That connecting flight

So what to do when you have a connecting flight? Very often there is a limited choice when it comes to direct non stop flights out of Calgary.  You often end up connecting through somewhere…. But where or where in the world do you NOT want to do a connection?

Apparently a recent survey picked on Chicago as being the most unfavourite airport for a connection.  New York came a close second – with ALL THREE of its airports – JFK, La Guardia AND Newark.   But Atlanta was voted by some people as worst AND best – so who knows?  Apparently Atlanta has great facilities in the airport itself so maybe that is why – yoga rooms, art exhibits and putting greens are some of the attractions.  I guess if you have a long layover then this would be one way to pass the time.

In Europe the best airports for connecting through are (by popular vote) Vienna and Zurich.  Quick, clean and efficient.

Further afield – Africa to be precise – Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo airport is the top choice.  It handles 28 million visitors a year. 

And while you are waiting for your next flight consider these facilities at airports around the world….

Hong Kong has a golf course.

Tokyo has an oxygen lounge.

Zurich Airport has nature trails you can explore in between the runways!

And Singapore just knocks out the competition all round ….

It’s impossible to pick just one insane feature from Singapore’s Changi Airport. The over-the-top aviation centre is home to multiple gaming stations, music video booths, a 4-storey slide, koi ponds, a rooftop swimming pool (with swim-up bar) and an on-site cinema. Most spectacular of all are the five gardens, which include an award-winning cactus garden and a butterfly garden in Terminal 3.

But really – can you keep all of the people happy all of the time?  Clearly not.  Sometime had the cheek to complain about the “outdated Western attire” of the airport staff in Calgary.  He was put right in no time when people jumped in to explain that this Calgary touch is a service offered voluntarily – and we are very proud of our White Hat volunteers – SO THERE!

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.


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