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Mariscal Sucre International Airport Reviews

Mariscal Sucre International Airport Reviews-Augusto Barrera
Augusto Barrera

You might be wondering why it appears to be Quito International Airport when you search for Mariscal Sucre International Airport. It is actually because UIO or Mariscal Sucre International Airport replaced an airport with the same name, and now serves as Quito’s main airport.

The new main airport of Quito began construction in 2006 and had its first test in 2012, where 100 passengers and the mayor of Quito, Augusto Barrera, toured the facilities of the passenger terminal building and the north and south ends of the runway. It was later then that they held a press conference saying that the airport is ready. UIO commenced operations on the 20th of February 2013.

That’s pretty much how Mariscal Sucre International Airport started. Today, we’ll be giving you more than its origins.

Aesthetics

Mariscal Sucre International Airport Reviews-foodAs a new airport that serves Quito or the capital of Ecuador, facilities are not a problem. Given the airport is open for 24 hours, there are actually more than enough services and establishments found throughout the airport. To begin with, you can start with the  airport information desk in the public departure area or the tourist information point.

There are actually 3 restrooms (with baby changing facilities) located at the upper level of the airport and even showers are available in the Salón Mitad del Mundo.

Mariscal Sucre International Airport Reviews-duty freeDuty Free is available at four locations as well as a decent selection of shops to pass the time, almost all of which are open 24 hours. Though, there is only a small selection of cafés, restaurants, and snack bars.

To learn more and get more detailed information about the airport’s dining, shopping, and free services, click the links below:
http://www.aeropuertoquito.aero/en/duty-free.html
http://www.aeropuertoquito.aero/en/free-service.html

Free WiFi is available at new Quito Airport near the gates. Additionally, an Internet Café is located in the Domestic Arrivals Hall.

Directions

If driving, from central Quito, take the E28 highway east via Cumbayå towards Tumbaco, turning north onto the E35 at Pifo. After 3km (2 miles) on the E35, the Conector Alpachaca road branches off the E35 and leads directly to the airport. Owing to the winding nature of the roads around Quito and traffic congestion, the journey can take anything between 60 to 120 minutes.
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By means of public transportation, buses operate between the airport and the city bus stations, while shuttle minibuses serving major hotels in Quito are available outside arrivals. Taxis are readily available outside the terminal building.

Location – Traffic – Service

Mariscal Sucre International Airport is situated around 18km (12 miles) northeast of central Quito (36km/24 miles by road) and serves as a hub for Avianca Ecuador, LATAM, and TAME. The international airport of Quito has one terminal and a runway and had successfully accommodated 5.8 million passengers in 2015.

Airport/Terminal Map
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Mariscal Sucre International Airport Reviews and News

There’s not much acknowledgement acquired by Mariscal Sucre International Airport on online reviews. They actually got a 6/10 overall rating. Sounds good right? What is actually the problem here is the most recent feedback posted. Yes, they are all complaints about the incompliance of the airport’s services.

Mariscal Sucre International Airport Reviews-on progressTo personally read and see these Mariscal Sucre International Airport reviews, click here.

The new Mariscal Sucre International Airport opened for business in February 2013, replacing the previous facility of the same name, which was located just north of the city centre. Work on improving the access roads to the new airport is currently in progress.

Contact Information:

  • Mariscal Sucre International Airport Reviews-logoAirport Code:        UIO
  • Phone Number:   +593 2-395-4200
  • Website URL:       http://www.aeropuertoquito.aero/en/
  • Address:               Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de Quito, Tababela S/N                              – Via Yaruqui,  Quito 17107032, Ecuador

Conclusion

Ecuador is known to be the country in the middle of the earth. Well, the country’s name itself was derived from the word Equator or the imaginary line drawn around the earth equally distant from both poles, dividing the earth into northern and southern hemispheres and constituting the parallel of latitude 0°. As the center of everything, Mariscal Sucre International Airport sure had been good at providing air facility services but needs some room for improvement which they are currently working on right now.

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Athens International Airport Reviews

Athens International Airport Reviews-wonder womanWhen you first hear the word Athens, what comes to your mind first? Greece? The Greeks? Amazons? Did you know that the Amazons were based on Greek mythology? And, when we talk about Amazon, there’s only one Amazon who caught our attention recently. Wonder Woman:  a fictional character from DC comics, but who has been mainstream lately due to the Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice movie.

Moving forward, the airport is more known as “Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport,” which is named after Elefthérios Venizélos, a prominent Cretan political figure and Prime Minister of Greece, who made a significant contribution to the development of Greek aviation and the Hellenic Air Force in the 1930s. Today, let’s take a closer look at Athens International Airport (ATH).

Airport Facilities

Athens International Airport Reviews-shopWith an estimated passenger volume annually reaching 18 million, Athens International Airport has several facilities, restaurants, and other services found throughout. To know your way around, start by referring to the information desk in the main terminal.

Eleven restrooms are located in the departures level and two more in the arrivals area. Though, showers are only available in the 8 lounges. For safety precaution, a 24-hour emergency is available at the airport. There are a total of 11 food and beverage establishments 14 shopping stalls, and 25 retail services.Athens International Airport Reviews-bar

Free WiFi is available at Athens Airport for 45 minutes. Connect to the “ATH Free Wi-Fi” network. ATH is fairly new with modern facilities and amenities. Please be advised that airport staff do not allow sleeping at the airport and will wake up anyone attempting to do so.

Getting To and From

The drive could also take up to forty-five minutes, depending on traffic conditions.  The airport is in the Attica region of Greece and its main access road is the E94.  Athens is located to the far south of Thessaloniki and Larissa.  Areas nearby to Athens and the airport include Mandra, Glifada, Kalyvia Thorikou, and Artemida.

Athens International Airport Reviews-Shuttle BusPassengers arriving by private vehicle can park at the airport, in either short-stay or long-term parking areas. The short-term car park is within walking distance of the terminal, but the long-term car park is served by free shuttle buses (or is about a ten-minute walk over a pedestrian bridge).

Passengers can also reach the airport by bus, train or taxi.  The airport’s train station is on the Athens Metro Blue Line 3, and provides a convenient connection to central Athens. The station is also served by suburban trains.  Frequent public bus connections are available from a couple of locations in the city, as well as from a few regional locations, and taxis can be used at any hour of the day or night.

Location – Traffic – Service

Athens International is located nearby the towns of Markopoulo, Koropi, Spata, and Loutsa, and is approximately 20 km or 12 miles east of central Athens, although the drive to the airport will cover a distance of about 30 km.

Athens International Airport Reviews-passenger trafficThe public airport serves as the main airport serving Athens and is the busiest airport in Greece. ATH is an international airport which was designed to accommodate the largest aircraft carrier in the world (Airbus A380); it also serves as the hub for Aegean Airlines, Ryanair, and Olympic Air. Since Athens International Airport is the 30th busiest airport in Europe, they had accommodated a total of 18,086,894 passengers last year, which made a 19% increase in traffic change compared to 2014’s at 15 million.

Airport/Terminal Map
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Athens International Airport Reviews-logoContact Information:

  • Airport Code:       ATH
  • Phone Number:   +30 21 0353 0000
  • Website URL:       http://www.aia.gr/traveler/
  • Address:              Attiki Odos, Spata Artemida 190 04, Greece

Overview

To be honest, this review alone is not enough to describe Athens International Airport. ATH has a lot to offer. If you’ll be asking how did we know about the airport, well, actually through word of mouth. The airport is actually part of the World’s Top 100 Airports. Knowing Greece as one of the best destinations in the world, it’s quite obvious why they have to work on accommodating the volumes of passengers annually. And, they are good at this.

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Muscat International Airport Reviews

To replace a smaller airfield, the airport was opened as “Seeb International Airport” in 1973. In the past, the airport had hosted Royal Air Force BAe Nimrods, including the 1991 Gulf War. The airport, in a nutshell, was used as a military air facility. Moving forward, in time, the airport was rebranded as “Muscat International Airport” in 2008 and has been operated by Oman Airports Management Company (as a military/public type of airport).

In this review, we’ll be talking about the largest airport in Oman, more known as Muscat International Airport (MCT).

Aesthetics

loungeAs the country’s principal international gateway, Muscat International Airport has several facilities located throughout the airport. To know your way around, an information desk is available near the main terminal entrance and in the arrivals hall near the baggage concourse. Here, travellers visiting Oman can seek information about all that Oman has to offer and can obtain free leaflets, brochures, and maps about the Sultanate.

Restrooms are conveniently and clearly signposted. Another good news: shower facilities are also available but only for passengers with lounge access. If you are seeking for medical attention, first aid and emergency medical attention is provided at the airport’s medical clinic located in the arrivals terminal right before immigration.

Muscat International Airport Reviews-shopsThere is a good choice of cafés, fast food outlets, and restaurants both in Arrivals and Departures, along with an Irish-style pub, while a duty-free is available in International Departures and Arrivals, offering a variety of goods including souvenirs, alcohol, perfumes, and tobacco.

MCT is actually open for 24 hours. To stay connected, free WiFi is available, but a phone number is required for access.

Directions

Muscat International Airport serves the capital of Oman.  MCT is directly linked to the city via Route 1, Sultan Qaboos Street, if you are driving. But, if you are going to use means of public transportation, most hotels operate courtesy bus services to and from the airport for their guests. Or, there is an official taxi desk in the terminal which will take you to Muscat city in 25 minutes.

Location – Traffic – Service

The one-runway and single-terminal airport which will soon have a new 29-gate terminal, is situated roughly 26km (16 miles) west of central Muscat, and serves as the primary hub for Oman Air. The largest international airport of Oman had made a huge leap from total passengers accommodated last year compared with 2014.
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Muscat International Airport Reviews and News

Judging through 55 Muscat International Airport reviews posted online on Skytrax, the airport had been garnering an average score of 5/10 from feedback of travellers. The average score states that the airport is small and not enough for the volume of passengers. Most reviews are actually complaints over the facilities and services of the airport itself. Some have considered the airport as very basic and old. To see more of these Muscat International Airport reviews, click the link below:
http://www.airlinequality.com/airport-reviews/muscat-seeb-airport/
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Muscat International and Salalah International Airport, including three regional airports, are under development and will be the new gateway to the Sultanate of Oman. The current development under construction at Muscat International Airport is said to have a capacity to handle more than 12 million passengers every year. This project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
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Contact Information:

  • Airport Code:            MCT
  • Phone Number:        +968 24 519223
  • Website URL:            http://www.omanairports.co.om/
  • Address:                   Post Box 1, PC 111, Muscat, Oman

Conclusion

As we noticed with Muscat International Airport reviews and current construction, the development plan will create a new impression about the largest airport of Oman. MCT, no matter how small they think of the airport, is actually part of the world’s top 100 airports this year. Muscat International Airport took the 94th spot and keeps on improving. Let’s see more of the airport’s performance this year.

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Kansai International Airport Reviews

Kansai International Airport Reviews-man-made islandThe construction of the man-made island was done in 1987-1990s; the airport built to gain the losing trade of Kansai region to Tokyo was opened in 1994.

Not to scare you, even after twenty years of planning, three years of construction, and fifteen billion (US) dollars of investment, the man-made island sunk, making for the most expensive civil works project in modern history. Kansai International Airport is located 15 feet above sea level and the site is built on compacted fill. So, it suffers from subsidence that it sinks at 2-4 centimetres a year.

Though, on a positive note, Kansai International Airport had always been there and kept on fighting even after earthquakes and typhoons hit them. In this review, we’ll be talking about Kansai International Airport (KIX).

Airport Facilities
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Getting your way around to one of the largest airports in Japan is easy because numerous information counters are found throughout the airport. Locations are in Terminal 1 at the first, second, and fourth floors. The main information center is located at the northern side of the second floor. Terminal 2 has an information desk in the main concourse. A Tourist Information center is in Terminal 1 as well.

If you’ll think that transfer between terminals is complicated, it’s not. Because, they are just a walking distance from each other. Travellers with a baby or a small child can borrow strollers in Terminal 1.

There are many cafés, bars, and restaurants at Osaka Kansai International Airport, serving both Japanese and Western fare. The majority of these options are in Terminal 1, but Terminal 2 has a small selection of restaurants and cafés, while newsagents and a wide variety of shops are available at Kansai International Airport, including duty free outlets, designer boutiques, electronics retailers. and gift shops.

To stay connected, free unlimited-access Wi-Fi is available throughout KIX.

For a list and more detailed information of the facilities, click the link below:

Kansai International Airport Reviews-loungeThe KIX airport lounge is open for 24 hours and no advanced reservations are needed. Though, a restriction is given under the Osaka Prefectural Ordinance of Juvenile Protection: customers under the age of 16 cannot use the lounge between the hours of 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM, and customers under the age of 16 – when accompanied by a guardian – and customers within the ages of 16 and 17 cannot use the lounge between the hours of 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM. The airport lounge is located in Terminal 1 at 2F (North).

Getting To and From

If you are driving your way to Kansai International Airport, the road access is built via a dedicated access bridge (with a toll gate on entry). This connects to the Bayshore Route on the Hanshin Expressway, which leads northwards to Osaka. There’s also a direct rail access to Kansai International Airport, so that means railway companies can be your other means of public transport
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Making your way out? Buses are available to all major hotels in surrounding destinations, while shuttle services are available from MK Skygate Shuttle. Also, taxis are readily available outside the terminals, serving central Osaka and other destinations.

Location – Traffic – Service

Kansai International Airport is situated 50 km (31 miles) southwest of Osaka and serves as the hub for All Nippon Airways, FedEx Express, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Japan, Nippon Cargo Airlines, and Peach. KIX is the international gateway for Japan’s Kansai region, which contains the major cities of Kyoto, Kobe, and Osaka. Currently, the airport has only two terminals and runways. The public type airport had already accommodated 23 million passengers last year.

Airport/Terminal Map
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Kansai International Airport Reviews

Looking through 58 Kansai International Airport reviews on Skytrax, the airport had been making a steady standing on their rating with their passengers. They actually got a total of 6/10 rating. Good enough, but checking the current updates and comments, it seems like customers are not that happy with their overall experience at Kansai International Airport. Some are complaining over long lines and some about the immigration.

To see more of these Kansai International Airport reviews, click here.

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Overview

A third terminal facility is planned for the airport, scheduled to open in March 2017. Did you know that Kansai International Airport is at the 9th spot now on the World’s Top 100 Airports? Cool right? KIX had been on the 12th spot last year, but now rose 3 steps forward.Kansai International Airport Reviews-thumbs up

We’ll be looking forward to seeing more about Kansai International Airport in the future. Being part of the Top 10 is no joke. Just imagine an airport competing and being compared to Incheon International or Singapore International Airport. The Asians sure had been good at getting numbers and recognition globally.

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Halifax Stanfield International Airport Reviews

When the Halifax Civic Airport was closed and converted to an army base in 1942, the Department of Transport established a new airport near Kelly Lake in 1960. The air facility accommodated over 180,000 passengers by then, and it became quite apparent in the 1970’s that the growth rate of YHZ was greater than an average airport.

Halifax Stanfield International Airport Reviews-Robert Stanfield
Robert Stanfield

As a result, long-range development plans were made. And, that’s what it makes the Halifax Stanfield International Airport as it is now.

Did you know that YHZ was part of Operation Yellow Ribbon of Canada? An operation to handle the diversion of civilian airline flights in response to the September 11 attacks in 2001. And, also to honour the people of Gander and Halifax for their support during the operation, Lufthansa named a new Airbus A340-300 “Gander-Halifax” on May 16, 2002.

The airport was named in honour of Robert Stanfield, or the 17th Premier of Nova Scotia and leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. In this review we’ll be looking through about the services and traffic reviews of Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ).

Aesthetics

Halifax Stanfield International Airport Reviews-facilitiesThe airport that was awarded as “Best Airport in North America” of the Airport Service Quality and also had been the 3rd Best Airport by Size in 2011, Halifax Stanfield International Airport serves as the main airport of Nova Scotia of the Canadian province and has several facilities. So, getting lost won’t be a problem at YHZ. An information desk is located in the Arrivals area and more tourism Nova Scotia centers are located at the main level of the domestic arrivals. Volunteer assistants are available throughout the airport to help passengers with a range of queries.

There are a lot of restrooms located throughout the airport, but sad to say, showers are not available. To keep customers entertained, art and scheduled live music exhibitions are available throughout the airport.

There are two duty free shops at the airport. One is located on the Departures Level, across from Gate 24, and closes 45 minutes prior to the departure of non-US international flights. The other duty free shop, located in the US Pre-Clearance facility, stays open for all US-bound international flights and closes at the last call.

Halifax Stanfield International Airport Reviews-insideThere is a wide selection of fast-food outlets, cafés, and snack bars both pre- and post-security within the terminal, including licensed bars and pubs. Most food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules, one of which (Tim Horton) is open for 24 hours.

Free WiFi is available at Halifax Airport. Connect to the “Halifax_Airport” network. Additionally, telephones with internet access are situated throughout the departure lounges, while dedicated internet kiosks are positioned throughout the terminal.

Non-passengers who are on a tour are also accommodated, through tours that can be conducted on Wednesdays from mid-September to mid-June. Tours can be customized to suit your group.

Transportation Directions

Halifax Stanfield International Airport can be reached from Highway 102, when heading north out of Halifax. Take exit 6 off the highway and follow the signs to the airport.
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Other means of public transportation are via MetroX bus 320 which links the airport to central Halifax, Airport Express that provides express shuttle service to various destinations in Nova Scotia, and Taxi or Limousine services from Domestic Arrivals.

Location – Traffic – Service

Halifax Stanfield International Airport is located 35 km (22 miles) north of central Halifax and is a hub for Air Canada Express, Cougar Helicopters, Maritime Air Charter, Provincial Airlines, and SkyLink Express. The public-type international airport of Canada was ranked to be the 8th busiest airport in the country by passenger traffic. YHZ had accommodated 3.7 million passengers last year.
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The airport is also served by several fixed-base operators which handle handle fueling, ground handling, hangarage, catering, etc. These include Atlantic Sky Service, Shell AeroCentre, and Gateway Facilities.

Airport/Terminal Map
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Halifax Stanfield International Airport Reviews & News

Since the comments posted on Skytrax were pretty much outdated, we looked for more Halifax Stanfield International Airport reviews and found some on Yelp. On Yelp, we found several feedback regarding the airport. Halifax Stanfield International Airport reviews have stated that YHZ is probably one of the better airports in Canada, especially if you are used to Pearson. With a total rating of 4/5 on Yelp, this proves that passengers had a nice experience with Halifax Stanfield International Airport. One reviewer even said, “Otherwise, for a city of this size, I think YHZ does a marvelous job,”

To get updated with the latest news within Halifax Stanfield International Airport, follow the link below:
http://globalnews.ca/tag/halifax-stanfield-international-airport/
Halifax Stanfield International Airport Reviews-logoContact Information:

  • Airport Code:         YHZ
  • Phone Number:     +1 902-873-4422
  • Website URL:         1 Bell Blvd, Enfield, NS B2T 1K2, Canada
  • Address:                 http://hiaa.ca/

Conclusion

However, we are still puzzled why Halifax Stanfield International Airport had ranked down from the 56th to 61th spot from the World’s Top 100 Airports. Maybe, because of some complaints over the neutrality of their services? Or, maybe because the airport needs more development given its size and traffic. I hope they won’t keep going down every year.

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Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Reviews

More commonly known as “The Lone Star State” in the US, it has the best barbecue joints around. Texas is the second most populous and the second-largest of the 50 states in the United States of America. Did you know that “Texas” came from the Caddo Indian word ‘tayshas’ meaning “friends” or “allies”? Back in 1927, Dallas proposed a joint airport with Fort Worth. Initially, the proposal was declined by Fort Worth; each city had opened their own airports.

joint proposalBut in the long run, the proposal was made effective in 1961 after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) refused to invest more money in separate Dallas and Fort Worth airports, since Fort Worth’s airport was eventually abandoned by then.

In 1973, the public international airport was established. The airport opened for commercial service as Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Airport on January 13, 1974, at a cost of $700 million. The joint Texas city airport was rebranded to what it is known today as “Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport” in 1985.

Airport Facilities

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is the primary international airport serving the Dallas–Fort Worth area in the U.S. state of Texas and is largest hub for American Airlines. DFW has enough facilities to accommodate customers. Let us help travellers to enumerate some of them.
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Multilingual information boards can be found throughout Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. In addition, interactive visitor information centres are located near the baggage reclaim areas, providing information about the airport and public transportation.

DFW Airport Ambassadors, who are stationed throughout all terminals, provide assistance, including directing passengers to connecting flights, baggage reclaim, and other airport facilities.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Reviews-shopsThere are more than 100 food and drink outlets at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, ranging from snack bars and fast food counters to à la carte dining establishments, including a high-end restaurant in the Grand Hyatt hotel .

In all, there are more than 100 shops offering everything from cosmetics and drinks to Texan souvenirs (think cowboy hats and boots). Duty-free shopping is available to international passengers in Terminals A and B.

Since Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is operational for 24 hours, workstations offer free power outlets and USB ports for charging. Free WiFi is also available throughout the airport, along with numerous fixed internet kiosks.

Getting To and From

There are airport connections from the south on highways 183 and 360, or from the north on highways 114 and 121. All exits are on the left. From central Dallas, head north on Interstate 35E, continue (northwest) on Route 183, turn off onto Ramp DFW Airport, and then continue (north) on International Parkway North toll road. From central Fort Worth, take Route 121 (Airport Freeway) all the way to the International Parkway junction. The International Parkway leads directly to the airport.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Reviews-Dallas Area Rapid TransitThe Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), located inside Terminal A, is convenient for connecting to the Dallas Amtrak Station. The Amtrak Station is located in Union Station at 400 South Houston Street. Travel time by DART public transportation should be about 1 hour, depending on the time of day you are traveling.

Location – Traffic – Service

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is situated 24km (15 miles) northwest of Dallas and 29km (18 miles) northeast of Fort Worth, serving as a hub for American Airlines, Ameriflight, and UPS Airlines. DFW is the second biggest airport in the US with 17,207 acres, 5 terminals, and 7 runways. It is also the ninth busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic. The public type airport had served domestic and international flights with more than 64 million passengers last year.
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Airport/Terminal Map
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Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Reviews & News

Like other airports we wrote about, DFW had also garnered an overall score of 4/10, which is obviously below the average rating. According to 108 Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport reviews, the airport is not organized and confusing. Some customers had even said they had an inconvenient experience at DFW and will avoid the airport at all costs. But above all, travellers are mainly complaining about the airport staff’s lack of customer service skills. To see more of these Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport reviews, click here.

The whole airport is currently undergoing a huge renovation and improvement project scheduled for completion in 2018. While the work is carried out, a number of gates will close temporarily, check the official website for the latest updates on this. Coinciding with the renovation project, a new terminal, Terminal F, is in the planning stages.
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Contact Information:

  • Airport Code:           DFW
  • Phone Number:       +1 972-973-3112
  • Website URL:           https://www.dfwairport.com/
  • Address:                  International Pkwy, DFW Airport, TX 75261, United States

Overview


It seems like DFW had been going through a lot lately. But, the development in process might resolve the complaints of the frequent travellers. We are looking forward to see the improvements of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in 2018. Despite these negative feedback, their ranking was not affected. In fact, they leveled up from 62nd last year to the 58th spot this year.

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Johannesburg International Airport Reviews

If you are imagining about safaris, giraffes, and lions when you hear about “South Africa,” then you definitely need to know more about the country. But, today we’ll be sharing some things about the 120-year-old city in Africa, which is still one of the youngest major cities in the world.

Well, did you know that OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg was named after the famous former leader of the African National Congress. The airport is the biggest and busiest airport on the continent of Africa. Discover Johannesburg and its international airport: Johannesburg International Airport (JNB).

Airport Facilities

Johannesburg International Airport Reviews-shopsAs the biggest airport in Africa, Johannesburg International Airport has several facilities found at the airport. Let us help you with them. Information desks are located in the arrivals and departures areas of the international terminal and also in the arrivals halls of the domestic terminal.

There are restrooms in all terminal buildings. Baby-changing facilities and other amenities for young children are available in most ladies’ restrooms. Showers are available in the Bidvest, Ses’fikile, and Shongolo Lounges.

Johannesburg International Airport Reviews-insideThere are plenty of places to eat and drink at JNB. These outlets include cafés, juice bars, steak houses, and fast-food restaurants. Also, Johannesburg International Airport has a wide variety of shops, including a duty-free mall in Terminal A. Among the specialist shops are gift retailers, bookshops, designer clothing brands, and jewellers.

Johannesburg International Airport is open for 24 hours and free WiFi is available for 30 minutes. The internet provider is “AlwaysOn.” Additionally, static computer terminals, with internet capabilities, are also available at JNB.

Directions

Here’s how you’ll get to JNB by driving: From Johannesburg, take the eastbound R24 to the airport; from Pretoria, take the R21. The airport is clearly signposted from these approach roads. The total drive time from Johannesburg to the airport is approximately 25 minutes.

GautrainIf you are planning to use public transportation, be advised that the high-speed train Gautrain runs between the airport and Sandton with 10 minutes estimated travel time. Magic Bus also operates scheduled bus services to Sun City and other destinations. (an office on the ground floor of the domestic car park building).  Official taxis operate from in front of the multi-storey car park building. The journey time to central Johannesburg is upwards of 30 minutes.

Location – Traffic – Service

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President Oliver Tambo

The air facility known as Jan Smuts Airport was founded in 1952. You might be wondering who is Jan Smuts? He is actually “Jan Christiaan Smuts,” a prominent South African and British Commonwealth statesman, military leader, and philosopher. The airport was established two years after his death.

Now, the airport is also known as “O. R. Tambo International Airport” (Oliver Tambo, a former President of the African National Congress). It is located 22km (14 miles) east of Johannesburg, and about 35 km (20 miles) south of Pretoria,  serving as a hub for Airlink, Comair, Interair South Africa, South African Airways, South African Express, Mango, and Kulula.
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There are six terminals at the airport, but these can be broken down into three major areas: the international terminals, the domestic terminals, and the transit terminals. It is estimated that 28 million passengers pass through its terminals every year.

Airport/Terminal Map
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Johannesburg International Airport Reviews

Unfortunately, the air facility had been getting a lot of complaints and comments from travellers. On Skytrax, out of 187 Johannesburg International Airport reviews, they gave the airport a 4/10 score rating. Even the most recent posts are showing a lot of dissatisfaction over the airport’s services and facilities. The main problem revolves around the lines that take forever and travellers blame the system and process of the airport as being unorganized.

To see more of these Johannesburg International Airport reviews, click here.
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Contact Information:

 

  • Airport Code:        JNB
  • Phone Number:    +27 11 921 6262
  • Website URL:       http://www.johannesburg-airport.com/
  • Address:               O R Tambo Airport Rd, Johannesburg, 1627, South Africa

Conclusion

The Johannesburg International Airport reviews might be the reason why the airport has ranked down from 24th last year down to 30th spot in this year’s World’s Top 100 Airports. This might sound bad, but if you’ll look on the positive side, it only shows that the airport had been fighting and trying to maintain at a good standing even after all those Johannesburg International Airport reviews online.

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Madrid–Barajas Airport Reviews

Madrid has been the capital of Spain since the 17th century. The name Madrid comes from the Arabic “magerit,” which means ‘place of many streams’. Madrid’s official symbol of the bear on its hind legs eating berries from the Madroño tree is a metaphor for Madrid’s growth and represents the possession and ownership of wood which is necessary for constructing buildings.

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Adolfo Suárez

Madrid is the capital of Spain and the main international airport of Spain and largest airport in Europe by size is located in Madrid, Spain. In this review, we’ll be talking about one of the most important aviation centres of Europe: Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD).

If you’ll notice, the airport is also known as “Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport.” And, you might be wondering who is “Adolfo Suárez.”

He was actually the first Spanish Prime Minister and following his death, the Spanish Ministerio de Fomento had announced that the airport is to be renamed Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez, Madrid–Barajas. This renaming seeks recognition for Suárez’s role as the first Prime Minister of Spain after the restoration of democracy and his key participation in the Spanish transition to democracy after Franco’s dictatorship.

Aesthetics

Madrid–Barajas Airport Reviews-restaurantsMadrid–Barajas Airport has 3,050 ha in area which, just by imagining it, you can tell MAD is a big airport. But, getting lost is not an option since the airport has 20 information counters located throughout the terminals, and touchscreen kiosks in Terminal 4. More than 100 staff members are also on hand to assist passengers. Tourist information counters can be found in the arrival areas of Terminals 1 and 2 and the baggage hall of Terminal 4.

Restrooms don’t have a strategical location but there are plenty of restrooms throughout the 4 terminals of MAD. And, showers are available in the Air Rooms in Terminal 4, Floor 1.
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There are more than 30 cafés, bars, and restaurants at Madrid Barajas Airport, distributed throughout the terminals. A selection of more than 100 shops can be found in the airport, including duty-free for passengers leaving the European Union. Items available range from local produce and souvenirs to jewellery and electronics.

To stay connected, free and unlimited WiFi is available and travellers just have to connect to “kubiwireless” network. Additionally, there are almost 100 internet points positioned within the terminals, along with several mobile phone charging points.

Getting To and From

If you are planning to drive your way to the airport: from the M40 (ring road) encircling central Madrid, head onto the A2 eastbound (in the direction of Barcelona) and take the exit at junction 10 to the M14, which leads directly to the airport. The total drive time from central Madrid to the airport is approximately 20 minutes.
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Though, public transportation can be an option as well. The underground Metro Line 8 runs from all airport terminals to the Nuevos Ministerios station in central Madrid. Also, several bus lines run from the airport to central Madrid, nearby locations, and the rest of Spain.

Please be advised that a free shuttle bus service connects terminals T1, T2, T3, and T4, 24 hours a day.

Location – Traffic – Service

Madrid–Barajas Airport is situated 12 km (8 miles) northeast of Madrid and serves as the primary hub for Air Europa and Iberia. The public international airport of Spain has 4 terminals and runways that successfully accommodated 46,828,279 passengers last year.

Airport/Terminal Map
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Madrid–Barajas Airport Reviews

Though, Madrid–Barajas Airport reviews are showing a different comment with their overall experience at the airport. You can’t blame them for being a large airport; it can’t be that 100% organized since the volume of passengers is high everyday. Moving forward, based on 236 Madrid–Barajas Airport reviews posted on Skytrax, the airport gathered a total rating of 4/10. On a positive note, the most recent feedback says the MAD is not too crowded and clean.

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Overview

Madrid–Barajas Airport actually ranked down to 31st place this year on The World’s Top 100 Airports (being 27th last year). Though, even after writing a review about them and seeing their customers’ feedback, it is safe to fly with MAD. Again, we shouldn’t expect much since the airport is one of the busiest airport in the world as well.

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Oslo Airport Reviews

Oslo Airport (OSL), also known as “Gardermoen,” was once used by the Norwegian army as a camp in 1740. The first flight for military purposes happened in 1912; fields and dirt surfaces were used, in short, no runways. Though, the Nazis took over Gardermoen and built the first proper air facilities. After World War II, the Norwegian Air Force had reclaimed Gardermoen. Now, it’s known to be Oslo Airport (OSL) as it serves as a public type and the largest airport of Norway.

Airport Facilities

Oslo Airport Reviews-shopsOslo Airport’s passenger services and tourist information are available from the information desk in the arrivals hall. And, please be advised, that the airport doesn’t have shower rooms.

Gardermoen has many food options. Opening hours at the airport’s many shops, cafés, restaurants, and travel-related services vary. There are a few concessions that are open 24 hours in the International Terminal like 7-Eleven.  The duty-free shops in the international departures hall and in the international arrivals are open 24 hours.

Free wireless internet is available for two hours to all travellers. The airport also has computer stations with internet access.

Directions

Driving from central Oslo, follow the E6 trunk road (which runs through the city to Trondheim and on to the far north of Norway) north until Jessheim, where there is a dedicated exit and airport road. The airport is clearly signposted all the way from the city centre. The total drive time to the airport from Oslo is approximately 40 minutes.
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For public transport, Airport Express Train connects Oslo Airport to Oslo; travel time depends on the day, but is approximately 10-20 minutes. Regular coach services connect Oslo Airport with various destinations in Norway. For regional bus routes, there is a bus station just south of the railway station, which is within walking distance.

Location – Traffic – Service

The largest of the three airports that serve the Norwegian capital is situated 50km (31 miles) north of Oslo and serves as the primary hub for Norwegian Long Haul, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines, and Widerøe. Oslo Airport operates direct routes to more than 140 domestic and international destinations, as well as over 80 charter destinations. Based on statistics, the 2 runways and 1 terminal airport were able to accommodate 24,678,165 travellers last year.

Airport/Terminal Map
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Oslo Airport Reviews and News

Though, it seems that Oslo Airport reviews online are not happy with their overall experience with the largest airport of Norway. Even if it was ranked as the 56th best airport in the world this year, feedback online are not relative to its achievement. Customers gave the airport a total score of 4/10 on Skytrax, wherein passengers are complaining about the filthy facilities and unorganized service of Oslo Airport.
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Norwegian Air Transport Authority Avinor approved plans on 19 January 2011 for the expansion of OSL with Terminal 2. Set to be finished in 2017, the expansion includes a new pier located directly after security checkpoint with 11 new air bridges, 6 remote stands, a new arrivals- and departure-hall, and a new baggage handling system.

Contact Information:

  • Oslo Airport Reviews-logoAirport Code:         OSL
  • Contact Email:       passasjerservice@osl.no
  • Phone Number:     +47 64 81 20 00
  • Website URL:         https://avinor.no/en/airport/oslo-airport/
  • Address:                 Edvard Munchs veg, 2061 Gardermoen, Norway

Conclusion

terminalWe do hope Oslo Airport will do something about the complaints of their frequent flyers because if this keeps happening. in time, they might keep ranking down. Even if it was 56th last year, they actually ranked down from being on the 49th spot the year before. But, we are hoping after the project T2, the airport will make developments and gather more acknowledgement than complaints.

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Christchurch International Airport Reviews

Christchurch International Airport Reviews-garden cityIf you’ll recall, we already wrote a review about the busiest airport in New Zealand: Auckland Airport. But that doesn’t mean our airport of the day is just a loser at second rate. Definitely, no!

Today, we’ll be writing a review about the main airport that serves Christchurch, more known as Christchurch International Airport (CHC).

Christchurch is the 3rd largest urban area in New Zealand in terms of population. The nickname of Christchurch is the “Garden City” owing to its large botanic gardens and central park. Did you also know that Christchurch was the first place in New Zealand to officially become a city; this occurred in July 1856. CHC started with a decision in 1935 by a local council to establish a new aerodrome, and thus that’s the beginning of Christchurch International Airport.

Aesthetics

It is not hard to get around Christchurch International Airport because the domestic and international terminals are located within the same building. CHC has a total of 5 restrooms and free showers are available too, located in the international arrivals hall. Additionally, for a fee of $5, travellers are provided with soap and towel. More showers are located at the Manaia Lounge.

Christchurch International Airport Reviews-i-siteThe i-SITE Visitor Centre serves as the airport’s help center in providing information and bookings for accommodation, transport and sightseeing tours; staff operate a full travel agency service. Airport help desks are located in both terminals and the contact line is open 24 hours.

There is a range of bars, cafés, and restaurants at Christchurch International Airport, the majority of which can be found on the first floor. Shops at Christchurch International Airport include a luggage retailer, newsagents, clothing outlets, and souvenir shops. These are located throughout the airport, although the majority can be found on the first floor. Duty-free shopping is situated in International Departures and International Arrivals.

Christchurch International Airport Reviews-restaurantsRest assured that the airline is operational for 24 hours. To stay connected, free unlimited WiFi access can be used while at the airport, by connecting to “CIAL_Free_WiFi”. Additionally, internet kiosks are situated within both terminals. However, please be aware of the new policy of airport for sleepovers, see our airport news below about “Wristband Policy.”

Getting To and From

For directions, if you are driving from the centre of Christchurch (Cathedral Square), take Colombo Street northbound and then Bealey Avenue and Harper Avenue westbound. From here, turn right onto Fendalton Avenue and continue to Fendalton Road/Memorial Avenue. Christchurch International Airport is located at the end of Memorial Avenue, off Durey Road. The total drive time to the airport from Christchurch is approximately 18 minutes.
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But, if you are planning to rely on public transportation, buses, shuttles, and taxis are an option too. Metrobus connects the airport to the city center, same with Taxis. SuperShuttle stops are located directly outside the terminal complex.

Location – Traffic – Service

Christchurch International Airport is situated 12km (7.5 miles) northwest of Christchurch city centre and operates as a hub for Air New Zealand.
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The prevailing wind in Christchurch is from the north-east and to a lesser extent from the south-west, but the city is also affected by Canterbury’s nor’west foehn wind. As a result, the airport has two perpendicular runways.

The airport is a public and military type of air facility which serves non-stop destinations within Australia. CHC consists of a single terminal which caters for both domestic and international flights and statistics shows that the airport had received a total passenger count of 6,092,827 in 2015.

Airport/Terminal Map
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Christchurch International Airport Reviews and News

After reading several Christchurch International Airport reviews on Skytrax, the airport had garnered an overall score of 6/10. Based on 32 Christchurch International Airport reviews, travellers are not that really satisfied with the facilities and services of the airport. One reviewer had mentioned that CHC has been the “Slowest airport I have to travel through”. On a positive note, this was the only complaint posted recently, because the following comments and feedback are all praises and acknowledgements with the airport’s effort.

The airport recently toughened up its policies, due to some travellers who were spending over a week inside the terminal and cooking on their camp stoves in the bathrooms. The airport has a wristband policy, so now only travellers who have proven that they will be departing on an early morning flight will be permitted to stay inside the terminal.
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Contact Information:

  • Airport Code:        CHC
  • Contact Email:     enquiries@cial.co.nz
  • Phone Number:    +64 3-353 7777
  • Website URL:       http://www.christchurchairport.co.nz/en/
  • Address:               30 Durey Rd, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand

Overview

Christchurch International Airport keeps on moving up the ranks. This year, CHC had taken the 51st spot from The World’s Top 100 on Skytrax (from being 76 last year); this has only proved that Christchurch International Airport reviews and the information we gathered are not just a pretty picture to make the airport look good. Remember, there’s nothing wrong being on the second place. It only means you are the closest one to compete with the best.

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