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    Phoenix Sky Harbor

    Can I just say that Phoenix Sky Harbor is a beautiful and relatively efficient airport. It certainly makes Hartsfield look like a dump.
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    I have been to Phoenix twice, not a bad airport. I have not been through ATL yet, even though it is one of the world's busiest.

    LAX makes anything look good.

    Actually, I have long contemplated a "map the airports you've been to or through" thread. Anybody interested?
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    Not me.

    I hate airports.

    I love being off the ground but just hate airports.
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    Yeah, that ATL airport is a zoo. Miami, too. They got some doozies down in the SE.

    Nice thing about Sky Harbor? Only about 7 miles to MTB trailhead.
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    Horrible Airport. Seriously.

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    CAL (Couch Airlines) landing at Ohio Harbor Airport.

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    I drank ALOT when I travelled alot. I do not know the names of many of the airports I was in. Been to a bunch of cities. Worked as a finish line photographer while failing out of Texas A&M.
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    Sky Harbor isn't bad at all. SLC Utah is probably the nicest airport I've been in in the US. LAX is an armpit, on a good day.

    Frankfurt is pretty nice, but I don't really like the architecture there (it's all stainless, shiny). Hamburg is much nicer.

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    Small airports in the middle of nowhere are the best... no more than a handful of people standing in a line, nothing more than a simple metal detector for security. And usually a nice lunch counter somewhere.

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    As far as large airports go, I don't really get the hate for ATL. I mean, I hate it because I hate airports in general and large ones especially, but for it's size and congestion ATL always seemed to work pretty well.

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    Vancouver, BC comes to mind. Dulles. Terminal D at DFW. Those are nice. LaGuardia would be probably rate as the rattiest major airport.
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    Sao Paulo (GRU) is dark in the concourse... a very strange place. And that goofy glass wall right down the middle of one of the piers to separate domestic from international passengers is... well, goofy. Seems to me that most Brazilian Airports were built in the '70s and never touched thereafter, Fortaleza (FOR) being an exception.

    But I love out of the way airports like Foz do Iguacu, Brazil (IGU) and Uluru, NT, Aus (AYQ), or Redmond, OR (RDM)... they have like two gates and a stunning view of their flightlines and respective countrysides. Great places to sit around and wait for a flight and stare out the windows.
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    Best airport - literally - is Orange County - John Wayne. Small, clean and quiet, even on a busy day. In a good area next to freeways - easy to get in and out. The airport itself is quite pleasant...close to Newport Beach (and in fact is in Newport Beach) and near major shopping and recreational areas.

    Close second Long Beach - it's old fashioned like something in a 40's movie but I love it.

    Best metro area airport - Minneapolis-St. Paul. Big but lots to do in the meantime.

    Worse - no question LAX is an armpit for many reasons; I bleieve its always on the worse airport list. And O'Hare - the weather there alone makes it a sucky airport. Becuase of weather alone, I was stuck in an air craft, on a tarmac for 11 hours... once inside the terminal (at 2:30 am) there was nothing open and I walked around like a zombie for 4 hours... NEVER EVER WILL I FLY THROUGH OHARE AGAIN!
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    Of all the airports I've been to, I like Denver International Airport the best.

    We stopped in Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee when flying to DC and didn't mind it.

    LAX is a pit. So is Reagan Airport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pamestique View Post
    Best airport - literally - is Orange County - John Wayne. Small, clean and quiet, even on a busy day. In a good area next to freeways - easy to get in and out. The airport itself is quite pleasant...close to Newport Beach (and in fact is in Newport Beach) and near major shopping and recreational areas.

    Close second Long Beach - it's old fashioned like something in a 40's movie but I love it.

    Best metro area airport - Minneapolis-St. Paul. Big but lots to do in the meantime.

    Worse - no question LAX is an armpit for many reasons; I bleieve its always on the worse airport list. And O'Hare - the weather there alone makes it a sucky airport. Becuase of weather alone, I was stuck in an air craft, on a tarmac for 11 hours... once inside the terminal (at 2:30 am) there was nothing open and I walked around like a zombie for 4 hours... NEVER EVER WILL I FLY THROUGH OHARE AGAIN!
    Does MSP still have a DQ in the terminal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pamestique View Post
    Best airport - literally - is Orange County - John Wayne. Small, clean and quiet, even on a busy day. In a good area next to freeways - easy to get in and out. The airport itself is quite pleasant...close to Newport Beach (and in fact is in Newport Beach) and near major shopping and recreational areas.

    Close second Long Beach - it's old fashioned like something in a 40's movie but I love it.

    Best metro area airport - Minneapolis-St. Paul. Big but lots to do in the meantime.

    Worse - no question LAX is an armpit for many reasons; I bleieve its always on the worse airport list. And O'Hare - the weather there alone makes it a sucky airport. Becuase of weather alone, I was stuck in an air craft, on a tarmac for 11 hours... once inside the terminal (at 2:30 am) there was nothing open and I walked around like a zombie for 4 hours... NEVER EVER WILL I FLY THROUGH OHARE AGAIN!
    Hate, hate, hate Orange County. Never even been in the terminal. It is a short friggin' runway and you are max performing the aircraft on takeoff and landing without an error margin that would make me more comfortable. My last time through we had to maneuver very shortly after takeoff to avoid some Cessna. Just not my idea of a good time.
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    For me Sky Harbor & Santa Fe,NM. JFK is a nightmare!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon c. View Post
    As far as large airports go, I don't really get the hate for ATL. I mean, I hate it because I hate airports in general and large ones especially, but for it's size and congestion ATL always seemed to work pretty well.
    I also think ATL is nice for a big airport. The tram is easy to use and the food selection isn't bad. The security lines could use a bit of improvement, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will G View Post
    Hate, hate, hate Orange County. Never even been in the terminal. It is a short friggin' runway and you are max performing the aircraft on takeoff and landing without an error margin that would make me more comfortable. My last time through we had to maneuver very shortly after takeoff to avoid some Cessna. Just not my idea of a good time.
    That's part of the fun! I almost can't tolerate those long runways anymore - its like it takes hours to get in the air! At John Wayne - its straight up to the moon, ears pop, electronics on - good to go!

    Why have you not been in the terminal? It's the best ever.

    And Bigbenaugust - don't know if MSP has a DQ... It's so big, haven't been everywhere...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pamestique View Post
    That's part of the fun! I almost can't tolerate those long runways anymore - its like it takes hours to get in the air! At John Wayne - its straight up to the moon, ears pop, electronics on - good to go!

    Why have you not been in the terminal? It's the best ever.

    And Bigbenaugust - don't know if MSP has a DQ... It's so big, haven't been everywhere...
    The only trips I've flown into Orange County have been out of DFW and we fly right back to DFW. No need for me to go into the terminal.

    Other highlights I can think of are Green Chile Chicken soup in Albuquerque and brisket tacos in Austin. Airports might not be too much to speak of but the food is good.
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    I flew out of the airport in Victoria, BC on a rainy evening once. It was like that scene in Casablanca when Rick is sending his sweetie off to France. Only prop planes on the tarmac that night and fog. We have a nice airport in Eugene. It's small, so no hassles, just drive in, park and walk to the gate, love it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shifty View Post
    I flew out of the airport in Victoria, BC on a rainy evening once. It was like that scene in Casablanca when Rick is sending his sweetie off to France. Only prop planes on the tarmac that night and fog. We have a nice airport in Eugene. It's small, so no hassles, just drive in, park and walk to the gate, love it!
    I like Eugene... it's the closest airport to my grandparents. We usually just do a non-stop to Portland, though.
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    Come to think of it, SEA-TAC isn't that bad, once you get past security. Nice selection of food, and the food court has huge windows for those of us who like watching aircraft.

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    And a Wendy's. Frosty on the plane, anyone?
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