Frequentflier From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 422 posts, RR: 1 Posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2506 times:
Just wondering what everyone thinks are the world's worst airport and/or the USA's worst airport in terms of:
-Conditions (Weather, Terminal)
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.
OzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4764 posts, RR: 22 Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2308 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.
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Tbird From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 851 posts, RR: 20 Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2201 times:
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.
RogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2156 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.
Setjet From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1095 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2091 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!
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6244 posts, RR: 36 Reply 14, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2077 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.
Is grammar no longer taught is schools? Saying "me and her" or some such implies illiteracy.
Frequentflier From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 422 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2069 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.
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6244 posts, RR: 36 Reply 18, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2053 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.
Is grammar no longer taught is schools? Saying "me and her" or some such implies illiteracy.
KAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1958 posts, RR: 35 Reply 19, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2055 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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N757st From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 314 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2044 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.
RogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2041 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.
Setjet From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1095 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1971 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!
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