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Old 8th Jan 2006, 02:01
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Originally Posted by Grainger
Come on you guys - not even trying - anyone been to Prestwick ?
I frequented there in the late 80's when it was OK - haven't been there lately.

But once I saw at least a dozen loaded widebodies in many liveries parked on the apron, waiting for the fog to lift in the southern UK. There was a good reason it was a ferry command base during WWII.
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Old 8th Jan 2006, 04:06
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I remember watching the birds flying around INSIDE the terminal building at Bucharest a few years back !
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Old 8th Jan 2006, 06:10
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SXD is definately the worst airport I have ever had the misfortune to pass through. Even in the business class lounge it was trully awfull.

The one which surprised me the most was IAD. How can the capital of the worlds strongest economy have such a horrible airport?

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Old 8th Jan 2006, 06:22
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Vladivostok Domestic terminal is pretty rough (though a new one is apparantly on the way). In what they call Departures you can access airside to go for a smoke.

Lagos ain't the best and Hassi Massoud is great to escape from.
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Old 8th Jan 2006, 07:48
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Dulles / IAD? [I've lost my previous two attempts to reply.]

It's all about money. Much money has been spent making the original Saarinen design minimally workable. For most of its 45+ years of life, IAD was directly controlled by Congress which would rather spend money on the Members' home state projects. Now that IAD & DCA are operated by the MWAA*, they are able to borrow money for expansion - but don't have a state/city government to subsidize them. A congressman delayed borrowing for an extended period since the MWAA resisted renaming DCA for Reagan.

They plan expansion at IAD http://www.mwaa.com/d2/index.htm but it seems to me that the demise of Independence Air makes the "fifth" runway more important that the "fourth". Strong west winds reduce IAD to one-runway operation.

*MWAA = Metropolitan Washington AIrports Authority
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Old 8th Jan 2006, 08:58
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LAX, so far. Okay, so only transit lounge but awful seats, lousy service, garish and drones behind counters.
Heathrow T4, for the route march to arrivals.
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Old 8th Jan 2006, 09:03
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Kinshasa Ndjili...complete toilet of a place and the immigration characters were @#$%s!
 
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We had this discussion last year in SLF forum. My vote is Venice Marco Polo: they're as organised as a fog in a high wind!

Entering the US, I find ORD and PHX the best.
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Old 8th Jan 2006, 09:12
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Sounds like nobody's been to Kathmandu then. All I can say is Kathmandon't.
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Old 8th Jan 2006, 12:26
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Entebbe, no doubt. I once arrived at the terminal having been told the Mother of All Lies by my company: "Your ticket will be waiting for you at the counter."

Got there, no ticket, no place to buy a ticket, no phone, no electricity, no windows, just holes - birds flying in and out. Sun setting in the west. Sudden sensation of the dark side of the moon. Saved by a prince of an Air France agent who let me purchase a ticket on AF then sign it over to Kenyan.


The one which surprised me the most was IAD. How can the capital of the worlds strongest economy have such a horrible airport?
If you're in the mood for The Bashing of the Septics you can point out that the capitol of the free world has a marvelous underground train system that stops exactly 6 miles short of its airport. $16 bus fare to get to the first train stop from IAD.
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Old 8th Jan 2006, 13:09
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"If you're in the mood for The Bashing of the Septics you can point out that the capitol of the free world has a marvelous underground train system that stops exactly 6 miles short of its airport. $16 bus fare to get to the first train stop from IAD."
The Airports Authority has become tired of waiting for Metro to arrive and is proposing to take over the extension project itself. They seem to feel that they are more able to handle the financing.
http://www.mwaa.com/dulles/Proposal.pdf
The Toll Road mentioned therein runs alongside the free limited-access road that only serves the airport.
You'll recall that MWAA's other airport, DCA, has a Metro station right at the terminal.

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Old 8th Jan 2006, 13:20
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Leningrad, as it was then. The "cafe-lounge" closed at lunch time so the staff could have lunch.
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Old 8th Jan 2006, 14:19
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Geneva

Are you really sure of this, I have travelled through Geneva a minimum of twice a year since 1962 and it has to be one of the best airports in Europe if not the world.
Wow!! and what is a Kassborer bus, I can't imagine how you could count 140 of them at Geneva, they would stretch all the way to Lausanne.
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Old 8th Jan 2006, 14:23
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I would say Bangalore. The Arrivals area is about as welcoming as a Pea Freezing Facility in Lincolnshire, and departing Business Class travellers get the pleasure of a coupon for a cup of coffee as an alternative to a separate lounge.
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Old 8th Jan 2006, 14:29
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Ok I thought the JEt Blast was for all prruners......clearly the African members arent posting here, because all of you are moaning about something you have no idea about. Go anywhere, yes anywhere in continental Africa, and then we will speak again. heheheh MIA, JFK, etc, get real people.....
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Old 8th Jan 2006, 14:35
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Titograd, Yugoslavia, 21 years ago was the absolute pits!

Even Heathrow is not as bad as that....yet!
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Old 8th Jan 2006, 15:13
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Ir Pirate, I agree, anywhere in Africa North of the Limpopo is generally dodge. I thought that West Africa was always the worst for Airport toiletts, with the exception of Accra, but then I found out that Algeria certainly 'took the cake' with regard to airport toilettes cleanliness. How can it be that the Algerians were able to defeat the entire French military organisation in a few years but are unable to keep a toilet clean ???
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Old 8th Jan 2006, 15:29
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Detroit had to be the worst I've experienced. I hope it 's better now.
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Old 8th Jan 2006, 15:59
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Africa you say? Ok then, how about Malindi in Kenya. Travelled there only a few years ago on my first (of many) trips to Africa. We were due to fly from Nairobi to Mombasa but at the last minute our travel agents told us the connecting flight had been transferred to Nairobi-Malindi ... and not to worry because Malindi would be closer to our final destination (!!!! we were staying 40kms SOUTH of Mombasa and Malindi is about 14 gazillion days NORTH of Mombasa). Anyway, I digress, on approach to Malindi you can enjoy either the view of aircraft remains that never quite made it to the threshold, or look out the side window for a straight ahead view of the runway as the pilot fought valiantly to crab the thing to the ground ... something he was so proud of, he repeated it several times more along the runway. In through a door marked arrivals and once inside, look around and above the inside doorway is a sign marked departures. The entire airport was about the size of a brick s**thouse and smelled even worse. So my vote will always go to Malindi, although my own nation's primary airport is little better - Dublin
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Old 8th Jan 2006, 16:00
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clearly the African members arent posting here, because all of you are moaning about something you have no idea about. Go anywhere, yes anywhere in continental Africa, and then we will speak again.
I'm sure of that. But not having been to Africa, I cannot judge. All my experiences in Europe and the Australasian regions have been pretty good (Frankfurt was little dodgy, but still nowhere near some of my other domestic experiences).

Detroit had to be the worst I've experienced. I hope it 's better now.
NW's gates at the midfield terminal are pretty nice now, but the old terminal where Spirit, SWA, Delta and others reside is still garbage.
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