1. Very rude staff. CDG
takes the cake for that IME. It's not necessarily difficult (though, more difficult than most places, due to the damned buses) but it's unpleasant to connect there, and, if something goes wrong, you're screwed.
2. You can wait for an hour for the bus (once every 20 minutes... 100 people ahead of you... do the math) and then the driver can then take a lunch break in the middle of your journey. Indian trains are empty compared to those buses...
3. Considering I've transferred in CDG
pretty much every year since 2000, I've used 2B when AF
still operated there. I'd rather get whipped than use it again. It was the dirtiest and smelliest terminal I've ever seen/smelled. Pretty sure I've seen cleaner pigsties.
was (seemingly) built for O/D, not connecting traffic--horrible design, long distances between terminals with very poor connection opportunities (seriously, can you now get to 2D
by bus? you couldn't before!). Try a 2F-2A connection by foot... Luckily, those days are gone.
5. Before 2E (re)opened after the collapse (btw... how the hell do you have a major terminal collapse, did you hire a kindergarten to design it?), AF
had the majority of its flights away from the concourses (CDG
had on the order of 36 jetways before 2E), adding at least 30 minutes to your transit time. Then you had to take another bus to your other concourse, where you then took yet another bus to your departing flight. Dunno about you, but if I want to go somewhere by air I don't go to a bus station.
6. NO PICTURES! Like taking pics when boarding by bus? Too bad!
7. ADP cannot seem to work the boarding bridges consistently... Try unloading a 500-seater through one bridge next time
And yes, it's gotten a lot better in the past 10 years.
Climbing Everest is difficult, but not necessarily unpleasant, if you're into mountaineering.
Transits in CDG
are very unpleasant, but not necessarily difficult... if you're OK
with security idiots screaming at you, AF
ground agents who don't give a shit about your missed flight, racist personnel or a strike every other month... Well, if you're OK
with that, CDG
is a dream come true!
Just like the jobs Mike Rowe does for the Discovery Channel... some are difficult, some aren't, but all are unpleasant. That's CDG
for you. I'm pretty sure it lowers life expectancy through heart issues.
[Edited 2012-04-20 01:08:26]