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Old January 30th, 2008, 01:00 PM   #281
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Old January 31st, 2008, 08:08 AM   #282
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In general, Pudong's facilities are rather primitive, especially when it comes to restaurants. There are a whole lot of them at the end of that corridor next to the maglev. The terminal was supposed to look very nice, but I think the architect would not be too happy with the outcome.
The restaurants are a BIG letdown since I mostly eat western food. The only thing they serve that's western would be the sandwiches but it's not that great.

Unlike HKIA where you have a wide variety of choices.

BTW, who was the pioneer in today's ultra-modern airport design? HKIA?
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Old January 31st, 2008, 08:44 AM   #283
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Old January 31st, 2008, 08:52 AM   #284
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Incheon hands down is one of the best airports Asia can offer. Not just design but also facilities.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 10:47 AM   #285
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Zurich Airport wins two more Awards

The operator of Zurich Airport, Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG), has won two more awards. The first is the highly renowned World Travel Award, the second distinguishes Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG)'s Aviation Marketing.

Zurich Airport has been selected as Europe's Leading Airport for the forth year in succession for the renowned World Travel Awards. Criteria involved in the evaluation of nominees include user-friendliness of the airport, the overall quality of its products and services, and the scope of distribution.

The World Travel Awards are awarded since 1993 by London-based media group World Travel Awards Ltd (www.worldtravelawards.com). They intend to acknowledge, reward and celebrate the enormous achievements to be found in all sectors of the global travel industry. Each year more than 150'000 representatives of the tourism industry participate in an internet survey to elect the winners.

Excellent Aviation Marketing
Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG) has won another award for its Aviation Marketing on the occasion of the 13th World Routes Development Forum in Stockholm. For the third time its Aviation Marketing was given the award as "Highly Commended Airport" in the category of 10 to 25 Million passengers.

In an online survey network planers of worldwide operating Airlines elect the winners. Criteria are professionalism, relevance of information, and the general and client-focused appearance of the Aviation Marketing towards the airline representative.
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Sometimes, the products and services are more important than design. Take Changi for example
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Old January 31st, 2008, 04:53 PM   #287
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The restaurants are a BIG letdown since I mostly eat western food. The only thing they serve that's western would be the sandwiches but it's not that great.

Unlike HKIA where you have a wide variety of choices.

BTW, who was the pioneer in today's ultra-modern airport design? HKIA?
When in China, eat what the locals eat. That's part of the respect we should give as tourists in another land.

The development of modern airports (ie. the clones in today's new airport designs) is not likely Asian in origination. Stansted came online in the early 90s. KL began the deluge of new Asian airports, and Kansai 'wowed' the world with its engineering.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 04:55 PM   #288
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Sometimes, the products and services are more important than design. Take Changi for example
Both are important. I particularly don't like Changi's cramped facilities. It seems very claustrophobic, although they fill in the spaces nicely to compensate, with plenty of shops and even greenery indoors.

However, Changi is a horrible airport to spot airplanes, with the security areas at every gate, blocking most of the airport's windows from the general travelling public.
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When in China, eat what the locals eat. That's part of the respect we should give as tourists in another land.

The development of modern airports (ie. the clones in today's new airport designs) is not likely Asian in origination. Stansted came online in the early 90s. KL began the deluge of new Asian airports, and Kansai 'wowed' the world with its engineering.
I did try some Xiao Ling Bao though

Oh yeah, true about Kansai. It's even much better than Narita but since its built on an artificial island, the airport is slowly sinking

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I did try some Xiao Ling Bao though

Oh yeah, true about Kansai. It's even much better than Narita but since its built on an artificial island, the airport is slowly sinking
The sinking part is what makes Kansai an engineering marvel - building an island in deep waters off the coast and having hydraulics move the foundation as the land settles.
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The sinking part is what makes Kansai an engineering marvel - building an island in deep waters off the coast and having hydraulics move the foundation as the land settles.
BTW, the airport for now only has one runway, how can it handle the traffic?
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Old February 1st, 2008, 10:15 AM   #292
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BTW, the airport for now only has one runway, how can it handle the traffic?
Have you considered how much traffic Kansai gets? In fact, since its opening, Kansai's growth has been less spectacular compared to other new Asian airports, and when I say less spectacular, it's relative to the growth rates in Beijing and Hong Kong following the opening of their new facilities.

The number of runways is quite irrelevant to analyze how an airport is coping in isolation. Look at passenger numbers and aircraft movements first, then look at facilities.
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When I see it, Narita is still the most important international airport in Japan.
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Old February 1st, 2008, 10:24 AM   #294
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When I see it, Narita is still the most important international airport in Japan.
Well, quite obviously as Tokyo is a much bigger city, however, there are a few new airports in the Kansai region and its surroundings. Osaka Kansai is the first one, and a new one recently opened in Nagoya.

Attempts are being made to decentralize Tokyo Narita. Some international flights are starting out of Haneda, including new services to Hong Kong.
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Any rennovation or new projects in Narita kinda like what's happening in JFK?
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Any rennovation or new projects in Narita kinda like what's happening in JFK?
JFK's renovations are very limited, such as the AA terminals and the site where the old TWA terminal was. Even then I doubt JFK can be a top-tier airport, although the Admirals Club lounge is pretty good.

I suggest you search the relevant threads on Japanese aviation on what's happening at Narita.
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1. ATLANTA, GA (ATL)
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Just wondering what makes ATL's airport great
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Just wondering what makes ATL's airport great
It's big, and is a major hub. I wouldn't think traffic alone makes an airport great, especially when congestion is a major issue facing US airports these days.
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ATL is busy, but NO WAY it is a best airport.

Ones that I have used and spent many hours in:

top 5 that I have used recently:

Hong Kong
Munich
Kuala Lumpur
Vancouver
San Francisco (international only)
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