I became quite familiar with DTW
during my days as a grad student at UM
, but I hadn’t been to the ‘new’ DTW
until last night, when I connected there for a flight to EWR
(so I have no idea about parking, curbside access etc.). The old DTW
was unpleasant, the new one (well at least concourse ‘A’) is instantly my favorite airport. Yeah, the design is great: bright, open and pleasant, but I think it is the mundane things that make it so good, like the spacious waiting areas, and putting restaurants right across from some of the gates, so you can actually watch the boarding status of your flight from your dining table (e.g., the ones near Gates 70-74 mentioned by 7E72004 above) Also, the airport has come up with the clever idea of concentrating the mall retail shops in the center of the ‘A’ concourse, and lined the concourse itself with restaurants and shops that sell things that are indispensable to air travelers (like a kit-kat and the newest issue of the Economist). I have nothing against mall retail at the airport, but it is annoying at some airports, like EWR
’s Concourse ‘C’, where the paper/candy shops are infrequently-spaced between the innumerable USGA
Golf Shop/Brookstone-type places.
As DTWClipper notes, this is not the best place to spot. There is something strange about the windows, I took some pictures and they were very patchy (probably not enough light as well the strange windows). But actually, the views aren’t too bad if there is an open gate on either side of the a/c you are looking at. Got some great looks at the A330s in that new NW
livery. Unfortunately I didn’t see any 747s.
Usatoeze: I was on a NW
DC-9/50 last night, the gate area was more than large enough to accommodate the waiting passengers. I agree with DTWClipper, the tram/moving walk way system is very well integrated. The Tram functions as the “express” and the moving walkways as the “local”. You are right about CVG
‘B’, it is very good too, I prefer MSP
, but maybe that is because if I’m in CVG
‘B’, then I’m flying DL
and so I’m in an unpleasant state of mind.
Don’t understand your comment about the Food Court, I will have to take a closer look next time. The restaurant options and location seemed quite good.
Along with MSP
, another terrific airport, NW
now has two of the best facilities in the U.S. as its major hubs. NW
keeps getting better.