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ODESSA AIRPORT customer review :  6 February 2013 by M Sobolewski    (USA)

Rating : 7/10

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Arrived but didn't depart from the airport (VIE-ODS). Since I was carrying a significant amount of currency ($2500), I was politely questioned by customs but otherwise treated very well. After I told him where I was going, he warned me that it would be expensive to take a taxi. The trick is that you need to call in advance. The taxicab mafia wants $50 and they stick together. If you call directly, you can get a ride for $10 or so and they'll arrange for a pickup. Always arrange for pricing in advance. There's also a very inexpensive autobus that takes you into the city, but can be crowded. I was in and out of the airport in 20 minutes. Don't exchange a lot of money there. Just enough to get into town. You'll find a better deal at places just a few blocks from the centre of town.



ODESSA AIRPORT customer review :  21 September 2012 by M Moser    (Canada)

Rating : 1/10

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The terminal was like a long low shed, tarmac potholed, very poor quality. The terminal was old and tired but reasonably clean. The toilets were disgusting on the departure side. Arrival and departure procedures involved queuing several times, unfriendly, unsmiling personnel. We were herded onto buses from our incoming flight, to travel approximately 150 feet to queue for customs. There were two unsmiling agents processing incoming passengers. Apart from the larcenous taxis - despite negotiation we still ended up paying about 2.5 times what the fare should have been into the city. To put it mildly this airport is not an asset to Odessa and is the worst airport I have ever been in.



Odessa Airport customer review :  15 October 2011 by A Adrian    (Romania)

Rating : 3/10

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A small but quite functional airport. I used it for a flight to Kiev and back to Odessa. What I like about this airport is the fact that, due to it's small size, everything works fast here. Baggage claim wait time was practically zero, although this airport is not equipped with a baggage belt. Instead, the tourists have to pick up their luggage from the back of a small truck. Probably the airport taxes for this airport are very small, and for this reason some very good flight deals can be found on flights from this airport. The toilets were decent. Beside of some basic cafe, there was nothing working at 6 in the morning. A baggage wrapping service is also available on site for the price of 25 grn. Parking for longer periods also available right near the airport.



Odessa Airport customer review :  4 October 2011 by J Petersson   (Sweden)

Customer Rating :  4/5

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Reminds me of a bus station but it does the job. Everything seems to go on in a relaxed way. Only one word of warning: Airline and ticketing offices don't always stick to the posted opening hours and be prepared for the usual taxi scam on arrival. As with the rest of this place, speaking just a few words of Russian or Ukrainian can do wonders here. All in all, this airport is a good gateway to the Southern Capital.


Odessa Airport customer review :  22 March 2011 by Robert Murata   (USA)

Customer Rating :  4/5

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Have been thru this facility three times within the last year. Only one terminal, very small but clean. Kinda reminds me of a US bus station terminal in a small city. All employees are friendly, security is stereo-typed Russian, however if your Russian language is limited, they are very patient. Going thru check-in, security goes very quickly and smoothly. Sometimes when arriving you are required to fill out a temporary Visa, but if you write in English, security cannot read it and they will pass you thru anyway. Never had to wait for luggage, yes everything is scanned and if you are bringing gifts, ( you will be asked) be prepared to pay "duty". There does not seem to be a set fee, and you must pay in Hryvnia's. Not a problem just be prepared, best is to leave the gifts at home and purchase them in the Ukraine. All in all, understanding that the country has virtually no budget, and no money, this is an overall good experience for someone that has not crossed over to the eastern side of Europe.

Odessa Airport by Y Kahanovych

11 May 2010   Customer Rating : 3 Star Rating

Odessa airport works better than it looks. Nothing there is trouble, but again overall facility looks pretty shabby. I used it couple times last week in and out on domestic flights. Big plus compared to my previous experience were clean toilets (never seen that there before). Another big plus was speedy security (but quite rude). Check-in was fast, baggage delivery took 5 minutes, so nothing to seriously complain about.

Odessa Airport by Peter Fox

28 November 2007   Customer Rating : 3 Star Rating

The airport has improved slowly over the last 2 years. Yes it retains a slightly Soviet bearaucracy but that is to be expected but generally it runs ok. The duty free and cafe airside are ok but limited. The introduction of new airport transit buses has modernised things but the older truck and trailer is still around for added character. A resurfacing and lengthening of the runway is in progress so gradually all things will improve. Immigration is ok if you follow the rules and accept that it will take time. Luggage appears fairly quickly but the traveller must expect to have all incoming baggage checked and even X-rayed. The key to travel is correct paperwork, relax, don't expect slick service, learn some local language and don't get stroppy when everything appears to stop. Remember the staff have the control and can may your life a misery if you give them cause. Also don't be overwhelmed with the onslaught from the rabid taxi touts as soon as you exit into the public area. Please remember that easy travel into and out of Ukraine is a recent thing and attitudes take time to change. If you are from a western culture you may wish to reflect that immigration and exit used to be similar not so long ago from many western european countries and travel into and out of the US can still be an exasparating experience!

Odessa Airport by John Albertson

18 April 2006   Customer Rating : n/a

The airport has been renovated and now does look better. Customs still take a long time to get through, but it is quicker than it was before. It should also be known that quite often the airport staff say to passengers that their luggage was lost, looking for a bribe. Usually it's there. Overall it's okay.

Odessa Airport by Ron Brigden

12 February 2006

Pretty awful airport but if you persevere you can make your way about. Incoming there is a change location, but it is unmarked and up some stairs. After that the delicacies of the cafe await you. The runway is the roughest landing I have ever had on tarmac and the reception committee of gun toting police is a wee bit Soviet.


Odessa Airport by Nico Roeleveld

8 August 2005

Calling itself an international airport, it's not worth that name. The building is very old and lacks every comfort even heating. It was just as freezing inside than it was outside. Departure "hall" is just a room, no windows and wooden chairs. Customs and immigration takes ages. Tax free shop is situated behind a small window from where you can order your things. The toilet was so dirty that I decided to wait and use it on the plane. Even the runway was so bad that I was surprised that MALEV risked their brand new 737 to land there.









 


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