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Old January 27th, 2012, 01:13 PM posted to rec.travel.air
Ablang[_2_]
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Default World's Worst Airport Terminals

I had a feeling Manila's would be on this list.

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World's Worst Airport Terminals
FrommersBy Sascha Segan | Frommers – Thu, Jan 19, 2012 6:24 PM EST

Most airports are awful. At best they’re joyless econoboxes, at worst
purgatorial warehouses of stalled lives.

Some airports deserve special condemnation, though. In some cases, they
deserve to be literally condemned. Assembling this top 10 list of
misfits I scanned professional surveys and delay statistics and asked my
frequent-traveler friends to come up with the 10 airports where you'd
least like to spend an extra hour.

I'm sticking to major airports here. There are small airports around the
world that consist of a shanty that swelters in the summer and freezes
in the winter, with a hole in the wall for baggage claim and a single
sad concession stand. (I'm actually describing my experience at Udaipur
Airport in India in 1999). But that's not fair. These 10 airports should
deliver better service, and they don't. I'm listing them from least
worst to the absolute worst.

Chicago Midway Airport Chicago Midway Airport (fboyd)Chicago Midway
Airport (fboyd)

Chicago's Midway airport ranked as the nation's worst for on-time
departures in the most recent federal Bureau of Transportation
Statistics data, earning it a spot on this list. It isn't a bad place to
hang out, with a new food court and a frequent subway connection to
downtown Chicago, but any airport is the worst airport if you're stuck
there and you aren't getting on a plane.

Consider this the least worst of our set of bad airports. Midway's curse
may come more from Chicago's notoriously difficult weather than from any
problem the airport itself can fix.

"Paris" Beauvais Airport, France "Paris" Beauvais Airport,
France (scalleja)"Paris" Beauvais Airport, France (scalleja)

A solid 50 miles north of Paris, this depressing low-cost box of an
airport in Picardy got saddled with a bait-and-switch name by Ryanair,
the ultimate bait-and-switch airline. It rated as one of the world's
worst airports by Frommers.com friends SleepingInAirports.net because of
its lack of seating, lack of services, and general half-tent,
half-warehouse atmosphere.

It lacks a rail link to Paris and closes overnight, so hope that your
flight doesn't get too delayed, or you may be camping out on the lawn.

For years, Ryanair liked to play this trick of stamping the names of
famous cities on distant small-town airports with poor transit links
that weren't designed for much tourist traffic: thus Beauvais and
"Barcelona Reus," which is more than an hour and a half from Barcelona.

Newark Airport Terminal B Newark Airport Terminal B (livatlantis)Newark
Airport Terminal B (livatlantis)

All three major New York City airports are on this list, in large part
because they're run by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a
hideously mismanaged money sink that does a poor job of responding to
air travelers' needs.

Newark got two stars -- the worst rating -- in JD Power's 2010 airport
study. It's also the nation's worst airport for on-time arrivals in the
most recent federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics data.

Fortunately you'll be stuck waiting at your point of origin, because
Newark is an awfully dull airport to wait for a flight in. The airport
idiotically puts security before individual piers in Terminals A and B,
which means that rather than have a whole terminal's food and shopping
to entertain you, you're stuck out on a single pier. It's pretty quiet
out there.

LaGuardia Airport US Airways Terminal,LaGuardia Airport US Airways
Terminal, New York City (andrea_r)LaGuardia Airport US Airways Terminal,
New York City (andrea_r)
New York City

I don't hate LaGuardia, but it was recently rated the worst major
airport in America by both JD Power and Associates and Zagat Survey, so
who am I to argue?

LaGuardia has no rail link to anywhere -- even between its own terminals
-- and regularly suffers from congestion, overcrowding, and delays.
While its terminals are shaping up, they're still each smaller and with
fewer services than you'd expect from an airport at one of the top
tourist destinations in the world.

I'm giving the US Airways Terminal the worst-terminal award here because
at least the central terminal has an atrium and the Delta terminal just
got some new food options. The US Airways terminal is dull and sad.

Amman Queen Alia Airport, JordanAmman Queen Alia Airport , Jordan
(pshegubj)Amman Queen Alia Airport , Jordan (pshegubj)

One of the two airports rated "two stars" by global consulting firm
Skytrax, Amman gets lousy ratings for services that might be useful if
you're hanging around -- bathroom cleanliness, places to rest,
children’s play facilities, and service counters.

Reviews on the Skytrax website make it clear that you may just want to
"hold it" in this airport: they're almost universally appalled at the
state of the bathrooms. Those reviewers have probably never been to JFK
Terminal 3, but still, that isn't good.

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport,Paris -- Charles de Gaulle Airport,
Terminal 3 (jp_math54)Paris -- Charles de Gaulle Airport, Terminal 3
(jp_math54)
Terminal 3

CDG got the "worst airport" award two years running from
SleepingInAirports.net, but this year site owner Donna McSherry decided
to give it a break, in part because now "the homeless population was
being segregated" to "the Third World-inspired Terminal 3." Big takeaway
he If you're worrying about how to distribute your homeless
population, you're one of the worst major airports.

De Gaulle is a huge airport where many people have to transfer, but it's
an awful airport to change planes in; many flights require a change
between CDG's various scattered terminal buildings, which are connected
primarily by slow, confusing shuttle buses. Changing planes here is
tiring, irritating, and sometimes a little terrifying.

This being Paris, there is also usually a strike on.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Jomo Kenyatta International
Airport, Nairobi (kenyaphotos)Jomo Kenyatta International Airport,
Nairobi (kenyaphotos)
Nairobi

Nairobi's airport, which aspires to be an international hub, was built
to support about 2.5 million passengers and now averages about double
that. As a result, the Kenyan government announced plans to expand the
airport. That was in 2005. They aren't done yet.

I've been to JKIA, and it reinforces all of the bad stereotypes about
Africa that you wish weren't true. It's hot, ugly, dirty and confusing,
full of touts and scam artists and perpetually overcrowded. African
airports don't have to be like this, of course: the Marrakech airport is
one of the most beautiful in the world, and Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo
airport is at least efficient.

The Kenyan government says construction on a new terminal will begin in
January. Perhaps someday, the Nairobi airport improvement project will
be finished. Until then, this Third World construction site remains a
place for travelers to avoid.

Moscow Sheremtyevo Airport, Moscow Sheremtyevo Airport Terminal B/C,
Russia (killerbass)Moscow Sheremtyevo Airport Terminal B/C, Russia
(killerbass)
Terminal B/C, Russia

One of the two airports rated "two stars" by global consulting firm
Skytrax (nobody got one star), SVO B/C got particularly bad marks for
anything where you have to interact with airport staff: their attitude,
their language skills, and the speed with which they process passengers.

Reviewers suggest that you brush up on your Russian if you intend to
transfer flights, because signboards and staff tend not to work in English.

Depressingly, SVO Terminal B/C is partially a new terminal, but it still
got one or two-star rankings from Skytrax on "leisure facilities,"
"baggage hall," and "meet and greet." It's also several miles away from
the rest of the airport and from its rail station, making inter-terminal
connections difficult.

Fortunately, there's a better alternative nearby: Domodedovo Airport,
which generally gets better rankings and reviews.

Manila Airport Terminal 1, Philippines Manila Airport Terminal 1,
Philippines (jeffrey)Manila Airport Terminal 1, Philippines (jeffrey)

Last May, the ceiling at Manila airport's Terminal 1 caved in, injuring
two people. That's part of why Sleeping in Airports rated it the world's
worst terminal last year.

"The terminal has been a frequent target of criticism with travelers and
the business community complaining it is congested, run-down and filthy,
with toilets that do not work," Agence France Presse commented.
According to Sleeping In Airports, bribery and theft are also rampant in
the terminal.

The negative press attention seems to have had some effect; this
November the Philippine government said it would renovate the terminal
starting in January. It looks like changes can't come too soon.

JFK Airport Terminal 3, New York City JFK Airport Terminal 3, New York
City (couchetard)JFK Airport Terminal 3, New York City (couchetard)

In 1960, Pan American Airlines built the Worldport: a grand,
flying-saucer-shaped gateway to the Jet Age.

Fifty-one years later, this decrepit, crumbling chunk of concrete is
still used by Delta as an international hub. Terminal 3 is the worst
single airport terminal in America, and probably in the Western world.
Even Delta acknowledges this: they're tearing it down and replacing it
with a giant glass structure connected to the nearby Terminal 4. It's
unsalvageable.

Terminal 3 is known for endless immigration lines in a dank basement,
for an utter lack of food and shopping options, three crowded and
confusing entry points, hallways that could have been designed by M.C
Escher and for vomiting international travelers out onto an underground
sidewalk with no cabs available. There's also a sense that the cleaning
crew gave up in despair a while ago.

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Old January 27th, 2012, 08:48 PM posted to rec.travel.air
Runge 132
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Default World's Worst Airport Terminals

Stupid repost of nonsense.
It's been a long time no more shuttlebuses run in CDG anymore.
Please check the accuracy of all that stuff.


"Ablang" a écrit dans le message de groupe de discussion :
...

I had a feeling Manila's would be on this list.

--

World's Worst Airport Terminals
FrommersBy Sascha Segan | Frommers – Thu, Jan 19, 2012 6:24 PM EST

Most airports are awful. At best they’re joyless econoboxes, at worst
purgatorial warehouses of stalled lives.

Some airports deserve special condemnation, though. In some cases, they
deserve to be literally condemned. Assembling this top 10 list of
misfits I scanned professional surveys and delay statistics and asked my
frequent-traveler friends to come up with the 10 airports where you'd
least like to spend an extra hour.

I'm sticking to major airports here. There are small airports around the
world that consist of a shanty that swelters in the summer and freezes
in the winter, with a hole in the wall for baggage claim and a single
sad concession stand. (I'm actually describing my experience at Udaipur
Airport in India in 1999). But that's not fair. These 10 airports should
deliver better service, and they don't. I'm listing them from least
worst to the absolute worst.

Chicago Midway Airport Chicago Midway Airport (fboyd)Chicago Midway
Airport (fboyd)

Chicago's Midway airport ranked as the nation's worst for on-time
departures in the most recent federal Bureau of Transportation
Statistics data, earning it a spot on this list. It isn't a bad place to
hang out, with a new food court and a frequent subway connection to
downtown Chicago, but any airport is the worst airport if you're stuck
there and you aren't getting on a plane.

Consider this the least worst of our set of bad airports. Midway's curse
may come more from Chicago's notoriously difficult weather than from any
problem the airport itself can fix.

"Paris" Beauvais Airport, France "Paris" Beauvais Airport,
France (scalleja)"Paris" Beauvais Airport, France (scalleja)

A solid 50 miles north of Paris, this depressing low-cost box of an
airport in Picardy got saddled with a bait-and-switch name by Ryanair,
the ultimate bait-and-switch airline. It rated as one of the world's
worst airports by Frommers.com friends SleepingInAirports.net because of
its lack of seating, lack of services, and general half-tent,
half-warehouse atmosphere.

It lacks a rail link to Paris and closes overnight, so hope that your
flight doesn't get too delayed, or you may be camping out on the lawn.

For years, Ryanair liked to play this trick of stamping the names of
famous cities on distant small-town airports with poor transit links
that weren't designed for much tourist traffic: thus Beauvais and
"Barcelona Reus," which is more than an hour and a half from Barcelona.

Newark Airport Terminal B Newark Airport Terminal B (livatlantis)Newark
Airport Terminal B (livatlantis)

All three major New York City airports are on this list, in large part
because they're run by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a
hideously mismanaged money sink that does a poor job of responding to
air travelers' needs.

Newark got two stars -- the worst rating -- in JD Power's 2010 airport
study. It's also the nation's worst airport for on-time arrivals in the
most recent federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics data.

Fortunately you'll be stuck waiting at your point of origin, because
Newark is an awfully dull airport to wait for a flight in. The airport
idiotically puts security before individual piers in Terminals A and B,
which means that rather than have a whole terminal's food and shopping
to entertain you, you're stuck out on a single pier. It's pretty quiet
out there.

LaGuardia Airport US Airways Terminal,LaGuardia Airport US Airways
Terminal, New York City (andrea_r)LaGuardia Airport US Airways Terminal,
New York City (andrea_r)
New York City

I don't hate LaGuardia, but it was recently rated the worst major
airport in America by both JD Power and Associates and Zagat Survey, so
who am I to argue?

LaGuardia has no rail link to anywhere -- even between its own terminals
-- and regularly suffers from congestion, overcrowding, and delays.
While its terminals are shaping up, they're still each smaller and with
fewer services than you'd expect from an airport at one of the top
tourist destinations in the world.

I'm giving the US Airways Terminal the worst-terminal award here because
at least the central terminal has an atrium and the Delta terminal just
got some new food options. The US Airways terminal is dull and sad.

Amman Queen Alia Airport, JordanAmman Queen Alia Airport , Jordan
(pshegubj)Amman Queen Alia Airport , Jordan (pshegubj)

One of the two airports rated "two stars" by global consulting firm
Skytrax, Amman gets lousy ratings for services that might be useful if
you're hanging around -- bathroom cleanliness, places to rest,
children’s play facilities, and service counters.

Reviews on the Skytrax website make it clear that you may just want to
"hold it" in this airport: they're almost universally appalled at the
state of the bathrooms. Those reviewers have probably never been to JFK
Terminal 3, but still, that isn't good.

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport,Paris -- Charles de Gaulle Airport,
Terminal 3 (jp_math54)Paris -- Charles de Gaulle Airport, Terminal 3
(jp_math54)
Terminal 3

CDG got the "worst airport" award two years running from
SleepingInAirports.net, but this year site owner Donna McSherry decided
to give it a break, in part because now "the homeless population was
being segregated" to "the Third World-inspired Terminal 3." Big takeaway
he If you're worrying about how to distribute your homeless
population, you're one of the worst major airports.

De Gaulle is a huge airport where many people have to transfer, but it's
an awful airport to change planes in; many flights require a change
between CDG's various scattered terminal buildings, which are connected
primarily by slow, confusing shuttle buses. Changing planes here is
tiring, irritating, and sometimes a little terrifying.

This being Paris, there is also usually a strike on.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Jomo Kenyatta International
Airport, Nairobi (kenyaphotos)Jomo Kenyatta International Airport,
Nairobi (kenyaphotos)
Nairobi

Nairobi's airport, which aspires to be an international hub, was built
to support about 2.5 million passengers and now averages about double
that. As a result, the Kenyan government announced plans to expand the
airport. That was in 2005. They aren't done yet.

I've been to JKIA, and it reinforces all of the bad stereotypes about
Africa that you wish weren't true. It's hot, ugly, dirty and confusing,
full of touts and scam artists and perpetually overcrowded. African
airports don't have to be like this, of course: the Marrakech airport is
one of the most beautiful in the world, and Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo
airport is at least efficient.

The Kenyan government says construction on a new terminal will begin in
January. Perhaps someday, the Nairobi airport improvement project will
be finished. Until then, this Third World construction site remains a
place for travelers to avoid.

Moscow Sheremtyevo Airport, Moscow Sheremtyevo Airport Terminal B/C,
Russia (killerbass)Moscow Sheremtyevo Airport Terminal B/C, Russia
(killerbass)
Terminal B/C, Russia

One of the two airports rated "two stars" by global consulting firm
Skytrax (nobody got one star), SVO B/C got particularly bad marks for
anything where you have to interact with airport staff: their attitude,
their language skills, and the speed with which they process passengers.

Reviewers suggest that you brush up on your Russian if you intend to
transfer flights, because signboards and staff tend not to work in English.

Depressingly, SVO Terminal B/C is partially a new terminal, but it still
got one or two-star rankings from Skytrax on "leisure facilities,"
"baggage hall," and "meet and greet." It's also several miles away from
the rest of the airport and from its rail station, making inter-terminal
connections difficult.

Fortunately, there's a better alternative nearby: Domodedovo Airport,
which generally gets better rankings and reviews.

Manila Airport Terminal 1, Philippines Manila Airport Terminal 1,
Philippines (jeffrey)Manila Airport Terminal 1, Philippines (jeffrey)

Last May, the ceiling at Manila airport's Terminal 1 caved in, injuring
two people. That's part of why Sleeping in Airports rated it the world's
worst terminal last year.

"The terminal has been a frequent target of criticism with travelers and
the business community complaining it is congested, run-down and filthy,
with toilets that do not work," Agence France Presse commented.
According to Sleeping In Airports, bribery and theft are also rampant in
the terminal.

The negative press attention seems to have had some effect; this
November the Philippine government said it would renovate the terminal
starting in January. It looks like changes can't come too soon.

JFK Airport Terminal 3, New York City JFK Airport Terminal 3, New York
City (couchetard)JFK Airport Terminal 3, New York City (couchetard)

In 1960, Pan American Airlines built the Worldport: a grand,
flying-saucer-shaped gateway to the Jet Age.

Fifty-one years later, this decrepit, crumbling chunk of concrete is
still used by Delta as an international hub. Terminal 3 is the worst
single airport terminal in America, and probably in the Western world.
Even Delta acknowledges this: they're tearing it down and replacing it
with a giant glass structure connected to the nearby Terminal 4. It's
unsalvageable.

Terminal 3 is known for endless immigration lines in a dank basement,
for an utter lack of food and shopping options, three crowded and
confusing entry points, hallways that could have been designed by M.C
Escher and for vomiting international travelers out onto an underground
sidewalk with no cabs available. There's also a sense that the cleaning
crew gave up in despair a while ago.

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Old January 27th, 2012, 10:50 PM posted to rec.travel.air
John Levine
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Stupid repost of nonsense.
It's been a long time no more shuttlebuses run in CDG anymore.
Please check the accuracy of all that stuff.


CDG's web site says that if you want to get between terminal 2G and
the other 2 terminals, or even among the various 2x terminals if
you're not up for a very long walk, you take a bus. CDGVAL replaces
some of the shuttles, not not all.

From my own experience, just getting from the gate to the RER is a
very long walk through a total zoo.

R's,
John


 




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