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Best + Worst Airports

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  • Best - Heathrow T5 or Dubai

    Worst - Thessaloniki a few years ago but know they were working on it. 

    Most stupid airport is Cartagena in Colombia. Think I counted 7 separate bag checks before departure. The best one was our cases being taken off of one scanner, opened and checked, to then immediately join another queue where your case is scanned, opened and checked. I almost wished I had packed a few kilos of marching powder just to make it worth all the effort.
  • Best Large airport - Changi, Singapore
    Best small airport - Gladstone, Brisbane
    Worst airport - Lagos, Nigeria
  • Best - Singapore / Dubai

    Worst - The old terminal at Sharm El Sheikh
  • Best: London City
    Worst: Berlin Schoenfeld
  • Best : Dubai , great for a 2-3 hr layover

    Worst : have to agree with the earlier mention for Corfu , had a 4 hour delay there and there's nothing after security. 
  • Best - Singapore / Dubai

    Worst - The old terminal at Sharm El Sheikh
    Ha - At Sharm the check in man tried to say our bag was overweight and charge us a fee.
    I said if your colleague standing next to the baggage scales took his foot off of it, it will probably be well under.
  • Best- Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney, Bali in that order.
    Worse.. Heathrow unless prepared to use a lounge.
  • All flying is horrible, there are no good airports!
    Flying in to JFK is the absolute worst experience though.  Horrendous queues to wait for surly immigration staff.  Welcome to America.
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    MarcusH26 said:
    Best : Dubai , great for a 2-3 hr layover

    Worst : have to agree with the earlier mention for Corfu , had a 4 hour delay there and there's nothing after security. 
    I don't like Dubai. I've been through Dubai well over a hundred times and hate the crowds and the distance between gates if you are changing flights, which can be like a 10-mile hike.
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  • Well I too vote for LCY. The only airport I positively like. The staff seem to be friendlier than average; and I have never been stacked while landing there. I think they must come in at lower altitude than the LHR queue does. And you might do a final twirl around the Shard before landing. 

    All the others I've been to are varying degrees of shite, but I feel lucky to get through CDG with my luggage and without a whole load of hassle. 

    Actually.. Burgas (BG) supposedly in the EU, I arrived last year when England were playing Colombia. Had expected to watch the 2nd half at my buddy's gaff. Instead I listened to the whole 2nd half commentary while standing in the passport control queue. Colombia equalized just as I reached the desk. 
  • Best - Heathrow T5, Schipol.

    Worst - Malpensa T2 is awful, whereas T1 is space age. 

    Two of the guys at work who travel all the time both said Charles de Gaulle is near the top of any list for crapness.
  • I've been to so many but here goes.

    Best - Charlotte in the States. Bright and airy. Rocking chairs everywhere. Definitely has a deep south feel.

    Worst - Lots of them. San Juan in Puerto Rico springs to mind. But, that was a few years ago so could have been spruced up a bit.  
  • Best long haul - Heathrow T5 (ah those were the days)
    Worst long haul - Madrid (always have to go there if you want to go anywhere in the America’s & there’s always something wrong)

    Best short haul - Cork (you can arrive 15mins before your flight & still get on)
    Worst short haul - Stanstead (I just can’t bear it)
  • Can't believe Luton hasn't come up yet. Only time I was there, it felt like I was in a queue for Jeremy Kyle show auditions rather than pre-flight security.
    At least 3 times already !!!
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    Best - Istanbul - Brand new, modern, spacious and plenty of options to shop, eat and drink (some of the shops are stunning).

    Worst - London Stansted - Small, cramped, untidy and full of orange faced, squeaky voiced chavs from Essex.  Plus you have to pay £5 just to drop someone off.

  • Can’t name a best really.... can’t beat Gatwick I guess. My god Luton is crap. Never ever would I go from there again even if it is 20 minutes away from me. Small. Cramped. Meh. 
  • Best small airport Billund in Denmark.     Best UK London  City worst UK Belfast City for baggage charges for case that met the Fly-Be requirements at London City the day before, still had th Fly-be approved tags. 
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  • Our Millwall friends are laughing at this thread.


    Millwall fans idea of a holiday is to hook their home on the back of their car and head down to the Isle of Sheppey.

    They combine the holiday with a visit to HMP Swaleside to see family.

  • edited November 2019
    I echo the criticisms of JFK. A dreadful experience getting through security. Welcome to America. Yeah right!  On the other hand, flying out west from Newark was a positive pleasure. Nice people and it all works. And it’s the only airport in the world that’s an anagram of wanker”. 

    I like London City a lot although the current expansion will probably take away its intimacy and ease of movement. 

    I’ve used a few airports in India although not for some years.  Absolute sea of humanity. Never seen anything like it but once you get used to it it’s fun and a great place to visit. 

    Scariest airports I’ve landed at are Ferghana in Uzbekistan which has a terrifying approach through the mountains and Sumburgh in Shetland which has a short runway that sticks out into the sea. First time I landed there I was behind the wing and couldn’t see in front of me. I was convinced we were ditching. 
  • Worst - UK - hands down, Manchester. Not even close. The worst airport I've ever been to outside of... 
    Brunei. Absolute, total shithole 
    Couldn't agree more about Manchester, it gets worse by the week. I fly about 5 times a year to Nice and quite a few times to Faro mostly for work and although I only live a 15 minute drive from Manchester airport, for these trips I drive to Liverpool airport.

    I can land at Liverpool, get through security then drive 40 minutes and be home quicker than had I landed in Manchester which is on my doorstep and it works just as well flying out. Far cheaper to fly from Liverpool too.
  • Best UK = Birmingham. Just right - not too busy friendly staff everything you need.
    Highly commended = London City. Easy in and away

    Best = Singapore

    Worst UK = Manchester, hands down, rude staff, shyte experience will never use it again.
    Lowly recommended = Cardiff. One cafe and that's it. Dismal from car park to take off.

    Worst. JFK. Miami close with cavity searches by cold handed and over enthusiastic morons. Cuzco close for that death defying aspect.
  • Orlando MCO isnt great 
  • Best: Based on my limited experience I'd say US airports are better than European ones. I guess most of them have more space to play with which generally makes for a better experience, though their officials are a tad too official for my liking.

    Worst: Napoli because there's a higher chance that you've flown with the worlds shittiest airline, Alitalia. Your luggage will be elsewhere and you'll be stuck in the shithole that is Naples.

    UK: Generally speaking the small ones (City and Southend) are better than the big ones. Any airport that has one of those crappy 'win this car' promotions going on has got its priorities all wrong.
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    Our Millwall friends are laughing at this thread.
    Millwall fans have probably never been to an airport. They still think planes are giant metal sky birds created by the devil
    Wtf is this metal thing you speak of and what is the magic contained within?
  • Worst - UK - hands down, Manchester. Not even close. The worst airport I've ever been to outside of... 
    Brunei. Absolute, total shithole 
    Couldn't agree more about Manchester, it gets worse by the week. I fly about 5 times a year to Nice and quite a few times to Faro mostly for work and although I only live a 15 minute drive from Manchester airport, for these trips I drive to Liverpool airport.

    I can land at Liverpool, get through security then drive 40 minutes and be home quicker than had I landed in Manchester which is on my doorstep and it works just as well flying out. Far cheaper to fly from Liverpool too.
    You get a better class of passenger at Liverpool airport!


  • Singapore is superb .

    Luton horrific for many reasons.  A huge disappointment was Berlin - absolutely bugger all there 
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