Posted by: sheenastrain | January 10, 2009


I used to really enjoy flying and hanging around in airports, but that was a long time ago before I had to do it with children. It’s not awful travelling with kids, but it can go pear shaped very quickly especially if there are delays.

Over the years I’ve flown through quite a few airports, so here’s a list of the ones I can remember. Most of the international airports I’ve been in only once or twice. I’ve been through the UK airports on numerous occasions of course, and of the US airports, Atlanta airport (pictured) is the one I’ve been in most often, nine times I think, seven of those visits in 2008.

While Atlanta is a nice airport, as airports go, it’s also prone to horrendous delays. I think it’s the airport equivalent of the M25 as it gets choked up very quickly. Back in April last year when we were waiting for a flight to Baltimore, lightning caused all flights to be grounded for about an hour and as a result we were delayed by six hours or more, if memory serves me.

Contrary to popular belief, in the UK at least, Heathrow is not the worlds busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers, that would be Atlanta. Heathrow does have the most international traffic though.

The nicest airport I’ve been in was, without a doubt, Changi airport in Singapore. It’s like a five star hotel and the ladies bathroom would rival Fornum and Mason in the posh stakes.
The worst, well that’s got to be Terminal Four in Heathrow. Industrial in style and obviously in need of a makeover or a complete rebuild. The floor had large swathes of duct tape in several places holding the floor together. The part with the departure gate had small windows and was very dark and depressing, with an open ceiling showing all the large pipes and ducts.
A close second would be the Easyjet departure gate in Glasgow airport. It’s a grim little orange room that’s a very long walk from the terminal building. Not the kind of place you want to be stuck for hours on end.

Glasgow Airport
Edinburgh Airport
Inverness Airport
Birmingham International Airport
London – Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton

Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, France
Heraklion International Airport, Crete
Paphos International Airport, Cyprus
Malaga Airport, Spain
Brussel Nationaal, Brussels
Frankfurt am Main Airport, Germany
Stockholm Skavsta, Sweden

Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates
Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore
Kingsford Smith International Airport, Sydney, Australia
Perth Airport, Australia
Great Barrier Reef Airport , Australia
Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Phillipines
Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, Thailand

Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada
Newark Liberty International Airport, NJ
John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, VA
Washington Dulles International Airport, VA
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, MD
Boston Logan International Airport, MA
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, WA
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, MO
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, GA
Memphis International Airport, TN
Golden Triangle Regional Airport, MS



  1. And you want me to fly through Atlanta?! Hmmm, not sure what to think… 😉 Although it’s definitely cheaper than Memphis for the airlines that I’ve looked at so far so I might just take my chances.

  2. Sheena! I’ve thought of you and yours so many times recently!

    Hunter just this very second told me where y’all are living now & also gave me this blog address which he saw on David’s facebook acct.

    I’m so glad to have an opportunity to read your posts and catch up with you a bit.

    When you have a chance, send me an email with your new address.
    Lots of love to you, David, and the boys!

  3. And also:

    Wow. That is a lot of airports.


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