German airports are **** - sorry, user-unfriendly. Discuss and vent.

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2 hours ago, dessa_dangerous said:

I really don't understand any of the crying about Schönefeld or Tegel.  Compared to Dulles, my hometown SeaTac or even Mallorca airports, the Berlin airports are a fucking breeze and a downright delight.  You walk in, go three steps to your counter, three steps to your gate, and onto the plane.  None of this uppy downy faff, none of this getting-on-a-monorail-just-to-get-to-the-elevator-to-get-to-the-level-of-your gate kerfuffle, none of this utter chaos of big city airports.  Even if you're a Jonny NoFriends and have to take public transit to the airport, both Berlin airports are a dream.  Train or bus every few minutes basically right up to the door.  Three steps to the counter.  Three steps to the gate.

 

What's not to like?

On 11/06/2018, 11:30:22, Adem137 said:

 

 

You know what, I shouldn't have complained about Cologne Airport having flown in from Dublin - just occurred to me that it *still* has no rail link to the city centre which is an absolute joke at this stage. Especially for a capital city.

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3 hours ago, dessa_dangerous said:

I really don't understand any of the crying about Schönefeld or Tegel.  Compared to Dulles, my hometown SeaTac or even Mallorca airports, the Berlin airports are a fucking breeze and a downright delight.  You walk in, go three steps to your counter, three steps to your gate, and onto the plane.  None of this uppy downy faff, none of this getting-on-a-monorail-just-to-get-to-the-elevator-to-get-to-the-level-of-your gate kerfuffle, none of this utter chaos of big city airports.  Even if you're a Jonny NoFriends and have to take public transit to the airport, both Berlin airports are a dream.  Train or bus every few minutes basically right up to the door.  Three steps to the counter.  Three steps to the gate.

 

What's not to like?

Maybe depends on the airline or where you're going to. I usually get Ryanair to Ireland and I have a long walk along a Kafkaesque corridor through a Burger King and an Irish bar called "Plastic Paddie's", then down a stairs, then more Kafka and the crammed into a room with hard seating for about half the number of people.

 

Incidentally, the last time I was there I went to the Departures gate in the old buildin and there was no-one queuing there, took all of 1 minute to get through.

 

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Toronto Pearson gets my thumbs down award! 

I quite like Hamburg- not too big and convenient for autobahn.

At least Frankfurt has shops ! 

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On 27/06/2018, 20:35:18, desdemona said:

 

I agree that the trolley system in FA sucks big time. I travel frequently because of my job and I never use the trolleys, for that exact reason.

In Singapore, trolleys are always in immediate vicinity for your use. Floors are carpeted to absorb noise and there’s always a place to sit and have a coffee. There’s free WiFi too. I miss Singapore comfort and convenience.


YES about Singapore! As soon as you disembark there's a small trolley for your hand luggage, and then a screen where you can add your boarding pass and it tells you EXACTLY where to go to get your connection, how long it will take, how to get there (a little map) and so on. Wonderful.

Anyway I passed through Hamburg again the other day. I had to use wheelchair service because of a bad hip. Now, the thing about wheelchair service is that they pick you up at the aircraft (if the plane is furtheraway from the building) , drive you to the airport entrance, and then at the airport entrance someone is waiting for you with a wheelchair. I've done this countless times with my mother, my husband and more recently myself, all over the world.

At Hamburg, there were two wheelchair passengers. They brought us to the airport building and then they pointed to the security queues and we had to do the rest on foot! Yes, join the queue! This should not happen. 

My favourite airport at the moment is Dublin. Very easy to navigate. And if you have wheelchair service they wheel you right up to the bus stop, outside the airpot, when you arrive.

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Came back from holiday from Rhodes yesterday, and I have to say that this is an airport which is in bad condition!

Since the financial crisis hit traffic at the airport is actually up by ~50%, but of course lack of money means that the place is not well maintained.  

 

When checking in there are too few desks meaning long queues, badly displayed information screens and due to poor luggage system then you actually have to check-in twice.  Once to check-in and weigh and tag your bags and then a second time at a different desk where they are x-rayed and put into the baggage system.

 

Then in departures the air-conditioning is very poor, some of the toilets are still bad.   There are far too few seats for the number of passengers.  Food and shopping options are poor.  Half of the TV screens don't work.  There is no PA system which means that staff have to shout out if a flight is boarding (and you have staff shouting over each other!).  And there are also no air-bridges at all.

 

So maybe Frankfurt is not so bad after all.

However, Fraport is now responsible for running Rhodes airport! (and others in Greece, although to be fair they only started in 2017).

 

Having said that, when we did arrive in Frankfurt then we came to a gate where there was no staff, so we had to wait.  Then we discovered that we were at a non-Schengen gate even though we were a Schengen flight so we still had to be bussed to the terminal anyway!

 

 

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