As many of you know I travel a lot and spend a lot of time at airports, so much so that I have decided to rate them.
Berne Airport, Switzerland. I swear my flat is larger than this airport! Very small, very friendly and with the friendliest security staff I have ever met. The coffee is great too!
A very worthy mention must go to Luxembourg airport which is a very worthy runner up.
2 airports share this award. If god were going to give the world an enema and wanted to use an airport as the hole. He could most definitely choose between Frankfurt Airport and Schipol airport in Holland. I actually cringe when I have to go through either of these airports! Schipol is particularly singled out for their approach to Schengen transiting arrangements.
A worthy mention goes to Glasgow airport in Scotland. It simply aint a great place to fly to or from and i’m not just talking about the airport here!
The middle ground
Dublin Airport, how could something that could be so easy go so badly wrong? Not a nice place to fly from.
Charles De Gaulle, Paris. Its ok and I can say I do not mind spending time here.
Malaga Airport. Full of chavs – Avoid if at all possible.
Geneva Airport – Its ok! Nothing to write home about.
Manchester Airport. This place has the makings of a very good airport and they do try to do everything well. They may not always get it right but they do try. The same goes for Leeds Bradford Airport.
Teeside Airport. A few sheds or nissen huts bolted together and the nastiest coffee I have ever had at an airport. Why they tried to gentrify it by renaming it Durham Tees Valley I will never know.
Newcastle Airport – Horrid, just horrid.
Copenhagen Airport, A good airport this with a great smoking area 🙂 Recommended.
The Channel Islands. Both Guernsey and Jersey have good airports that are let down by crap coffee.
Brussels National. Its ok. Very long transit times though depending on your gate.
Prague Airport is good and the transit times are generally quick but £3 for a small coke is taking the mickey!
They are all not great. Heathrow is a mess but Terminal 5 is ok. I still get a great sense of pride walking through this terminal and fondly remember the time I worked on the project to build Terminal 5.
Stansted is just too far away to be of any use to me.
Luton is ok but full of chavs. Gatwick is getting better but the walk through duty free shop at Gatwick South is annoying. As for London City Airport there is a very good reason that amongst myself and a number of my colleagues it has picked up the nickname of London Shitty!
So there you have it! A number of European airports rated!