Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Detroit
there are two people movers in Detroit and it is a pity that I only rode one of them and this is the Airport Express Tram in the Detroit Metro Airport. The Airport Express Tram is a is a fully automated, grade-separated mass transit system inside the huge airport and is free and operates 24/7. it has 3 stations (North Station, Central Station and South Station_ that services Concourse A, Main Terminal and Concourse B and C) and is fully automated overhead tram and the tram track is about 3,700 feet long.
the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne Airport is composed of the Bigger Edward Mcnamara Terminal and it's sateliite concourses A, B and C and is used exclusively for the Sky Team Members and Delta Airlines, as this is their second largest hub after the Hartsfield Jackson Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. the smaller North Terminal (also known as Concourse D) is for Non Sky Team members. both Terminals handle international and domestic Air Traffic and together comprises the second longest Airport Terminal Buidling after the Kansai Airport of Osaka Japan. it also has the famous ExpressTram Shuttle to ferry passengers to and from various areas of the Airport. The terminal host a large number of shops, snack stands, full service restaurants, duty free shops, bars and souvenir shops.
Over the last few years Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) has undergone a dramatic transformation with a new terminal, a sixth runway, a south entrance road, and a new parking garage. Improvements continue with the ongoing construction of a new terminal to replace the aging Smith Terminal. The new terminal is scheduled to open in 2008.
Detroit is by far my favorite airport to have a few hours to wait before flights. This place has really been re-done in the past few years and has an amazing amount of things to do inside its 3 concourses. Tons of shops and restaurants- my favorites being the SORA sushi bar, Diegos Mexican cantina, both on the A concourse, as well as the Grey Goose Martini Longe in the C concourse. There is a train running the length of the A concourse, a huge fountain in the center of A, as well as numerous flat panel TV's over the gates for thoise who like to pass the time with TV. Getting in and out of this aiport is very easy as well, with very fluid traffic flow and awesome service at the gates and at security checkpoints. The tunnel connecting the terminals is also something to behold- like an acid trip without the cold sweat! Also- a nice Westin hotel for those on an overnight connection.
I fly through Detroit quite a bit, though I rarely see anything beyond the airport. I do like the new Northwest Airlines "Mid-field" terminal. From being my absolute least favorite airport in the United States, Detroit Metro has now become a hub that I enjoy flying through. For one thing, there are excellent connections here to Amsterdam! The airport is fairly well designed, and is certainly easy on the eye. The terminal trains aren't as useful as they could be, but there's something Buck Roger-ish about them. Food/beverage options are decent - though a Rock Bottom Brewery would be welcome! (Minneapolis Airport got a Rock Bottom in late 2006, so it's possible.)
Another advantage now is the new Commuter wing, terminal C. Best facilities for Commuter planes I've seen anywhere in the world! (That's me on the little 30 seater prop jet, flying up to the U.P.)
Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan International Airport is the main gateway that connects Detroit to other parts of United States and the world. Detroit Airport is the nation's sixth busiest airport serving more than 30 million passengers a year. Northwest Airlines calls Detroit their home and so does discounter Spirit Airlines. Detroit has another airport called the City Airport which is served by regional airlines and charters.
All the major airlines in the United States serve Detroit frequently. The car rental agencies at the Detroit airport are open 24 hours a day and so travelers landing in the middle of the night can still get to rent a car and drive if they dont want to take taxis/cabs.
The Detroit Airport is a beautifully modern facility, well organized and kept impeccably clean.
I was only in Terminal 'A' but it has to be one of the longest buildings I've ever been in!
There's a tram (small metro) up above for taking pasengers over long distances but I preferred walking the entire length, using the moving sidewalks whenever I could.
The Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) is a hub for Northwest Airlines. The new airport now is very convenient, and Northwest Airlines flies from many cities in the U.S. and worldwide to Detroit. The airport is located west of the city. The best way to get to and from the airport is by car. The airport borders I-94 and I-275. A short drive to Detroit, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor.