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Best and Worst Airports

Smithy

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UK
East Midlands
Luton
Gatwick
Stansted
Birmingham

Cyprus
Larnaca

Denmark
Copenhagen

Holland
Amsterdam

Sweden
Gothenberg Landvetter

Spain
Reus
Barcelona
Alicante
Madrid

Palma
Ibiza
Gran Canaria
Tenerife North
Fuerteventura

Portugal
Faro

Germany
Cologne-Bonn

France/Germany/Switzerland
Euroairport Freiburg Basel Mulhouse whatever

Norway
Oslo

Luxembourg
Luxembourg City

Italy
Milan
Rome

Still loathe Stansted with an absolute passion. Horrible to get to, always far too busy for what it can handle at security, at departures, at the gate. Fortunately not had to ride the stupid ****ing tram on my last few visits. At least passport control finally had all their e-passport scanners open yesterday because the last few times they've had 2/3rd's shut.

Oslo Gardemoen was brilliant, easy to navigate, clean, spacious, loads of food options at every area of the airport, and the transport option all linked in the one building.

Don''t think I commented on just how god-awful Faro airport was too, the actual building looks very impressive but it wasn't ****ing finished so we walked out of arrivals into a marquee tent to sort out transfers etc...with piss-leaking portakabins propped up alongside.
Adding a few for future reference.

Prague was decent enough, bit of a pain to get to the City Center but it was clean and easy to navigate.

Burgos in Bulgaria was tiny, run down and I'm glad I didn't have to spend more time than I needed to.

Budapest I can literally remember nothing about. At all.

Bratislava airport I didn't mind. It was ****ing tiny and stuff only opened for a few hours a day but it was modern, clean, and had plenty of toilets. Guess I've been spoilt with more modern airports having a multitude of connections to the city as opposed to queueing for an hour to get a bus.

Kos. Possibly the worst airport I've had the misfortune of using overseas. It's tiny, you have to queue outside the terminal, you have to queue to get your baggage tagged, then queue again to deposit it, and then there's enough seats for about a third of a RyanAir flight, with no air conditioning.

Valencia. Clean, modern, plenty to do.

Heathrow. Flew from terminal four. Typical nightmare M25 journey to get there. Lounge was good.

Fortaleza. Will be very nice when it's finished. If it's finished. Very much a domestic airport and geared as such.

Paris CDG. Horrible. Stupid transit systems, even more stupid labelling and naming, stupid security systems. At least the Skyteam Lounge is decent.
 

Mack

Member
LAX is terrible. Unless LAX is a nonstop option for you and no other airport is, it's always better to fly into Long Beach or Burbank. I've gotten to Long Beach 20 minutes before my flight took off and made it on the plane because it's small, the parking is right there and cheap, and security almost always is less than 5 minutes. So, if you're going to have a layover anyway or there's a nonstop to LGB, take it. And it's actually usually closer to where you're going in the Greater LA area than LAX is. You are welcome.

Which I guess tells you what my favorite is -- LGB. They board and deplane through the front and back doors of the plane so it's super fast, there's a nice outdoor courtyard with palm trees, it's just the best.

My favorite experience in an airport was in Bucharest when I figured out where the departures were because the sign said Plecari and I realized that's like "vrei sa pleci" in Dragostea din Tei, "you want to leave," ohhhh.....
 
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Oh tell me about it! I have had to wait for some people faff about getting their laptops etc. out of their bags, as they were not prepared. If I see a queue and people faffing about, I am not a happy bunny. Happens on a daily basis too -_-

posting from somewhere in the world...
To be fair... The amount of personal electronic devices I travel with, I have no choice but to do it at the counter :/ Don’t have enough hands to carry them all! surprised it’s not the same for you...

What gets my goat is people not sorting their liquids!!! No your makeup bag is not a clear plastic bag!!! Yes your mascara is a liquid... No you’re not going to fit that litre bottle of Pantene into the plastic bag and the max is 100ml anyway!!! FFS people, it’s not difficult!!!
 

Nitefly

Member
I went to an airport in Indonesia where airport security was literally a freestanding wall with a hole in it. Do I win?

Actually, I'd rather pass my luggage through that wall for all eternity than take a single trip to London Stansted. Or, rather, "London" Stansted. Since it's nowhere near London.

Looking at Google maps, Stansted Airport is near 'Takely', so it should be called 'Takely Airport'. Which would be apt, because its takes the ****ing ****.
 

Mack

Member
What gets my goat is people not sorting their liquids!!! No your makeup bag is not a clear plastic bag!!! Yes your mascara is a liquid... No you’re not going to fit that litre bottle of Pantene into the plastic bag and the max is 100ml anyway!!! FFS people, it’s not difficult!!!
tbh all summer i had to fly between la and slc every 7 days and i never even used a plastic bag or whatever and never got any sh-t about it

i also realized after 37 flights that there were like 10+ 2-3" nails in the bottom of the backpack i was using every time oops
 
tbh all summer i had to fly between la and slc every 7 days and i never even used a plastic bag or whatever and never got any sh-t about it

i also realized after 37 flights that there were like 10+ 2-3" nails in the bottom of the backpack i was using every time oops
Not sure where slc is, presume LA is LA 🙈... but if you fly here in Europe, especially in England you will not currently get through security faff free without using the ‘bag.’

Unfortunately a couple of weeks ago I was on the wrong end of it when travelling out of Mancs to Cologne (Phantasialand) I sailed through security, as usual, the missus had one of her boxes separated off for extra screening. This was very annoying as the extra screening backlog led to that queue being longer than the original security queue... It turned out that she’d assumed her ‘Dream Matt Mouse’ foundation was not classed as a liquid and she’d left it in her case, but the scanner picked it up as an organic liquid. 😩😩😩

Yeh... Thanks... Missed out on at least 1 pint because of that hold up!!!
 

Mack

Member
Not sure where slc is, presume LA is LA 🙈... but if you fly here in Europe, especially in England you will not currently get through security faff free without using the ‘bag.’
haha salt lake city
i forget that domestic air travel is kinda less of a thing in europe
 

MestnyiGeroi

Active Member
I’ve had quite a few experiences in Russian airports. I could go on and on, but I’ll just mention one: the airport in Ufa (in Bashkiria, near the Urals).

It was supposed to be a quick stopover for a connecting flight, but we had to wait a long time in the airport. Finally, when we’re allowed on, we’re led through a gate and out onto the tarmac. It’s night and there’s a full blizzard on, with several inches of snow on the ground, through which we’re compelled to drag or carry all our luggage. By the time I get on the plane there are inches of snow down the aisle that all the passengers have tracked in. We’re then made to wait several hours with no air ventilation, as it gets unbearably stuffy. Then they announce that there’s no fuel, and we’ll have to return to the airport to wait for the next flight. We return to the airport through the same snowstorm and inside the airport is freezing cold. I’m not one to get cold very often, but it was arctic. I mean, dangerously cold as a place to ask people to wait. No one takes off their outside clothes. The boards announce that our next flight leaves at 8. 8 pm comes and goes and no announcement. At 9 o’clock they announce it’ll leave at 10. 10 o’clock comes and goes and no announcement. Then at 11 ... This pattern keeps up until the wee hours, not allowing anyone to sleep, as you have to be aware of the time. Eventually, the flight left the next morning.

This was soon after the fall of the Soviet Union, and what astounded me most about the entire experience was that the Russians around me would grumble a little at each delay, but no one seemed to get irate. All employees treated the customers with the berating tone of schoolteachers fed-up with naughty pupils. And the people just took it. I remember thinking that back in New York, any one of these issues — say, the delays without communication — would cause a riot among the passengers. Here there were shrugs, as if they were reacting to the weather rather than their treatment by Aeroflot.
 
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