In general, AA
's terminals in the whole NYC area are sorely lacking and not appropriate for the world's largest airline. I happen to be an AA
fan and fly them almost exclusively for my domestic U.S. travel.
- it really is like a run down train station. I know the new "Terminal 8" is almost there, but the fact that they even allowed the existing terminals to get to their current point is horrific and scandelous. Connections between AA
flights are sometimes impossible without getting a workout; the AC
's are antiquated (with the slight exception of the Terminal 8 AC
); for those who aren't AC
members - you can't even find one of those Internet-pay phone hybrids to check e-mail on, etc.; the shops are few and far between and the gates are straight out of 1972. Oh - and don't forget the moronic, anal-retentive, "almost-English speaking" gate agents and check-in people who are consisntently responsible, due to sheer stupidity, for flight delays, out of JFK
- also totally antiquated. The whole length of the C and D concourse reminds me more of a hallway in a NYC public high school 20 years ago then it does the airport closest to Manhattan. Shops - what shops? (save Brookstone).
- certainly the least of the 3 evils - but the decor in the gate area - ugh!
Outside of NYC I have been to decent AA
terminals. At LAX
I happen to think the setup is pretty darn good. Same with FLL
(but only because its a relatively minor operation, joint with a whole bunch of other airlines). MIA
could use some "atmosepheric" upgrading, but isn't all that bad. ORD
is also very nice.
But NYC? Its a major gateway to the USA and AA
makes a HORRIFIC presentation. The new Terminal 8 better be at least on par with T4
and that will hopefully make-up for the last 10 years of 8/9.