Best airports in the world

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  1. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
  2. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Inactive

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    My personal favorite is Sciphol. Exactly 20 seconds after getting off the plane I have a Heineken and a cigarette in my hand.
  3. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I've been to a few of those. Schiphol is a great airport. We were just in Munich and that might be my new favorite... after Raleigh/Durham (my own.) I took a flight out of Zurich once, but I don't remember the airport at all. Bummer, because it's on the list.
  4. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    I just flew through BWI (Baltimore) on tour the other day for the first time since 1999. very impressed with the look and services/restaurants there. The architecture at Incheon looks amazing, though.
  5. I can say with some certainty that Liberty, Intercontinental, LAX and Toronto Pearson are not on that list. :spit:
  6. colcifer

    colcifer Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    Midway has surprisingly good corned beef.
  7. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    I have two issues with Schipol. First, if you are connecting there, which 90% of the traffic is), you can find that the walking distance to your connecting flight can take 30 minutes. It is very sprawled out.

    My second issue is the the new runway they build about five years ago. You can easily taxi, nonstop, for 20 minutes accessing it. It is far away. Your flight may land on time, but by the time you taxi to the gate, it's a while.

    Incheon is a nice airport. Bit of a distance from town. Changi is nice. I never understood the hype that goes with it.

    Terminal 5 at Heathrow is very pleasant. Good shopping. BA has great lounges.

    I travel too much :-(
  8. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    Pearson is a hole. Vancouver is REALLY nice. Dorval is much nicer now. The international arrivals is impressive.
  9. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    Dorval... great place to commect on your way somewhere else ...I mean, hey that town has summer for like 3 days! I'm pretty sure that Montreal only exists to make Edmonton look colder yet and Minneapolis look warm ... Well that and to offer the uh, pleasure of ordering Chinese food in French :)

    Actually before the recession took airline travel down a notch, PDX was really good. Still has very good service but with fewer travellers the better of the restuarants pulled out. Powells is still there though. Best airport bookstore I've seen by far!
  10. odin70


    Dec 26, 2007
    My favorite is Gardermoen, Oslo. Should be on the list imo. But the beer is of course WAY too expensive, if thats your thang. I landed at Brussel I A on wednesday...also nice.
  11. mrpackerguy

    mrpackerguy Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Savannah, GA has a beautiful little airport.
  12. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    Actually, London City is nice. Small terminal and the walking distance from airplane to curb side is about 200 feet. That, and the fact that you're close to downtown makes it really nice and convenient.
  13. YVR and YUL are pretty good these days. Pearson sucks big time. Every time I'm forced to route through YYZ my resolve to book flights that don't is strengthened. :D

    If I'm able, I like to route through Ottawa and since they've started doing non-stop flights from here, that's often possible for Canadian destinations. I'm usually forced to go through YYZ for international flights, despite being almost as close to the UK as I am to southern Ontario.
  14. knarleybass

    knarleybass Commercial User

    Apr 6, 2005
    Tustin, CA
    Owner of Ulyate Instruments
    Narita, Japan
    Best Japanese curry I have ever had, also the cleanest airport I have ever seen
  15. It depends on the size and reach of the airport, but for smaller airports I heard that the Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier Int'l Airport was no. 1 in the world last year. I'm not kidding.

    Living in Ottawa, I'm not sure I can attest to that fact. Actually, that reminded me that in the winter of 2008, when going back to my home country to visit my family, I was stranded in the Ottawa airport for no less than 8 hours due to a snowstorm... It wasn't the best experience, but let's "thank" Mother Nature for that one.
  16. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    They've done a lot with Ottawa in the past 10 Years. I'll be passing through Ottawa and Montreal in the next three weeks, then YVR, YYJ and SEA in June.
  17. Southpaw5


    Jul 18, 2009
    Detroit is the worst
  18. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Singapore. Great airport. They have a pool with a swim up bar.
  19. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Midland/Odessa, Texas or Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    chuck norriss Inactive

    Jan 20, 2011
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