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Andy from private IP /all An ode to smaller airports When my wife and I were at my mother-in-law's place in Southern California from 2022-2023, I had to fly from Ontario to San Francisco about 12 times for day-trips for trials and hearings. Those were rough trips, as I had to get up at 4 a.m. for the 6 a.m. flight, and then I got back at 2 a.m. the next morning. Flying in a suit with nothing but your laptop bag and then staying in your suit for the entire day, evening, night, and into the next morning is the worst. That is not the purpose of my post. My post is intended to praise smaller airports like Ontario and SFO over massive ones like LAX. At Ontario, you can park across the street from the terminal and the walk to the entrance takes about 60 seconds. You then check in at a kiosk and get your boarding pass inside of two minutes. You then clear security in less than five minutes and walk to your gate. All in, it's about 10 minutes from parking to reaching the gate. It's close at SFO if you park in short-term parking, maybe 15 minutes from parking to reaching the gate. Makes things so much easier. Although there are less flight options out of smaller airports, they make up for it in convenience. Also, the smaller airports can be a lot closer to where I am. SFO is about 10 minutes from where I live now, putting a lot of destinations and travel options within convenient reach. The particularly frustrating thing about LAX is the ridiculous rental car shuttles. You have to wait at the curb for 10 minutes to get the right shuttle. Then it's a 7-10 minute ride to the rental car place, followed by waiting in a long line for 20-30 minutes at times. By the time you get your rental car, you could have arrived by Uber to wherever you were going, or taken a car service. Contrast with Burbank, where you walk to the rental car counter, get your car, and are on the road within 10 minutes. I dislike flying into and out of LAX because of this and the gigantic terminal complex that takes forever to go around in a shuttle. I try to avoid LAX when possible, but it isn't always possible. Praise be to smaller airports. _reply Wed, 20 Mar 2024 11:31:36 -0700
shithead from private IP /all On the other hand, the lounges in smaller airports suck. Asheville (AVL) is a nice smaller airport. Arriving an hour beforehand is early enough, and parking for a week doesn't require bank financing. Anything international requires a connection in Charlotte or Atlanta though. _reply Wed, 20 Mar 2024 15:19:46 -0700
shithead from private IP /all This is an interesting small airport. I was living just down the coast from it, from last September until January. It's one of the most difficult approaches in Europe, and the runway is built on pilings. The main coastal highway runs under it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madeira_Airport _reply Wed, 20 Mar 2024 19:29:59 -0700
whiteguyinchina from private IP /all don't live in large crap cities, don't have that problem
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