What are some of your favourite airports? Before you reply, think about some of the ground rules: You're not allowed to list it just because it's your home airport. There's got to be something about the hub that makes you look forward to going there: here are some of mine:
: I live in MELB, so this is not my base airport. Syd is great because it is an amazing place for plane spotting...the vista's from many places looking out into botany bay and the city on the other side are just spectacular. The Qantas domestic terminal is new and very swish with a huge Qantas club lounge, overlooking the main N/S runway where you can sip a beer and watch planes come in. Gripes are the delays which are not uncommon, especially with bad weather and the slots are very congested...most of the QF
domestic flights are a little bit late and qantas has to factor this in with their timetables.
: To be honest, the facilities at Heathrow are appaling..the buildings are downright ugly and it is a very VERY congested airport, but i seriously think the variety and range of HUGE long-haul aircraft seen at LHR
is second to none. Whenever you land at Heathrow-just looking out at the SEA
of plane tails....spectacular. No other airport on earth has as many 747s and large airbuses at any one time. Just amazing. Checking in at T4
though: Pain in the bloody ass! Bedlam
: Always have a soft spot for Changi-it's so very singapore-clean, efficient, well planned (years of kiasuism!) and runs like clockwork. T1 is looking a bit dated (horrible..HORRIBLE carpet-looks like vomit!) and i'm not sure if QF
/BA will move into T3
when it is completed (my guess is yes, as T3
will serve the new A380 aircraft which y ou can be sure QF
will use on it's kangaroo route). Facilities like cinemas, rainforests, swimming pools, the list goes on..just goes to show that the airport's management has really thought about the passenger and made the hub as consumer friendly as possible, rather than just a plane dock. Only downside to changi is the lack of good vantage points to see aircraft...even the gate holding rooms don't have that close-up views of the planes. But otherwise, full marks. Can't wait for T3
-the plans look amazing..
CLK/HK: Same as changi (probably less facilities), but newer and more spectacular in terms of architecture. Nevertheless a great airport with heaps of planes to spot-good hub with many MANY major airlines flying there. The ride into the city is one of the most spectacular!
I was going to say LAX
because of the plane spotting, but i've decided that it is in such disarray and chaos that I just cannot list it here.
I'm sure there are many others....join in!