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(WISHTV)   Best airport in North America? Nope. Nope. Not that one either. Okay, here is a hint...Hoosiers   (wishtv.com) divider line 161
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2013-03-12 06:53:38 PM

vento: Huge sections of A and B are boarded up 2/3rds of the way down.  And F gates are now a parking lot for TSA and the inside is an overflow security checkpoint for the rare times when the one at the landside concourse is backed up.

PIT was a great airport when it was built (to the specs of then-USAir).  Unfortunately, it's been completely underutilized for about the past 10 years.


I know, it's always feels depressing going through that airport because of how desolate it is in relation to its size.

Lambert here in St. Louis had the same problem but boarded off an entire concourse so the other concourses look relatively busy.
 
2013-03-12 06:56:20 PM

Detinwolf: I prefer wandering the land of confusion aka STL's hallways.


It's my home airport so I know that all too well. Parts of it still have that 1970's nostalgia feel to it although they are making some decent renovations to the terminal. The tornado that hit it actually did a good job in speeding up the process.

But even with all of the renovations, the baggage handling system is still slow as molasses. It took me nearly 30 minutes to get my bag at baggage claim after I came back from Florida.
 
2013-03-12 07:12:28 PM

HaywoodJablonski: Once again, when you serve a homogenous population of 500,000 it's easy to look like superstars. Get a real city with real traffic and then we'll talk.

I'd have to give the prize for best LARGE airport to Hartsfield in Atlanta


Actually that's just inside the city limits. There are over 1.5 million in the metropolitan area. But that's ok, you were only off by a factor of 3. Also Indy is 25% black.

 

Perducci: "I am proud of their dedication and I especially thank our front-line staff who greet our guests and keep our facilities clean, safe, and operational around the clock," Dundan said in a news release.

Well it's certainly uncontaminated by tourists and business travelers.


Ha ha! It's funny to make fun of stuff! But be careful you know what you're talking about first or you'll look like a stupid tool. Guess you didn't know Indianapolis is home to the largest single-day sporting event in the world, plus a couple others that must be top 10. Also a rapidly expanding convention town. Just completed a huge convention center expansion. But whatever, yours was funnier.

That said, there is definitely truth to the claim that it's an easy airport because of low traffic. But that has little to do with the population or tourist traffic.  It's that it's not a hub for any of the airlines, despite the central location. Too close to Chicago. It's a FedEx hub, but they don't use the terminal.
 
2013-03-12 07:47:09 PM

Dinkledort: There are over 1.5 million in the metropolitan area.


And it's a long way to another airport with significant service.  No other airport in Indiana serves all 4 current legacies (Fort Wayne no US, South Bend no US or AA, Evansville no UA or US, though the first 2 do have Allegiant vacation service) and those that are all quite a drive away.  Louisville and Cincy and Dayton would be closer for many in the Indianapolis metro.
 
2013-03-12 08:12:51 PM
lelio:  I was in Beijing's airport right after the Olympics and wow was that place impressive. Absolutely huge, amazingly clean (in fact the entire country was clean, which I've heard was due to the Olgmpics) and all the staff were pleasant. Not to mention all the stewardesses being attractive. It was like going back to the 1930's and having a pleasant experience when flying.
Well except for the Koreans that didn't want to sit across the table from us as a noodle place. But hey what are you going to do?


I've used the Beijing airport quite a few times.  Frankly its way too big...meaning you're walking, walking and more walking to get to the gate.  It's really annoying. I've walked further at the Beijing airport than any other airport, easily.  We're talking a full 15 to 20 minute walk at a nice brisk pace to go from gate to the train connecting the airports (because its so damn big) and then a walk again to get to the carosual.  I once timed it because I was noticing... damn, it takes a long time to get to your destination.

I don't know if its because they expected a high level of passenger or its that dickish attitude toward having the largest whatever.   The later is certainly possible as you see how Beijing is designed.

The other thing I hate is they decided to stock the airport with useless luxury item stores instead of useful things travelers need like food places, travel knick knacks and book stores.  But yeah, we need another Louis Vuitton or Omega watch boutique - why?

Also, never fly into Beijing after 11pm or something like that.  You will be waiting a good hour for a cab (and fighting the line jumpers).  Oh and and at 1am or afterwards, the cabbies get fresh and quote double or triple the legal limit for fare to the city.  I've never seen that any Asian city (including Manila's shiatty airports).  Horrible.

But not to be a total Negative Nelly, it is modern, clean and is connected by a good train system to the city center (during normal business hours). And their immigration are actually quite nice and quick (nicer than the dicks at LAX).
 
2013-03-12 08:47:40 PM

Dinkledort: HaywoodJablonski: Once again, when you serve a homogenous population of 500,000 it's easy to look like superstars. Get a real city with real traffic and then we'll talk.

I'd have to give the prize for best LARGE airport to Hartsfield in Atlanta

Actually that's just inside the city limits. There are over 1.5 million in the metropolitan area. But that's ok, you were only off by a factor of 3. Also Indy is 25% black.

 Perducci: "I am proud of their dedication and I especially thank our front-line staff who greet our guests and keep our facilities clean, safe, and operational around the clock," Dundan said in a news release.

Well it's certainly uncontaminated by tourists and business travelers.

Ha ha! It's funny to make fun of stuff! But be careful you know what you're talking about first or you'll look like a stupid tool. Guess you didn't know Indianapolis is home to the largest single-day sporting event in the world, plus a couple others that must be top 10. Also a rapidly expanding convention town. Just completed a huge convention center expansion. But whatever, yours was funnier.

That said, there is definitely truth to the claim that it's an easy airport because of low traffic. But that has little to do with the population or tourist traffic.  It's that it's not a hub for any of the airlines, despite the central location. Too close to Chicago. It's a FedEx hub, but they don't use the terminal.


So you're basically confirming that much of the tourist and business traffic is confined to particular events and that the airport isn't particularly busy... and yet you're mocking the people who are pointing out that fact?  Okay,
 
2013-03-12 10:01:15 PM

MyKingdomForYourHorse: Staff there are well aware of how quickly you want to leave this god forsaken state, so they sympathize with your plight and work hard to get you out fast.


And yet, you're still here.

/I think.
 
2013-03-12 11:40:52 PM
I love the airport at {insert home airport}.
I hate the airport at {insert airport that lost my bags or gave me a weather delay}.
 
2013-03-13 12:45:30 AM

tonyfo98: Mikey1969: Nope, best airport in North America, hands down, is Portland International Jetport in Maine. 13 gates, a nice pub in the center where you can watch any gate from, nice view(Green grass, houses, hills). None of the typical airport bullshiat. I don't have to march across a mile or more of building to find yet another terminal to get lost in.

Only airport I've been to that didn't actually make me angry.


So much this!


It's also the only airport I've ever been to where you can buy a live lobster to take with you after you go through security.
 
2013-03-13 02:48:50 AM
Crescent City California Airport.  I have been in bigger hotel rooms.
 
2013-03-13 05:20:37 AM

Enigmamf: I think this is something where you really need experts to survey, rather than users. Users of various airports generally come from a particular region, so their expectations are shaped by very different experiences. Someone flying from regional back-country airports in China will be much more impressed by Shanghai airport than someone who is used to airport-hopping through the major US airports.


I hit Shanghai airport from Beijing airport often. Several years ago I did a lot of airport hopping in the US. Shanghai airport still impresses me. Denver was also quite good.

LAX is the worst Ive ever been to in the world.

My favourite airport in the world is Coos Bay Oregon, it is TINY but the home baked muffins first thing in the morning were a very nice touch. A little old lady just starts handing them out for free on occasion (before the starbucks crap is opened)
 
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