In the past 2 months I have been through the following airports: MFR
, and LAS
. Each has it's own positives and negatives and is unique in its own way.
For instance, DEN
is huge. It seems like the planners did a good job spreading things out so that there are few conflicts with arrivals and departures using cross runways. However, landing on 35R takes forever to taxi in, especially if you are at B17-28. And the new RJ
terminal is quite the walk, especially if you have small children in tow.
is awesome from an airplane nut. Lots of windows to watch operations but from a logistical standpoint it must be a bear when weather forces delays. And having 4 crossing runways must make it challenging coordinating takeoffs and landings.
is a mess. 'Nuff said.
, nice touch with the slots in the gate areas. Nothing says, "Give us your last dime before you leave," like Vegas does. Long lines at security on Sundays and a confusing layout made for an interesting stop.
: "Good morning passengers this is your Captain speaking. Welcome aboard US/HP airways flight ----. We are currently 12th in line for takeoff. In the mean time, sit back and enjoy the taxi. If you look out the right side of the aircraft you can see the fancy fire station." Taxi in and out seemed like it took forever, and the terminal was very crowded.
is nice. Easy to get from gate to gate, central security that is easy to traverse, good food, etc. ATC does a good job getting AS
operations on the south runway while UA
as well as WN
get the north one. It makes for quick taxi times and easy turnaround.
sucks. Trying to figure out the whole train system for the first time was frustrating. There is no personality to the airport other than another airport stuck on top of a hill surrounded by a ghetto.
was pleasant but the whole place shuts down at 7:00. That's OK
if you're gone by 6:45PM but heaven forbid if your flight is delayed for weather or mx and you ars stuck in the terminal after 7 as happened to me. Also, the ride from the city to the airport must pass a hunderd tattoo parlors and payday loan shops. And the airport area hotels have much to be desired.
seemed crowded and harried. Like they couldn't wait to get you out of their hair and on to the next flight. Very little personal help or service.
So I'm wondering, in your opinion, which city has a well thought out airport master plan complete with aircraft movement plans, proper lodging and restaurants nearby, spacious and clean terminals, and adequate gate areas?
On your deathbed you'll receive total consiousness- so I've got that going for me.