Airports you don't want to fly to (again)

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Airports you don't want to fly to (again)

#1 Post by Rwy in Sight » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:30 pm

We had the thread about the airport we like how about one to discuss the ones we don't want to set food ever again either as crew or pax.

And one more request: I like to focus the question on airport not the cities they served.

No I came to think about it I don't have an airport that I like to avoid.

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#2 Post by 500N » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:36 pm

LA if I had a choice. Although hopefully with the refurb it will get better but the International hall is bloody awful for a major entry point into the US and Customs and Immigration even worse than awful.

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#3 Post by Capetonian » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:29 pm

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#4 Post by 19downbubble » Thu Sep 17, 2015 2:34 am

This is quite a few years ago, hence the dim memory, but what was the airport in Russia where the ceiling motif was strange copper pipes, one had to remain in the duty free shop until departure, the exchange rate in the shop was "1" in any currency, and they knicked any coffee and other edibles they found on you? That one. It may have been on Virgin's first flight to Japan.

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#5 Post by OFSO » Sun Nov 15, 2015 7:38 am

Perpignan France (PPG) has been under refurbishment for the past year. In the departure hall singles, families and young children quite literally have to queue next to workers (rubbing shoulders with 'em) using angle grinders or rotary hammers, climb over reinforcing rods in stacks or through heaps of sand, try to talk over the noise of cement mixers. OK, it's not a permanent state of the airport, but for the moment it isn't an airport, it's a building site. In H&S-conscious UK this would very much be forbidden: in France ? Gallic shrug of shoulders.

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#6 Post by ian16th » Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:42 am

Thankfully I haven't had to use it for years, but I always dreaded going to and from Milano (Linate).

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#7 Post by rgbrock1 » Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:57 pm

JFK. What a friggin' nightmare that place is. I get a migraine just driving past it, let alone entering it.
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#8 Post by CharlieOneSix » Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:38 pm

Only went to JFK once as a pax back in 1980.....and on a horrible rainy night. Had to drive a hire car to Connecticut but took ages to find my way out of the car park let alone find the place we were going to.
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#9 Post by Alisoncc » Sun Nov 22, 2015 2:12 am

Honolulu in the days when 747's couldn't make all the way from Australia to 'Merica without calling in at a gas station. All the pax would be loaded into the "wiki-wiki" bus and driven to a holding pen as there was no customs or immigration facilities available. For the time it took to replenish the aircraft pax would be incarcerated in a secure hall with no loos, services, refreshments - absolutely nothing.

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#10 Post by Capetonian » Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:53 am

The above sounds like SID (Ilha do Sal) when SAA had to stop there for fuel when they weren't allowed to overfly west Africa. You could get warm beer or cold coffee. The place stank of perspiration and humidity and filth.
I had to spend a night there once over Christmas, at the hotel Atlantico which was built on stilts over mudflats inhabited by rabid howling dogs. It too stank.
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#11 Post by ian16th » Sun Nov 22, 2015 11:59 am

Can I add Antananarivo to the list?

Was routed through there by Air Austral on a Joburg - Reunion flight.

SWMBO need to use the loo there :ymsick:
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#12 Post by Slasher » Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:52 am

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#13 Post by limeygal » Tue Nov 24, 2015 11:18 am

Khartoum, Cairo, Dacca, JFK

Bombay was also crap, but went there so often I got used to it :-o

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#14 Post by Rwy in Sight » Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:59 pm

An interestingarticle from the BBC about both the excellent and worst in US airports.

Does any one know what are those structures (chimney like) on top of the mobile lounges in Washington D.C.?

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#15 Post by Fliegenmong » Sun Jan 03, 2016 8:32 am

Been on them RIS., and no don't know what they are.....interesting airport is Dulles, but the Steven F Udvar-Hazy centre nearby is even more so...
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#16 Post by lasernigel » Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:40 pm

Calcutta, Peshawar, Manila, Miami, LAX,Cochin.

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#17 Post by Capetonian » Tue Jan 05, 2016 6:24 am

Any airport in Egypt, Israel, UAE.
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#18 Post by Mrs Ex-Ascot » Tue Jan 05, 2016 7:36 am

I'd like to add India to the list, particularly Mumbai :-q
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#19 Post by Rwy in Sight » Tue Jan 05, 2016 2:13 pm

Tel Aviv was not bad although my father said I enjoy the trip there because I was curious to see the quasi interrogation procedure.

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#20 Post by OFSO » Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:58 pm

Perpignan (PPG) France has constructed a theme park departure lounge modeled on the Black Hole of Calcutta (Indian Mutiny), it's most realistic in the summer months.

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