Archive for airport


Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2020 by xi'an

airport static

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , on February 8, 2019 by xi'an

[An annoyingly loud businessman negotiating a deal for hours in Birmingham airport]

…you are left with this money and you get the 60, we get 107 is the mathematics…if we discount 40% Werner still gets that, it’s not well-presented, you should get that minus that, do you mind if we do it from scratch, call me back in 20mn!

snapshot from Hannover [#3]

Posted in pictures, Running, Travel with tags , , , , , , on July 11, 2015 by xi'an

LandesvaterEnd of my workshop in Hannover. Almost ended up with a mini-disaster as I misunderstood the instructions [in German] on my platform this morning (at 5:30am) and took the (wrong) train in the opposite direction from the airport. Happily enough, I realised it quickly, managed to get a bus from the following suburban station, then spotted a waiting taxi along the road who took me to the airport in half the official time (albeit driving at legal speeds) and I was through security in a few minutes in an empty airport. Just failed to buy (good) German bread at both the Bahnhof (too early) and at the Flughafen (too late). Quite an exciting couple of days!

most hated airport in the World!

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , on November 29, 2011 by xi'an

The Charles de Gaulle airport, on which I posted my list of complaints a while ago, has been nominated “the most hated airport in the world” by CNN Go. They mentioned

“Grimy washrooms with missing toilet seats don’t help. Nor do broken scanning machines and an overall lack of signage, gate information screens and Paris-worthy bars, restaurants or cafés. The baffling circular layout is worsened by warrens of tunnel-like structures, dismissive staff and seething travelers waiting forever in the wrong queue.”

This is about Terminal 1, whose circular design is indeed nonsensical since there are only two exits to the circle. The picture on the site is in Terminal 2, with the huge posterboard at the exit of the train station. My complaint with Terminal 2 (I rarely use Terminal 1 for frequent-flyer reasons) is not about the toilets (they are fine by French standards), nor about scanning machines (I actually registered for an automated passport scan that cuts queues dramatically when both entering and leaving the country), nor about the bars and restaurants (I do not eat, nor drink), but rather about the poor design (or rather the outgrowth of the design:) a linear layout of the airport that forces travellers to walk long distances (often doubled by the fact that the luggage room exit is as far as possible from the train station) since there is no inner train, a flight density that often induces bussing passengers for dozens of minutes (this is always the case when flying to the UK), and a very poor train connection to down town Paris (there is no direct train, all trains stop in a myriad of Northern suburban cities).


Posted in pictures, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , on November 1, 2011 by xi'an