What’s your favorite or least favorite airport?

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I'm an airport enthusiast & I know the WSO crowd is well traveled.
For myself, I hate the Newark airport, it's old, dingy and always overcrowded. Also dislike Charles de Gaulle in Paris because the connecting trains are always down.
Favorite would probably be Toronto, simply because it's extremely straightforward and easy to navigate.
How about the rest of the WSO crowd?

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Oct 30, 2019

Least favorite: Newark, JFK, LGA (renovated part seems nice but still crowded af, no subway connection), LAX
Favorite: San Jose, DFW, Phoenix (Because it has a Peet's coffee and I love me some Peet's cold brew fog), Hong Kong (not sure how it is nowadays lol)

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Oct 30, 2019

ATL is nice

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Oct 31, 2019

HK is still the same

Oct 30, 2019

Least: Guarulhos Intl in Sao Paulo - enjoy your 3 mile walk to immigration after your 12 hour flight OR a potentially 2+ hour security line on Thurs/Fri nights when departing - your choice, usually both.

Favorite: Bush Intctl when flying United out of E - easiest thing you've ever done hands down and terminal is fresh, bonus points for polaris lounge

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Oct 30, 2019

Not only that but it just gets worse when you are out of the airport. The traffic around Sao Paulo is horrible.

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Oct 30, 2019

Bagram Air Force base. I will also secondHong Kong as a great airport. Abu Dhabi airport too is awesome

Oct 30, 2019

Least: JFK, LGA, Newark, Reagan, BWI, LAX, ATL

Favorites: Dulles, Heathrow, Orlando, Denver, SFO, SLC (they are completely rebuilding it and it looks like it will be even more streamlined), Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Singapore

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Oct 30, 2019

honestly for being the world's most crowded airport, I don't think ATL is THAT bad

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Oct 30, 2019

Maybe I had a one-off terrible experience.

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Oct 30, 2019

ATL is so quick. Last 10 times ive went there I check in and was through security within 20 minutes

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Oct 30, 2019

Worst: LGA. Small, dingy, impossible to get to and the wait from leaving the gate to taking off can be an hour. The fact that its the worst NYC airport says something. I'll actually argue than Newark is the least bad of the three. (Granted, this is like saying it's the best way to be executed, but still) O'Hare is pretty annoying too, with bad groundside operations. I once had a pilot come on the speaker to promise us that we were not actually driving to Newark, after spending half an hour taxiing (not even waiting to take off)

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Oct 30, 2019

Agree with everything here

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Oct 30, 2019
Whatever1984:

Worst: LGA. Small, dingy, impossible to get to and the wait from leaving the gate to taking off can be an hour. The fact that its the worst NYC airport says something. I'll actually argue than Newark is the least bad of the three. (Granted, this is like saying it's the best way to be executed, but still) O'Hare is pretty annoying too, with bad groundside operations. I once had a pilot come on the speaker to promise us that we were not actually driving to Newark, after spending half an hour taxiing (not even waiting to take off)

LGA is by far the worst New York airport and EWR is by far the best. 100% accurate.

I've never found an airport I actually like. However, the Pittsburgh airport (shockingly) is the best I've ever been through. At least, that's my recollection (admittedly poor recollection, most likely).

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Oct 31, 2019
DickFuld:

LGA is by far the worst New York airport and EWR is by far the best. 100% accurate.

I've never found an airport I actually like. However, the Pittsburgh airport (shockingly) is the best I've ever been through. At least, that's my recollection (admittedly poor recollection, most likely).

I generally prefer smaller airports since they seem to have the basics down better. Kansas City has generally been a pleasant experience despite a limited number of options for food and drink past security. I've always gotten through their (jokeibly minimal) TSA screening quickly and taken off on time. Atlanta also seems to be decent, which is amazing given its size. I guess basically being able to expand as you want helps.

I'm debating flying into Midway to see if it's any better for my Chicago trips. Unfortunately Stewart is too far from me to be an option on the NY end.

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Oct 31, 2019

The fucking ramp at LGA where there is always construction

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Oct 31, 2019

Best: ATL

Worst: LGA

Oct 31, 2019

Best: Changyi Airport in Singapore. Great food with many food courts offering local foods, free computer terminals, massage chairs, sleeping lounges, shower facilities, several bars, in-airport gardens and waterfalls, and it's both close to city center by taxi and metro.

Runner up: Hong Kong HKG - quick and efficient, and you can even check in your luggage and get your boarding pass in the city center, and then take the high speed train to the airport. Your luggage will meet you at your destination.

Worst: Kuala Lumpur with endless queues. You'll likely miss your flight. LGA in NYC. Just .... why? Far from city, expensive to get to, so you just might miss your flight. Old and broken down, and a dis-service to NYC's image really. Newark is not much better. Oakland (OAK) was pretty sketchy as well, if memory serves.

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Oct 31, 2019

WORST AIRPORTS - any airport in China, especially Beijing. Damn you straight to hell. While the airports are modern and shiny, the airspace is controlled by the Chinese military, which reserves some 80% of the airspace for military use. Coupled with an opressive air regulatory agency, and you really are in trouble. If there is ANY bad weather or delay in an incoming flight, and you might find yourself grounded. I've lost track of how many times I've spent the day in an airplane just sitting on the tarmac waiting for a takeoff that never came. Can't get up to use the toilet, can't get food, crammed between other sweaty and irritated people, just fcking sitting there. Or when I lived in Beijing - damn having to fly from there. Beijing's snow will mean each air trip is a coin toss. A bit of snow or rain, and guess what? You're just going to live in the airport today. Yup, we don't know when we're flying or even IF we're flying. So have a seat, and wait it out. Maybe your 8am flight just became a 10pm flight, or maybe you'll just have to go home and come back tomorrow. Why? Because F you, that's why. You plebe. Enjoy your shiny airport prison beotch.

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Oct 31, 2019

I also vaguely remember hating Charles De Gaulle airport but I can't remember why. It's been a while. Maybe because every time I tried to use a bit of broken French or ask if they speak English I get eye rolls and snootiness. Might have been something else tho.

Nov 5, 2019

my own experience was shitty infrastructure and shitty baggage handlers

Oct 31, 2019

Barcelona BCN...always a disaster

Oct 31, 2019

the DFW airport is extremely easy to navigate and very straightforward. it's pretty good for being a top 10 airport. My favorite though is probably the DEN airport, but the walk times can be long.

LGA is the worst. LAS is also bad imo.

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Oct 31, 2019

Buffalo airport makes me want to cry.

Oct 31, 2019

It's very small but also very buffalo

Oct 31, 2019

Favorite: Burbank
Least Favorite: LAX

Oct 31, 2019

Best:
* Singapore: Clean, well connected, super useful hub in the region, great shopping and food options
* Zurich: Super clean and functional, incredibly well connected by train, fastest door-to-gate I've ever had
* SFO: Good routes and rather decent infrastructure, driving to the city is less of a pain than expected, so probably my favorite US airport

Worst:
* NY LGA: A disgrace for a city like NYC, poorly connected, derelict infrastructure, poor shopping/ food options, everything takes forever, even the connections are bad
* London Luton: Wouldn't fly through it again even for dirt cheap routes, really poorly connected and terrible service/ indications inside the airport
* Warsaw: Poor infrastructure, terrible service, the loudest announcements every 2 minutes
* LAX: Few visits, but bad enough not to make me want to avoid it going forward
* Miami: Bad, especially the people, but that's not really surprising...

Oct 31, 2019

Best:
* Singapore: Clean, well connected, super useful hub in the region, great shopping and food options
* Zurich: Super clean and functional, incredibly well connected by train, fastest door-to-gate I've ever had
* SFO: Good routes and rather decent infrastructure, driving to the city is less of a pain than expected, so probably my favorite US airport

Worst:
* NY LGA: A disgrace for a city like NYC, poorly connected, derelict infrastructure, poor shopping/ food options, everything takes forever, even the connections are bad
* London Luton: Wouldn't fly through it again even for dirt cheap routes, really poorly connected and terrible service/ indications inside the airport
* Warsaw: Poor infrastructure, terrible service, the loudest announcements every 2 minutes
* LAX: Few visits, but bad enough not to make me want to avoid it going forward
* Miami: Bad, especially the people, but that's not really surprising...
* Berlin: Overlooking the general fiasco that is the German capital's airport history, pretty much everything here is done the wrong way: outsourced security to morons, horrible food options or shopping in general, taxi as only transportation option, constant delays, super small seated areas

Oct 31, 2019

Fort Lauderdale is pretty bad

Oct 31, 2019

Internationally, a lot of the UK airports are brutal. I'm not a fan of Gatwick, Birmingham or Manchester (though i'ts not the worst I've been through). Heathrow is.... well... just what it is.

Arlanda in Stockholm was a very nice airport. Don't have much experience with German outside of Frankfurt (which is, fine, i guess).

Domestically, BOS/BWI/PBI are all generally pretty nice. I cannot stand NYC airports. PHL is absolutely, low key, brutal especially if you land in F39 with a connection anywhere that isn't an F in front of it. MCO (Orlando) is a fucking nightmare - especially if you are a business traveler.

Vegas (Macarran) has a nice airport - Granted I'm so hungover and happy to leave Vegas, it might be clouding my vision.

O'Hare is a nightmare since it's the connection hub for both coasts - weather in recent years has made it even worse. Logistics are OK, if I land in a far away gate I can still (generally) make even tight connections. It's not as spread out as some of the others (ATL, CLT). Food is awful (except publican) and lounge selection is rough except for the massive admirals club.

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Nov 6, 2019

I hate o'hare. It's the worst. Constant delays. Never was an issue in Denver.

Oct 31, 2019

EWR new terminal C is actually very nice. Yall hating on EWR have not been to Terminal C - the new United terminal.

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Oct 31, 2019

Singapore, Hong Kong, San Diego

Oct 31, 2019

My favorite: Detroit

My least favorite: Newark

Oct 31, 2019

Philadelphia is a great airport, but I can't remember the last time I left there without a delay

Nov 1, 2019

That's why it has all the food, lounge and shopping options - need to occupy everyone so they forget that it's a glorified shopping mall with an airport attached (unlike Pittsburgh which is literally that).

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Nov 1, 2019

Not sure I understand the hate for Newark. The United terminal at Newark is by far the best option in the NYC area. LGA is horrific, avoid at all costs. Driving to JFK seems to always be a traffic disaster.

The Zurich airport is very nice. Avoid Lisbon at all costs if you think you can connect through, once landed at 6am and stood in a 1.5hr immigration line, everyone was missing connections.

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Nov 1, 2019

Worst - LGA, old wing of Guarulhos, Lambert, Denver (terminals are way too long)

Best - Cincinnati, Detroit

Nov 1, 2019

London City airport is always a breeze purely because you don't get the budget airlines there so there's no crowds of tourists going on holiday.

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Nov 1, 2019

read "airsport"
was geared up to talk some shit about aerial acrobatics

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Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Nov 5, 2019
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