soylentgreen
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My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Sun Sep 18, 2005 10:23 am

My vote would be for the old TWA terminal at JFK International, designed by Eero Saarinen. The views, the setas-it was an amazingly first class place for the masses. It's finally being restored by Jet Blue after AA closed it down not long after it acquired TWA. Hopefully they can recreate the magic that once was. My second pick, and based solely on the interior, would be the Finnair terminal in Helsinki. It' s been about five years since I last passed through there, so it may have changed for the better or worse since then. I would bet it's now even nicer.

What are some of the others? Let me and others in the forum in on your picks. We'd love to know.
 
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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Sun Sep 18, 2005 10:46 am

Quoting Soylentgreen (Thread starter):
Soylentgreen

So your favorite terminal is Terminal 5 at JFK, it is a nice terminal, although I don't have good memories of the terminal. I had a lot of bad experiences with TWA.


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I think mine would be Madrid's new Terminal 4 and Terminal 4S.


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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Sun Sep 18, 2005 10:53 am

Put my votes down for:

DUS


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YVR


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MarshalN
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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Sun Sep 18, 2005 11:30 am

YVR is only nice on the new side. The old side is hideous.

I like KIX. HKG's terminal is, IMO, quite ugly, although I think it's fairly functional
 
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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Sun Sep 18, 2005 4:36 pm

KUL

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ZRH (Terminal E)

VTE (Wattay Intl Terminal)
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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Sun Sep 18, 2005 6:23 pm

Quoting MarshalN (Reply 3):
YVR is only nice on the new side. The old side is hideous.

Where is the old side? If you mean the domestic terminal (the old main terminal), it has also been renovated ....


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The south terminal has also been revamped.
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MarshalN
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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Mon Sep 19, 2005 12:41 am

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 5):
Where is the old side? If you mean the domestic terminal (the old main terminal), it has also been renovated ....

Ah, I haven't been back for a few years, so I guess my info is outdated. Come to think of it, last time I flew through they were just renovating the place (I remember having to walk through endless planked corridors to get to my flight to YYZ). So maybe it does look nice now  Smile
 
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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Mon Sep 19, 2005 12:52 am

The old Eastern Terminal at BOS was a thing of beauty. And while the new DL terminal in it's place is spiffy, in truth I think that most new terminals look alike these days!
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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Mon Sep 19, 2005 1:17 am

DTW Midfield terminal is spectactular.
 
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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Mon Sep 19, 2005 4:22 am

Definitely this airport:


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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Mon Sep 19, 2005 9:41 am

The new Centrair is might purdy  sly 
 
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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Mon Sep 19, 2005 11:16 am

Washington Dulles Main Terminal

Not terribly functional, but certainly a sight to behold.


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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Mon Sep 19, 2005 10:25 pm

Being from Chicago I might be a little biased, but I love United's Terminal 1 at ORD:


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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Tue Sep 20, 2005 5:04 am

HKG !


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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Tue Sep 20, 2005 9:04 am

NCE Gets my vote


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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Tue Sep 20, 2005 9:10 am

Terminal 6 at Jfk. I know its small, old and whatever else always says about it, but there is something about it.B6 has done alot with it....
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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Tue Sep 20, 2005 10:23 am

My vote goes to the terminal at MKG (Muskegon, MI). The built it sometime in the 90s to replace the old one. It's made almost entirely of green glass. Plus, it is one of the smallest airport terminals in the Midwest to have jet bridges.

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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Tue Sep 20, 2005 10:38 am

For modern terminals, its Guangzhou (CAN):


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For nice classic buildings, Lviv (LWO):


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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Tue Sep 20, 2005 11:04 am

I love my home airport of AUS! It has the Hill Country's signature-granite! The inside is very spacious and modern. The pictures don't do it justice; I need to get there and upload some terminal shots!

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And, I just love all the trees in DEN!

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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Tue Sep 20, 2005 11:12 am

Quoting TimePilot (Reply 10):
The new Centrair is might purdy

Totally. Too bad no pictures of its interior on A.net.
- Great shopping (Japanese district and International District...great idea)
- Onsen (hotspring) for that downtime
- Use of natural light to save money and keep everyone happy
- Integration of Traditional art and design to help welcome international travelers to Japan properly
- Art galleries in the lowest level of the center pier
- Airport Museum and plane gallery
- Best observation deck I have seen.


General idea


Japanese side of the shopping zone


Western side of the shopping zone


The airport in all its splendor...

Will post pictures after trip to HKG.
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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Tue Sep 20, 2005 11:20 am

Quoting EZYAirbus (Reply 14):
NCE Gets my vote

WHOA! Wow, I'm going to there next month. It does look like a nice airport. I thought i was going to head to some dinky, ugly, damp POS...
 
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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Tue Sep 20, 2005 11:49 am

Forget the Terminal,

When you have an approach like St. Maarten you don't need a fancy Airport:


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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Wed Sep 21, 2005 1:32 am

DEN certainly has to rank at the top!

Doesn't each of the concourses have a center or core like C? And is that a Lear Jet hanging from the ceiling?

IAD is another beauty! I flew there in 1994 prior to construction of the new portion of the main terminal. The lower level was ugly - the upper level gave me a nostalgic feeling. The main terminal itself is a thing of beauty to behold from the air and when leaving and entering the airport. It's dramatic and imposing in a way that Lambert's main terminal (or East Terminal for that matter could never be.)

ORD Terminal One - doesn't have DEN's bling-bling, and it doesn't have IAD's classic charm, but it is a modern wonder all its own. I was awed the first time I walked through there and went through the underground tunnel from Concourse C over to B to get to baggage claim.

Just to add my  twocents , I'll add MDW to the list. The 3 level terminal and overpass to the concessions triangle and 3 concourses is itself a thing of beauty. The makeover helped MDW become an international airport again! The old building was a classic and I used to love getting a glimpse of what life was like in the 1950s and 60s, but what they have now is top notch!
 
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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Wed Sep 21, 2005 9:38 am

I'm biased, but SAN's T2 West is a very nice terminal, at least compared to the rest of the airport!
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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Wed Sep 21, 2005 12:44 pm

Terminal 7 at JFK. Lots of natural light, cool graphics, and Concorde memories!
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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Wed Sep 21, 2005 2:45 pm

i have to say that terminal 2E and 2F of cdg look pretty good from the exterior, but from the inside, boring.. dull.. dead.. ugly! other than that.. terminal 4 at LHR is pretty cool.. the view from there is simply amazing!

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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:20 pm

Quoting Airline7322 (Reply 11):
Washington Dulles Main Terminal

Not terribly functional, but certainly a sight to behold.

Yup, lovely looking, but somewhat cramped inside - the check in queue (line) for my VS flight seemed to stretch over half the terminal!
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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Thu Sep 22, 2005 12:28 am

1.) JAC (Jackson Hole, Wyoming), which by the way is to the best of my knowledge the only airport in a US national park (Teton) with scheduled commercial air service.

http://www.jacksonholeairport.com/

2.) PLN (Pellston, Michigan)

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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Fri Sep 23, 2005 10:34 pm

I like the main terminal at MCO.....before you take the monorails out to the satellite terminal gates. great sit down restraunts, nice stores, aquarium and plenty to see and do.
 
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Sat Sep 24, 2005 3:53 am


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DXB gets my vote.
 
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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Mon Sep 26, 2005 7:40 am

San Francisco SFO International terminal... a stunning beauty


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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Mon Sep 26, 2005 8:58 pm

Bilbao:

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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Tue Sep 27, 2005 6:36 am

Kuaka Lumpur International Airport - KLIA.
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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:12 pm

Not having travelled extensively outside the US, Canada and West Europe:

My favourite is YVR International terminal unless I have to fly home  grumpy 
although I must ask when is there ever NOT building work going on, which we passengers have to pay 15 $ improvement tax on our ticket for? However as a passenger either arriving or departing it is all I could wish for.

My second favourite is the YVR South Terminal where you can still fly on any one of six Short 360 or catch a Convair 580 or Bandeirante flight.

Specially commended : the United satellite terminal at ORD, assuming that the psychedelic moving walkway is still there - last time for me was mid-90s
 
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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:15 pm

I vote for Osaka Kansai.
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RE: My Vote For Most Beautiful Airport Terminal

Thu Sep 29, 2005 12:06 pm

As Skywatch previously mentioned, AUS has a fantastic terminal. For someone who has never been to Austin before, you certainly get an idea of the attitude of the town through the airport, unlike so many other airports. Hometown restaurants, and local shops, instead of the boring regular gift shops that you find at larger airports.
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