AlekToronto
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Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

Thu Dec 11, 2003 8:04 am

Just wondering if any members here have travelled just to visit an airport, rather than the destination itself? Either to spot, photgraph or just to see the airport.

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RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

Thu Dec 11, 2003 8:07 am

Not on a constant basis... but have done it before, and plan to do so again:

DEN
DTW
SXM... already done


KIX
HKG (both)... in the works for '04/'05
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RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

Thu Dec 11, 2003 8:12 am

I have done "day trips" to ORD from DTW probably 4 or 5 times (first flight out, last flight back)....never left the airport...the last one was probably 30 yrs ago. Whenever I travel to a large city, I will stay at an airport hotel (with a view, whenever possible).
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RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

Thu Dec 11, 2003 8:13 am

When I actually worked for an airline? Yeah... AUS once, ATL frequently. MDW a couple of times.
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RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

Thu Dec 11, 2003 8:13 am

Just small regional weird ones. Surprising I haven't flown Ryanair - seems like a marriage made in heaven (or at least the upper atmosphere.)
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RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

Thu Dec 11, 2003 8:35 am

I have to see an aircraft at least once per week.. With my work, I have no problem....
And when on vacation, yes, I do visit airports. For instance, I have been in Slovenia with my car for a little bit more than 2 weeks. As a result, I have visited 2 of the 3 airports in the Country. (Ljubljana and Portoroz) . I drove very close to the third one (Maribor), but didn't have enough time to stop.

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RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

Thu Dec 11, 2003 8:54 am

In the past I did a lot of trips for spotting only, but now my main reason for travel is to see the city/country itself and not only the airport. I was at a lot of destinations where I saw the airport only but not the city, for example:

  • Paris (I was there for eight times but only at CDG


  • Zurich (never been to the city, only at the airport)


  • Dublin (only at the airport during an a.net spotting tour a year ago)


  • Glasgow (only at the airport during an a.net spotting tour a year ago)

  • Lisbon (I flew to this city just to fly jumpseat, spend approx. 30 minutes during turnaround at the airport, in the plane)


  • Izmir (I flew to this city just to fly jumpseat, spend approx. 30 minutes during turnaround at the airport, in the plane)


  • Nice (I flew to this city just to fly jumpseat, spend approx. 30 minutes during turnaround at the airport, in the plane)


  • Oporto (my first jumpseat flight, spend 20 minutes inside the terminal before going back into the plane, at least I was on Portuguese territory Big grin)


  • and probably a few more


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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Thu Dec 11, 2003 9:02 am

    A co-worker and I were sitting at SEA-TAC bored and decided to jump on a Horizon Air flight just to go somewhere. We flew over to Port Angeles (all 20mins.). Took some pictures and got back on. The flight attendant gave us a really weird look when we got back on. Glad we did it, QX will be suspending Port Angeles service soon.
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    Thu Dec 11, 2003 9:19 am

    I haven't for many years, but when I was in my teens and shuttling between my parents (Alaska to Arizona every summer), I'd try and route myself through different airports and give myself extended layovers to sightsee/photograph. Got to see every major airport in the western US that way.

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    Thu Dec 11, 2003 9:25 am

    I visit ATL on a frequent basis just to spot. I have taken a break since 6/2003, but will be back in 1/2004.

    I have been to ATL on:
    1/26/2002
    6/10/2002
    9/7/2002
    2/15/2003
    3/8/2003
    6/21/2003
    and I connected on 7/17/2003, and 7/21/03

    I try to go three times a year to spot.
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    Thu Dec 11, 2003 9:36 am

    I drive to JFK about once every two months just to spot and see what is going on there.
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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Thu Dec 11, 2003 9:52 am

    Airports I flew to just to visit:

    PDX
    JFK
    LGA
    MCO
    TLH
    IAD (I had flown into there several times before, but my plans for that day were messed up because my flight was delayed about 90 minutes out of ATL, so I just hung out there for a few hours.)
     
    planemannyc
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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Thu Dec 11, 2003 9:53 am

    I have not taken a trip to a city just for the airport, but have chosen flights with connection points just to be at a specific airport. I flew to Halifax to visit family three times in 2003 from New York. Once I took the CO Express non-stop flight. Then I took AC via YYZ. The next trip was LGA-YUL-YHZ-YOW-LGA although connections were available through YYZ or YUL both ways.

    I flew Icelandair to CPH because I wanted to see KEF and fly FI. But I did stop in Iceland for a day, and loved that experience! I recommend anyone flying FI between Europe and the US to stay in Iceland and check this amazing country out!
     
    airtrainer
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    Thu Dec 11, 2003 10:11 am

    The first time I went to New York, I landed at EWR and the day after took the subway just to visit JFK. Also, when I'm close to CDG I always stop to spot, and like Planemannyc said, I'd rather book a multistop flight than a direct flight... even if my girlfriend can't stand this !!!

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    jabpilot
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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Thu Dec 11, 2003 10:49 am

    I've gone from BUR-YVR twice just to spot, staying at the Fairmont Hotel inside the terminal.

    Jeff

     
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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Thu Dec 11, 2003 1:37 pm

    The last time I did something like that was way back in the '60s when Mohawk had a deal whereby you could fly anywhere you liked on their system on a weekend for $25. There were some restrictions - you had to end up where you started from, and your last leg had to take off before 6pm on the Sunday. You couldn't start before Saturday morning, and you couldn't make your reservations until Wednesday before the weekend you wanted to fly.

    I spent hours poring over Mohawk's timetable trying to come up with the greatest amount of flying time that could be fitted in to the time allowed. I forget what my final routing was, but it came apart because I couldn't get a seat on one of the legs. Back to the drawing board.

    The trip I finally got ticketed for was from YYZ to Rochester, NY (I don't know the codes for some of these places) on a BAC-111, then on an FH-227 to Ithaca, Elmira, and on to DCA. I would then return on the same plane to Elmira, then to Utica and BOS. I would RON in Boston then return to YYZ on a BAC-111 via Hartford, CT, Rochester, and BUF.

    This trip also came unglued. On short final into Elmira, Chemung County, the flaps decided to retract all by themselves. After going around we made a landing without flap. The plane couldn't proceed. The other passengers were put on other flights to Washington, but that was no use to me with my non-transferable itinerary. However all was not lost - I was told that the plane would probably be fixed in time to do the Elmira-Utica-BOS legs. As there was a couple of hours to kill and as I was an active glider pilot at the time, and as the Schweizer Aircraft Co. was building sailplanes across the field I gave them a call. Their sales manager, whose name I have now forgotten, came and picked me up and gave me a free demonstration flight in their latest 2-seater.

    The rest of the trip went according to plan.



     
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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Thu Dec 11, 2003 3:02 pm

    2 week ago I went to YYZ for the new terminal trial and spotting.
     
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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Thu Dec 11, 2003 3:07 pm

    Usually I go on day trips just to visit the airports to:

    AMS (2 hours by train)

    FRA (3 hours by train)

    ZRH (1,5 hours by plane)
    fly Korean Air ....
     
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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Thu Dec 11, 2003 3:32 pm

    I had to fly to RSW from IND on three different occasions over a period of 14 days for meetings (this was in the mid-80s). While I was scheduling the flights, I scheduled one with TWA so I could fly through STL. This was immediately after TWA took over Ozark. I made sure I had several hours for the connection so I could explore the terminal. STL used to have a restaurant (may still be there) and I believe it was on a third floor and the windows were so that you had a GREAT view of the parallel runways.
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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Thu Dec 11, 2003 7:08 pm

    Fortunately I live only a half an hour away from ORD so I drive up there quite often just to visit the airport. If I were to ever fly somewhere solely to visit an airport it would undoubtedly be Kansai Airport in Osaka. I have seen many programs on the airport and cannot wait to see it in person.
     
    Leskova
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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Thu Dec 11, 2003 7:10 pm

    Yupp, I've taken several trips to HAJ, HAM, FRA, MUC, ZRH, LHR and LGW for visiting (and photographing) at airports...
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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Thu Dec 11, 2003 7:29 pm

    YYZ twice. Once last May, and the second was end of September/early October for the Concorde fairwell.

    When I'm in Japan in Jan. I'm going to Osaka mostly to check out KIX (if it's possible without flying in or out of)? I'll have a day to do the tourist thing too.
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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Thu Dec 11, 2003 7:34 pm

    I've got to admit, I am also one of you guys without a life. Big grin

    So far, I've flown to MUC (a couple of times), TXL, NCE, GVA, DCA and probably some other airports I cannot remember right now just to hang out at the airport, take some pics and explore the architecture and functionality (one of the advantages if you can mix your profession with your hobby).
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    Leskova
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    Thu Dec 11, 2003 8:06 pm

    ... and it's probably going to get a lot worse for me, because I'm (most likely) moving to Munich next year...
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    klm
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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Thu Dec 11, 2003 8:49 pm

    Every year when I go US (Mostly MSP) I go with different carriers, so I can see new/other airports.
    Some of the routes:

    OSL-KEF-MSP
    OSL-ARL-ORD-MSP
    OSL-AMS-MSP
    OSL-FRA-ORD-MSP
    Klm all the way!
     
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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Thu Dec 11, 2003 10:21 pm

    When I was a kid and I was on holidays on the Belgian sea-side, I used to grab my bike and do 15km to spot planes at OST. I was always in awe at the 707's from TAAG Cargo. My biggest treat was when SN was sending it's pilots do a couple of landing/take-offs with A310 and B737.

    Those were marvellous holidays...  Crying
     
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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Thu Dec 11, 2003 10:36 pm

    The mass of budget airlines in Europe makes it easy to just hitch up and go at the last minute spending less than £70 on airfares...

    I've done AMS 3 times (EZY), CDG once (Buzz), CGN once (4U), EDI twice (EZY) and Maastricht once (in a friend's PA-31!).

    In England, I've flown to plenty of GA airfields (such as Cambridge, Gloucester, White Waltham to name just three!!) but I suppose that's one of the advantages of having a Pilots Licence!

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    Thu Dec 11, 2003 10:41 pm

    I've flown YOW-YYZ a couple of times just to spend the day at YYZ spotting. I plan to do so again in early April 04 to make one last trek to YYZ's T1-old, just to spot for the last time in one of the world's great spotting places.
     
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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Fri Dec 12, 2003 3:25 am

    In my life of spotter FRA LHR ZRH
    in the future im planning MIA as part of my next holidays next year
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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Fri Dec 12, 2003 3:51 am

    Have not done any recently, but in the past yes - HAM, BRU, Augsburg, SPL, PAR, ZRH, KUL, FRA/Hahn.

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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Fri Dec 12, 2003 3:58 am

    Let me count the ways.
    Either driving on trips, I would map out the airports to stop at along the way. Been to Crescent City,CA;Eureka,CA;Pendleton,OR;Pasco,WA,Bellingham,WA;and numerous others this way.
    Flying,have taken day trips BOI-DEN-ABQ in '87,BOI-SUN in '87,BOI-PIH-IDA,SLC a lot, LAX,LAS,SEA,ORD for the first time in March '87,staying at airport from 4:41am to 7:00pm! Now being with WN,makes it that much easier.
    Did go BOI-SEA-ANC and back a couple of years ago. Got there,did not feel all that great,turned around and came back. Was in ANC about 1 hr 25 min!
     
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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Fri Dec 12, 2003 4:17 am

    I can count a few of those:
    LHR (with Airsicknessbag and SN332)
    MAN (with Ndebele and Donder10)
    CPH (with Sabena332, Fly-k)
    MAD (with Fly-k)
    DUB (with Ndebele, Sabena332, Mighluss)
    PIK (with Ndebele, Sabena332)
    might be more though...

    Max
     
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    Fri Dec 12, 2003 4:18 am

    Damn it... I missed ATH

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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Fri Dec 12, 2003 4:24 am

    I must admit most of my 'holidays' are plane spotting trips.

    My LAX trip this year was just for spotting,though i did pop down to Century City for some shopping and dinner one evening.

    All the other trips,HAM,FRA,NRT,MAD,PMI,MXP,ORD,ATL and ZRH have been for spotting.

    I've not fully decided but might go and do NRT and SIN in January.

    Rgds

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    RE: Does Anyone Here Travel Just To Visit Airports?

    Fri Dec 12, 2003 4:28 am

    Train Journeys to:

    SOU
    LGW (2004)
    LHR (2004)

    Car Journeys to:

    LGW

    Flight to and from:

    LGW-MAN in 2004 (Meeting with forum member MYT332)

    All just for picture taking purposes  Smile

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