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Old September 28th, 2007, 05:00 AM
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Just saw this on the news this evening.

Which city has the best airport? Why Portland, of course..........! 8)

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Old September 28th, 2007, 06:30 AM
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We have the worst (Wellington, NZ) since the pilots have to take their feet off the dash board and fly the plane in manually????
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Old September 28th, 2007, 09:34 AM
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Are we talking from a Passengers standpoint, or a Pilots standpoint? I can certainly name several that I don't like to fly into!
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Old September 28th, 2007, 09:42 AM
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Tampa International Airport!

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Old September 28th, 2007, 02:39 PM
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It's from the passenger's point of view. According to Conde Noste Magazine, PDX is the best airport in the nation.

Apparently it ranks highly in traveler comfort, shorter lines, good design, and traveler's over-all feeling of security.

Most people don't know much about Oregon, so I have to brag when I get the chance!!

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i like arriving at fort lauderdale airport , because it means that I am
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The scariest has always been Logan. I miss the feel of the smaller airports. We have a new one here, and it is so nice to not spend a lot of time, getting from point A to point B.

True story:

My first time moving to Germany was in 1980. The Atlanta airport was very small and well contained. Easy to get around in a matter of minutes.

I moved back to the states in 1984 and was so lost I called my mom in a panic, because the Atlanta airport was sooo big. She asked me if there was an older person standing near by? I saw a security guard, and she said, to ask him what county I was in. He told me, and she knew were to pick me up.
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Old September 28th, 2007, 10:23 PM
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Dean,

I too may have local prejudice or ethnocentrism but Portland does have one of the finest airports in the world I.M.H.O.

My only criticisms are the odd way you go through customs and then take a shuttle to the baggage claim area after an international flight. But there are so few international flights that this rarely affects the travel plans of most travelers.

My other problem with PDX is the lack of direct flights to most localities. On most journeys domestic or international, more than one flight leg is necessary.

Otherwise she is a beauty.
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Ontario (Calif.) International is pretty cool. It's easy to get into and easy to get out of.
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Old September 28th, 2007, 11:08 PM
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Portland does have the best place to watch incoming flights! We vacationed there one year, and the evening before we left we parked and watched the traffic for a couple of hours. It was great.
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Dean>

Isn't this topic kind of like discussing who has the best Proctologists, or Oral Surgeons?
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Old September 29th, 2007, 10:27 AM
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Yeah, exactly. It's like asking "Which payday loan store is the best?"

Plus, of course, there's a huge difference between the airports in major cities and those in smaller ones. They're not even in the same category. Of the smaller ones, I like Palm Springs a lot. Close to center city, attractive, convenient to navigate (as a passenger).

Then there's another category: best major airport to change planes, which could be subdivided into "same airline" and "change airline." This usually translates into whether or not you have to bust security between planes, however the hands down winner for awful in this category is Miami, even though you can stay inside security for plane changes. This airport should clearly be bulldozed and started over. Even though most people hate it, I think Dallas DFW is pretty good for changes now that they've built that new high-speed elevated train loop around the airport. The old Toonerville Trolley thing they used to have just didn't make it.
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Old September 29th, 2007, 11:37 AM
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Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport (MSP) has the most popular bathrooms.

They've become the new "tourist destination" and are receiving a new makeover because of the publicity. They are installing enclosed stalls with partitions that go completely to the floor. I guess no more hand gestures or toe tapping. Who the heck knew those were signals. I figured it was the signal for "I need paper." or "I'm digging out on my IPOD tunes."

I know I don't mind "flying" into DFW, MDW or SFO. Logan is a PIA as well as JFK. The most convenient airport for Chicago is Midway, only if you want to use the L. OHare, while busy, isn't too bad for connections.

I find Miami to be the worst airport for transfers or international.

I have friends who are pilots, one with the same airline as AR's son, and both detest DFW. For reasons of weather and other ground issues. All pilots hate flying into Regan airport in Washington. The landing corridor is extremely tight and wait time can often be long.

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You know, Mike that is so scary. I can't count the times I have put my foot under the stall, and waved my hand for paper. I could have received more than I wanted, plus a cop visit.

I have also heard that about DFW. The wind shears are suppose to be terrible. I also agree with AR about Dallas's new train, to get you from one place to the other. It sure beats walking.

If you are trying to pick the best overseas airport, I think Frankfort Germany has the best. Not as modern as some, but easy to get from one place to the other, unless you are driving to the airport and then it is a mini nightmare.
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Personally, as a traveler, I enjoy flying into IAH as that signifys that I am home. The worst one I have flown into was in Mobile with Cancun a close second.
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We like both Cincinnati and Grand Rapids in the "smaller" airport catgory. Easy to navigate for transfers and plenty of amenities. Also friendly and helpful staff everywhere you turn.
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Fargo North Dakota by far is the best in the country :o
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Tampa International by far the best ... least amount of walking and most direct route to planes with excellent signage.

Miami - absolutely horrible - signage awful, too! Can't say never, but I really don't want go back there after going to connect with the Cruise of the Century. And rude people who work there - will actually misdirect you or lie to you (I asked if they had slippers before security - said yes - they don't but Tampa does). My problem might be that it seemed like 90% of the people spoke Spanish. When did that become the official American language!
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Ah, yes, Fargo has a wonderful slogan. . .

"Where you always get to park at Gate 1."

Wind shear apparently has always been an issue at DFW. But, the pilots just turn on the wind shear wipers and everything's OK.

Mike's right that a lot of pilots don't like Reagan National here in Washington, because even the long runway isn't very, and it's waterlocked at both ends. Plus you're slaloming around all the restricted airspace when you land to the south. But my son has always liked going in there, because he grew up watching planes shoot the river approach to the south--you can see them from our deck. The first time he flew that approach in an airliner he said he was tempted to click on the PA and say, "Everybody on the right side of the plane, wave to my parents." But he decided not to because he figured most of the passengers wouldn't want to know that the pilot had parents who are still alive.
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