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What Now Closed Airports Did You Fly Out of Before They Were Closed

Old Jul 2, 19, 8:54 am
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What Now Closed Airports Did You Fly Out of Before They Were Closed

Given the closings in the last 6 months of both ETH and SDV airports in Eilat and Tel Aviv, I thought I'd start a thread about this. How many closed airports have you flown out of?

In my case it's ETH,SDV, DEN (Stapleton), the old AUS

On non-commercial flights, Carmel Valley, CA and Bader Field, Atlantic City, NJ
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Old Jul 2, 19, 9:08 am
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Wholly closed airports (as opposed to just demolished terminals)...Stapleton is the one that comes to mind for me.
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Old Jul 2, 19, 9:48 am
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  • Stapleton
  • Meigs Field, Chicago (CGX) (some may remember from the original Microsoft Flight Simulator) — closed 2003; eventually converted to a park
  • Oneida County Airport (UCA) — closed 2007
  • Panama City FL (PFN) — closed after airline service moved to Northwest Florida Beach Cities (ECP) in 2010; land transferred to local authorities for redevelopment
  • Naval Air Stations at Glenview (NBU, Chicago area) and Alameda (NGZ, Oakland) — both closed (1999 and 1997); land transferred to local authorities for redevelopment
  • Marine Corps Air Station El Toro (NZJ, Orange County) — closed 1999; land transferred to local authorities for partial redevelopment

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Do airports that moved -- i.e., closed, but whose code moved to the new location -- count? If so, then the old DOH and IST for me.
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Originally Posted by mecabq View Post
Do airports that moved -- i.e., closed, but whose code moved to the new location -- count? If so, then the old DOH and IST for me.
The old DOH and BLR (HAL Airport) for me.
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Old Jul 2, 19, 10:09 am
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Denver, Hong Kong, Taipei (when their one airport was international and domestic--it might still be used for domestic flights), IST (soon to be the same situation IIRC), old PIT (before the new terminal with shopping was built shortly before 9/11), old DTW (when PMNW used that awful old terminal), old SVO, old BCN, West Berlin (supposed to close sometime, perhaps far in the future).
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Old Jul 2, 19, 10:32 am
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XDEN- Stapleton. Miserable place, very low ceilings.

XIST- Atatürk. Couldn’t get enough of the lounge...unfortunately, the rest of the airport also existed.

XDOH- Liked the Premium Terminal, though it had lackluster food. The main terminal was also Stapleton-esque, but more crowded.

Can’t think of others at the moment



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My very first flight was from LBG (Le Bourget, Paris) on a piston-powered prop plane. LBG isn't closed altogether, but it closed to scheduled operations sixteen years later.
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Originally Posted by BuildingMyBento View Post
XDEN- Stapleton. Miserable place, very low ceilings.

XIST- Atatürk. Couldn’t get enough of the lounge...unfortunately, the rest of the airport also existed.

XDOH- Liked the Premium Terminal, though it had lackluster food. The main terminal was also Stapleton-esque, but more crowded.

Can’t think of others at the moment



I like the use of "X". Is that a convention or just something you did?

For me, off the top of my head:

XHKG
XIST
XMDT

Maybe one day I can say XTXL (or never, given the state of BER affairs)
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Off the top of my head:

DEN - Stapleton Airport
IST - Ataturk Airport

Not sure if this counts, but ONT is now a wholly different airport terminal than in the past. In the 1990's a new airport terminal complex was built and the original terminal was abandoned. The older terminal has been frequently used in TV and movies when a mid-century airport vibe required it, notably Leonardo DiCaprio in "Catch Me If You Can"
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Originally Posted by yyznomad View Post
I like the use of "X". Is that a convention or just something you did?

For me, off the top of my head:

XHKG
XIST
XMDT

Maybe one day I can say XTXL (or never, given the state of BER affairs)
Borrowed the idea from flightmemory!

Also, I should have said that XIST is still used for cargo flights.

Still thinking about other airports...for terminals no longer extant, FNJ (Pyongyang) comes to mind.
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DOK (Sergei Prokofiev International Airport), destroyed in the 2014 war
KLIA LCCT (former low cost airport in Kuala Lumpur, before KLIA2 was built and became operational)
MES (the former airport serving Medan, before KNO was built and became operational)
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Originally Posted by OskiBear View Post
Off the top of my head:

DEN - Stapleton Airport
IST - Ataturk Airport

Not sure if this counts, but ONT is now a wholly different airport terminal than in the past. In the 1990's a new airport terminal complex was built and the original terminal was abandoned. The older terminal has been frequently used in TV and movies when a mid-century airport vibe required it, notably Leonardo DiCaprio in "Catch Me If You Can"
MDT is the same - I consider it "different/new"... or does the "new" airport need to be moved and rebuilt on different lands?

Anyway, I didn't know this about ONT, so I will also add XONT to my list.

Originally Posted by yyznomad View Post
I like the use of "X". Is that a convention or just something you did?

For me, off the top of my head:

XHKG
XIST
XMDT

Maybe one day I can say XTXL (or never, given the state of BER affairs)
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oh, @mihaid reminded me of XMES and KUL's old terminal.
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