Tag: my-airports

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My Airport History: Boston (BOS)
Boston Logan is a large airport in a small area.
24 Mar 2021

My Airport History: Austin (AUS)
Austin was one of the first airports where I intentionally flew slightly out of my way to visit it.
14 Mar 2021

My Airport History: Rapid City (RAP)
My arrival to the Rapid City airport was marked by the terminal fire alarms going off.
22 Feb 2021

My Airport History: Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP)
MSP is easy to get around for a large airport, and has plenty to do on a long layover.
31 Jan 2021

My Airport History: Newark (EWR)
I mostly used Newark for visiting Charleston back in 2012–2013.
23 Jan 2021

My Airport History: Philadelphia (PHL)
Philadelphia has a long terminal building, which is good for exploring and bad for short layovers.
9 Jan 2021

My Airport History: Oklahoma City (OKC)
I’ve had a lot of work trips to various parts of Oklahoma, so I visit OKC regularly.
14 Dec 2020

My Airport History: Charleston, South Carolina (CHS)
As a combined commercial airfield, military base, and airplane factory, you can see a lot of interesting planes at CHS.
29 Nov 2020

My Airport History: Honolulu (HNL)
Given Hawaii’s excellent year-round weather, it’s no surprise that large portions of the airport are outdoors. It’s certainly nice to have some fresh air in the airside part of the terminal!
10 Nov 2020

My Airport History: Los Angeles (LAX)
Dayton doesn’t serve any airport west of the Rockies. So although LAX is one of the busiest airports in the world, and a hub for many airlines, I haven’t flown through it very often.
15 Sep 2020

My Airport History: Washington–Reagan National (DCA)
I mostly use DCA as a layover to get to New Hampshire, but it does have one of the most scenic landings in the US.
8 Sep 2020

My Airport History: Toledo (TOL)
I’ve only visited the Toledo, Ohio airport on a single trip.
26 Jul 2020

My Airport History: Wilkes Barre/Scranton (AVP)
A mountainous airport with the first backtaxi that I can remember.
27 Apr 2020

Airport #96/100: Wilmington, North Carolina (ILM)
I managed to get one final new airport in just before the end of the year (and decade).
30 Dec 2019

Airport #95/100: Miami (MIA)
Miami was the final US large hub I hadn’t yet visited, so I’ve now visited every major airport in the country.
19 Oct 2019

Airport #94/100: Stockholm Arlanda (ARN)
ARN was more spacious than I was expecting.
2 Sep 2019

Airport #93/100: Helsinki (HEL)
My visit to Helsinki’s airport was a short layover, so I didn’t have much time to explore.
2 Sep 2019

Airport #92/100: Kansas City (MCI)
I have a love–hate relationship with Kansas City International: it’s a beautiful terminal concept that absolutely doesn’t work as a modern airport.
2 Aug 2019

Airport #91/100: Birmingham (BHM)
I arrived at Birmingham half a day later than expected due to weather issues, but it was a nice airport to fly into when I finally got there.
22 Jul 2019

Airport #90/100: Pittsburgh (PIT)
Pittsburgh is an airport I wasn’t expecting to fly through—too far from home to fly from, but too close to fly to. But then some bad weather routed me there, and I picked up my 90th airport.
29 Jun 2019

Airport #89/100: Fayetteville (FAY)
Fayetteville’s airport felt old, although they were also undergoing renovations to modernize.
17 Jun 2019

Airport #88/100: Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
FLL wasn’t my favorite airport—it felt crowded in a way I wouldn’t expect for an airport of its size.
12 Mar 2019

Airport #87/100: Tokyo–Narita (NRT)
This was my first trip to Japan, and as such, my first time visiting a Japanese airport.
15 Feb 2019

Airport #86/100: Providence (PVD)
I was able to find a cheap flight into Providence as an alternate to using Boston, letting me pick up my 86th airport.
22 Dec 2018

Airport #85/100: Lubbock (LBB)
Lubbock’s curved terminal and prominent concrete gave it a vibe of a miniature version of DFW’s Terminal C.
11 Aug 2018

Airport #84/100: Auckland (AKL)
Auckland is a small airport with a lot of large planes.
3 Mar 2018

Airport #83/100: Dunedin (DUD)
To date, Dunedin is the southernmost airport I’ve visited.
3 Mar 2018

Airport #82/100: Christchurch (CHC)
Christchurch was a great little airport for a layover.
3 Mar 2018

Airport #81/100: Melbourne (MEL)
After a short flight from Sydney, I landed at my 81st airport.
3 Mar 2018

Airport #80/100: Perth (PER)
Perth is the furthest airport from home to which I can buy an airline ticket—only a few general aviation airfields are further!
3 Mar 2018

Airport #79/100: Sydney (SYD)
My first southern hemisphere airport is also the destination of my longest flight to date.
3 Mar 2018

Airport #78/100: Peoria (PIA)
I didn’t originally plan on visiting Peoria, but a thunderstorm forced me to divert there for a few hours.
5 Aug 2017

Airport #77/100: Tampa (TPA)
Tampa’s airport concept is similar to Orlando, just on a smaller scale.
9 Jun 2017

Airport #76/100: Bakersfield (BFL)
I wanted to avoid L.A. traffic when flying into the Antelope Valley, so I found a good price on a flight into Bakersfield instead.
29 Apr 2017

Airport #75/100: Destin/Fort Walton Beach (VPS)
My first airport in Florida’s panhandle.
24 Mar 2017

Airport #74/100: Jacksonville, North Carolina (OAJ)
OAJ is a small but modern airport terminal.
13 Jan 2017

Airport #73/100: Raleigh/Durham (RDU)
Goldsboro, North Carolina doesn’t have its own commercial airport, so for my first trip there I flew into RDU.
5 Nov 2016

Airport #72/100: Burbank (BUR)
As the Antelope Valley doesn’t have any commercial airline service, I flew into Ontario the last time I went to Palmdale for work. This time, our travel system recommended flying into Burbank, and I decided to give it a try.
17 Sep 2016

Airport #71/100: Des Moines (DSM)
DSM is the first Iowa airport I’ve visited.
12 Aug 2016

Airport #70/100: Portland, Maine (PWM)
PWM has a unique over-roadway security checkpoint structure that provides a beautiful entrance into its concourse.
16 Jul 2016

Airport #69/100: Ontario (ONT)
A nice airport that’s easy to get in and out of.
10 May 2016

Airport #68/100: Rekyjavík–Keflavík (KEF)
KEF is a relatively small airport with a lot of big jets stopping there.
10 Apr 2016

Airport #67/100: Paris–Charles De Gaulle (CDG)
We arrived in Paris by train, so I only had experience departing from CDG.
10 Apr 2016

Airport #66/100: London–Heathrow (LHR)
The last time I was at LHR was back in 1994, well before my earliest flight log data.
10 Apr 2016

Airport #65/100: Berlin–Tegel (TXL)
TXL had a neat hexagonal layout, but felt dated.
10 Apr 2016

Airport #64/100: Nuremberg (NUE)
The Nuremberg airport had a neat scale model of itself on display.
9 Apr 2016

Airport #63/100: Munich (MUC)
After a transatlantic flight, our 2016 European vacation began in Munich.
9 Apr 2016

Airport #62/100: San Antonio (SAT)
I’m slowly building a large collection of Texas airports.
10 Mar 2016

Airport #61/100: Amarillo (AMA)
Since Altus doesn’t have its own airport, I have to drive a ways no matter where I fly. I decided to try flying into Amarillo for one of my trips.
28 Jan 2016

Airport #60/100: Nashville (BNA)
I was one flight short on getting United status in 2015, and Nashville had the cheapest available flight, so I made a trip of it.
22 Dec 2015

Airport #59/100: Colorado Springs (COS)
COS isn’t a bad alternate airport for getting to the southern suburbs of Denver.
7 Nov 2015

Airport #58/100: Wichita Falls (SPS)
SPS was the origin of my lowest altitude “flight”—the flight was cancelled, so the airline booked us a taxi van to DFW instead.
23 Oct 2015

My Airport History: Abilene (ABI)
Abilene’s a small, one-hub, several regional jets per day airport, but I still like it.
11 Sep 2015

My Airport History: Baltimore (BWI)
As one of the few Southwest Airlines focus cities (and former AirTran hubs) that serves Dayton, Baltimore generally serves as my layover to or from Orlando when I’m not able to take the one daily direct Orlando flight.
5 Sep 2015

My Airport History: Washington–Dulles (IAD)
Washington’s not a bad location for a hub; with my highest airline status on United, it connects the right airline for me. Yet for the most part, I seem to spend a lot of time going out of my way to avoid it.
28 Aug 2015

Airport #57/100: Toronto–Pearson (YYZ)
Like many Canadian airports, YYZ had US customs preclearance facilities, but it also had some sort of interesting remote baggage system that didn’t require claiming checked bags before customs and rechecking them after.
25 Jul 2015

Airport #56/100: Vancouver (YVR)
My first Canadian airport.
25 Jul 2015

My Airport History: Phoenix (PHX)
I don’t end up with too many opportunities to fly through Phoenix. While it’s a large hub for US Airways (now American Airlines), it doesn’t serve Dayton.
11 Jul 2015

Airport #55/100: Little Rock (LIT)
Little Rock is not a bad airport to get stuck at for a few hours, as I found out returning from my first trip through it.
28 Jun 2015

My Airport History: Las Vegas (LAS)
To date, McCarran remains the only airport I’ve been to where I can remember seeing slot machines.
21 Jun 2015

My Airport History: Salt Lake City (SLC)
Despite its status as a Delta hub, every SLC flight I’ve been on has been on American Airlines.
11 Jun 2015

My Airport History: Orlando (MCO)
Orlando is one of my most visited airports, but something about it just doesn’t click with me.
2 Jun 2015

My Airport History: Savannah (SAV)
One of my few trips into Savannah was not intentional, but instead was due to a cancelled flight into Charleston.
25 May 2015

My Airport History: Frankfurt (FRA)
The vast majority of my travel is within the United States, so Frankfurt remains the sole international airport in my flight log to date.
7 May 2015

My Airport History: San José, California (SJC)
For both of my trips that involved SJC, I either flew into SJC and out of SFO, or the reverse.
2 Apr 2015

My Airport History: Columbus (CMH)
Port Columbus International Airport is my secondary home airport. While it’s 75 miles away from my home, it offers more flights to more hubs than DAY, while still maintaining very reasonable parking rates.
15 Jan 2015

My Airport History: Newport News/Williamsburg (PHF)
Newport News has been relatively unremarkable for me; I visited it on a single trip in 2009 and haven’t been back since.
23 Dec 2014

Airport #54/100: San Juan (SJU)
SJU, honestly, just felt a bit outdated and run down.
5 Dec 2014

My Airport History: Charlotte (CLT)
Charlotte is my most visited US Airways hub, and at first, I was often flying to it as a destination when I did a number of visits to some smaller towns in South Carolina.
15 Nov 2014

My Airport History: Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
DFW is one of the first airports I became especially familiar with, and it’s now one of my favorite layover airports.
7 Nov 2014

Airport #53/100: San Diego (SAN)
My first visit to SAN was also my first trip to San Diego.
4 Nov 2014

My Airport History: St. Louis (STL)
Given that I moved from the UK back to the United States when I was 10 years old via a TWA flight, I’m reasonably certain that I’ve visited St. Louis before my flight log’s scope of all flights since my 16th birthday. But since I don’t 100% know, it’s best to start talking about my visits to St. Louis starting as a layover on the way to my very first work trip.
20 Oct 2014

Airport #52/100: Lawton (LAW)
Along with Flagstaff, Lawton is one of the smallest commercial airports I’ve been to.
11 Oct 2014

My Airport History: Dayton (DAY)
Dayton is my home airport, and thus by far the airport I’ve flown through the most.
2 Oct 2014

My Airport History: Atlanta (ATL)
Atlanta is the busiest passenger airport in the world and an enormous Delta hub, but it’s largely functioned as my gateway to central Florida.
2 Sep 2014

My Airport History: Milwaukee (MKE)
I’ve only had one trip using the Milwaukee airport, when I went to visit some friends in Appleton, WI at the tail end of my Chicago Christmas and New York New Year’s.
23 Aug 2014

My Airport History: New York–LaGuardia (LGA)
Though I’m hardly unique in thinking so, LaGuardia is my least favorite airport.
11 Aug 2014

My Airport History: New York–JFK
I haven’t had much occasion to visit New York City, so JFK is underrepresented in my travel.
11 Aug 2014

My Airport History: Cleveland (CLE)
Nearly every time I’ve flown through Cleveland, I didn’t want to; one time when I did want to, I couldn’t.
29 Jul 2014

My Airport History: Chicago–O’Hare (ORD)
O’Hare is both a hub for the two airlines I fly the most and relatively close to Dayton, so I end up with a great many flights through there.
12 Jul 2014

Airport #51/100: Flagstaff (FLG)
To date, FLG is the only airport where I’ve seen a custom airport bike rack.
30 Jun 2014

Airport #50/100: Tucson (TUS)
I’m halfway to my hundredth airport!
30 Jun 2014

My Airport History: Seattle/Tacoma (SEA)
SeaTac holds the distinction for me of being the only airport involved in every Northwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines flight I’ve flown.
20 Jun 2014

My Airport History: Indianapolis (IND)
At two hours’ drive away from home, IND is an infrequent but feasible alternate airport for me.
14 Jun 2014

My Airport History: San Francisco (SFO)
I’ve never been to SFO more than once on a single trip.
10 Jun 2014

My Airport History: Cincinnati (CVG)
While my closest airport is Dayton, I can get to CVG in a bit over an hour for better flight options.
1 Jun 2014

My Airport History
Over the next few months, I’ll be writing a series describing my history at all of the airports I’ve visited, in the order that I first visited them. As with the flight log, this will only count airports I’ve been to since age 16.
24 May 2014

One Hundred Airports
My long-term travel goal is to fly through 100 different airports.
16 Aug 2013