IATA Code: ATL – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

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ATL or known as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a major airport hub in a capital city of the state of Georgia, Atlanta. It was only a stopover in ATL that I got to see the airport from my flight in Cancún back to Cleveland. Of course, whenever I travel in a new location, I made sure to see and roam around the site for me to explore and say something good about it.

My flight from Cancún via Delta airlines deplaned in gate F. Upon getting out of the plane, every travelers went to the immigration area to officially enter the country. Those who only have connecting flights can proceed directly to their respected gates. But since my next flight was just domestic, so I have to go through immigration process. I was nervous that time if I can go back inside my new home country since there were a lot of issues about travelers not able to get in the United States due to staying in the country illegally added with the ban that the president has signed to the 7 Arab countries. Anyway, the process of getting back to the United States was hi-tech. We were ushered by immigration officers and airport personnel to the kiosks for entry receipt. Since I am a legal permanent resident, I went to the kiosk which was a machine that scanned my green card, took a picture of me and  verified important information. After all those information, the machine generated a receipt that I have to present to the immigration officer. It took about 5 minutes while waiting on queue and it was my turn to approach the IO. He took my receipt, my green card, and my passport. He asked me how many days I stayed in Mexico and if I brought with me some things that were not approved to bring inside the US such as meat, plants and etc.  Once done with the questioning, I got in the other side of the desk and finally I can breath and say, I’m back home.

I passed through baggage claim which was really spacious. In baggage claim area, it also has restrooms and a long hallway to walk to your next boarding gates or even to the exit.

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Baggage Claim Area

Upon getting out of the baggage claim area, I was welcomed with this sign. I was overwhelmed, it felt like it was my first time to set foot in the United States. Without even second thoughts, I snapped a picture of it.

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ATL – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Travelers were then ushered by airport personnel for security check. The airport personnel were really friendly and accommodating and even made jokes with me. It was like a welcome gesture that I never had when I entered the US few years back. The security check took only about a minute. I’m already a pro on what to remove and where to place your things since I used to travel a lot.

After security check, I got to the concourse F area. I was amazed how ginormous the airport was. It has 7 concourses from A, B, C, D, E, F, and T. The reason they have trains to every concourses for passengers to catch their flights.

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Concourse F

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Airport Train

The train ride in the airport is smooth itself. It has a wide space for travelers and the interval is frequent like less than 5 minutes. On the train, you can even look on the railway if you happen to occupy the first coach.

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First Coach of the Airport Train

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Inside the Airport train

Accessibility to other boarding gates is as easy as counting. Escalators, directions, signs, and TV monitors were everywhere to help and guide guests to where they are going and where they need to be. It helped to prevent missed flight.

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The Train Gate

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Escalators going to other concourses

I was in Delta Airlines concourse and restaurants, stores and cafes were also in every corner of the terminal. Any passenger waiting for their flights won’t go hungry, bored, and misinformed. The airport also offered free access to the internet via wi-fi and if batteries of the phone is running out, don’t have to worry since there are a lot of charging stations.

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Delta Airlines in ATL

As an airport review for ATL, it is one of the better airports I have gone to. It was neat, tidy, passenger-friendly, spacious and well-equipped for travelers who need a place to wait and stay while plane and flights are on queue. For more details, you can check their site by clicking here.

IATA Code: CUN – Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún

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Cancún is one of the top tourist destinations in the world and for it to be accessed by tourists, it has to have a great hub. Cancún International Airport or IATA Code: CUN serves the purpose of that. It is considered an international airport with flights from/ to other parts of Mexico and the world.

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IATA Code: MSP – Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

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MSP or known as Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is an international airport hub located in the state of Minnesota. I got a couple of hours of layover in the said airport and I was able to explore a little part of it.

I was in Terminal 1-Lindbergh. In MSP airport, there are two terminals, Lindbergh and Humphrey. These terminals are in separate roadways but are connected by Inter-terminal transportation via Light Rail Transit (LRT) service. The trains run between these terminals round the clock, 24/7. Travelers should know what airlines go to what terminal. As for Delta airlines heading to Cancún, it was in Terminal 1.

As I was wandering around the departure area, I could really say that the airport is a little spacious. It has 7 concourses and can be accessed either utilising the walkway or the tram. MSP serves a lot of flights both domestic and international.
If you are starving, there are really good restaurants within the airport. Big food/ coffee chains such as Burger King, Starbucks and some local cafés are everywhere. Souvenir stores, duty free and so much more are scattered in every concourses that travelers won’t miss them.
If only I have sufficient time during my layover, I could have tried some Minnesotan’s dishes. Well anyway, I took a photo of a famous dog in movies and cartoon sketches and that is Snoopy. It was eye-catching when I was just looking around the airport.I was just all over the airport just for me to see some of the places within terminal 1. Instead of riding the tram to get to my boarding gate which was in different concourse, I tried to walk it and took these photos.

MSP Travelator

I was heading to my boarding gate for my next flight and it took me about 30 mins to get there due to some stops and photo snatching I’ve been doing.

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Walkway in between concourses

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View outside the boarding gate

All I can say about Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is it is a great airport.  It maybe way up north of the country but the place and vibe is warm and accommodating. Travelers like me won’t starve and will always be comfortable whatever the season it may be. To check the airport thoroughly, you can visit their site by clicking here.

IATA Code: YYZ – Toronto Pearson International Airport

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YYZ or famously known as Toronto Pearson International Airport is an airport hub serving the biggest city of Canada, Toronto. It is the largest and busiest airport in the country. It is the main hub for Air Canada and is one of eight Canadian airports with facilities for United States border preclearance. Over 75 airlines operate from Toronto Pearson to more than 180 destinations across all six of the world continents.

Toronto Pearson International Airport has two active terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Both terminals are designed to handle all three sectors of travel from domestic, transborder to international.

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Terminal 1 Check-in Hall

Terminal 1 is the largest terminal at Pearson Airport and is among the largest buildings in the world. It has 58 gates that serve airline companies for both U.S and international flights. For international departure in Terminal 1, passport control checkpoints and immigration checks are located in Pier F.

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In boarding gates with Foreign Exchange Automated Machine

The arrival area is wide and grandiose. Upon de-planing the aircraft, it took about few minutes to get to immigration counter. Since it is not allowed to take photos in immigration counters, I will describe how it looks. The counters are divided into two. The Canadian and US passport holders are on a queue for first group of counters and the other line is for non-Canada and US passport holders. It only took about half an hour including from the queue until I got to pass the immigration officer. It was easy since I am a US permanent resident so, the officer just asked me some questions such as how long I’m staying in Canada, where I’m staying and do I have relatives who live in Canada. After that, I got my customs declaration stamped and went directly to baggage claim area.After I got my baggage, I went out to the arrival area. In Toronto  Pearson International Airport, there are a lot of modes of transportation to get to downtown Toronto.img_4950img_4948One of those is thru taxi or limousines. Taxi and limousines offer either flat rate or fixed rate. A passenger needs to ask the driver though, if he chose the latter. You can also even pre-arranged a pick-up service so when you arrived in the airport, the driver is waiting for you.img_4949Other option is thru renting a car. Within the arrival gate, rental car companies are visible. There are also local bus services, just check this site by clicking here to view and know the route and loading areas within the airport. And lastly and the most affordable ground transportation to and from the airport is through the use of UP Express or Union Pearson Express. UP Express is a direct air-rail link that speeds travelers from YYZ to downtown’s Union Station. I took the UP Express. I just followed the signs to get to Train to City.Finally, I got to this gate to Union  Station. I just needed to get to the train for me to see the city. Union Station is the heart of downtown Toronto.I was already in the UP Express station in Terminal 1 and I saw a vending machine to purchase ticket. It cost me CA$12.00.img_4954I got inside the train and waited for it to start its engine and I was en route to downtown Toronto.img_4955The ride was fast and the trip took about 25 minutes passing two stations of Weston and Bloor. Train runs between 0530H and 0100H with 15-minute interval. To know more about UP Express, visit their site for Toronto airport or UP Express itself. It is really convenient to ride the UP express train since it offers free wi-fi connection and has charging outlets in every seat. It is a great way to get around Greater Toronto Area and the airport.

As a summary, YYZ or Toronto Pearson International Airport is a well-planned and spacious major hub in the country of the north, Canada. Even though it is miles away from downtown city but it can be accessed easily. It is labeled as the busiest airport in Canada but it is big that it is not crowded. Toronto Pearson International Airport is indeed a great airport with stunning architectural design and incredibly friendly hub.

IATA Code: CAK – Akron-Canton Regional Airport

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CAK or known as Akron-Canton Airport is a regional airport located in Ohio. It is a regional commercial airport in the city of Green which is southern area of Summit county. The airport is just off interstate 77, which is southeast of Akron and northwest of Canton thus, the name of the airport.

The airport has only two runways and yet it is one of the fastest growing airports in the Midwest. It only serves local or domestic flights bringing passengers to major hubs like O’Hare International Airport in Chicago to get connecting flights to international destinations.

I arrived in CAK at noon from driving almost an hour and a half from Caldwell. CAK has short and long term parking areas. I parked my  car in Long Term Parking ‘B’ lot since it will only charge me of US$48 for a weekly rate. If you want to check their rates, click here. I was trying to park my car and the airport’s shuttle bus was just right behind me to pick me up to bring me to the airport counter gates. It was really convenient because I don’t have to wait for the bus anymore. I got a yellow ticket from the shuttle bus driver and he said to keep it and to give it when I come back for the driver to drop me off where I left the car. That was so cool since a lot of times whenever I leave my vehicle on a big parking area, I always forget where I parked it. Funny but it happened to me almost all the time when I’m in Walmart Marietta ;).

I was then dropped off in Terminal Gate of the airport. I proceeded directly to the airline counter to get my boarding pass since I can’t do it using the kiosk. It was fast and I got my boarding pass in a jiffy.img_4934

I got spare time to wander around the airport’s departure area and got these.

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Stores in CAK Airport while waiting for your flight

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On my way to the boarding gate

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CAK Airport

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Waiting Area

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Arbys and Great Lakes Brewery

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Free Wi-Fi connection while waiting for boarding

I got to see the departure area of the airport and when I got back from my trip, I got the chance to take some photos in the arrival area.

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Welcome sign

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Baggage Pickup Area

CAK maybe considered a small regional airport but thru this airport, I got easy access to go and travel to other famous and big destinations within the country  and outside. The airport is for travelers like me who live closer to it. It only has few services and facilities offered but definitely beneficial to all flyers.

IATA Code: CLE – Hopkins International Airport

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CLE or Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is of course located in Cleveland in the state of Ohio. CLE is a midsize airport as compared to other airport terminals. I would have thought that it only serves domestic flights within the US since I didn’t see any departures going to other countries but I might be wrong coz when I checked online, CLE has flights going to Canada.cle01 cle03

Since this is the last airport I have gone to, I was able to loiter around. I got to different gates from A, B to C. In the hallways, there were different stores mostly restaurants and cafés. Lighting was a little bit dim but relaxing. There were also some constructions going on but signs were everywhere to give directions to guests.cle05 cle02

After wandering in the airport, I went down to get my luggage in their baggage claim area. I encountered a problem with my baggage since I changed my flight to an earlier one, having my luggage left in Chicago. The airline has an office, though, to check when it will arrive and the representative was helpful and gave me instructions that the next flight from Chicago to Cleveland, my stuff will be there. I’ve only waited for 30 minutes then I got my things.cle06

I got in contact with a representative from the company I’ll be working and we went directly to the parking area which was connected to the airport terminal building.cle04 cle07

To sum it up, I haven’t really explored CLE entirely since I’ve stayed in the Arrival area only but it appeared to me that the airport is well-organised and the pace is slow as compared to O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois. But soon, I’ll be departing from this airport when it is time for me to go back home or go on a vacation.