xjramper
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Ugliest Airport In The World?

Sun Jan 02, 2005 5:42 am

I searched for this topic and couldn't find it. What is your top ugliest airport?

For me it would be DTW's Smith terminal. My god is it ugly.


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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Sun Jan 02, 2005 5:52 am

The ugliest airport I have ever been to is OMA. The airport is dull and looks like you're in an asylum. The colors are grey and brown. The lighting is poor.
The airport has nothing modern and is extremely boring.
 
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Sun Jan 02, 2005 5:58 am

London Heathrow... with the exception of Terminal 4.

Quite well characterised by the comment about Heathrow I read here on a.net a short while ago: "A third world city in itself".
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Sun Jan 02, 2005 6:29 am

Anyone been to Glasgow Prestwick lately? Its better placed than Glasgow (for me) but is in need of a major revamp!


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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Sun Jan 02, 2005 11:53 am

Atleast you have light into the terminal...you need to see pics of Smith to fully understand the uglyness.

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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Sun Jan 02, 2005 12:01 pm

BUR is pretty bad...nice airport to get in and out of but it is pretty bad
 
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Sun Jan 02, 2005 12:19 pm

Montgomery Regional MGM: "Terminal", if you could call it, was half boarded up and darkened, hot stuffy, and everyone looked sick. Cabin fever or clausterphobia.
 
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Sun Jan 02, 2005 6:13 pm

Palmerston North International or PMT. It is painted Pink and Green and Blue Airside. YUCK!!!
 
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Sun Jan 02, 2005 7:40 pm

My vote goes for ICT : Wichita, Kansas. Very long corridors, and very small windows to see the ramp.
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Sun Jan 02, 2005 9:45 pm

I'd go for Moscow Scheremetyevo (since the third world has already been mentioned). It's a typical Russian communistic building, which looks more like a cube with some dirty windows than a real airport.
 
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Sun Jan 02, 2005 11:25 pm

CMN, casablanca, full of smoke and dirty, when you walk in all you see and smell is people smoking, and those working there smoke more than the pax, i wonder why????????
Cafeteria looks like some truck stop in a desert, did i mention cats and dogs hanging around in the terminal???!!!!!!!
 
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Mon Jan 03, 2005 4:45 am

For sure it is the old Smith terminal at DTW.

However, in a few years it will be gone, and we will all be nostalgic!
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Mon Jan 03, 2005 5:10 am

DFW...It's just old and drab.
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Tue Jan 04, 2005 1:47 pm

Gofly...you beat me to it!  Laugh out loud

By far and away the ugliest! When I passed through LGW in '82...not a lot to write home about, either.

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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Tue Jan 04, 2005 1:53 pm

Well, Kabul, Afghanistan doesn't win my heart over that much...


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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Tue Jan 04, 2005 1:59 pm

LGA Airside, the place looks like a dump.
 
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Tue Jan 04, 2005 3:03 pm

No doubt in my mind it's MSY. It looked like a war zone (much like the rest of LA).
 
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Tue Jan 04, 2005 6:06 pm

What about Bagdhad International (Saddam International). I would not imagine that it would be very nice.
 
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Tue Jan 04, 2005 6:37 pm

I find Heraklion (Iraklion) on Crete island an absolute Dump...Again with so many (Charter) flight during the summer, I think HER does really need a Big Makeover!

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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:35 pm

My vote would be Lagos...worst I have ever operated in and out of.
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Wed Jan 05, 2005 12:34 am

CDG Terminal 1, it is just godawful, no facilities, horrific "artistic" concrete, terrible angled travelators and the famous French attitude.
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Wed Jan 05, 2005 11:00 am

ATL considering its size, volume, and world-class level it should be at.
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Thu Jan 06, 2005 4:47 am

The ugliest airport...

I would say the check-in area at IAD
 
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Thu Jan 06, 2005 6:45 am

CDG Terminal 1, it is just godawful, no facilities, horrific "artistic" concrete, terrible angled travelators and the famous French attitude

Seconded. And the non-sensical arrangement of security, immigration and all sorts spread throughout the satellites.

I'll add the LYS temporary terminal, put up for the skiiers (well I hope it is). An
utterly useless and ugly tent.
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Thu Jan 06, 2005 7:34 am

Hey XJRamper.....Go into the Spirit Airlines bag room at DTW and suck up some of the asbestos falling from the ceiling in the Smith terminal. Ahhhh......good!  Nuts
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Thu Jan 06, 2005 11:33 am

Don't need to do that...I already had that down in TOL.  Big grin

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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Thu Jan 06, 2005 12:50 pm

Fhgandi

check in area at IAD

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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Fri Jan 07, 2005 1:26 am

BOS, where we were, it was dusty, hot, smelly, there were cables hanging from the ceiling and the immigration officers take ages for one person, I know it was having works done, but cables from the ceiling?? Out of order!  Yeah sure
 
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Fri Jan 07, 2005 1:32 am

I gotta agree with XJRamper, Detroit Wayne County Smith Terminal has to be one of the ugliest about and is probably one of the busier ones at DTW, (other than the McNamara terminal which is brand spanking new and NWA's).

I heard they were going to be demolishing it pretty soon though?
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Fri Jan 07, 2005 3:08 am

KDTWFlyer:

Yes, Kabul is a nightmare. But that picture is from Kandahar.
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Fri Jan 07, 2005 6:09 am

I heard they were going to be demolishing it pretty soon though?

Yes. They are going to be making one long "little brother" terminal like the A terminal at McNamera. Here is the website: http://www.metroairport.com and check out the North Terminal Project on the left hand side links.

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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Fri Jan 07, 2005 6:41 pm

Actually in my mind, I couldn't distinguish which one is worse: CDG Terminal 1 or BOM.
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Fri Jan 07, 2005 9:44 pm

having just been at CDG1 earlier this week, i would also put them at the top.

it is crowded (goes without saying as one third is closed for renovation works at the moment) and the entire feeling athmosphere is cold with the bare conrete pillars - let's see how the renovated part pans out once finished.....
 
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Sat Jan 08, 2005 8:24 am

I have to agree that LGA is right up at the top- The old DTW terminal is a close second!!!!

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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Wed Jan 12, 2005 12:02 pm

Santa MArta Airport - SMR. Pathetic open-air hot and sticky terminal with green and yellow as paint.
 
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Thu Jan 13, 2005 1:57 am

Heres a pic of the terminal:


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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Thu Jan 13, 2005 4:05 am

Livingstone International , LVI/FLLI , Zambia....YUCK...

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One gate for international flights. Not to mention that there is no aircon in the departure hall. And considering how hot Zambia is you can understand how unbearable it is. There are 3 check in counters and when a pax for a fully loaded 727-200 are checking in it takes a long time. The main public terminal hall is dirty , crowded and smelly. Overall , this airport needs a revamp. Its an important one since there are 3 daily flights from CE to LVI from JNB a day and 1 BA/Comair flight 3 times a week. Its popular because its near Victoria Falls.

Great country though  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Sat Jan 15, 2005 6:02 am

The old Athens airport international arrivals building was pretty gosh-awful - run down and crowded. I'm glad it has been replaced.

Back in the 1970s, JFK had a charter terminal that really took the cake - crowded and dirty, with bathrooms full of graffiti. The inside was that horrible institutional lime green, as were the retired city buses that took the passengers to the aircraft waiting out there on the ramp. I'm sure this monstrosity is long gone.

PeoplExpress's extensions at EWR's North Terminal was pretty bad, too - prefab ugliness without a single window. At least PeoplExpress fares were affordable.

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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Sun Jan 16, 2005 12:24 am

Cannot believe that no-one has mentioned IAD

This truly is my most unfavourite airport in the whole world. UGLY,DRAB, with crap shops and crap food, and crap inter-terminal transport.

YUK YUK YUK....

Luckily I wont be flying UA much in the future....
 
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Sun Jan 16, 2005 11:51 am

Someone did mention IAD, and I started to cry. I agree with the "crap inter-terminal transport" part, but the ugly part, that cuts pretty deep.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Sat Jan 29, 2005 10:41 am

Tom Bradely international terminal at LAX international
 
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Sat Jan 29, 2005 12:45 pm

Probally Nassau, Bahamas(NAS) I was there in july 02 with temps of 94 degrees F and 92% humidity with no air-Conditioning. I was there on a US 757 PHL-NAS-PHL.
 
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Sat Jan 29, 2005 3:36 pm

guys, you all need to go to Sana'a, Yemen (SAH). All I can say is, wow. The place hasn't been touched since the 1960s, when Yemen had zero contact with the outside world.

The amusing reality is that Yemenia is actually a pretty good airline, good service, good fleet, etc. But the hub airport, SAH, is putrid.
 
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Thu Feb 03, 2005 11:08 pm

Definately Lagos. Saw it on Discovery channel, and then had the "luck" to og there. Just like on tv!!!!!!!!
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Fri Feb 04, 2005 12:43 am

How about the old terminal in BRU, it looks like some old style Communist housing complex.
"Grey" is the best word to describe it.

The 2 new terminals are acceptable (but nothing special though).

On the other end of the spectrum ,I very much like the terminal I saw in ,I believe, Reykjavik, looked very nice if you ask me.
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Fri Feb 04, 2005 3:24 am

I don't like at all MXP terminal 2, find it old and has bad facilities the only positive thing is that it's used only for charter flights...



 
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Fri Feb 04, 2005 9:19 am

Amazing!
Mozart hasn't posted anything about CDG ! (yet?)
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Fri Feb 04, 2005 10:18 am

For international airports, EZE (not the new departure hall), MAD and LIM come to my mind...
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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Fri Feb 04, 2005 12:49 pm

Yeah, I would agree that DTW's L.C. Smith Terminal is one of the oldest, ugliest airports today, yet I would say that the Davey terminal is even uglier. And that is more recent than the L.C. Smith Terminal. I think that it was revolutionary for it's time, yet cannot compete to today's standards. By the way, Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport also makes the list. It's interesting in it's hexongonal form, but dreary inside. Lot's of dust and dim lighting. Doesn't really look like an airport, more of a tall building. That soviet architecture for you.

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RE: Ugliest Airport In The World?

Sun Feb 06, 2005 7:56 am

I have to say...SSG (Malabo,Equatorial Guinea).The people actually wait at the ramp for the plane to come!.

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