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Airport Essay Descriptions

Descriptive essays are, of course, all about description. However the intention is not to simply provide an itemized account of what is in a picture requiring description, or in this case, to provide a simple account of what is in an airport. Descriptive essays should present the reader with a visual picture based on appearance, smells, textures and so on, based on the five senses. Care should be taken to "describe" in terms of the senses and not offer an opinion as the essay then could become more discursive than descriptive.

Consider your thesis statement and introductory paragraph. Be specific in your description; for example, "An airport is more than its essential elements of size, types of aircraft, a building, a runway and people. It is a cultural experience, a hive of activity and a place where decisions are made and lives are changed forever."

Your thesis statement will help you to remain focused and to describe each element, such as dimensions, aircraft, runway, buildings, people, cultures, activities, lives and so on.  

The first step is to imagine an airport. The most striking thing about an airport is its size. By definition, it needs to be large to accommodate planes, some with huge wingspans. However, size is relative and some airports cannot cater to large aircraft because of wingspan or runway length or capacity. Therefore, in getting a sense of the airport you may be describing, the size is important in guiding the reader to a true sense of scale. The reader can already imagine which aircraft may be situated on the apron or runway. Describing those aircraft may be relevant.

Airport buildings in large cities are usually quite impressive but those in smaller, outlying areas may be more about the runway than the building and so describing the building helps to enhance that visual, descriptive picture. Some airports operate all hours and are frantic and loud and light for 24 hours without respite. 

Airports are very cosmopolitan; many people, many nationalities and many cultures all converge in one place to make for a fascinating culture all of its own. Should it be an airport catering only to domestic flights, there is still a diverse population. Any airport caters to people from all walks of life. There will be the businessman or woman, the tourist, the traveler visiting beloved family members across states and sometimes countries, child travelers and airport staff themselves, including those who stay on the ground and those pilots and flight attendants who work on the planes. There will also be those who fulfill administrative functions, technical and repair functions, operations, traffic control, emergency services, guest services, and then the retail outlets and restaurants often found in airports. 

Airports are incredibly happy places and unbelievably sad places. They unite and they divide. They are lonely places for some and opportunities for learning, advancement and excitement for others. 

There are many ways to describe an airport while maintaining a descriptive tone. When your essay is finished, ideally the reader should want to run off and experience the real thing because your description is so inspiring!

Airport is a complex of buildings and runways for take-off, landing and maintenance of civil aircraft. It has facilities for passengers. It is interesting to see how the movement of so many planes is tracked in perfect order. The one at Kolkata is known as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport. Few days back we were taken from school to see this airport.

School bus dropped us at the domestic terminal. We formed a queue and entered the airport, trying not to come in the way of passengers. The ambience was very impressive. The lounge was brightly lit and tastefully decorated. Huge screens displaying the arrival and departure of flights greeted us at different spots.

It was a busy time of the day. There were a large number of people with baggage in tow, some standing in queue before ticket counters, some proceedings towards different numbered gates. There were many children also. We heard voices at short intervals announcing the arrival, departure or delay of flights and at times asking passengers to proceed towards a particular gate for security check.

There were counters of various airlines with smartly dressed men and women who were answering the queries of passengers, weighing their baggage and issuing boarding passes. The gift shops in the airport were well stocked with books, toys, chocolates and knick-knacks. We came across a florist with large varieties of flowers, a saree shop selling traditional bangles, sarees, and numerous snacks counter.

The assortment of snacks on display drew our attention. They had almost everything starting from pizzas, burgers, doughnuts, sandwiches to wafers, juices, tea, coffee and soft drinks. We also saw airhostesses of Jet Airways, Air Deccan and Air Sahara. One pilot even stopped over to talk to us. He answered all our questions with a smile.

He explained how he flew the plane with a control stick. He also told us that the experience to soar high among the clouds was unmatched. He left by asking us to go to the viewing gallery to see the take-off and arrival of planes. We saw numerous X-ray machines scanning the baggage of passengers. Then we went to see the security checks being done. Security personnel frisked every passenger and then stamped his boarding pass.

Our next destination was the viewing gallery. We could hardly contain our excitement as we raced up the stairs. The viewing gallery had sound-proof glass on one side and rows of chairs for people to sit and watch. A bus dropped passengers near the aircraft, and then they proceeded to climb the stairs leading into the aircraft. We saw the lights flashing on the tips of the wings of the plane.

The door of the aircraft closed and the plane started to move towards the runway. Just short of the runway it stopped and a light came on the front of the plane. We could faintly hear the rumbling noise of the aircraft engine. The plane started to move again, this time with more speed. The speed kept on increasing and when it was in the middle of the runway, the plane started to climb up and was off the ground.

After a while it appeared like a giant bird in the sky. After spending a day in the airport my interest to travel by air piqued. I hope my wish is fulfilled soon.


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