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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What is the purpose of check-in before flying?

A few years ago, to do the check in, we would go to the airport and do it directly at the counter. I always thought the function of the check-in for the air-line company would be to tell the company ...
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Do I need an airport transit visa through Switzerland (Schengen) if I have no Schengen visa?

Do I need an airport transit visa through Switzerland if I have no Schengen visa? Am traveling from Cairo to Moscow via Swiss Air
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What architectural and design philosophies govern airport layouts? [closed]

I recently flew internationally for the first time (JFK-LHR) and, when flying through LHR, found myself surprised at its design philosophy. It seems that there was basically one big gigantic hub with ...
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How much time is needed in FRA?

How much time should I allow myself to get from Frankfurt Airport train station to Terminal 2, check in and fly (with Emirates Airline)? What if I check in online (but still have bags to drop off?)? ...
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Where to spend a night in the Mumbai airport

My girlfriend and I have a layover at the Mumbai airport from 19:35 to 05:55 and we would like to sleep in a cheap place near to the airport (maximum 30 minutes away). Is there any cheap hotel near ...
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Airport security checkpoint controlling carry-on luggage amount?

I asked a question about airline carry on allowance: Airplane carry-on allowance and plastic bags Couple of answers implicate that security checkpoint has some sort of role in controlling baggage ...
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Pet Birds flying to US via Heathrow with owner on BA

Do BA have special animal cargo handlers for pet birds transfer via Heathrow to Miami from South Africa?
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Where can I spend a peaceful and relaxing night at DEL airport?

I'm flying with Swiss to New Delhi (IGI Airport) and after a 7 hour layover, I have another domestic flight with Air India. Since the layover is during night time, I would like to relax at the ...
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Fly into Edinburgh or Glasgow?

Is there any reason to fly to Edinburgh or Glasgow if flight prices and times are approximately the same? I want to tour around Scotland, so I will visit both cities anyway. Good reasons would be XXX ...
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Why do I have to wait 2 hours instead of 1 for intercontinental flights?

For intercontinental flights I am advised to be at the airport two hours before the gate closes. For intracontinental flights one hour is enough. Why is there a difference?
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Tax refund at Narita airport in Japan

I'm an Italian tourist, and I bought things here in Japan. Is it possible to have a tax refund at the airport? In particular I am interested in Narita airport. In case it is possible to specify, what ...
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What's the smoothest airport to enter the US for passport control out of Newark, Boston or Philadelphia?

I'm travelling with a student VISA to Pittsburgh. I'm flying from Lisbon and the flight connections are to Newark, Boston or Philadelphia. I would like to know if there's an "ideal" option between ...
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Are 7 hours enough time to leave the Brussels airport and go to the city center?

I have a seven hour layover at Brussels airport, and I'd like to know whether there is enough time to leave the airport and go into the Brussels city center for a beer or a meal? If so, what ...
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How can I meet traveling companions in Tokyo's Narita airport?

My travelling companion and I are flying into Tokyo's Narita airport on separate flights (from two different airlines) that arrive ~50 minutes apart. We will not have cell phone access and presumably ...
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Heathrow Aiport showers for connecting passengers [duplicate]

I am arriving at Heathrow Airport Terminal 3 (Air Canada) and departing from Terminal 1 on SAA to SA (layover is 11 hours). Are there any showers for connecting passengers anywhere (money is no ...
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Do I have to go through customs in Paris?

I am travelling from Winnipeg, Canada to Toronto, to Paris, France and then to Edinburgh, Scotland. I believe my plane to Edinburgh leaves from the same terminal that I arrive at in ...
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Are there cameras inside toilets in aeroplanes and in airports? [closed]

I was on the seat in my plane today when this thought arose. Is it possible that air carriers have cameras fitted inside planes? Similarly is it legal for governments to have cameras fitted inside ...
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Checking luggage all the way through?

If I check my baggage at Idaho Falls, have a layover in SLC, then SLC to Seattle, Seattle to Shanghai do I only have to check my baggage once, at IF, or do I have to collect it from the carousel and ...
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Is there any plastic wrapping service in Copenhagen airport?

Do you know if there's any plastic wrap service in Copenhagen airport ?
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Are non-US citizens elegible to sign up for TSA-Pre?

My understanding is that it's a more complex process, but once you're processed, it's much faster to get through airport screenings in future. Is it available to non US citizens as well, and if so, ...
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Where can I board an Airbus 380 using stairs instead of jetbridges?

The international airport of Suriname, doesn't have stairways (yet). Still KLM flies there with a Boeing 747. Making it one of the best places to board a 747. I always have enjoyed walking to the ...
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Can I enter France via Switzerland (and then get a cab to France) on the Schengen visa? [duplicate]

I got a Schengen visa from the French Embassy, and I'm traveling to Annecy (France) for training. Is it possible to land 1st in Geneva (the nearest international airport) and then take a cab to enter ...
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How early should I arrive at Logan (Boston) for a weekday late-afternoon flight?

I know that the question of how early to arrive at the airport depends on the airport and how busy it is at particular times. For a domestic flight leaving Logan (Boston) on a Tuesday at 6:30PM, with ...
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How close is Geneva Airport train station to the airport?

My plane departs from Geneva Airport (Geneva International terminal M) at 19:55. I'll be in Zürich and a bit short on time. If I take the train that arrives at "Genève-Aéroport" at 18:51, will I have ...
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Is overnight stay at Narita Airport permitted?

I will arrive at Haneda Airport at 19:00PM and depart from Narita Airport at 17:25PM the day after. Can I stay the night at Narita Airport without any problem with the airport officers? The time spent ...
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Re-checking luggage at connecting airports

I'll be leaving Morocco within the next week, and I'm wondering whether I'll need to re-check my luggage after my connecting flights. I fly from Casablanca to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to London via ...
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Beijng Capital International Airport with asthma

We're considering taking a flight in August that connects in Beijing. One of us has mild asthma (usually well controlled) and other health problems that could get worse if the asthma is aggravated. ...
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Flying from Canada with art supplies

I always fly with just a carry-on and this time I'm thinking of taking some art supplies with me on my trip and I'm just wondering what the rules are. I'll be taking pastels, china ink and nibs, a few ...
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5 hour international layover in Tokyo Narita? [duplicate]

I have a 5 hour layover in Tokyo, between Hong Kong and Boston. Is that enough time to leave the airport and see the city? If not, is there anything I can do in the airport?
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Website/app with list of best low-cost flights deals within EU by city/airport?

I am looking for a website/application that will allow me to monitor some airport or airports in some area and send me the deals when something is interesting (much cheaper than average) to my mail. ...
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Free / cheap ways to get airport lounge access?

Until recently, I had a complimentary Priority Pass card. Although the Priority Pass lounges aren't generally great, they are better than nothing when travelling on an airline where you don't have ...
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Can I leave Vancouver airport, flying from Manila, with a Philippine passport, valid Canadian Visa, with connecting flight to Montreal?

I have a Philippine passport with a valid Canadian Visa (multiple entry). I will be flying from Manila via Philippine Airlines to Vancouver and after a 5 hours will be on a connecting flight to ...
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Transit in Moscow airport while waiting for visa to become valid?

I am booked on a river cruise out of Moscow from 6th of may which I can get a letter of invitation, but the trouble is my plane arrives in Moscow on the 5th, at about 10pm. I had intended waiting in ...
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Are airport duty-free shops really cheaper?

I guess this one will be hard to answer because prices vary from airport to airpot, but...every time I travel friends tell me not to forget to "bring something from the free shop". On a general basis ...
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Get Euro currency while travelling from India

I'll be travelling to Europe from India in a few days. While I have got some currency (Euro) from the Indian bank, I just wanted to ask if I can purchase some Euro (against Indian Rupee) from the ...
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Do Brisbane and Darwin airport charge for trolley?

Does one have to pay anything to use the trolley at Brisbane and Darwin airports in Australia ? If yes, how much do they charge and do the machines accept bills or coins ?
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Getting to Kazan (RU) Airport early in the morning

I have a flight from Kazan to Moscow that departs at 09:00. How much earlier do I have to arrive at the airport for an inner-Russian flight (I hold a tourist visa) and what is the best strategy to get ...
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What kind of wind gusts prevent planes from landing at Wellington airport?

ie, today's report says gusts of about 70km/h, with Northerly winds of 46km/h. I'd like to be able to guesstimate chances of flights arriving based on current winds. My first flight here had an ...
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Are official airport sites more accurate than flight tracking sites?

My friend was saying I should stop using unofficial apps or sites to track flights as they could be wrong but don't the official site and the numerous flight tracking sites get the tracking info from ...
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Does the choice of aircraft affect my survivability during an emergency?

There are numerous examples of things going awry when it gets too big, such as the famous sinking of the Titanic or the Hindenburg disaster. I am making this a general question, but specifically, I ...
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Is there a resource that lists airport taxes?

When spending frequent flyer miles, I have to pay the local taxes. Since airports consider the competition they sometimes lower the ticket price to fit the competition from an airport 400 km away. ...
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How long does it take to transfer from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1 at SFO?

In March I will be travelling with my wife from Las Vegas McCarran Int'l Airport (LAS) to London Heathrow (LHR) via San Francisco Int'l Airport (SFO.) We have recently received a unexpected flight ...
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At what point(s) do you go through customs when stopping in a third country?

My 17 yr old daughter will be traveling alone to volunteer at an orphanage in Kenya. Her itinerary takes her from Atlanta to Washington Dulles to Dubai to Nairobi (with a reverse of that on the return ...
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Is there a business class lounge at Noumea Tontouta airport?

For my upcoming trip to Noumea, the only seats left on the way home were in business class, so I'll be suffering the hardship of flying back at the pointy end... As I've had to pay more than planned ...
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Where do you collect hire cars at Noumea Tontouta airport?

The Noumea Tontouta airport website has a map of the main floor on their site, which just has an arrow pointing into the distance for hire cars. On the overall airport plan there doesn't seem to be ...
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Visiting a lounge in T1 at Dubai International Airport, during a layover at T3?

For an upcoming trip, I have a layover of 2.5 hours in Dubai. Both flights are with Emirates, and arrive / leave from Terminal 3. As the first flight is overnight, I'll want to freshen up, and a ...
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Transit visa on arrival in Kazakhstan

I've been told it's possible to get a transit visa on arrival at the airport in Kazakhstan. Can anyone find me some current details on this - how long it's for, how much it costs, and what's required ...
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Is there a shuttle bus from Maastricht airport to Maastricht?

I was looking for connections to the Maastricht airport. Apparently there is a shuttle but I don't find either time tables or prices. I only found to Achen. Anyone knows if such service exists? Is ...
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Are 3 hours enough layover time for transferring from EZE to AEP? [closed]

I'm looking into flying to Argentina with an international flight from Rome to Buenos Aires (EZE), then have a domestic flight from the AEP airport to Ushuaia. Is 3 hours enough time for this ...
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Is a Schengen visa/transit visa required for transit flight from Vienna to Frankfurt?

I am travelling form Delhi (DEL) to San Francisco (SFO), I have to make a connection flight in Vienna that would take me to Frankfurt (FRA). My flight to SFO is from FRA, I have one ticket for entire ...