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What's The Best Airport You've Been To?  
User currently offlineAmericanF100 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 243 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3183 times:

I'm just curious to see what everyone thinks. I haven't been to many aiports but I think my favourtie would have to be either Atlanta Hartsfield(ATL) or Chicago O'Hare International. I loved them both inside and I really love the airlines that are based there (AAL, UAL, DAL) I also liked Dallas. I live in MSP and I loved that airport too.

What do you think?
Matt~

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User currently offlineRoyalDutch From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 917 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3105 times:

AMS and MUC....both are well laid out, and easy to navigate. They are well marked, modern, and (especially AMS) have a great selection of aircraft to watch!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineMd-11er From Belgium, joined Nov 2001, 201 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3095 times:

Best:
- for spotting, Narita and Frankfurt,Manchester and Phoenix
-As a pax, Haneda
Worse:
For spotting and as a pax Dulles


User currently offlineThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1643 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3093 times:

Copenhagen Kastrup! This airport consistently wins "Best in the World" awards year after year. I can certainly see why. It makes other airports' management look like the Three Stooges.

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3085 times:

For a passenger who must change the plane I would say ATL.

patrick


User currently offlineAmericanF100 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 243 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3086 times:

PHX did have really good spotting too. I'm thinking about getting a camera and sending in photos to airliners.net cause I have a really good spotting place at MSP that would make great photos.

Matt~


User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4775 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3077 times:

"London" Stansted...I used London in quotes because Stansted is so far from London. However, it is closer to Ipswich, where i usually visit in the UK. Aside from location, it is ideal from a passenger's point of view. High ceiling with huge windows and lots of light make it feel very inviting and airy, and the shops and other facilities are well-placed. It is only a short walk to the train or bus terminals, and to get to the gate sattelites walking is further minimized by an automated transit service.

Other choices for good airports: Paris CDG T2 and Heathrow T4.

Worst would be Heathrow terminal 3 or Gatwick and Toronto Terminal 2.


User currently offlineGmonney From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2159 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3066 times:

Hey CPDC10-30,

What about T1 at YYZ (toronto) Has to be worse than T2, but wait untill T-New!!!

Grant



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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3065 times:
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User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4775 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3060 times:

T1 is ancient with few facilities, but at least the layout isn't that bad. You don't have to walk for 15 mins like at T2. But I can't wait for them to blow it up and make way for T-New  Smile

User currently offlineDC10Tony From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1012 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3060 times:

MCO

User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 11, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3064 times:

Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)

By far, AMS has to be one of the best airports in the world. It certainly is the best I've ever been to.

What's amazing about AMS is how its been constantly expanded, yet it still extremely easy and convenient to get around, and not a "maze" like how some other airports have turned out.

They did one hell of a job designing this airport, it is certainly one of the most efficient in the world and yet its been added on to so many times. Its spacious, and very roomy, and you get GREAT views of planes from really anywhere in the airport.

And of course, its home to KLM.  Big grin

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Denver Int'l (DEN) is also a very nice airport. Its the largest airport in North America, and the 2nd largest in the world. Its also currently the most advanced airport in the world (which led to some problems in its early days).

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Airport overview

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Orlando Int'l (MCO) is another fantastic airport. When I first went to it, I was just amazed.

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Regards



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User currently offlineBarfBag From India, joined Mar 2001, 2199 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3045 times:

Singapore Changi Airport! Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok and Seoul Incheon are great too but I didn't get to see too much of those two since my layover was short. In the US, Pittsburgh Intl Airport is my personal favorite.


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User currently offlineAirontario From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 548 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3039 times:

I like Halifax(YHZ), Miami(MIA) and Providence(PVD)
the worst Hartford/Springfield(BDL)


User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3032 times:

Best airport I have flown into would probably be Orlando, the best for spotting would probably be Miami or Cincinatti. I like Miami for its variety and numerous spotting areas. Cincinatti has that awesome spotting area i discovered when i was heading down for Spring Break one year, its on the east side of the airport on a slight hill so you can actually overlook the airport. It had portapotties and broadcasted control tower.

The worst airport for both would probably be my hometown airport DTW.

For the passenger though DTW is majorly improving especially when the McNamara Terminal opens in Feb. DTW has the potential to be one of the best in the nation once all the bugs are worked out in the new building.

As for Spotting, things have been really going to sh** at DTW. At one time we had Check Point 6 to spot, it was a parking lot right on the approach to Runway 21R. The planes would fly 50-100 ft over your head, when a 747 would land it would stir up a huge dust storm. That parking lot closed about 6 years ago, if you park on the shoulder you can count on one of the Nazi cops there to be on a powertrip and threaten you with all kinds of threats from tickets to arrests. Another place you could once park was by the Mesaba hanger on the east side of the airport by runway 21L until one day a fat pig chased me out of there after a major argument from me to where I almost got arrested for telling him to find something better to do like go to a donut shop. I argued that I had every right to park there because there were no signs, sure enough the following week they put up the no parking/standing signs.

Wayne Road on the southwest side was good until it was closed for the building of 22R/4L


User currently offlineGmonney From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2159 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3031 times:

CPDC10-30...Here Here....I would love to be the one to set off the explosives to both....Have you seen the progress so far....the windows are in on the new Terminal!!!!...looking good!!

Grant



Drive it like you stole it!
User currently offlineCHQFlygirl From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3033 times:

I personally love PHL. There is plenty of good restaurants, and a little mall between Concourses B and C. Not as big as the skymall in PIT, but still they have enough. (Bath and Body Works, the Gap, Godiva, etc. etc.) Its open, spacious, well lit, and I had alot of good sleep on the big couches in the crew room!  Big thumbs up Sitting 12 hours of ready reserve never bothered me when I was based in PHL.....then they "displaced" me to LGA aka. LaGarbage after 9-11..........  Sad

User currently offlineRoyalDutch From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 917 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3032 times:

I must add that Prague Airport, for a small airport, is very nice. We have a completely new terminal, and they are extending pier B as well. Its east to get around in, the styling is very modern, and the terminal seating is good and in large enough supply. Too bad we don't have more flights coming in and out  Sad.

User currently offlineAfitch7881 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 815 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2981 times:

Why do you think Hartford has the worst airport? Did you see all the consturction going on? After the terminal expansion and existing terminal is remodeled, BDL will be one of the nicest airports in New England. Right now there isnt much in the form of shops or resteraunts, but that will soon change with the new expansion.


Eric



User currently offlineB747-4U3 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2981 times:

My favourite, (in order best first)

1.) Dubai (DXB)
2.) Denpasar (DPS)
3.) Kennedy T7 (JFK)
4.) Chek Lap Kok (HKG)
5.) Heathrow T4 (LHR)

My worst 5

1.) Abu Dhabi (AUH)
2.) Bangkok (BKK)
3.) Gatwick (LGW)
4.) Sao Paulo (GRU)
5.) Mexico City (MEX)


User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1956 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2963 times:

Spending five years growing up in Amsterdam has Schiphol (AMS) among my favorites, with ample room for spotting.

I still remember the *old* Zurich Kloten and the *old* Beirut International with their huge, spacious common (waiting) areas. That was back in the late 1960s. The Art Deco terminal at Long Beach still serves passengers, tastefully restored and updated, and is fully deserving of honorable mention here.

I admire the European terminals for their easy access to public transportation, something probably shared by several Asian airports (such as Haneda).

The worst airports I have ever been to include ATH and BRU, but both have been updated since I was there and are probably very nice. The old JFK International Terminal for departures was a real dog, too.



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User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2962 times:

I live in ATL, so I go there more than any other airport, but that is probably my favorite airport. I also like ZRH, ATH, BRU, DEN, and SAN.

User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 22, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2951 times:

LHR, BKK, DXB, KUL, ORD, AMS, FRA, SIN

T3 at LHR is best for spotting different airlines' heavies though.

BKK has best atmosphere - bizarre colour scheme though!



I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2931 times:

FRA: love the underground train station,
supermarket, restaurants, observation
deck...

MCO: always stay at the indoor Hyatt


User currently offlineMark2102 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2925 times:

Spotting: LAX
Overall luggage service and niceness: MCO They always get your bags out ontime.
Most fun: LAS That is a very nice airport with the casinos!


25 DC-10inLB : I really liked Schiphol, easy to get to and get around. Great observation areas. Munich was great too. As for US airports, ATL is really well laid out
26 AASTEW : Dallas/Ft. Worth, Atlanta, Los Angeles.....good terminals and runways. Best layout! Any airport with scattered around terminals are not organized! AAS
27 Tom_eddf : Hongkong's Chek Lap Kok - modern style, good connections, friendly people, excellent service and CX wonderful lounge. Greetings, Tom
28 Ciro : MCO is my dearest! So far, it is one of the best attractions in Orlando! But talking about efficency, I would say Changi is generations ahead all the
29 Bestwestern : Mega: ATL Large: CPH Medium: PRG Small: LCY Regional: VRN
30 KaiTakFan : my top 5 1)Hong Kong Kai Tak - Speaks for itself! 2)Singapore Changi 3)Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok 4)Sydney Kingsford Smith 5)Auckland International - The
31 Post contains links and images Deltaasa16 : My Top 3 favorite Airports: (In Order) #1 Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport Click for large versionPhoto © Jeffrey Stricker #2 Colorado Sp
32 Post contains images AOMlover : ORLY ! It's so nice
33 Fax : Top 5 favourites 1 Leeds/Bradford International (LBA) 2 Manchester International (MAN) 3 Frankfurt (FRA) 4 Malta International (MLA) 5 Varadero Intern
34 Cba : LAX, CDG, IAH, EWR, CDG, ONT.
35 Goboeing : I would probably pick 3, narrowing it down to one is tough: -KDEN Denver International-It was very new when I was there, and very easy, high-tech, and
36 Chiawei : CLK- food is nice, lots of action within the airport. spotting is poor. Changi- makes you want to live in the airport.
37 Quebecair727 : YUL, AMS, CDG, MCO, PIT, YMX
38 GuyBetsy1 : You guys don't get out of North America much, do you? The best airport in the world is Changi Singapore, hands down. It has won award after award in e
39 Incubus : Skiathos (JSI) Greece. It's a tiny building opposite two Tavernas. You sit in the Taverna gardens watching planes come in on base then final. When you
40 Japanguy : Best: 1. Changi 2. Narita (sentimental favorite!) 3. Hong Kong CLK 4. Dubai 5. Melbourne (Not convenient, but who could leave the Aussies out of this
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