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Airports around the World

How do airports rate?
9 years ago, January 28th 2011 No: 1 Msg: #127647  
Just wondering which airports around the world you like the best and find the most comfortable? And what features make you like them?

The best food? Inexpensive food? Clean? Free wi-fi? Clean bathrooms?
Do you have any amusing stories to share about things that have happened to you in an airport?
Have you done anything really stupid in an airport?

Or maybe I should be asking which one you hate the most?

What are your thoughts and feelings? Reply to this

9 years ago, January 29th 2011 No: 2 Msg: #127649  
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Changi airport in Singapore tops many travelers' list, I bet. I have yet to try many of their facilities like swimming pool, spa, etc. but I am quite content sleeping in their mini-cinema. I'm good only for the first 15 minutes of the movie, then I start snoring ;-) I also love that they have rooftop gardens. The sunflowers there are lovely. So with the orchids garden and koi pond inside the terminals. If one has to spend lots of waiting time for connecting flights in Singapore, there is always something to do in Changi. Reply to this

9 years ago, January 29th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #127650  
Liliram, I've been to the Singapore airport but had no idea it had a swimming pool and spa. Good golly, how did I miss that?
Sounds like I will need to return. Maybe the airport should be my destination. ha ha ha.

We spent 12 hours in the Bangkok airport once and it flew by. It was fairly comfortable.

I guess I should have done additional research on the Singapore airport.

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9 years ago, January 29th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #127656  
Hong Kong is topof the list for me. I'm in bangkok airport once a week, so it's like home...Singapore is nice and efficient. I tend to like Joburg also.

The below of the list, some Indian airports win it high, but I have "good" stories of middle Africa too, won't name some stories in public forums...

And Dubai is always great fun... Reply to this

9 years ago, January 29th 2011 No: 5 Msg: #127669  
Sydney, Australia was great. Not only free wifi but actual free internet - ie computers you could just use to surf the net for free. Also there was a GREAT shower although I can't for the life of me remember whether it was free or I had to pay for it.

I've been in several places where planes just take off from nowhere, ie there isn't an airport and they just touch down and take off from the jungle or tundra or whatever. The worst actual airports I've been to were in Vanuatu. One airport there was just a one-room concrete building whose roof, along with most of its walls, had been completely destroyed by fire. In fact it wasn't a room, just a place in the jungle with a concrete floor and a few piles of concrete which were vaguely recognisable as once having been walls. There was a guy sitting in a wheelbarrow who acted as ticket seller, customs officer airline staff, the lot. Reply to this

9 years ago, January 29th 2011 No: 6 Msg: #127681  
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D MJ Binkley, the spa I passed on my way to the rooftop gardens. You'd also find the mini-cinema somewhere along the path to the gardens. There is a pool, but as mentioned, have not tried it. Almost always, I also somehow manage to find something to buy in the airport. ;-) Reply to this

9 years ago, January 29th 2011 No: 7 Msg: #127682  
Liliram, A little shopping problem? Reply to this

9 years ago, January 29th 2011 No: 8 Msg: #127685  
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lol. I swear it doesn't happen all the time. ;-) Reply to this

9 years ago, January 29th 2011 No: 9 Msg: #127697  
B Posts: 897
Port Moresby airport..not sure if its a good thing or a bad thing when there is a sign saying GUNS AND ILLEGAL DRUGS here...so people actually do check them in only to have them handed back as they pass under the metal detector! Flying in PNG is just an adventure on its own so id say Moro has the best airport boarding call in the world - "Last flight to moro today" and Alotau/Gurney airport where the guy who guides the plane onto the WW2 airstrip has a red and a green pingpong bat and no shoes but a red straw cowgirl hat on.

I love Changi..can deal with BKK..but absolutely LOVED kai tek in HK. Its long closed for good reason - a thrill a minute whether landing, taking off or having people on planes wave at you in your kitchen.

Have good but old memories of Frankfurt airport...Perth airport would have to be one of the most boring but kudos to Sydney airport for showing visitors to Aus we actually are capable of knocking up a nice airport..even with the krispy kremes stand. Reply to this

9 years ago, January 30th 2011 No: 10 Msg: #127786  
I'll mention some U.S. airports here. As a Delta frequent flier, I really like the hub airports in Minneapolis and Detroit. They have lots of natural sunlight, plentiful people movers and trams to get from one place to another. Another plus is that once you're through security, you can go everywhere within the terminal. I also like Frankfurt and Schiphol airports because there are good shops (particularly Schiphol, whose motto is "See-Buy-Fly"!) But for serious shopping, Rome Da Vinci is truly excellent, because it has every major Italian designer there! However it's not quite perfect because I couldn't find any place that sold gelato, and believe me I looked all over for it!! Reply to this

9 years ago, January 30th 2011 No: 11 Msg: #127787  

I will second the nomination that Detroit has a very nice airport! It was remodeled a few years ago and they did an excellent job.

I like the airport in Barbados. It was nicer a few years ago before that added to it. It was small and open air but it still remains a nice airport. Reply to this

9 years ago, February 3rd 2011 No: 12 Msg: #128045  

9 years ago, February 3rd 2011 No: 13 Msg: #128046  
N Posts: 19
wow liliram ive been to that airport too, like over 10 times? but did not realise they had so much!
all i saw was shops and restaurants... 😞
nicely made though but what you found was really awesome!
my vote goes to changi airport too, so far its one of the cleanest toilets (heaven after a long flight might i add).
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9 years ago, February 3rd 2011 No: 14 Msg: #128054  
B Posts: 847
Still on Changi, here's the link re location of the swimming pool : http://www.changiairport.com/at-changi/leisure-indulgences/swimming-pool

Movie theater here: http://www.changiairport.com/at-changi/entertainment-lifestyle/movie-theatre

Now you know why I never fret long stopovers in Changi. Maybe next time, we'd check out the pool. Reply to this

9 years ago, February 4th 2011 No: 15 Msg: #128209  

I just discovered this old thread-- same topic

Best/Worst Airport

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