovating the A/B concourse, updating the carpeting, putting in new ceiling tiles, repaiting the walls, a nice face lift. An
57 Post contains images StevenUhl777 : Hmmm...flying through PHL on my way to FCO in late August, and then back through on the way home to SEA. Should be interesting to see what it's like.
58 Fly2CHC : Completely agree - it's like it is stuck in a 1970s time warp!
59 Cory6188 : Having just connected through HNL earlier today, I have to say that the airport has one of the most bizarre and confusing layouts I've ever experience
60 Flyidaho : Check out BOI-one of the newest (along with DTW) in the U.S. Although it is way down the list as far as daily, yearly operations and movements, its li
61 B707Stu : CDG-T1; JFK-T2/3; and just about all the ones everyone else has spotted... i just needed to mention those 2 because they work my nerves. CDG-T1 was am
62 Post contains images AndrewUber : LAX is a bit antiquated, with those narrow hallways and hourlong hikes between gates. ORD is about the same when it comes to the narrow hallways - and
63 UA772IAD : I agree! Flying through Hawaii is so fun because you have those open air terminals with a/c enclosed boarding areas. It's pretty unique. Both HNL and
64 Aloha73G : Peronally I find HNL to be a great airport--especially after the recent renovations to the main-terminal. The open architechture takes the environment
65 777fan : Awesome. Thanks for the advice... 777fan
66 EI787 : Amen to that!!! DUB is a complete nightmare!
67 777fan : Amen to that. Seriously, for anyone arriving on a flight from the mainland: unless you need assistance (wheelchair), get out and walk to baggage clai
68 Ambassador : Here are my votes: STL - Since the TWA/AA pull out they have ceased to keep up with the terminal, it is filthy and outdated. My recoomendation is to t
69 NIKV69 : I can vouch for this one. When it gets busy the line to pass security gets longer than you could believe. McCarran needs to grow a bit the city aroun
70 Wingedarrow : FCO definitely, I'm surprised no one mentioned it yet. Terminal A is quite ok (even if the recently renewed boarding area has been made over on the fo
71 LACA773 : Thankyou UA772IAD for saying something about SJC!! Finally after all the responses in this thread someone mentioned the hellishly dumpy SJC. Unless I
72 Post contains images Brian_ga : I would have to agree that ATL concourse D is a nightmare!! It looks like it was caught in a timewarp. I am sure when it was built back in the 80's it
73 BNinMSY : MSY - terminals A and B need to be rebuilt, the ticketing lobby needs refurbishment and the 'arrivals hall' could be spruced up greatly! Baggage Claim
74 BR715-A1-30 : Definetely MCI... The design itself is quite efficient, but the gloominess and the "ancient look" of the ceilings and lights make it look run down...
75 Post contains images CityAirline : So does GRU, it's the worst airport i've been to yet. Arriving in the morning rush-hour was like a joke, we came from CPH on RG and were connecting t
76 Mshelby : I agree, getting out of LAS especially on Sunday on Southwest is a nightmare. You will be in the security line for 45 min to 1 hour, and the line to c
77 Post contains links Indy : Part of IND (Specifically the A concourse) which was built in the 1960's. There is even a pic in the database here that shows an old prop and behind i
78 SA7700 : LHR is a joke, T1 anyway. The way in which BAA manages this airport is totally laughable. Should you compare JNB with LHR, JNB would be the "Cinderell
79 FXMD11 : Delta's Terminal at JFK - Filthy with lots of outstanding repairs. Hate to fly from / to there. For Asia it has to be Dhaka. What a mess....
80 StarGuy : I agree that LHR is a bit drab and i need of a face lift in many areas, but it's hard to renovate when you are the busiest international airport in th
81 LTBEWR : I would agree that many airports need 'extreme makeovers' but I don't see it happening in most cases. Just sitcking to the USA, there are many issues
82 ACYYC : MAN is really not good. The walking distance between the terminals leaves you completely exhausted. Even in the terminals the automated walkways only
83 Byronsterk : airport that doesn't need makeovers: AMS.. that's about it DUB is in TERRIBLE shape they might aswell completely rebuild it.....
84 SA7700 : The question is why these scanning machines were only installed post 911? Rgds SA7700
85 Abefroman329 : During the bank of redeyes, sure, but they can't be expected to build facilities to handle a worst-case scenario and let them sit empty the rest of t
86 XA744 : MEX... Just patches and more patches that only cover the wound, but can´t stop the stench ! Best regards
87 Post contains images Comorin : I think India's temples of modernity - DEL, MAA, BOM at least deserve honorable mention in this wretched list. They were quite the thing back in the 5
88 Spartanmjf : Agreed! I flew in and ut on AirTran recently - food only at one end of a very long hallway, strange and dark seating areas [dark brick], etc. Fortuna
89 VPBNE : JED/OEJN extremely horrible.
90 GentFromAlaska : Of the small airports Juneau (JNU) is in dire need of a makeover. Its of late 60's or early 70's vintage. It has a single baggage carrousel. A model w
91 Commavia : Agreed. It is quite unique, and there is no other airport on earth that I've ever been to that is quite like Honolulu! I love the Kona airport! It is
92 Turk223 : In the. U.S. - DL's terminal (Pan Am's Worldport) is the most in need of a facelift. *I agree with Ricariza about BOG too - glad it's in the works!
93 AADC10 : In almost every situation, the terminals and runways of all of the airports that have been complained about have been blocked by NIMBYs. Nobody would
94 Tzadik : One of the worst... The old Terminal 2 at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion. Straight out of the 1950's. One of the best... The new Terminal 3 at Tel Aviv's Ben G
95 Post contains images Sobelair : Talking about major makeover... ZAGREB (ZAG) needs to be modernized as soon as possible. An old terminal bulding, built decades ago, and was from time
96 Flashmeister : CDG. Bomb it and rebuild. 'Nuff said. Best (US): DEN: brand new, ultra efficient, plenty of gate/concourse space, nice amenities Ask F9 if there's ple
97 TPAnx : Gotta love my hometown airport..TPA. PIE has been improved, too. Haven't been in LGA in years. Used to take DAL to ORH, from a waiting room at ground
98 Charlipr : SJU: The airport is old and I think that any overhaul they do to it will not work. The new terminals look nice, but they will be absolete in a couple
99 Sevenforeseven : Heathrow has to be the biggest dump in the world. Terminal 1/2/3 are accessed by going though a tunnel and it is the only way in and out of the termin
100 Ckfred : ORD: Terminal 1 is very nice and 3 is nice, once past security. But, both 2 and 3 are getting makeovers in ticketing and baggage claim that will add a
101 Post contains images FRAspotter : I can see the title now... "Extreme Makeover Airport Edition". Each week they will choose another airport to redo and it will be done in the hour time
102 Max999 : I totally agree. I think the entire BAA organization, right down to its culture and mission, is not interested in running an airport. They are a reta
103 Swissgabe : DAC JNB LHR SVO TIP FNJ DOH and BKK already being done ...
104 AR1300 : Sao Paulo Guarulhos(GRU) .Simply pathetic. Mike
105 Captaink : Someone mentioned PHL but I think that other than being poorly laid out, PHL doesn't look so bad. I am not impressed with the Central Terminal (if tha
106 Krje1980 : Having only been to roughly 20 airports worldwide, my experiences are limited compared to the frequent flyers here, but there is absolutely no doubt t
107 Piercey : D is great, I'll live with C, but just tear down A and B and redo it all. Unfortunatly, that won't happen until either city council builds that d@mn
108 DC10Forever : GRU needs an extreme makeover urgently !!! And the external part of CGH as well.
109 Wingsoffaith78 : i think the entire LGA Airport need an extreme make over starting from runway to terminal whenever there is rain or snow there is leak everywhere in t
110 Mawelsh : DAY is not much of a monument to the "Birthplace of Aviation". It's dark and gloomy, with only one security line which can back-up. Most of the gates
111 Jouy31 : DEL should also be in the category requiring an extreme makeover.
112 EIN145 : CDG1, LHR1 (Rep of Ireland area) and DUB, for me all need extreme makeovers. I liked CLT a lot though.
113 Post contains images Vegasplanes : BUR is so classic and easy to use, there are not too many other airports in the US where you can fly in, walk off the stairs onto the ramp !!!! Be in
114 Coronado990 : If you check out the history of Lindbergh Field you will learn that it is one of the first airports to be built on reclaimed land from the bay. It no
115 Vatveng : I will add my vote for LGA. Amen. And the ceiling is falling down. And there isn't room for planes to maneuver, they have to be pushed all the way pas
116 Post contains images Gilligan : Where are they going to put them? Out in the parking garage? I've been through there many times on CO. Can't beat it. Curb to gate can't be more than
117 United_Fan : GSO needs some help . UA's terminal in MIA is a dump,too. Any opinions on ROC ?
118 Alaska737 : PHX terminal 2 gets my vote. ANC's A and B terminals could use some help, they look like trash with that beautiful new C Terminal. if we want to go in
119 Oneworld1 : Do you remember the EI checkin that used to exist to the right of arrivals? For UK regional flights? It's bizarre to think that a pub is now there. W
120 DEVILFISH : Make that in the-year timeframe, with each shot taken after a year, and the whole year alloted to commercials! he..he..he..
121 CVG72 : Worst: CVG: Could use a BIG facelift at terminals 1 and 2. SFO: Pretty bad in the old terminals. BNA: Just yuck! NAS: I was stuck there two years ago
122 Bluewave 707 : HNL is in need of upgrading, especially in the overseas check-in areas, where lighting is dim at night. It also needs to be enclosed like the inter-is
123 CVG72 : Except when it rains. CVG72
124 777fan : The open air sections are an obvious theme for the major airports throughout the Hawaiian Islands. OGG, LIH and KOA are also at least partially outdo
125 Post contains images Piercey : CO ticket area, they aren't using it We want CLE to be a hub, not the next Flint Convention Center Comes first I like the landings and take offs over
126 Jacobin777 : I don't know about you people, but KHI's arrival terminal is probably the single worst passenger facility in the world.........
127 Golftango : I second BDL's B Terminal. Horrible. What BDL needs is more international gates and an airline(s) bold enough to use BDL as an international gateway.
128 PanAm330 : Demolish SYR. Please. The current concourses are (more or less) falling apart, and are all but abandoned. I wish the city would lose control of the ai
129 Skywatch : I agree! I live my home airport of AUS. It is under a little bit of re-construction right now because everything has been knid of makeshift after 9/1
130 Phuebner : Details! Details! The essential message here is that San Diego's Port authority needs to get their act together and come up with a plan that makes se
131 BCAL707 : SJC Terminal C (the old terminal) was great up until about 15-20 years ago, then the explosive growth made it pathetic. And their answer to expand? Th
132 UA772IAD : Agreed! Although getting from the Inter-Island terminal to Diamond Head is hike, in the heat, with a close connection time! I was appauled to fly in
133 Sfomb67 : IMO LAX is pretty bad! It doesn't present a pretty picture for most arriving for a vacation in sunny socal. And, I really hate the fact that if you c
134 HiJazzey : It hasn't. IMO it never was particularly good even when it first opened. It's the worst airport I've ever had the 'pleasure' of using. Dirty, overcro
135 GoCOgo : Indeed, killing to local economy wouldn't be good for the airport. Right now, it looks like NASA might move out (not that that would be good, either,
136 Post contains images FRAspotter : I know a good psychiatrist that you could talk to....
137 BCBHokie : The A concourse is the perfect example of how other airports' extreme makeovers should look. What a massive difference from the N/S Satellites! The P
138 Petmbro : BDL's terminal B was in need of a make over back back in the days of DL. While waiting for a friend to arrive I took a walk over, and I was amazed at
139 Apodino : I have seen lots of discussion about the bigger airports. There are some medium sized airports that are out there that are very nice. Among them. MHT:
140 Fanofjets : Although I love Jamaica, Donald Sanger Airport at Montego Bay (MBJ) has the worst departure area I have ever experienced. Picture a crowded, long and
141 Lowecur : I think it's just fine considering Syracuse's future. They are a Metro area with small business growth and unemployment there is the best it has been
142 ScotspanGSM : Has anybody ever flew 2 Paris Beavauis, a dump, the coldest most ugly airport ave ever seen, come on the departure lounge is a big tent!!!!!!!! In nee
143 GVWOW : What about Delta's terminal at JFK? It is totally dilapitated, and the check-in hall is WAY too small. LHR's T3 is pleasant enough (excellent shopping
144 RuEwrAcBuff : No one's mentioned the DL terminal at JFK. It was the old Pan Am terminal, and probably hasn't been overhauled since PanAm flew the Beatles over from
145 Cubsrule : They aren't real Chick-fil-As... They don't even have sweet tea.
146 Post contains images DeltaMD88 : IAD and EWR get my vote. Both are dated, dingy and dirty. I fly in and out of EWR on a regular basis and actually dread having to leave ATL for that d
147 Post contains images Zippyjet : That my friend is an understatement you are dealing with the state!
148 Ha763 : Yes, HNL's Overseas lobbies need updating as well as the baggage claim areas and some of the gates. The problem with the Overseas lobbies is that they
149 Post contains links Mikey711MN : Yes. See the Master Plan for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for details. Plenty of expansion alternatives and room for growth. -Mike
150 Post contains images Vatveng :
151 Orbis : Let me think.... mmm. guess what. Every airport in Mexico need a complete makeover. but how extreme should it be? well, I would start for demolishing
152 Miguelsju : Houston International! Hands-down worst EVER! Please help this airport!
153 N766UA : When I flew into LGA I thought I'd landed in a bus station....
154 2travel2know : Where RG operates @ GIG is another story. Join the "Move SJU to Aguadilla lobbying group"! A brand new terminal, a 6 lane highway and highspeed rail
155 Juanchito : Hi, The airport in Guatemala is getting remodeled. They started to build a parking lot and the expansion of ther terminal will have up to 18 or 20 ga
156 LipeGIG : GRU needs only a new terminal, its unconfortable nowadays due to the huge number of pax (over its capacity). GIG T1 needs an urgent makeover. The T2
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