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User currently offlineFrequentflier From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 422 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2867 times:

Just wondering what everyone thinks are the world's worst airport and/or the USA's worst airport in terms of:
-Delays
-Conditions (Weather, Terminal)
-Accessibility
-Services
-Shopping/Eating
-Destinations Served

My personal choices are:
In the US, San Juan for it's third-world style terminals (almost no chairs), awful food, and lack of atmosphere.

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The worst airport in the world that I've actually been to is Madrid-Barajas. MAD is dark, dirty, and completely uninviting.

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User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5233 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2669 times:

The old terminal at DCA was always a nightmare (IMHO).
MDW was a dump, but the new terminal is great, can't wait for the new concourses to be finished. STL (my home airport) needs a major overhaul, only the newer East Terminal (home of WN) is nice.



The best IFE: A window seat and a good book.
User currently offlineHurricane From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2631 times:

I agree, last time I was at STL it was in pretty bad shape. DTW was also horrible last time I was there, especially the International terminal. Granted, that was before the new terminal opened...

User currently offlineAmerica West From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2607 times:

I agree, MDW was horrible back in the early 1990's. STL wasn't one of my favorites.

User currently offlineAmerica West From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2584 times:

Delays ~~~> LGA!!

User currently offlineI LOVE EWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 852 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2571 times:

LGA!!!!!!! The runways are to short and if the weather is bad forget it.

User currently offlineTbird From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 851 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2562 times:

Greetings:

Well as for delays LGA. I was reading an article that the DOT and FAA are once again looking at ways to decrease congestion at LGA. Overall LGA isn't that great anyway. Miami and New Orleans aren't that great either. Miami has no shops or good bars in the many of the gate areas and New Orleans is dark and depressing.

Thanx
Tom


User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

In the U.S. its DTW (before the new terminals).

Outside the U.S. its MNL. That place can be a madhouse! Especially for domestic flights.



Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineFrequentflier From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 422 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2536 times:

LGA is fine (except for delays).

The US Airways terminal is very, very nice, and the newly redone Central Terminal is a great place to depart from (good shopping and Figs restaurant-quite tasty!)


User currently offlineRogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2517 times:

LGA is the worst in the US for crowding and delays. Friday afternoon about 5/6pm & bad weather: its fun to watch everyone getting all pissed off at the airlines and its nice wondering if you're plane is going to slide off the short runways or not.

JFK is a true nightmare if you have to change terminals. A galaxy of fantastic new smells can be found on that inter-terminal transfer bus, if you can find the bus.

CDG is also very bad for connections IMO. They have no sense of order, no lines, no nothing. Its just a free for all. (Another problem: numerous French people here)

The shopping at LGW (South terminal) is the most impressive I've seen.

kind regards,

RogueTrader


User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2497 times:

JFK is a true nightmare if you have to change terminals. A galaxy of fantastic new smells can be found on that inter-terminal transfer bus, if you can find the bus.

Very true, but that will change once AirTrain is running.




"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
User currently offlineThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1661 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2496 times:

Austin (KAUS) is a shrine to Yuppiedom and a bad parody of everything that Austin used to be but isn't, anymore. It is Boosterism run wild; what a hole. They did everything wrong.

User currently offlineGD727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 925 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2467 times:


Anyone here ever seen Terminal D at BOS? It resembles a NYC subway station restroom!

-GD727



Mmmm forbidden donut.
User currently offlineSetjet From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2452 times:

I can only agree: Top of my list is JFK in regards of accessability and appearance!
it seems like every airline did their own business without even noticing their neighbours (hello Port Authority, where were you during construction???). Virtually no pedestrian connections (!) between the terminals, lousy bus connection between terminals, miles of road to travel to get from Terminal 4 to let's say Terminal 5, very poor public transportation access, dirty, noisy, ugly.
Best of all is the monopolist bus connection between the city (Central Station) and JFK: Old buses, no real timetable, 13$ + tip (!) fare to the airport.
They should take a look at other airports, e.g. Munich: S-Train connection every ten minutes, brand new Lufthansa Airport Buses with reclining seats and free (!) drinks every twenty minutes that get you to the airport for less than 7$! That's what I call SERVICE!


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6342 posts, RR: 33
Reply 14, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2438 times:

JFK is a true nightmare if you don't have to change terminals. I have to temper this statement by saying that I haven't had the displeasure of being there since December 1991. It was such a bad experience then that I have avoided it since.


Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineFrequentflier From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 422 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2430 times:

JFK's not as bad as you make it sound.

First of all, three massive projects are currently taking place:
1) Air Train: Connections to LIRR (commuter rail) and subway as well as interterminal (solves your problem).
2) New AA Terminal: AA is due for a new terminal. Their joint terminals 8 and 9 are awful places that are soon to be demolished!
3) New jetBlue Terminal (rumor): While jetBlue is currently renovating its terminal 6, rumors are abound that it will build a new terminal 5 (former TWA).

Besides all of these projects, two new international terminals have been build in recent years, as well as a new tower. Trust me, if you're looking for traffic, you'll find it at LGA.

JFK=Best NY Airport


User currently offlineSetjet From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2425 times:

I can't stress this enough!

JFK is the WORST big airport I know.  Pissed

Correct me if there's anything worse...


User currently offlineFrequentflier From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 422 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2420 times:

How about BOS? DTW? LAX? DFW? IAH? IAD?

JFK may be no LHR, but it surely isn't the worst airport in the country.


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6342 posts, RR: 33
Reply 18, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2414 times:

Funny because I remember IAD as one of the nicest airports in the US. Of course I have to temper this also with the fact that I haven't been there since June 1986.
I just have fond memories of IAD in June 1972 when it was a sleepy airport WAY out in the middle of nothing.
Of course I also have very fond memories of JFK in the early 70s.

Worst airport of today? That's about like asking what hurts worse, a headache or a stubbed toe. None of the major airports are pleasant anymore.



Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineKAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1963 posts, RR: 32
Reply 19, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2416 times:

How could you mention Austin?

The terminal is futuristic (in an industrial sort of way), spacious, and has unique Austin-Based vendors.

True, Austin itself has sort of sold out to urban sprawl but that cannot be helped when you have a massive influx of industry and people like the one Austin had in the last decade. The highway traffic problems in this city are horrid, but all in all, I think Austin is a nice place to live because there's always something going on here.




From a pilot's standpoint, the design is well laid out with two paralell runways with the terminal in the middle.

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Austin was named Southwest's station of the year based on a combined criteria including the highest percentage of compliments from Customers, fewest Customer complaints, best worker productivity, and best performance overall in Customer Service, ramp services, and operations.


User currently offlineN757st From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 386 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2405 times:

After traveling through it many a time, terminal one at BDL is just aweful. Once the new terminal is done and they finally get some work into renevating term 1, maybe I will change my mind, but right now unless you plan on depating through terminal 2, bradley is pretty dissapointing.

User currently offlineRogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2402 times:

The biggest thing at JFK that used to disgust me was that huge toilet bowl called the [old] International Arrivals Building.

This is what millions of people got as their first impression of the USA! I would have rather just waited or arrived using a tent as opposed to that thing.

Anyway, its gone now. And, the reason why we can complain about JFK is because it was a big airport way before any place else was and had to live with its outdated buildings for years...On the other hand, Heathrow seems to manage pretty well with their aging infrasructure.

Something seriously needs to be done about the whole NYC airport scene. The new trains and stuff are good, but only a drop in the bucket.

kind regards,

RogueTrader


User currently offlineCch362 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2355 times:

delays: SFO for sure. If there is rain, fog, or just low clouds one of the parallel runways is shut down. And this happens a lot.

User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

The world's worst airport is NOT in the United States.
The worst in the world is EL AEROPUERTO INTERNACIONAL DEL CIUDAD DE MEXICO!



Get your patchouli stink outta my store!
User currently offlineSetjet From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 9 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2332 times:

Something else about JFK:

When will they manage to set up a really reliable train connection from Manhattan to JFK (I am not talking about the "thirty-stop-A-Train-long-term-parking-bus-connection-transfer" thing which is unreliable as anything...)?

You can't tell me there is no demand from 7+million people to have a fast and reliable connection to the city!

Frequentflyer:
Maybe they have some nice terminals out there at JFK, but what about the idea of ONE airport and not every airline doing there own business?
And, we are talking about the worst airport NOW, all the construction right now makes the situation even worse...

I think JFK is pretty embarrasing for a city like New York!


25 Afitch7881 : BDL does not have terminal 1 and terminal 2. The terminals are called Terminals A and B. Terminal A was complete in 1990 and offers 10 gates. This ter
26 Jsf119 : BDL is a great airport even though terminal B is a little old its still set up nice. its one of the best airports to watch planes takeoff and land fro
27 A/c dxer : TEB any aiport that think they control noise by the weight of a airplane is just retarded.
28 JetRanger2000 : I know I might get bashed for this one. When my flight from ALB to RSW made its refueling stop in CVG, the flight was cancelled due to engine problem
29 Shaun3000 : STL sucks. I am going to school in St. Louis (SLU) and have to put up with STL when I go home for breaks. It's not so bad going out as it is coming ba
30 AOMlover : "CDG is also very bad for connections IMO. They have no sense of order, no lines, no nothing. Its just a free for all." Maybe, but no, it's not just a
31 Prinair : I happen to think that SJU (San Juan) is a nice airport. I wonder if this kid ever left the AA terminal?
32 Lutfi : Shivaji airport, Mumbai. JFK a close second.
33 RickB : CDG gets my vote - I agree with the free for all sentiment too - only place I have ever been where pushing past you in the queue is mandatory !!! All
34 Paulc : Would have to say i agree with the comments made about CDG - it is a very confusing airport and the staff are not the most helpful. Moscow SVO(T2) is
35 Rickster : LHR - still somehow confusing to me JFK - while it was easy to connect from OS to DL it is a nightmare to connect from OS to UA (well ok JFK is not a
36 Krushny : I vote for the charter terminal in ATH. No shops, no restaurants, not even anyone on the counters ... It was that way in 1994, not sure if it has imp
37 Arsenal@LHR : JFK get's my vote. There's construction work everywhere you look, it's crowded and generally it's very dull, nothing to shout about. Arsenal@LHR
38 PROSA : JFK's not as bad as you make it sound. First of all, three massive projects are currently taking place: 1) Air Train: Connections to LIRR (commuter ra
39 Dstc47 : Dirty, uncared for, long lines, mysterious maze like walks on arrival. Inadequate facilities at INS pre clearance. Continual building but little obvio
40 JAL : Montreal's Dorval
41 Eugdog : JfK may be crap now but soon it will be a gleaming airport with terrific connenctions into the city with its airtran service
42 Jaysit : Mumbai's International Airport - the aviation armpit of the universe. DFW in the US - what a dump.
43 Danialanwar : Mumbai (Bombay) International ... by far.
44 Post contains images Mehtabrahman : Most definitely.... Karachi International No better than a toil*t bowl (I mean it!)
45 Frequentflier : Defending JFK once more... Anyone who thinks that construction makes an airport a dull place needs to seriously think outside of the box. Construction
46 Brains : someone mentioned terminal D at BOS. I am going to have to agree with whoever that individual is...it is quite depressing...small, old...well, just ge
47 Setjet : Throwing some dirt onto JFK once more... Although it's a nice fact that they try to improve JFK, but the single fact that they HAVE to improve somethi
48 N757st : Although Bdl is great for sitting and spotting on the end of runway 6, terminal b is still a crap hole. I will admit, in the last couple of years, esp
49 Post contains images Setjet : No praying please, God has more important stuff to do than relocating Delta to a new terminal...
50 BO__einG : Kandahar is byfar the worst of the worst! Heck! They dont even have a terminal and as I recall there were 3 craters on their runway. How are planes su
51 Hkgspotter1 : Taipei is way up there for me !!, and LAX.
52 BarfBag : Mumbai's International Airport - the aviation armpit of the universe. Jaysit: I suppose you only refer to Terminal 2A ? I think Terminal 2C at BOM (th
53 EIPremier : There are certainly worse, but SJC Terminal A has gotten to be a very unpleasant post-9/11. The facilities are simply overburdened by present pax load
54 DIA77 : Clearly DFW, what a lousy airport to connect in.
55 Lumumba : In CDG i always mis somthing? One time it's the connection one time it's my lugages ETC..... Regards Patrice
56 Jaysit : Yeah. I guess it is Terminal 2A - Its an ugly atrocity with nasty people manning every airline checkin counter. Or is it just Northwest staff again? I
57 Tsentsan : I think you guys have it all wrong... CKS is the worst airport ever.
58 N766UA : EWR is horrible for delays and even worse for location. They put the thing right smack dab in the middle of trashhole, USA.
59 Taloush : I guess nobody's been to the EgyptAir airport in Cairo... Bleurgh.
60 DeltAirlines : BOS is one of those airports...some terminals are in great shape, while others are being renovated, while others are being torn down within the next 3
61 Post contains links and images BDRules : The worst i have ever been to is Sharjah Click for large versionPhoto © Alastair T. Gardiner Click for large versionPhoto © Alastair T. Gard
62 Afitch7881 : At BDL Delta and American will be the new carriers going into the new concourse with 12 gates which will open in 2003. The current terminal B where De
63 Kaitakfan : if you guys really are talking about a dive of an airport then I would say Kai Tak is right up there. Sure the departure hall was renovated a bit, but
64 Bsergonomics : I can't really comment on the Third World airports - but Terminal 2 at Malpensa (MPX) gives you a real taster of what you'll experience at your destin
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