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What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 2:00 am

What is your favorite airport and why? Mine is probably Dallas/Ft. Worth Intl. in Texas. It is nice and clean on the inside and it is almost impossible to get lost in. the people that work there are nice and their is plenty to do on those long layovers.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 2:11 am

No doubt, my favourite airport is my home airport, INN!  Smile


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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 2:14 am

I LOVE YMX........But too bad........too far from my home town. I prefer to fly from YUL.......more convenient than YMX.
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 2:16 am

For me its HEL. Helsinki's airport is efficient, clean, and easy to arrive or depart from. I also like its ticket counter arrangement, security, and passport control. From gate to bus it only takes me 15 minutes on most days, after passing through passport control and baggage claim. It is a testament to good airport design.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 3:47 am

Mine definitely is AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA
I have loved that airport since the first time I have been into it. I have never been lost. I just think it is the best!! Big thumbs up And also it has lots of airlines. Lots of LH 747's! Just a great variety of aircrafts types and airlines.

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Shame I can not think the same way as you  Sad I HATE my home Airport MEX  Angry. I can not believe how can this piece of SH*T can be the most rush airport of all over LatinAmerica.  Pissed. Nobody cares about it. The only advantage that I can find is that, as the airport is small you could hardly get lost in it.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 3:54 am

Definitely Dallas /Fort Worth. It's a huge airport, clean and efficient...

The most disappointing Mexico City and Caracas.
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 4:38 am

In North America, probably Pittsburgh for making connections, based on all the shopping available, but I'm afraid those options will be disappearing soon.... Therefore, SFO is a sentimental favorite, having grown up in the Bay Area, and I've always enjoyed BOS as well. Vancouver is also a great place to fly to.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 4:54 am

Eduardo Lepe,

As you can tell by my username, i like AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA alot as well as DFW. Both are really big and have lots of different airlines.

Cheers.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 5:02 am

Same for me. Read my Username. Both Frankfurt and Sydney.

3rd point for Frankfurt allready...  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 6:13 am

I've not been to a whole lot of airports in my day, but I do enjoy MSP. I like the spotting room they have above the D concourse (or is it E?). I also liked LGW. That might just be because of the little tram they have connecting the two sections of the south terminal.  Smile

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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 6:20 am

buf, ind, and las are my favorite
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 6:38 am

Wow. Great shots. How would you like to be the mayor of Quito trying to get in a second runway?
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 6:40 am

MIA since it is my home airport and it is not very nice inside but improving alot. And all the airlines there just great.

JFK: Just love the feeling of being there I really dont know why.

LAX: Love the terminal AA is in! Great!

NAS: Just like the airport it is a dump but still like being there.

Honerble Mentions. FLL,CVG,DFW.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 7:05 am

Of course, my home airport...Madrid-Barajas!!!

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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 8:01 am

FRAspotter:
Well, I like Frankfurt a lot. (I do not know why the message put the other things AB) (AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA). I can not tell you about DFW because I have never been there. I like lots of airports but truly I can not give my opinion if I do not know them.  Smile
I would like to ask you something. I will be on Frankfurt this summer, I do not know if it is possible for you to help me over there, or better if we could meet there. I will be on AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA from Saturday the 3rd to Monday the 5th of July. It would be great to know German spotters  Big thumbs up. Just let me know. Or otherwise I could e-mail you. Smile

IBERIA747:
I have been at MAD and personally it was one of the worst airports I have been to in Europe. Also, in some discussions with some engineers we concluded that the design of the airport is horrible. But since MAD will have the new terminal and 2 more runways, I pray to be more functionally. 4 runways are just O.K. for MAD. And congratulations!!!. BWT Do you know if MAD will have Two Towers?. The actual one is on the worst position ever build. It has more than the 40% without visibility of the terminal.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 8:13 am

AMS because of its vibrant Dutch-sleek interior design & JFK because it's always nice to come back home.
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 8:23 am

Difficult question!
I like dubai (DBX), excellent duty free but those golf carts that charge around will take everybody out! MAD was nice too but only when the travellators are working, otherwise its a long walk with a suitcase. LHR is a dirty unwelcoming mess. For me SIN is the best, with a swimming pool to use on those longer stopovers it can't be beaten
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 8:33 am

Of airports I've flown in/out of I'd say CPH.



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Magnificent architecture and extremely easy for connections and such. A very user-friendly airport in my opinion.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 9:04 am

Hard to choose between HKG and NRT though...Can anyone help me on this pls?  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 9:08 am

MHT..10 minutes from home..get them flying near the house on base for
35..and can be in the parking garage 10 minutes after leaving home..and,
makes a nice sidetrip on the way home from the mall.

2nd favorite would be NAS..favorite destination for my wife and me.



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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 9:10 am

IFP!!

So small and awesome and right in the middle of the Nevada desert, and it's growing! Tom! Give me the updates!


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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 9:13 am

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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 9:25 am

FRAspotter: In case you don't have it.


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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 4:05 pm

EduardoLepe,

Thanks for your kind comments...I really don´t care if you don´t like MAD...
And yes...I know there are 2 towers...just like AMS...

Back to the topic, what´s your favourite airport?
¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 4:22 pm

I have to admit that I'm truly bias.....PDX is my favorite airport...
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 4:31 pm

I would recognize the architecture of MCI anywhere Elwood. I've been to Kansas City enough times to be able to recognize it in my sleep.

As for my favorites, I would probably give a nod to ATL as for a major airport it is nicely laid out and people can get most anywhere there with the trams. Plus, getting to it doesn't seem to be a problem. DFW is a nice looking airport, but I don't like going there so much as I don't like the way the gates are arranged and one has to walk a long time even for close gates.

My own home airport Omaha Eppley (OMA) is another one of my favorites as its a nice mid-sized airport and handles the traffic it has rather well and in a friendly manner and has a very good selection of airlines for its size. But, it doesn't have the traffic variety that a major international airport does for obvious reasons.

Another favorite is San Antonio (SAT). The two terminals are like a study in then and now. The old terminal was around when I was a kid and continues to have that nice relaxed atmosphere that it seemed to have back in the 70s when it was the only terminal (mainly due to the number of gates in it). The new terminal looks rather bland (but modern) on the outside, but inside you get all the features of a modern airport and the crowds.
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 4:36 pm

Changi....... Changi........ Changi......... Changi.........
Also Sfo... since its the home arprt.

And even though I never saw it.... Kai Tak will always have a special place...

Have fun  Smile ,
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 4:45 pm

No question: HAJ (Hannover, Germany)...  Big thumbs up

Well, it would probably be nicer if it did get a bit more traffic...


Other than that, I vote for JNB (and I haven't even seen the new domestic terminal yet!)...

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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 9:44 pm

All time favorite: ATL. Despite the crowds and delays, it's layed out in a logical manner and the people mover makes things convenient. The volume of flights and multitude of destinations gives ATL travelers many options. Plus, spotting there can be fun.

Others, in no particular order...

CMH: Easy to travel out of. Very few delays, and when there are delays, they don't last very long. The new terminal is nice, too.

CVG: Very new and convenient. Really makes layovers easy and negotiating the concourses is not hard (its a bit harder if you're connecting on Comair).

CLT: The only delays I've had there were from weather. I like the layout of the airport and the rocking chairs they had in between concourses (its been a couple years since my last trip there...do they still have them?)

MCO: The people mover is convenient and the airport is pretty new and clean.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 9:49 pm

COPENHAGEN ALL THE WAY!!!!  Big thumbs up


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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Mon May 10, 2004 11:47 pm

Eduardo Lepe and all other spotters out there,

It has gotten a lot harder to spot at Frankfurt recently. After the September 11th attacks, they shut down the observation deck in both Terminals 1 & 2 since you come to close proximity with the aircraft. All the terrorist threats these days and they don't want to take any chances. I have however found another place outside of the airport where you can take pictures. It it near the entrance to the US Rhein-Main Airforce Base opposite the airport (they both share runways). Before you drive up to the main gate, you park on the side of the road and you walk about 200 meters on a trail and you end up next to the south runway and can photograph planes taking off or landing that way.

Cheers.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Tue May 11, 2004 12:23 am

I have several favorite airports. Some of them because of the traffic, others just because I like them ...

Top 3: ZRH NRT KUL

Others: CPT, JNB, HND, KIX, ITM, FNJ, BKK, VTE, LPQ, PNH, DAC, CGP, CMB, TIP, HEL, KSA, KWA, MAJ, GUM, KOJ, ICN, HKG, SZB, MLE, KUD, SDK, BKI, SVO, RVN, IVL, LHR, LAX, HNL, WDH, SWP, LUD, LGK, ...
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Tue May 11, 2004 12:26 am

IBERIA747:
Check reply #4. And sorry if I offended you. I was only giving my personal opinion and experience. I really hope MAD could be one of the best airports of Europe. Since I love  Love Spain. It is really wonderful and beautiful. But the actual airport... Insane.

FRAspotter:
I suppose yes, but what I can tell you is this: The last year I was into the terminal waiting for my flight connection (MEX AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA FCO). And I asked a F/A and a policeman if I could take pictures, if there was not any kind of problems. And he told me that I could take pictures without any problem. (But this was before (March 11th, Spain). I think things are going worst. And also I was chatting with another spotter in AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA and told me that it is 100% legal to take pictures, but local authorities can ask you for you ID. But anyway you are the one that lives over there. I will send you an e-mail. If you could show me your new spott place I will appreciate it a lot  Big thumbs up. I was thinking of taking pictures all over runway 18/36 but really I do not know where or at what time is the best for it.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Tue May 11, 2004 12:41 am

Eduardo Lepe,

Yeah i suppose the Madrid Bombings really screwed us over and ruined peoples chances of getting good photos FROM THE TERMINAL!!! i think a good thing to do would to just add a covering over the observation deck (glass maybe) and open it up again. But i tend to doubt it.

Cheers...
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Tue May 11, 2004 12:50 am

Eduardo:
No offense taken. However, there are lots of different opinions about Madrid Barajas. I´ve heard many people that happen to like it a lot, and some others that just don´t. About it´s present condition, I must accept that some parts of T1 need refurbishment, but don´t see anything wrong with other areas of T1, as well as T2 and T3...they look big, nice and modern enough for me. I´ve seen other big airports that look a lot worse than that. Last week I came back from a short trip to the US and I was really impressed with how old and rundown the terminals at O´Hare look. My flight arrived at International Terminal and the ride back home departed from terminal 3. Both terminals looked worse that Madrid´s T1 (ORD´s T3 is being remodelled...it´s about time). I also went to Cleveland-Hopkins and I was impressed (and I even talked about that with my american friends that took me to the airport) when I saw the floor carpets fixed with duct tape in the entire check-in area. How come they don´t have changed those carpets? It looked awful.
On the other hand I had a very positive impression of MDW. Kind of "crazy" but very nice and modern terminal.

Back to MAD and it´s possibilities of becoming one of the best airports in Europe...with the new terminal facilities I can assure you that it will be one of the best.
¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Tue May 11, 2004 1:03 am

Without a doubt, AMS, clean, airy and lots of shopping, bars and quiet spaces during a layover.
 
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RE: What's Your Favorite Airport?

Tue May 11, 2004 1:18 am

Ok, here are further points for Frankfurt, my home airport, and AMS, best one for planespotters, absolutely great.

Frankfurt T1 terrace is open, and will be so until October, then (probably) permanently closed, so use it while you still can!!
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