good airport, bad airport

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Today I’m heading home from a week in Europe — left my hotel in downtown Copenhagen at 5:30a, and was at the airport, having done the human check-in and cleared security and eating my breakfast by 6:30a, waiting for my flight. An extremely low stress, efficient, and actually wonderful experience. Here’s what CPH looks like:

CPH

It’s an amazingly comfortable airport, and I found myself in a very good mood even with the very early departure time.

Where I am now, on the other hand:

LHR

Heathrow is like the purgatory of air travel. Always delayed in and out, always crummy food, always long walks. I give the airport a little bit of credit, being one of the world’s very busiest airports, but man. Yuck. But I’m getting pretty familiar with the tiny-little-cans of diet coke in the red carpet club.

7 Replies to “good airport, bad airport”

  1. Hrm, my experience at CPH was pretty bad. I spent over an hour in the checkin line for a KLM flight to AMS (the first flight of the day; I arrived just before 5am for a 6-something departure), and they had to hold the plane for the checkin line to clear. Then again, that was probably mostly the fault of the KLM staff. In fact, it might have even been where you took the picture, except the room was completely full, with lines running the entire width of your picture to large numbers of the checkin desks.

  2. Hrm, my experience at CPH was pretty bad. I spent over an hour in the checkin line for a KLM flight to AMS (the first flight of the day; I arrived just before 5am for a 6-something departure), and they had to hold the plane for the checkin line to clear. Then again, that was probably mostly the fault of the KLM staff. In fact, it might have even been where you took the picture, except the room was completely full, with lines running the entire width of your picture to large numbers of the checkin desks.

  3. Actually, Heathrow has always been great for me when travelling with children. Great service. My worst airport is undoubtely Madrid’s Barajas… now, that is a real nightmare!

  4. Actually, Heathrow has always been great for me when travelling with children. Great service.
    My worst airport is undoubtely Madrid’s Barajas… now, that is a real nightmare!

  5. I can't even imagine what Madrid's Barajas airport is like if you are calling it a nightmare. All I know is thank goodness there are even more airline options when traveling overseas, including Singapore Airlines. Because after being stuck in a nightmare airport, the last thing I want to do is be stuck on a nightmare flight.

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