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Nice Departure Area/horrible Arrival Area

Fri Mar 24, 2006 6:13 am

Which airports have really nice departure areas in their terminals, but awful arrival areas that you have to deal with when you return?

I think the DL terminal at JFK is like this. The departure area is somewhat spacious, has a nice food court, and for an older terminal it's really nice. Arriving back there, a bunch of intl. flights arrived at around the same time and the customs/baggage area was a complete wreck. I've never seen so many screaming customs officers in my life. Any similar experiences?
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RE: Nice Departure Area/horrible Arrival Area

Fri Mar 24, 2006 7:52 am

With out a doubt Las Vegas. LAS has very nice departure areas at terminal 1, the domestic terminal. Lots of light and clean spaceous areas. When you are arriving however, you go through the thick smoke of cigarettes and slot machines and the chaos because all domestic arrving passengers funnell through one area to get out of the airport.
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RE: Nice Departure Area/horrible Arrival Area

Thu Apr 06, 2006 4:49 am

JFK Terminal 7 (UA, BA, CX) -- departure area isn't as nice as Terminal 4 but it's decent. However, the customs area/baggage claim area is dark, dingy, depressing. It's difficult to go from HKG to that.
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RE: Nice Departure Area/horrible Arrival Area

Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:35 am

My home airport always look nice on departure and horrible on arrival  Wink
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RE: Nice Departure Area/horrible Arrival Area

Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:10 pm


Yes, it looks nice, with all the shops and (fast-food) restaurants, but when I arrive I would like to go home....and in AMS you need to struggle through the shopping mall before you finally reach the car park. I just want to pick up my bags and on my way home....
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RE: Nice Departure Area/horrible Arrival Area

Tue Apr 18, 2006 8:42 am

Unless they finished the project, BOS Terminal E is like this. Departure renovations was completed in May, 2003. I read here on a.net that they Arrivals area hadn't been finished as of 2005.
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RE: Nice Departure Area/horrible Arrival Area

Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:45 am

YYZ, especially T3, ok dearture area, works fairly well, but the arrivals area, it can take a long time and a long walk to get to custums

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