Tag: my-airports


Abilene (ABI)

Abilene’s a small, one-hub, several regional jets per day airport, but I still like it.

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.

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.

Auckland (AKL)

Paul’s history with the Auckland (AKL) airport.

Austin (AUS)

Austin was one of the first airports where I intentionally flew slightly out of my way to visit it.

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.

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.

Berlin–Tegel (TXL)

TXL had a neat hexagonal layout, but felt dated.

Birmingham (BHM)

Paul’s history with the Birmingham (BHM) airport.

Boston (BOS)

Boston Logan is a large airport in a small area.

Burbank (BUR)

Though BUR feels old, deplaning by portable stairs was actually rather nice in Burbank’s excellent weather.

Charleston, South Carolina (CHS)

As a combined commercial airfield, military base, and airplane factory, you can see a lot of interesting planes at CHS.

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.

Chicago–Midway (MDW)

Paul’s history with the Chicago–Midway (MDW) airport.

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.

Christchurch (CHC)

Christchurch was a great little airport for a layover.

Cincinnati (CVG)

While my closest airport is Dayton, I can get to CVG in a bit over an hour for better flight options.

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.

Colorado Springs (COS)

COS isn’t a bad alternate airport for getting to the southern suburbs of Denver.

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.

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.

Dayton (DAY)

Dayton is my home airport, and thus by far the airport I’ve flown through the most.

Denver (DEN)

Paul’s history with the Denver (DEN) airport.

Des Moines (DSM)

Paul’s history with the Des Moines (DSM) airport.

Destin/Fort Walton Beach (VPS)

Paul’s history with the Destin/Fort Walton Beach (VPS) airport.

Detroit (DTW)

Paul’s history with the Detroit (DTW) airport.

Dunedin (DUD)

To date, Dunedin is the southernmost airport I’ve visited.

Fayetteville (FAY)

Fayetteville’s airport felt old, although they were also undergoing renovations to modernize.

Flagstaff (FLG)

Paul’s history with the Flagstaff (FLG) airport.

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.

Frankfurt (FRA)

Paul’s history with the Frankfurt (FRA) airport.

Helsinki (HEL)

My visit to Helsinki’s airport was a short layover, so I didn’t have much time to explore.

Hilo (ITO)

Paul’s history with the Hilo (ITO) airport.

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!

Houston–Bush (IAH)

Paul’s history with the Houston–Bush (IAH) airport.

Indianapolis (IND)

At two hours’ drive away from home, IND is an infrequent but feasible alternate airport for me.

Jacksonville, North Carolina (OAJ)

OAJ is a small but modern airport terminal.

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.

Killeen/Fort Hood (GRK)

Paul’s history with the Killeen/Fort Hood (GRK) airport.

Las Vegas (LAS)

To date, McCarran remains the only airport I’ve been to where I can remember seeing slot machines.

Lawton (LAW)

Paul’s history with the Lawton (LAW) airport.

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.

London–Heathrow (LHR)

Paul’s history with the London–Heathrow (LHR) airport.

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.

Lubbock (LBB)

Lubbock’s curved terminal and prominent concrete gave it a vibe of a miniature version of DFW’s Terminal C.

Manchester (MHT)

Paul’s history with the Manchester (MHT) airport.

Melbourne (MEL)

Paul’s history with the Melbourne (MEL) airport.

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.

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 2008–2009 Chicago Christmas and New York New Year’s.

Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP)

MSP is easy to get around for a large airport, and has plenty to do on a long layover.

Munich (MUC)

Paul’s history with the Munich (MUC) airport.

Myrtle Beach (MYR)

Paul’s history with the Myrtle Beach (MYR) airport.

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.

New York–JFK (JFK)

Paul’s history with the New York–JFK (JFK) airport.

New York–LaGuardia (LGA)

Paul’s history with the New York–LaGuardia (LGA) airport.

Newark (EWR)

I mostly used Newark for visiting Charleston back in 2012–2013.

Newport News/Williamsburg (PHF)

Paul’s history with the Newport News/Williamsburg (PHF) airport.

Nuremberg (NUE)

Paul’s history with the Nuremberg (NUE) airport.

Oklahoma City (OKC)

I’ve had a lot of work trips to various parts of Oklahoma, so I visit OKC regularly.

Ontario (ONT)

Paul’s history with the Ontario (ONT) airport.

Orlando (MCO)

Orlando is one of my most visited airports, but something about it just doesn’t click with me.

Paris–Charles de Gaulle (CDG)

Paul’s history with the Paris–Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport.

Peoria (PIA)

I didn’t originally plan on visiting Peoria, but a thunderstorm forced me to divert there for a few hours.

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!

Philadelphia (PHL)

Philadelphia has a long terminal building, which is good for exploring and bad for short layovers.

Phoenix (PHX)

Though they’re getting rid of it, Phoenix had some of my favorite airport carpet.

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.

Portland, Maine (PWM)

PWM has a unique over-roadway security checkpoint structure that provides a beautiful entrance into its concourse.

Portland, Oregon (PDX)

Paul’s history with the Portland (PDX) airport.

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.

Raleigh/Durham (RDU)

Paul’s history with the Raleigh/Durham (RDU) airport.

Rapid City (RAP)

Paul’s history with the Rapid City (RAP) airport.

Reykjavík–Keflavík (KEF)

KEF is a relatively small airport with a lot of big jets stopping there.

Salt Lake City (SLC)

Paul’s history with the Salt Lake City (SLC) airport.

San Antonio (SAT)

Paul’s history with the San Antonio (SAT) airport.

San Diego (SAN)

Paul’s history with the San Diego (SAN) airport.

San Francisco (SFO)

Paul’s history with the San Francisco (SFO) airport.

San Jose (SJC)

Paul’s history with the San Jose (SJC) airport.

San Juan (SJU)

Paul’s history with the San Juan (SJU) airport.

Savannah (SAV)

Paul’s history with the Savannah (SAV) airport.

Seattle/Tacoma (SEA)

Paul’s history with the Seattle/Tacoma (SEA) airport.

St. Louis (STL)

Paul’s history with the St. Louis (STL) airport.

Stockholm–Arlanda (ARN)

ARN was a larger airport than I expected it to be.

Sydney (SYD)

My first southern hemisphere airport is also the destination of my longest flight to date.

Tampa (TPA)

Tampa’s airport concept is similar to Orlando’s, just on a smaller scale.

Tokyo–Narita (NRT)

NRT was the first Japanese airport I visited.

Toledo (TOL)

Paul’s history with the Toledo (TOL) airport.

Toronto–Pearson (YYZ)

Paul’s history with the Toronto–Pearson (YYZ) airport.

Tucson (TUS)

Paul’s history with the Tucson (TUS) airport.

Tulsa (TUL)

Paul’s history with the Tulsa (TUL) airport.

Vancouver (YVR)

Paul’s history with the Vancouver (YVR) airport.

Washington–Dulles (IAD)

Washington’s not a bad location for a hub. Yet for the most part, I rarely end up flying through it.

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.

Wichita (ICT)

Paul’s history with the Wichita (ICT) airport.

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.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AVP)

AVP is a mountainous airport, and gave me the first backtaxi that I can remember.

Wilmington (ILM)

Paul’s history with the Wilmington (ILM) airport.

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