Sunday, March 01, 2020

Sunday Five - Airports

This was taken a couple of months ago in the great hall at National Airport here in DC (DCA.) The airport is undergoing a massive remodel.  It is so convenient, I pass through the subway station there every time I go to the office.  

  1. What is your home airport? 
  2. Do you have good service from more than one airline? 
  3. How long does it take you to get to the airport? 
  4. Do you have access to alternate airports? 
  5. Love airports, or hate them? 
My answers: 

  1. What is your home airport? DCA 
  2. Do you have good service from more than one airline? Yes, four majors. 
  3. How long does it take you to get to the airport? 15-20 minutes by taxi, about 30 minutes by subway if my timing is good. 
  4. Do you have access to alternate airports? Yes, Dulles and BWI  are about 30 miles away.  
  5. Love airports, or hate them? Love them. 
Please share your answers in the comments. 


  1. Anonymous3/01/2020

    I dislike airports so much I am not going to comment. Ask me about railway stations.

    1. Sorry, in the US railway stations are so rare,

  2. Well, the only time I fly is when on vacation in the summer, so Philadelphia or the next wo , LaGuardia or JFK are the next two closet. The only time I flew in the states last year was for my job to Chi Town.

    I hate airports. I always feel pressure and anxiety when I go to airports in fear I won't know where I'm going once inside.

  3. 1 - PHL

    2 - american, delta, united

    3 - driving about 45 minutes; public transportation 1.5 hours

    4 - ABE (allentown) or MDT (harrisburg) or ILG (wilmington)

    5 - pre-1990, it used to be fun; now it sux. give me 30th st station any day!

    I spy with my little eye a wicked hamster in that pix!

    1. Sometimes we travel together.

  4. 1. My home airport is Edmonton International Airport. Apparently there's a reality series on TV about how it operates in severe winter conditions to keep all the planes flying. I've never watched it though. That's just old hat to Canadians.

    2. EIA has both major Canadian carriers, plus a bunch of smaller ones, plus some American and international carriers as well. The American airlines are a pain in the ass because as soon as there's winter weather, they'll cancel flights at the drop of a hat. Why do they not know how to fly in winter? Don't they serve North Dakota and Minnesota too?

    3. The airport is about half an hour away by car. You can take light rail transit too, but goddamn if I'm going to schlep my luggage by train.

    4. The next major airport close to us is Calgary International Airport, about 4 hours away. It has more airlines and more direct flights than we do, which is a source of resentment for Edmonton.

    5. I don't mind airports, especially if they're designed to move people around quickly between terminals, etc. I always arrive early, so that eliminates a lot of stress.

    1. I should go there someday

    2. Well here in Calgary a source of our resentment is that we don't have a major stadium to host all the good concerts that bypass Calgary to go to Edmonton!

  5. 1. We have a general one in Livermore. We usually fly out of Oakland, San Francisco or San Jose, commercially.

    2. I find that all airlines suck when it comes to service these days.

    3. How long? Well that depends on the day of the week and the time of day. Oakland, on a low traffic day (ha!) about 45 minutes. San Jose about the same. San Francisco? Pack a lunch!

    4. See #1

    5. I loathe the whole airport experience with the searing heat of a Red Giant sun going nova! I don't really know anything about red giant suns but it sounds good don't it?

    1. I have flown in or out of SFO and San Jose,

    2. I'm giving you a theme song, okay? It's I've Been Everywhere, by Johnny Cash. This song always makes me smile and so does your joyous love of travel.

    3. I am at an airport today going someplace I have never been before

  6. What is your home airport? Columbia. They have rocking chairs to sit in and they call it South Carolina's front porch!

    Do you have good service from more than one airline? I have had horrible service, late flights, cancelled flights, on American. i no longer use them.

    How long does it take you to get to the airport? Columbia is forty minutes; Charlotte is ninety.

    Do you have access to alternate airports? Charlotteis next; nothing else is close.

    Love airports, or hate them? I love the cool ones; Portland Oregon's is gorgeous, and there;s a very cool new terminal at SFO.

    1. I have been to Columbia a few times.

  7. What is your home airport? Indianapolis International
    Do you have good service from more than one airline? Not really. No non-stop flights to where I want to go.
    How long does it take you to get to the airport? It's 45-60 minutes, depending on the time of day.
    Do you have access to alternate airports? Louisville, Chicago, Ft. Wayne, Cincinnati--but none are super close.
    Love airports, or hate them? I used to love them, not they're just a pain in the ass to navigate. I loved the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, when I lived there. They had an English-language movie theatre, an American grocery store, McDonalds, etc. When I was feeling lonely or needed taco shells (Germany seemed to have no corn-based products like Fritos, taco shells, etc.), I would drive out to the airport or take the S-Bahn.

    1. Been to Frankfurt twice, nice though large

  8. What is your home airport? PHX
    Do you have good service from more than one airline? no
    How long does it take you to get to the airport? 20 minutes
    Do you have access to alternate airports? no
    Love airports, or hate them? depends on my mood, the time of day of the flight.


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