YOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4845 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 16138 times:
1. Aéroport de St. Jean: More of an airfield really.
2. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport: Agreed! The Dutch have AMS under control.
3. Calgary International Airport: Bland
4. Changi Airport: Can't argue, Changi run like clockwork.
5. Heathrow Airport: In a word... No.
6. John F. Kennedy International Airport: Depends on the terminal and time of day
I bet whoever wrote this has not been to all ten aiports. So it's really just a content quota piece. Not to mention the fact that they are comparing apples and oranges, Aéroport de St. Jean is an airfield really. Not really too sure how Heathrow made the list. Maybe they meant LHR without Terminal 1 and 3?
RIXrat From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 784 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 16023 times:
This is a disgrace! I would like to know how many people they interviewed -- 1,004 usually. Heathrow is at the bottom of my list. JFK, depending on the terminal, but, but to mention of all the tax-free goodies should only apply to those living outside the EU. I would rate Copenhagen with it's shopping mall-sized terminal as No. 1, where you can get all of those mani-pedi-cures.
Yet, of course you have to realize that this is not an objective survey. Sherman's, from where this all originated, is a travel agency and they are pushing their destinations and trying to cash in on them.
Vega From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 16011 times:
Actually you need to read the rationale for most of the picks - e.g.. JFK because of Jet Blue - a relatively minor player in the scheme of the overall environment, LAX because of high celebrity sighting potential, etc.. Some are accidentally correct, AMS, SYD, etc.. Note the current Low reader evaluation of this article at the end of the 2nd page.
Planenutz From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1282 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 15954 times:
Unbelievable. Much, much more research needed. Its laughable that LHR and LAX would be included in any Top 10 list.
What the article neglects to mention is that many of the amenities available to AMS depend on destination, i.e. Schengen departures dont have use of the transit hotel or other services located beyond passport control).
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 35
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 15941 times:
MSNBC must be smoking some serious stuff.....we can all shoot enough holes in their list. And basing their rankings on one small facet of that airport (ie JFK, LAX) is in no way indicative of the airport as a whole.
Tom at MSY
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Runway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2151 posts, RR: 36
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 15822 times:
"The long, glossy promenades in Terminals 1 to 4 are lined with stores, restaurants, bars, pubs, and cafés vying for your attention"
Sounds more like Terminal 4 than any other to me. If you try to fit Terminal 2 in there it should read "your head hitting the ceiling [in what used to be a parking lot], carpets so torn that people stumble upon them, outdated infrastructures, etc...
Clearly, whoever did this survey was on some very powerful drugs. No way should LAX, JFK or LHR, St Jean be in the top 10.
JM017 From Jamaica, joined Jun 2002, 1227 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 15770 times:
I cannot believe YYC made the list. As Yowza said, it is bland. Not bad, but not thrilling.
JFK? I mean it's pretty good and much better than it was in the 90's (and it really depends on the terminal). But I wouldn't say top ten. My personal top ten, yeah probably. But not "world top ten." You got Singapore, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, and several others that I think would top JFK.
LAX? Are you kidding me?
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Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21413 posts, RR: 60
Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 15674 times:
Quoting Supa7E7 (Reply 15): Worst:
SJO - overcrowded!
LAS - ditto
HNL - too busy, hectic, but cool
SXM - until it was replaced
SBP - too small
ATL - too big
CDG - needs some refurb on original 1974 structure
SLC - ditto
Can't agree with that list. Not the best, but certainly many are not the worst.
As for nice airports, I'd have to add CVG to the list (at least Terminal 3). I hadn't been there in a while, and while it was nice before, seems as if they made it even nicer! If only Concourses A and B were dedicated to a better airline than Delta...
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I think the fact that they mentioned "celebrity sightings" is proof enough that whoever wrote the article has their priorities screwed up when rating airports. I don't go to an airport to see a "celebrity". I go there to catch a plane. The least amount of time I spend in an airport, the better, far as I am concerned. As long as the security personnel are competent, the bathrooms are clean, and I can get a decent cup of coffee somewhere, color me happy.
I am surprised that KIX isn't on that list. That is a neat facility. Not that I have seen it in person or anything, but I have seen it on the Discovery and TLC channels... At least DTW is mentioned regarding the NW facility. I would throw in PIT and DEN for that matter for having modern and navigable facilities, 100+ shops, eateries and amenities, etc. PIT is always near the top of the list of US Airports for this, despite having a scaled back US operation, but we won't go there
Worst airports, add MEM to that list. From what I have seen of that airport through various pics and text regarding the facility, it makes PHL look like the Sydney Opera House!
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KULatICT From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 15344 times:
good god.... the only reason LAX is up there on the list because its a mecca to spot celebrities & lots of eateries? is this guy go to airport to hang out or to catch a flight? LAX is a zoo. PERIOD!!!!!
Mkorpal From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 90 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 15301 times:
LAX is a joke, the only good thing about it is the vast amount of planes there are to see. But it is good for people viewing. Last week I was there the Basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. But that was just after I spent an hour in a line for booking at United. There were about 20 people in front of us, and only about 2 of them were helped during that hour. Needless to say, I gave up on flying back to DEN. Speaking of DEN, it should be on the list unless if you look at it this week.
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21079 posts, RR: 56
Reply 24, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 15201 times:
Quoting Planenutz (Reply 8): Its laughable that LHR and LAX would be included in any Top 10 list.
Except if it's the Top 10 Worst Airports List.
I'm happy that JFK made the list and all, but let's be serious here - while T6 is excellent, T2/3 and T8 easily make up for it. That's two of the three main carriers at the airport operating out of terminals that are awful on a good day.
LHR and LAX are two of the worst airports there are, and putting St. Jean and Keflavik on the list just because they serve nice places is pure idiocy.
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: Not for nothing, but the list is a complete joke. Terminal 6 isn't even the best at that airport, let alone "widely regarded as the best of all three