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Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Thu Feb 01, 2001 10:12 am

Having just returned from my first visit to Atlanta, I must say that I was very impressed with the airport and its layout, particularly the rail transit system. Food and shopping facilities are good, and the sheer volume of traffic in and out is awesome!
Having passed through many airports in the States, I would say this is the best so far.
Is Atlanta's airport the best overall in the US?
 
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Thu Feb 01, 2001 10:14 am

How can it be the best? Singapore Airlines does not fly there.

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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Thu Feb 01, 2001 10:35 am

Atlanta Int'l (ATL) is a great airport. I've only been to it once, but I liked it. However a week ago, Wallstreet Journal ranked Denver Int'l (DEN) as the best major airport in the U.S. They mentioned some excelent things about it. They might have the article on their website.
I'm not sure about the best airport in the WORLD. Some say its Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS), its certainly the best I've ever been to, but I haven't traveled the world! So I wouldn't know. However many say, its Amsterdam.

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Atlanta Is Actually One Of The 5 Worst

Thu Feb 01, 2001 11:23 am

Did y'all read the Wall Street Journal thing? Or maybe it was another paper, gbut do a search for it. Atlanta, DFW (my home town!!) and St Louis were in the worst five.

We must not know what we're missing. I have been thru Atlanta, though, and it was very difficult for me to get through. I love DFW though.

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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Thu Feb 01, 2001 11:29 am

it depend on how you look at them.
MCI and DFW were designed for O/D traffic and bad for hubs.

ATL and DEn were design for hubs ops and are not the greatest for O/D traffic

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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Thu Feb 01, 2001 11:59 am

I don't know, I moved south about a year ago and I haven't had too many problems with ATL as a home airport. The biggest problem is the parking situation, IMHO. The place needs a lot more parking. ATL collects me from 100 miles away, so unfortunately MARTA isn't a really good option.
 
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Fri Feb 02, 2001 3:53 am

Sorry, but ATL is much too crowded for me. Starting to remind me of the old North Terminal for PeoplExpress at EWR (in terms of people sitting on chair, floors, slouching around)......However the International Concourse is blissfully uncrowded compared to DL concourses during transfer times.
 
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Fri Feb 02, 2001 4:36 am

I think it is the best laid out and easiest to get around airport anywhere. It might be that i lived in atlanta for the first 19.5 years of my life...but ive been to many airports around the world and it isnt too shabby. Sure its crowded..but what can you expect at the busiest airport in the world? To be the only one there and have 2 agents escort you around? Denver copied the layout and did a great job. I always enjoy going to Denver. Minneapolis on the other hand..sheeesh that place is insane.
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Fri Feb 02, 2001 4:43 am

I used to travel to/from Atlanta every week for about 3 years and hated flying into ATL. The train used to break down all of the time, and if you fly into terminal D, it is an very, very, very long walk to the rental car bus. If you do not fly Delta, you have very long waits on the runways to depart.

It is only the busiest in world because that is the only airport in the city. If Atlanta had 2 like Dallas, Chicago or the 3 in New York, the would probably not be so high.
 
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Fri Feb 02, 2001 6:52 am

DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN

Sorry, I couldn't help myself Smile

Atlanta isn't BAD... but I think Denver is 10 times better!
Denver looks better, was ranked better... and is better!

Just my 2c

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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Fri Feb 02, 2001 7:18 am

CVG was selected as the nation's best airport not so long ago. The Delta terminal at CVG is really nice, but the rest of it is old and not that nice. LAX was a nice airport, although checkin was a little crowded. SFO is nice too.

As for the best airport in the world, I'd have to say either Paris CDG, or Schipol.
 
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Fri Feb 02, 2001 7:28 am

definetly den. No airport looks nicer and is more passenger friendly. However, stapleton was more convienient and the fares werent so high back then. but its easy to forget how trashed continental's old concourse c was though...
i dont like dfw's layout, no moving sidewalks. the train is also incredibly slow and only goes one way.
never been to atl but ive never heard anything good about it either, except that they built a passenger tunnel unlike the morons who designed den's "unbreakable" trains.
 
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Fri Feb 02, 2001 7:53 am

Well I; as an aviation lover have a blast when ever im in Atlanta being a humongous airport with lots of L10s, and other classics. I also like the rail system; i find it to be a lot more convenient for connections than other major jus air ports.
 
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Fri Feb 02, 2001 8:20 am

Although PDX is a comparitively small airport, it's the best airport I've been to by far (with the possible exception of YVR, although I've only been there once). Firstly, for it's size, PDX is the most punctual airport in the nation, with 0.51 weather/ATC delays over 15 minutes per 1,000 departures. Likewise, the terminals are not crowded, and the extension of light-rail to the airport should help alleviate parking lot congestion. Remodling is still taking place, but the changes I've seen to date are very impressive. There are plenty of shops/services, and they look worthy of being a 21st Century gateway.
 
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Fri Feb 02, 2001 8:24 am

Atlanta is a great airport. It may not be as new as Denver, but they are constantly updating and making it one of the best and most efficient airports in the world. If you look at the poll on the Airliners.net homepage, you will see Atlanta is ranked second in the U.S behind Chicago and third in the world.
 
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Fri Feb 02, 2001 8:38 am

Has anyone ever been to LAS? ( Mccarran INternational Airport in Las Vegas) It is very clean and many shops. Not many people are there in the mornings so make sure if u go to LAs book in the mornings. Just like Delta is the busiest in ATL SOuthwest is the busiest here.  Smokin cool When i went to ATL, nothing but delays...it was probably because of weather in LEX but i am not sure...
 
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Fri Feb 02, 2001 8:44 am

Atlanta is great, but its nothing compared to Denver. Once you go to Denver, you'll see why its #1 in the U.S.
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Fri Feb 02, 2001 9:16 am

Maybe someone could tell me what is so special about Denver?
 
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Fri Feb 02, 2001 9:39 am

All of you are wrong ORD is da best! Dont give me that crap that its crowded and all!!!!!!
 
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Fri Feb 02, 2001 10:04 am

Atlanta is cool, but I live here so I am biased. but I grew up with DFW, so I love it too... But I have recently found a major problem with both of them...

RENTAL CARS!!

If you live there, the airports rock! But if your there on business, you have to take the train to the bus, to the lot 15 miles off, etc!!!!!!!! IT ISNT FUN!

 
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Fri Feb 02, 2001 10:18 am

SpeedbirdUK,
Well, its currently the most advanced and most convenient airport in the United States. It has the least delays than any other major airport, its easy to get around, not too much walking, like Chicago O'hare, and its new, and its not a maze type airport, like Chicago. Chicago is alright, but it is DEFINATELY not passenger friendly. Thankfully, I've been able to avoid it these days.
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Fri Feb 02, 2001 10:53 am

The William B. Hartsfield Atlanta Int'l Airport is my home airport, and also my favorite. It is very easy to transfer to different Councourses, Plenty of eating places, Plenty of aircraft, It also is very clean, and modern!!!!!

DEN: I dont know why people go so crazy over Denver. I didnt consider DEN as being totally awesome. Its cool but not like ATL

LAS: McCarren rivals Atlanta. LAS is ultra modern, and spacious.

LAX: Los Angeles Int'l Airport rules!!!!! Almost as good as ATL

IAH: Very Clean, Ultra Modern, Spacious. Can be a pain for connections but its still a heck of an airport

DFW: Dallas/Ft. Worth Int'l is also awesome. A lot like IAH

STL: I dont care what people think, I still love STL!!!!!

MCO: AWESOME

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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Fri Feb 02, 2001 11:09 am

This is an interesting article I got from Airwise.com:

Pittsburgh and Denver have the best airports, according to U.S. flight attendants in a survey published in the November edition of Travel & Leisure magazine. The worst are New York's JFK, Chicago's O'Hare, Los Angeles' LAX, Atlanta's Hartsfield and Dulles in Washington.

The survey also found that the flights the attendants dread the most after long-haul flights to Australia and Asia are "anything with New Yorkers or Floridians on board."

"Most of these responses specifically mentioned Palm Beach," the magazine reported.

Travel & Leisure and the Association of Flight Attendants conducted the survey in the union's newsletter.

63 percent of respondents said they eat airline food but one third said they would eat it only "if desperate" or "in first class only." Four percent said they never touch the stuff.

In the United States, Hawaii is the flight attendants favorite destination, followed by San Francisco, Seattle, New York and Las Vegas. Abroad, London tops the list, followed by Australia, Thailand, New Zealand and Spain.

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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Fri Feb 02, 2001 11:24 am

I've never been to ATL before, but I was at DEN last weekend and was AMAZED! The terminals were very spacious, the train very quick, and the baggage claim terminal is like no other. I'll have to say it is my favorite, although I havn't been to many airports My short list includes:
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Fri Feb 02, 2001 2:01 pm

Sorry to say but that title goes to two of Delta's other hubs- Cincinnati CVG and Orlando MCO.

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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Sat Feb 03, 2001 10:11 am

OK there is quite a spread of opinion here. Anyone else care to share their favourite Airport?
 
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Sat Feb 03, 2001 12:20 pm

so you think ORD is a big mess! well it is, but it is still the best airport. AA and UA all the destinaions you could ever need after a short regl. flight out of Cleveland.
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Sat Feb 03, 2001 1:10 pm

Amen, Soku39!! TWA902fly, you cliam to not want to live in Chicago, but show a little hometown spirit! ORD Rules, especially United's Terminal 1 - Concourse "C", and the tunnell to it! I live in Peotone, (for those who arent aware, it is where the 3rd chicago airport WILL be--Hopefully--) we need it here. Since when it comes, it will be 5 miin from my house, good, provided that the airlines back it, but I wonder which ones will and with what A/c. Does anyone want to speculate on that???

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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Sat Feb 03, 2001 1:40 pm

I think that Osaka Kansai is the best in the world. The terminal is amazing! I think that Nashville is the best airport in the USA. (In USA I've been to: ICT, MEM, BNA, MCI, LIT, LAX, SEA, DTW, and MSP. Besides USA, I've been to KIX, NRT, HND, OKA, and MMY.) I like it because it has good restaraunts and shops, has some nice architecture, isn't crowded, and it has some nice features for passengers.
I might go to Atlanta in Spring, but I'm not sure.

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Don't Forget IAH

Sat Feb 03, 2001 3:13 pm

Houston Intercontinental may be the best hub airport for both hub and O&D travelers, since ticketing is in a central location relative to the gates. The runway layout is not the best, however...
 
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Sat Feb 03, 2001 3:36 pm

I have to chime in with DEN taking the cake. It's much more comfortable, its layout makes sense (especially the gate numbering - 50 is the middle of the concourse and it goes up or down from there)...

ATL is nice, but it's rather plain, and not very striking from an architectural standpoint. There's no way to compare ATL's A/B/C/D gates with DEN's concourses, and the Jeppessen Terminal at DEN is simply fantastic.

Plus, the bridge from the Terminal to Concourse A offers a unique perspective -- I believe it's one of the few, if not the only bridge that aircraft are authorized to pass under.

The transit system is much better at DEN than it used to be -- now it's reliable, and it's fast. ATL's trains are OK, but in my experience, walking can be faster.

Now, as for PDX, that airport has a lot going for it. The reconstruction of the C concourse, even though it's taking for-frigging-ever, will be great when it's done. The new MAX light-rail line will be great, and the glass canopy on the outdoor roadways was simply brilliant and a must-see when you're there.

So, in terms of the US, it goes like this for me: DEN, PDX, ATL, IAH, blah blah blah...

As for Amsterdam, Schipol was a great airport -- they actually had a supermarket!  Smile Again, a lot of thought went into how passengers flow from the a/c to baggage to customs to the train - it all made sense and was easy to navigate. I spent a night there -- 14 hours in the airport total -- so I was sick of it after a while, and saw much more of the ticketing pavilions than I'd like, but such is life... I'd rank it on par with DEN, a little better as far as the transit connection is concerned.
 
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Sat Feb 03, 2001 10:32 pm

Yes Atlanta definately is the best overall airport. Easy layout. Only 9 miles from downtown. Has it's own subway station. Busiest airport in the world, and we only have 4 runways!!!!!
 
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RE: Atlanta - The Best Overall US Airport?

Mon Feb 05, 2001 12:42 am

Does anyone rate LAX as a good airport?