Airports? Are there any you like?

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1. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1807 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

You always see lists of best airports and they talk up how amazing they are but I look at the ones in the lists that I have been to and I don't get it. The only one I didn't mind being stuck in was Changi in Singapore, it was actually quite pleasant.

Are there any airports you ever enjoyed your time in? Or are all airports dreary places?

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Oct-2019, 14:35 GMT by Teoni ]

2. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 1099 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Off the top of my head...

My home airport, PIT, has a display of a robot repair shop that's full of old vintage things. It's really such a unique feature. Each time I peek in I notice something new.

ABQ has some lowriders (cars AND bikes) on display in the airport that fascinate me, too.

I really hate being in airports - the security, lines, waiting, etc. but all it takes for me is a thoughtful bit of "flair" to set me right....for a brief spell.

I must stop short of saying I like any airport, though.

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Oct-2019, 15:59 GMT by road to roam ]

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5710 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

There's definitely airports I have positive / pleasant impressions of. The entire process you have to go through at the airport makes the experience sucky, but the difference between the physical buildings are huge. Auckland, Amsterdam and Vancouver stand out positively from the big ones. Papeete is even better, but that's relatively easy for a tiny airport like that.

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2127 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

It is way easier to think of airports that I do not like than it is to think of airports that I do like.

I like my home airport - BWI (Baltimore). It is very convenient to get to, to park, and is relatively small. There are quite a number of hotels nearby where you can park and fly. In Houston I like Hobby (HOU) much better than Bush (IAH). I think Schiphol (AMS) is nice. There is a place for people to meet to be picked up (a big red cube). Kastrup (CPH) and Orlando (MCO) both have hotels right almost in the airport where you can rent a room for a long layover.

5. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 1099 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Teoni

Or are all airports dreary places?

Newark (EWR) is certainly bleak.

6. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1685 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Kuala Lumpur KLIA1 and KLIA2 are pretty good and I've always liked London Heathrow. I was also fortunate enough to land at the old Hong Kong airport, Chep Lap Kok, before it closed - descending amongst the skyscrapers was surreal.

I think the worst, by some distance, was the old Jeddah airport where we had a layover last year - too small and pretty much nothing to do. A new one has just opened. I've never been keen on Coolangatta Gold Coast because, with Air Asia, we always had to get off the aircraft, pass through humourless security and then queue up to board again, all within 75 minutes.

The oddest international airport for me has to be Paro in Bhutan where passengers disembark onto the tarmac and then can wander around taking photos before going through immigration. And at Rurrenebaque in Bolivia we had to wait on the tarmac for our plane to land and then had to be ushered backwards while it turned so that the incoming passengers could disembark.

7. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 1099 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

On Big Corn Island, off the coast of Nicaragua, cows have free range on the paved runway and happily graze just off to the side of it. Kids use the runway for riding bikes and just about everyone uses it as a direct path from one side of the island to the other - I believe the island only get 1 or 2 flights a day from Managua.

We always opt for a slow boat to the island instead of a flight but have used the runway ourselves on many occasions.

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Oct-2019, 23:28 GMT by road to roam ]

8. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1790 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

We usually go into San Francisco but our home airport of Sacramento is quite nice. It's small, friendly, has lots of parking and is not crowded. Since we're the state capitol, we have quite a few flight choices for a small airport.

Detroit, Michigan and Columbus, Ohio both have very nice airports with good restaurants. My favorite airport is CDG but that's only because it means we're back in Paris again.

9. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5710 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Borisborough

I've always liked London Heathrow.

Wait, what? Seriously? That'd be my top pick for airport to avoid. I hate their design of having you stay in the central shopping area until they announce your gate way late, I hate the endlessly dreary tunnels to get to the tube, I hate the crowds (way more people per square meter of building compared to other airports). Admittedly I haven't been there in... ooh, nearly 15 years now (I actively avoid using it as a hub (usually picking flights through Madrid or Frankfurt if there's no direct flights from Amsterdam), and the two times I've gone to London in that time, I've consciously picked flights to City), but I just have a hard time imagining it having improved enough to stand out positively.

What about the airport do you like?

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Oct-2019, 08:33 GMT by Sander ]

10. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1685 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Sander

Quoting Borisborough

I've always liked London Heathrow.

What about the airport do you like?

Lots of great shops, great pubs, close to the city centre. I love Heathrow!! Most airports are too busy now but a UK Biometric passport is quick, I know the car rental places, I know the M25 - all good!!