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Worst Airport to be stuck at

by web-administrator (September, 2015)


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(Guest Review by Ugh) Stuck in this horrible place, boyfriend and i were resting with our backs to the wall in the upper level and were told by security that's not allowed upstairs, even though I later saw other people doing it with no issue. It's now 1 am and there are two employees 'working' on the hydraulic lift doing what I can only understand as decorating, while reversing constantly. In reverse the lift makes an ear splitting beeping as it backs up, great in a loud place but there are probably less than 30 people in this whole airport, including employees. When I asked how long they'd be and what they were doing they said, 'working all night.' I watched them go up, point at things, climb down and rearrange garbage bins on the floor... sooo.... it's a little bit more than mildly infuriating. No other staff around to ask/beg for quiet. Since its all open concept it's shrieking even in the bathrooms. Been here since 7 pm and they just started now. Really? The only other passengers here are sleeping or leaving... rude af. Oh and they close the 'lounge' area at 10 pm, reopens at 3 am. Benches aren't the worst but pretty sucky to sleep on and I've been homeless sleeping on cardboard that was more comfortable. Not impressed.

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Really decent airport

by web-administrator (June, 2015)


Where: Landside
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(Guest Review) Slept on landside because I was too cheap for a hotel. It's a small airport, and new. Pros: free wifi, clean, generally deserted, and no sketch people wandering in in middle of the night. safe (which i can't say for the city) Cons: nothing's open, and airside closes around midnight. security WILL kick you out. tim hortons opens around 5 or 6am, i believe, but nothing before that.

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Richardsons designers need a slap

by MTL_scott (July, 2015)


Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: Clean and bright
Cons: no loungable, layoverable comfortable pre-security seating, rare plug-ins


July 8th, yesterday I was delayed 15 minutes too long by, what was called an upper atmosphere lightning alarms.This made me miss my connection to Saskatoon.Westjet pleasantly rebooked me to winnipeg where I would sleep and then get a morning flight. Ok, I can deal with sleeping in less than ideal situations. I really can't deal with Winnipeg's new airport. I was made to totally exit the post-security area where there are numerous couches and benches to the pre-security area where there are some individual-seat benches layed out around the perimeter of the building. Not comfortable due to the sectional style, possibly designed to prevent sleeping. So I looked for a carpeted area I could possible tuck away to, the only place with carpeting is right beside the luggage merry-go rounds. I scouted for outlets, literally only finding two, only one of which was anywhere near a bench. To top it all off the lights are full on stadium strength throughout the place, in addition over-loud 'light rock' music stations piped in all night, making any sleep a tough proposition. Post-security my rant against the place continues as far as outlets go. You would think we are in the 80's in terms of power accessibility.There are two seatless stands with power outlets and a few random spots, but for a brand new airport..wtf. Long story short. winnipeg awesome city, the designers for the new airport need to have a mandatory sleep in an airport and own a device before being allowed to touch design software again.

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If your layover is overnight you are not allowed to stay

by web-administrator (January, 2015)


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(Guest Review by Bobasha) I have never been to a major airport that kicks people out on layovers overnight but ywg does. You have to leave the secure area and risk sleeping by doors directly to outside. As a solo traveler i find this unsafe. Don't route through here overnight if you can help it. air Canada does not tell you this.

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Winnipeg airport disappointing

by web-administrator (March, 2015)


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(Guest Review) What a disappointment for a new facility. No where to put down your coffee in seating areas, baggage checking requires you to carry your luggage to a belt far away from the agents (dumb design) few places to rest comfortably between connections they could do better

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Winnipeg Airport Review

by web-administrator (January, 2015)


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(Guest Review) Winnipeg has a new airport. No more observation deck or international arrivals area with comfy couches. Down by Starbucks there are some nicer benches and at night should be quiet.

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Worst night of my Life

by snowinpeg (April, 2011)


Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: Roof, two automatic sliding doors, handicap washrooms
Cons: Everything; the atmosphere is extremely negative, the airport is run down


The Winnipeg International Airport should be renamed to Winnipeg Airport because it simply should not be able to receive international flights, because it stinks with disgrace to humanity. The moment you walk in there, it feels like you have gone back in time to time of post soviet era in one of those underdeveloped countries following soviet union collapse. The dining area is an overstatement, food is ugly expensive and the service....there is no service, it feels like they are doing you a favor even though you are nice to the working staff. At the main entrance, there is automatic sliding door, WOW! Only one, Winnipeg still has everything 'manual' or 'mechanic'. IT is way behind technology and doesn't seem to ever catch up with the rest of the developing cities. As mentioned, at the entrance, there is an ugly carpet that has been there ever since I came here for the first time, that red, stinky carpet with dry vomit and bloody spit of local hookers and beggars. The cabbies are aggressive, they will follow you. Overall, it is not a good airport, there is a feeling of a post nuclear world inside this airport, hell, Winnipeg is a dump!!!!!!!!!!! Detroit of Canada.

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Untitled1932

by web-administrator (February, 2002)


(Contributed by ?) The best place to sleep at YWG is the observation deck. Not only is there plenty of floor space, but there are several couch-like benches too! The observation deck is very quiet, and the lights are dimmed at night. You go through a strange neon-lit walkway to get there, kind of a meditative experience. A flight departure/arrival screen is nearby - handy for the many flights that leave in the early, early, EARLY morning. Only thing I worried about was sleeping through my departure time. Lounge with big screen TV and cable is just outside the observation deck to catch the early morning news. There were about 8 people sleeping in this room when I spent the night here, and we all had plenty of room - and a good night's sleep! There is also a chapel at YWG. It is comfy and quiet, but if you sleep there, please be respectful of anyone who wants to pray."

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Untitled1931

by web-administrator (January, 2000)


(Contributed by Tracy Grant) "Winnipeg isn't too bad provided you're there between May and October. Otherwise be prepared for a wickedly cold terminal if you haven't dressed right. The upper level has pricey and boring food but okay book & magazine stands. To find a place to sleep, cross the driveway that separates the Terminal from the Rent-A-Car agency building and sleep in their chairs. For the most part no one will bother you until it's time to lock up and the washrooms are nearby. The chairs are right in front of the agency counters so they'll watch your stuff while you're napping (just ask nicely)"

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Untitled1930

by web-administrator (January, 2000)


(Contributed by ?) "I live in Winnipeg, and use the airport often. Clearly I don't ever have a need to sleep there, but from scoping out the airport I can suggest a few good places to catch some shut-eye. First and best is the international arrivals lounge. It is on the lower level, and has lots of big comfy couches. Winnipeg only has around 10 international arrivals per day, so the lounge is often empty and quiet. My second suggestion is the observation deck, which hardly anyone ever uses. You'd have to sleep on the floor, but it is very isolated and quiet."

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Untitled1929

by web-administrator (January, 2006)


Where: Landside


(Contributed by Lloyd Jones) ""I left Winnipeg 9:30 PM to go to Thunder Bay an hour away by air. It was cold but the skies were clear. When we approached Thunder Bay the pilot announced that the runways were not cleared after a sudden storm and the workers had gone home. After circling Thunder Bay for a while, the pilot said he was going to have to go to Sault Ste Marie. We landed safely...only to refuel. Couldn't stay there for the night because the storm that brought horrible weather to Thunder Bay was heading their way. So back we went to Winnipeg arriving at 3 AM. I said to the security agent "Where's a good place to stay at the Wpg airport?" "Observation deck" he suggested, "most comfortable place in the airport." I checked out the airport chapel for a possible stay but the seats were not long enough and the light wouldn't turn off. I went up to the third floor observation deck, had a good view of the landing strip and found a comfortable soft leather bench. The cleaning staff left me alone. I awoke at 6 AM when the announcing of flights began (it was loud). Next time I'm stranded in Winnipeg airport I know where to go. " Added 06 April 06

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Untitled1928

by web-administrator (July, 2005)


Where: Landside


(Contributed by mackenzie and alex) ""I live in winnipeg and have slept at this airport, I think 4 times now, the first time I did it accidentally. I went there to get on a flight only to find out it was delayed. So I went to a gaurd and asked if there was a place I could sleep, he just said, "well, I guess if you aren't gonna be too long, you can slep over there." and pointed to a dark group of seats in a corner a little out of the way. I slept in peace until an announcement (not loud, I guess I was just waking up anyways) woke me up. I looked around at the plasma-screen t.v.'s that display departure and arrival times and saw that I was late for my fligt by 10 minutes, but I was too late anyways. I went back to sleep in my little "fort" that I had set up with my luggage. After that little outting, I went on google and searched a bunch of stuff and I found this! And I visited it and used some of the tips for my next slumber party. This was just to see if I could pull it off for a whole weekend and to have some fun with my buddy. We used hiking backpacks and didn't shave for a few days before we went to make it look like we had been busy little travellers! He asked me on the way if people really did this, so I told him about the site and we went on our way. First we set up our blankets and pillows (two blankets each). By the way, theft isn't a huge deal here, we didn't have any valuables with us though, so we weren't worried anyways. Next we went to a Tim Horton's and a little resaurant next to it and ate at the nice cafeteria while we talked about our cover-story. We went and picked up a couple books and noticed that it was 1:00, the airport was very quite (there don't continued >>

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