ONTFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 382 posts, RR: 3 Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4181 times:
First off, I'd like to mention that I'm glad to finally be a part of the best site on the web!
That said, I've traveled throughout the world and being here in So Cal, crowds are to be expected when flying in and out of our airports. Yesterday for instance I flew ONT-SJC-RNO/RNO-SJC-ONT on WN and I couldn't help but notice how quiet Reno airport was around 800 pm. And let me tell you, it was GREAT! After dealing with LAX and TBIT during the Asian arrival rush hour or PEK anytime of day, it was so refreshing to be able to sit the gate and be able to hear your thoughts and just enjoy the view outside. Of course, larger airports have their pros such as more amenities, greater opportunities for spotting airlines and planes from around the globe but sometimes, it nice to be at an airport where it's calm, quiet, and surprisingly not crowded. So I just wanted to get your thoughts on what your experiences have been like and what you feel. Hustle and bustle or calm and quiet? Thanks in advance. Great to be here! Have a good day all.
Planecrazy2 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 615 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4148 times:
It is always nice to get away from the hustle and bustle sometimes. RNO is a nice little airport and I always enjoy flying through there it's a breeze. As for living in RNO and having that as my home airport, I am pretty sure I would get bored eventually. I like to have the hustle and bustle of a large airport most of the time, it's just what I'm used to being near LAX so long.
ONTFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 382 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4118 times:
Yeah the more I think about it, I was probably just a little worn out by the long lines and crowds in and around LA and it sure was nice to get away from the norm even if only for a day. I hope to fly through another airport just like RNO sometime soon.
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4017 times:
On a related topic...
Because of the 11:30 PM curfew at SAN, no flight is allowed to be scheduled later than 11:00 PM. The last two flights of the day are United and American red-eyes to ORD.
I have taken the UA flight several times and arrived at ORD as the first flight of the day! 4:38 AM Central time finds even O'Hare airport pretty much asleep...what a bizarre experience that is to wander United's beautiful terminal virtually alone.
As the sun comes up and other red-eyes arrive and more and more passengers and employees report for work, the airport comes to life very quickly. But I can't think of another airport in quite this situation...very unique!!
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Even @AMS, my home airport and one of Europe's busiest, it's possible to find a quiet corner and a good armchair to enjoy the view. Gate D86 on a summer evening gets the departing taxiing by right in front of your window while that part of the terminal has just 2 departing gates, so almost no passengers.
Then a few weeks ago I flew from EIN, one of the regional airports, and it was sooo cute One restaurant, one shop, just 2 gates and the a/c taxiing up to the window, the walking over the tarmac to board. Made me feel like in an old movie.
Evan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3883 times:
ATL airport is never empty. I remember last summer when my father and I had to spend the night in the airport. We had to walk down to the end of C concourse on the Delta Connection side and sleep on those black leather couches. There were vacuumers in and out all night long and other cleaning crew. And not to mention that damn voice recording, "Smoking is not permitted in the ATL airport at any time", or, "Make sure to keep all your luggage by you at all times" coming on every five minutes. I am sure you will never find a quiet place in ATL airport.
RIC is OK and not always that busy. There has however been a lot of construction going on and passengers seem to get confused causing a little congestion. If you want a nice quiet little place at any time just go down to the end of B concourse and watch the planes come in and land on Runway 2 through the giant window. Most of the airport down there is always calm and usually deserted.
I have only flown in to CHO once but it was by far the nicest little airport I have been to. Though it was only at about 6 in the morning, most of the airport was generally quiet considering there were a couple of flights going out and a group of high school kids going up to DC. I also remember an awesome observation area upstairs where you could go outside onto a little deck/patio like thing and watch the planes taxi out and listen to their engines. Very nice airport.
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Crjflyer35 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 670 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3770 times:
I've actually had to spend the night at ORD once, was able to get some decent sleep at the gate too! Just put a coat over my head and I was out, it helped muffle the automated announcements. The other quiet airports I've gone through that come to mind are TUS, which is almost never busy. And my hometown airport of GRR is even less than Tucson, I don't think a flight has ever been full out of there.
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Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3726 times:
Before NW moved into the new terminal at DTW I flew out LAX-DTW on a red-eye and then had something like 4 or 5 hours to kill in DTW before my connection. It was a bit surreal, but watching the airport come back to life in the morning was awesome.
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AlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3703 times:
I like to have hustle and bustle in the concourses, at the ticket counters (assuming I'm on time), and along moving walkways and trams. However, once I get to the gate, I tend to get there early and the specific gate is usually deserted, and it's a nice feeling to be able to relax after going through security and everything.
A couple of stories about various airports at night:
At COS, the only flight arrival between midnight and 6 AM (the window might even be larger) is a 2:30 AM arrival on US Airways Express from LAS. I was on this flight (as America West Express) last October, and I was seated in row one. I was basically the first one off the plane and I stepped out in to an abandoned COS. Despite our arrival, it was down to security lights and was quite dim in the gate area with no one in sight. Once we got down the main concourse all the lights were on, but it was silent except for the sound of the escalator. Pretty cool.
At ATL, I arrived on a red-eye from PHX (on DL) at 5 AM, and the place was already pretty busy, although most of the restaurants and stores were closed for another hour. But it felt more like 7 AM, just to show how busy ATL is. Or maybe I'm just not used to being in east coast airports that have so many red-eye arrivals (which you don't see in PHX or MSP).
LAS at midnight is the opposite story. Flights are leaving all the time and it seems like 9 PM, particularly in the HP/US concourses.
Getting on a late evening or red-eye flight is strange. Since food locations are generally all closed, almost everyone waits in the gate area as there is nowhere else to go. This generally makes boarding quick, as the gate agents don't need to wait for people who scatter around the concourse and show up just before the door closes.
My favorite airport story during a very quiet time of the night is when I wasn't a passenger. In summer '04, one of our friends was coming back from South Carolina for basic training in the National Guard, and about ten of us went to MSP to wait for his late flight, a DL or DL connection flight from CVG (originating CAE). It was so deserted, and his flight delayed, that we wound up playing with the wheelchairs intended for the disabled. Normally this wouldn't be allowed, but since hardly anyone was there at the time, the airport security guard (not the TSA people, just the regular building security) simply warned us not to break them and let us be, so two of my friends got pushed all around the MSP baggage claim area. That was a fun night - to be able to break different "rules" (not laws of course) of the airport simply due to the time of night. Too bad we were limited to the bag claim area, but it was fun anyway.
ONTFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 382 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3661 times:
Somtimes, the adrenaline rush is kinda cool of getting to airport then seeing a huge line at security when your mind goes "uh oh" for a second. Then, you get the gate just in time, get on the plane, and finally can relax. But then again, sometimes it's cool to just get from parking, through security, and to the gate in about 5 minutes. Then you've got all the time in the world to walk around the concourse, grab a bite, etc... I guess what it really comes down to is how we are feeling on any given day.