Connecting to an international flight from here beats driving to Sydney Airport.
The city's utilitarian Soviet buildings are clad in dazzling white marble, and the theme continues in the airport.
It's one of Europe's most popular cities, but the airport is clearly struggling to handle the tourist boom.
It's geared for about three flights a day but one season a year, it is mobbed with tourists.
Ultimately, flying is a mundane, transactional affair, and Terminal 4 knows it.
The check-in counters have changed little in the upgrade, but who needs them when online check-in is so easy?
A note for your own security: always use Uber or its Middle Eastern equivalent, Careem.
An airport without the "shopping centre vibe" but the potential for long queues when busy.
Dubai's Terminal 2 is not pretty, but it does the job.
Surprisingly smooth check-in experience despite the airport handling 33.3 million passengers in the last year.
When the staff member directs you to go back outside to the humungous TSA check-line, don't do it - there's a better option...
Big American hubs are almost universally hellish, so it's a relief to stumble across one that is actually pretty good.