Questions related to airports themselves rather than "airlines" and "air-travel", which have their own tags. "Airport-transfer" is also covered by a separate tag.

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Why tax free shops in airports do not sell goods to passengers going to domestic flights?

I have personal experience about Finland, but I've heard that this applies also in another countries. If you are a passenger and going to domestic flight, you cannot do shopping in tax free shops in ...
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How many jetways are used in Frankfurt to deplane Boeing 747-400

How many jetways does United use on Boeing 747-400 flying into Frankfurt? We are seated in row 58 and have 1 hour 25 minutes to connect.
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How to travel cheaply between Charleroi Airport and Brussels?

There's a shuttle bus from Charleroi airport to Brussels, but if you book it a couple of days before it costs 15 euros plus 3 euros booking. A train could be a lot cheaper but it's unclear how to get ...
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In an international airport, is there specific set of laws for the international area?

When travelling in an international flight, you pass a border with passport check at both the departure and the arrival airports. It means you spend time in an international area. What are the ...
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What is the rationale of SMS verification in free wifi hotspots in airports?

I recently visited a few airports, although most of them had standard wifi which allowed access after a landing page, I have noticed that some free wifi providers (Shanghai Pudong, Singapore Changi) ...
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Which Shanghai airport is closest to the Langham Xintiandi Hotel?

Which Shanghai airport is closest to the Langham Xintiandi Hotel? Hongqiao or Pudong airports?
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Why does it take so long to check in at the airport?

It seems to take an inordinate amount of time for them to select my name from a list of people who have booked the flight and press enter. Surely it can't be any more complicated than that can it?
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Overview of upcoming flights from a specific airport?

My flight from Antananarivo (TNR) to Paris with Air Madagascar tonight was canceled. My travel agent is not really working in the weekend and I'm curious if there are any flights I could take from TNR ...
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What is the cheapest mode of transportation to DCA for a 6AM flight? [closed]

The metro isn't open that early, and I want to be there early enough to get through security in time. I've used Uber before, but the fare was quite expensive. I live in the Van Ness area, and am not ...
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Why are so many airline check-in counters idle so often?

There was a time when queues at post offices and banks etc were counter-specific. Eventually it was widely recognised that a penning system (a Single-Line queue), or ticketing systems and such like, ...
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Which is faster, e-passport gate or manual border control?

Whenever I've been through an airport since the e-passport gates were introduced, I have had bad experiences with them. When I used them, I was slower than my family who went through normal border ...
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Can I store a surfboard at Tokyo airport? [closed]

We are traveling from Bali back to the. US with a short stop in Kyoto and Tokyo. Is there somewhere to store 2 surfboards at the Tokyo airport?
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Where to meet outside Heathrow T3?

Although I am not travelling, I expect this question to benefit other travellers, and that's why I am asking this in Travel SE! So where can I meet my family at Heathrow T3? They would be coming in ...
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What is that device at an airport which transports packages to the aircraft called?

I am looking for the name of this: It is a vehicle with a long band where you can adjust the angle of the band.
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Schengen Visa question

I have a schengen visa issued by The Netherlands. I will be landing there first but wish to travel to a few other countries. Can I enter these countries by plane if my visa was not issued from there ...
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Why does the airport insist that I show up hours before take-off

The counter issuing boarding passes opens up three hours before the flight. They've asked all the passengers to report at the airport at that very hour. Once that is over no one's allowed to leave the ...
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Narita Airport Custom check for tax-free purchased items [duplicate]

I understood that I need to show my purchased item with the form attached on my passport to a custom officer at Narita Airport. I would like to know where is this custom office located. Based on what ...
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Possible reimbursement for missed connection due to gate change

I was traveling from Chicago (ORD) to Mumbai (BOM) with a connection at Frankfurt (FRA). The layover was a little less than 4 hours at FRA. I had a boarding pass with no gate assigned (this is quite ...
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Stopping at an airport different from destination

I have a Canadian Visa and an air ticket to Toronto via Montreal. However, I would like to stop at Montréal instead of going to Toronto. While I asked my travel agent to cancel this booking, he ...
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Access airport lounge with Gold/Premier credit card

Travelling soon with a 6 hour connection flight in Zurich International airport, I was wondering if I could have an access to a good lounge where I can relax with a Gold or Premier card? To ...
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Transfering between Terminal A to terminal C at Newark airport

What is faster, the united airline bus shuttle or the airtran from terminal A to terminal C at Newark Airport? I am connecting a flight and the time is 1 hour. Both Airlines are United.
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When's the best time to fly with kids [closed]

I'm about to take my son on a trip overseas, should I book a early morning flight or book a afternoon flight ? Taking in the time difference we would arrive at his bed time if we took afternoon flight ...
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Going from Luton airport to central London?

How much does it cost to go from London Luton Airport to central London? Is it possible to go by metro? And if not it's possible to buy the ticket right there or it has to be booked online?
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Visa and Immigration delays on arrival in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Denpasar Airport in Bali recently expanded the international terminal. Prior to the expansion, arrival in the evening would usually be accompanied by an hour-plus wait to get a visa voucher and get ...
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From London to Luton Airport by National Express - how long does it take?

How long does it take for National Express coaches to get from London Victoria station to Luton Airport on Sundays' early mornings (about 5 am)?
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transit visa for UK required? layover time-14 hrs/ travel - india to vancouver/ valid canadian visa/ arriving in london on 20 aug and leaving 21 [duplicate]

im going to travel from Hyderabad to Vancouver on 20th august, and will be passing through heathrow. My layover time being 14hrs, will I require a transit visa? I have a valid canadian study permit, ...
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do some countries allow cigarette lighters in airports?

In India and South Korea the airports have smoking rooms. It's a nice convenience for people who feel like they have to smoke every so often but it makes me wonder... how do people light up in those ...
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Do all German airports lack free wifi?

I've just been talking to another traveller who was particularly grumpy about Munich airport not having free wifi when he was there recently. Now I seem to recall that Germany has pretty strict laws ...
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Is it possible to walk from ExCeL to London CIty Airport?

I was intending to go to a conference at ExCeL in London Docklands, leaving via London City airport. It seems a very walkable distance between the two, but from Google Maps I can't see if it is ...
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What times do the Sydney international and domestic airports open and close?

Sydney airport is a complex containing both the international airport and the domestic airport, but unlike many other busy airports neither part is open 24 hours. I usually work in a backpacker ...
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Best way to sleep at Vancouver International Airport and wake up on time?

I have a layover in YVR (Vancouver international airport) from roughly 8:10 pm to 7:30 am. I don't want to spend money on a hotel or a "sleep-pod"/equivalent. I will most likely bring a sleeping bag ...
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What chemicals does airport security use as markers?

I recently travelled to the USA from Asia. When I arrived in Detroit they marked my E-cigarette with a clear colorless liquid using a small paint brush used for water colors. What chemical(s) do they ...
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Sleep/stay at the Stuttgart airport without a visa

I am from Brazil and I am going to work in Germany for 6 months. My insurance coverage starts on August 1, but because of the high prices I bought my airline ticket for July 30. I will get to ...
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Moving between terminals at Heathrow to visit a lounge

We are traveling from Heathrow Airport Terminal 2. We would like to visit a lounge in Terminal 1 or 3 before we fly. Is it possible to check into T2 and then move between terminals before we fly?
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Is it usual to leave luggage out in the rain at an airport?

This week, when flying from Stockholm to London, a thunderstorm struck while the plane was being refuelled and loaded. This meant both these had to stop (because of the risk of lightning). While this ...
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Eating after landing in airport (ORD), can I wait to claim my checked bag?

I will be traveling and arriving ORD later in the day around dinner. Because I will be going straight to a hotel by taxi that has no restaurant, I want to eat at ORD. If I do not go down immediately ...
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Best way, and how much time to allow, from Heathrow Airport to Waterloo Station? [duplicate]

And is Waterloo the right station for a train to Corbridge? (They need to come into London first to do some on-arrival shopping and to store a bag they won't need until they get back to London, so I ...
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How do you estimate how long it takes to get out of an airport?

Whenever I have to fetch someone from the airport I usually arrive at the airport on the estimated arrival time resulting me spending useless time in the arrival hall. Can you get a reasonable ...
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Can I print my boarding pass in Liverpool airport?

Is there a facility in Liverpool airport to print my boarding pass?
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Layover in Mexico, clear customs on first port of entry?

On an international flight (to Mexico) with a layover in Mexico DF, do I have to clear Mexican customs and redo security in DF before taking the connection like we do in Canada and the US ? Is there ...
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How much time do I require to make a connection in Munich airport?

Next month, I need to make a connection in Munich Airport. My flight arrives to Munich at 17:35 (Lufthansa). After that, I want to take a flight that departs at 18:25 (Vueling Airlines) so there is a ...
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LHR- SFO- HNL stopover transfer time

I am taking a United airlines flight from London to San Francisco (SFO) and connecting with a United flight to Honolulu. Is 2:20 minutes enough time to make a connection in SFO? Do we have to ...
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Lufthansa transit at Frankfurt on the way from Chennai to Atlanta, are two hours enough?

I am traveling from Chennai to Atlanta. M first flight is to Frankfurt reaches at 8 30 AM. My second flight is scheduled at 10 45 AM. Will the two hours transit time enough for boarding my second ...
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Why do they sell luggage in airports?

It seems that in almost every airport I'm in, there are luggage stores behind security. How often do people get to the airport carrying handfuls of clothes and needing something to put them in? I ...
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Does going to Russia on a travel visa require providing the proof of hotel booking at the border?

A Russian-based company issuing tourist visa invitation does not seem to care about me having a hotel booking, nor do they say it will go on a visa. They only ask for a hotel name, and claim that this ...
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What is the real legal status of an airport transit area?

According to Russian president Vladmir Putin in the Edward Snowden case, an airport "transit area" is not subject to the authority of the country in which it lies, because the passengers there are not ...
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How long does it take to get into London from Southend airport?

I am attending a conference in the ExCel in London and am flying in that morning. The best value flights are all flying into Southend airport which I hadn't heard of before so I am wondering how long ...
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Layover in CDG can I check my luggage through to DUB and go into Paris

i have a 14 hour layover in CDG (Paris - Charles-De-Gaulle) coming back from BKK (Bangkok airport), can I check my luggage through to DUB (Dublin airport) then leave the airport and go into Paris.
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Overnight wifi/shower facilities in Haneda airport?

I'm arriving just before the last train, so assume I'll be sleeping in the airport, or trying to. From the looks of it online this is possible, but I'm wondering if there's wifi and showers anywhere ...
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Munich Airport transit on two separate tickets

I will be arriving at Munich Airport Terminal 1 on an international flight at 7:45 PM, and my next flight to Berlin is at 9:45 PM from Terminal 2. I will be holding two separate tickets (Oman Air and ...