Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7811 posts, RR: 54 Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1626 times:
EWR has pissed me off a few times although I prefer it by a mile to La Guardia and JFK. Most annoying would have to be San Franciso during the building works, and Heathrow cos there isn't enough room and it's permanently under construction (some check-in lines at Terminal 3 go outside!). Overall, the most annoying airport is one that tries to disguise the nature of the industry it serves, ie most small to medium US ports. By which I mean, there is no aviation theme, nothing aviation-related in the shops, you can't see the planes, that kind of thing. Although they do make up for it by being mega-convenient and easy to get through.
Amsterdam Schipol is great, always a pleasure both as a transit passenger and Amsterdam-bound. You can smoke drugs there you know (which is just too weird, sitting in an airport smoking a joint). As long as you're in a smoking area, of course.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
Trent From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1623 times:
Sna320, I'm interested in why you find Schiphol so annoying. For years, Schiphol has received many awards for its innovative design and, also, it is one of the first modern airports to have the single terminal design. I mean, look at Toronto's, airport... There are 3 terminals so if you have to transfer to another airline which is in a different terminal, you have to go through the bother of taking the uncomfortable shuttle bus. In fact, Toronto is doing major renovations to their airport to make it just one terminal much like Schiphol. However, to answer your question, I think Phoenix's SkyHarbour is pretty annoying because it only has two runways causing a lot of congestion and delays... You are guarenteed to face a delay going in and out of Phoenix... That, in my opinion, is the most annoying airport.
DeltaShuttle From United States of America, joined May 1999, 319 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1617 times:
Just wait until the new terminal is completed. I'd like to see what you have to say then. It's not completely Northwest's fault DTW is so bad. If the airport were larger, a lot of the problems would be solved. Now the inflight service on the other hand...an act of God is needed to fix that
DeltaShuttle From United States of America, joined May 1999, 319 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1619 times:
Las Vegas has to be the most annoying airport with all those slot machines going off all the time. I actually couldn't wait to get on the Northwest flight for once. I swear I could hear it the next day!
Jet Setter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1625 times:
In a recent IATA survey the three best Airports in a survey of travellers were:-
1 Singapore Changi
2 Helsinki, Finland
3 Manchester, UK
1 The old Faro Airport, Portugal some openair check-in desks, a couple od dodgy cafes and a plastic bench to spend your eight hour delay on.
2 Tenerife-Reina Sofia, a nice airport but is gets VERY busy, chaos inside the airport and long ATC ground holds onboard.
3 Bangor, Maine - stuck there during a snowstorm on my way to Orlando a few years ago. No heating and the place was a complete building site.
Zurich Airport is also very good to use, it NEVER feels busy no matter how many people are there, very few ques for anything.
JWM AirTrans From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1616 times:
I do think that DTW is the worst. It is my home airport so I have the right to say that . The suburbs of Detroit are actually very nice... Detroit is the prob Yes, the new terminal will be nice but the old airport will not be. YUCK!
FLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1616 times:
The world's most annoying airport has to be SMF. They currently have two terminals (separated by quite a bit...no covered walkways!), the old terminal dates back to the 60's, with (I swear to God) the origional (brown and orange colored) tiles, carpets, elevators, escalators, gate signs, jetways, and to top that off, fake wood laminate panneling in the elevators! That terminal is a mess...dingy, dark, depressing and nasty!
The new terminal, on the other hand, is a big improvement. Skylights everywhere...a big 'food court' atrium, new everything...it's bright, and it doesn't depress you to fly out of there!
Johans From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1614 times:
The results of that IATA survey are over a year old. The new IATA Airport Monitor 1998, which came out in May, lists the Top 3 Best Airports like this:
1. Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Helsinki, Finland
2. Changi Airport, Singapore
3. Manchester Airport, Manchester, UK
Helsinki beat out Singapore this time, mostly due to the fact that they upgraded their flight info screens, and ease of transferring to other flights (there is a walkway where you can connect between domestic and international flights and vice versa)
FlexeBex From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1616 times:
Hey! Leave Sna320 alone. It's so easy to make a typo and I bet you don't always spell everything correctly or use proper grammer.
I personally think that Heathrow (UK) is one of the most annoying airports. There is basically one word to sum it up: grotty. It is grotty. It is also way over crowded. In one terminal there's holiday makers and in another there's business people. That annoys me to begin with. I also thought you couldn't use cell phones. Or is that just the planes themselves? For the most efficient airport, I'd have to say either Manchester (UK) or Orlando International. They both have room to manouver without colliding into a person or briefcase and are interesting. That might sound really stupid, but I bet that everyone would rather have an *intersting* airport on a six hour delay. I'm not joking. If I'd been stuck in Gander, Newfoundland or Palma. It can make a lot of difference, believe me!
Dw From South Korea, joined Nov 2012, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1614 times:
Has anyone had the... pleasure... to experience Beijing's Capital Airport? Small, extremely crowded, and dark. It was an experience to deplane a 747-400 into 100 degree weather (no joke) to find that they had only sent one bus! The new terminal (opening, October?), however, looks very nice.
Tailscraper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1618 times:
Guys, I know a lot of you are posting from the States, so when you submit references to airfields in the US, could you spell out the name of the airport in full, so that we ignorant peasants of non-american citizenship may recognise the airport you are referring to!
Flier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1616 times:
I don't know if I think Schiphol is the most annoying airport, but I do wonder why everyone thinks the one terminal design is so great. Both times I've connected there the walk between gates took more than half an hour. We also had long waits at security checkpoints. I would have been glad to hop on a shuttle or tram instead of walking all that way trying to keep my luggage from falling off the cart.
One other thing. As a non-smoker who lives in the US, I've definitely been spoiled by all of the non-smoking airports here in the states. After sitting in my gate waiting area at Schiphol (_not_ a smoking area, but close to one), my clothes smelled like I'd been out at a bar all night.
On the plus side, Schiphol had great shopping, and I really like the train connections available from the airport.
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7811 posts, RR: 54 Reply 17, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1616 times:
Tailscraper, I agree with you completely, these three letter codes are annoying! I am vastly experienced in the airlines but I almost never use them here, what's the point of doing a post if someone reads it and doesn't know where the hell you are talking about? Where is SMF? Smurftown or something?
Johans, Helsinki may be an easy airport to get through (and I've been there a few times and it's OK) but I think as well as functioning efficiently an airport's merit should also be judged according to where you can get to from it. Unless you're going to Russia or China, or from elsewhere in Scandinavia, Helsinki is useless cos it's too far north to offer sensible journey times. It's like Hobart, Tasmania. A great airport to be sure but for what purpose?
And Jet Setter, you're right, Zurich is fabulous, I've been through during the evening rush hour a couple of times and it never seemed overcrowded, typically Swiss and efficient. Like Swissair, whom I also lurve.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
Charles802 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 380 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1613 times:
The most annoying is probably a tie between Newerk and Detroit. I also dislike JFK. It is extremely annoying for connecting flights, and JFK is connection central for Europe. Last time I was there, I had to make a long walk with my 79 year old mother in acid rain and hail! If only the buildings were connected.
I also don't like SJC's new terminal very well. It looks nice, but the parking design is a mess, and the baggage claim area is insufficient. There are also no good restaurants or shops, but I hear that is about to change.
Adam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2 Reply 23, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1615 times:
most annoying has to be Detroit-Metro, For being too big and having like 1 food court
that is far away from everything else, not enough seating, second has to be houston bush intercontinental for having about 20 seats at each gate