Schiphol and CDG - what hell
"Actually, most people that fly often, note that Amsterdam's Schipol Airport is brilliant, fast and efficient - rather than the glorified Shopping Center that Heathrow is."
20 minute queues through Schengen security clearance; 15 minutes (including moving walkways) to get from C5 to baggage reclaim; 30 minutes walk from one end to the other; crap business lounge; and a shopping mall with jetties if ever there was one. Schiphol is crap.
I agree though that it's nowhere near as bad as CDG. I haven't seen CDG 1 since they re-vamped it. Maybe you can now get a coffee elsewhere than in the dingy basement. CDG2 is a nightmare. Even Air France hate it (according to one of their directors I spoke to). Imagine this:
Leave CDG to AMS from 2F with AF so leave car in 2F car park;
Return on AF plane that will then fly on to bordeaux;
But AF to Bordeaux is from 2D!
- come in to 2D and walk through TGV station to 2F or get bus (walk to space between 2D and 2B, wait, get bus via 2A/2C, RER, 2E to 2F) - 15 minutes either way;
- come in to 2F and AF has to either get its plane tugged around the TGV station to 2D or get its passengers bused to a 2F jetty;
-come in to a distant parking stand and get bused to 2F while Bordeaux passengers get bused from 2D.
As for the chaos in 2B with queues of passengers missing their planes because they have to go through passport control (only ever one cop) BEFORE checking in and with queues of arriving passengers waiting to go through passport check (only ever one cop) and getting in the way of the departing passengers.
A complete and utter bordel!!!