ATA1011Tristar
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What Makes A Good Terminal?

Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:15 pm

Hello!

I must confess that I am highly impressed with the design for Terminal 5 at LHR. I enjoyed exploring the BA website for T5.

I am aware of the fact that this is a very international site and that many of you travel quite often. I would imagine that when all the members are put together, almost every airport has been visited by at least one member.

So, what makes a good airport terminal? Which terminals have stuck out in your memories as really great? Does anybody want to share which design they think works best? I am going to guess that the following makes a good terminal:

1. A short physical distance from check-in to security to gate.
2. Efficient and fast security.
3. Enough seating in the gate.
4. A wide variety of shops and restaurants in the terminal.
5. Large windows for natural light and viewing of aircraft.
6. Clear and numerous signs, arrival boards, and departure boards.
7. A fast and efficient baggage claim system.
8. Overall cleanliness.
9. Overall pleasant atmosphere.

My favorite airport that I have been to is MKE. I hope this thread can compile all the reasons people love and hate the terminals they do! I look forward to your responses.
 
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RE: What Makes A Good Terminal?

Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:26 pm

My main thing is a lot of glass looking upon the apron. It makes time go quicker as I enjoy watching the planes taxing.

My two favorites for most glass are in no order:
1) New AA terminal at JFK
2) VCE-Venice, Italy
3) DCA-Arlington, Va.

Also, ease of getting through it (less walking, short lines and not cramped.)
Final is food and shopping choice, that is practical.

Brian
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LHboyatDTW
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RE: What Makes A Good Terminal?

Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:40 pm

All of those are good factors that I agree with.

I enjoy all of those, but I personally LOVE seeing wooden trim in a terminal. It just makes the terminal feel more cozy and inviting, just making you relax more. The perfect example of that in my mind is OSL or CPH.

Other than that, I enjoy a simple layout and not the craziness of PHL which some find to be the best layout ever (yeah right). Also good signage really makes me feel more relaxed, and that's why I love AMS yet hate FRA. In a nutshell, I believe beauty and function are in the simplicity of things.

Quoting ATA1011Tristar (Thread starter):
My favorite airport that I have been to is MKE.

I hope you're referring to the Midwest concourse. I have had the luxury (?) of involuntarily spending 5 hours in the NW concourse and nearly asked where the counter was for my medications to prevent me from climbing up the walls.
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NG1Fan
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RE: What Makes A Good Terminal?

Mon Nov 12, 2007 5:09 am

Quoting LHboyatDTW (Reply 2):
but I personally LOVE seeing wooden trim in a terminal

Try HEL - they have wooden parquetry floor in the transit area.

As for excellent airport - gotta be HKG.

Only downside: for some reason, all Australian departures are clustered rightdown near gate 68 etc. Since they all depart around midnight give/take, it gets a bit crowded.

Bad Airport: Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Had the misfortune spending 10 hours there waiting for a delayed departure. Nothing to do there...

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RE: What Makes A Good Terminal?

Mon Nov 12, 2007 6:29 pm

Quoting NG1Fan (Reply 3):
Bad Airport: Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Had the misfortune spending 10 hours there waiting for a delayed departure. Nothing to do there...

Wow, 10 hours in an airport with nothing to do. Bummer! And I hate waiting at the bus stop for 20 minutes. I realize that after 10 hours everything is boring, but what do other airports have for things to do? Is this why people want to have shops in the terminal; to pass the time browsing and shopping? I know that LAS has slot machines in the terminal which is pretty cool.

Quoting LHboyatDTW (Reply 2):
I hope you're referring to the Midwest concourse.

Yeah. Big grin

Does anyone want to share their experiences with airport lounges. I saw a picture of the LH lounge at FRA. NICE!

Is there any place where an economy passenger cannot buy a pass or membership to the lounge of the airline they are flying with? I realize it will differ with each airline but what can one expect to pay for:

1. A single day pass.
2. A year long pass.
3. A single day pass in airline miles.
4. A year long pass in airline miles.

Keep the opinions on what terminal you like and why coming in!

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