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New $20 Tax for Visiting Venezuela is Hardly a Breath of Fresh Air

Where: Venezuela
July 29, 2014 at 7:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

It might not be the destination of the summer, but there’s plenty of people heading to and through Venezuela. The country is hardly rolling out the welcome mat for those visiting the airport, as their latest airport tax is a little less than enjoyable.

Beginning earlier this month travel from Maiquetía Simón Bolívar International Airport got a little more expensive, as the country’s government started levying a new tax on those arriving at the airport. It’s kind of an air tax—like for breathing the air—and it will set you back 127 bolivars, which is about $20, or so.

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Singapore's Airport Debuts a Food Court Stocked with Local Flavor

Where: Singapore
July 25, 2014 at 8:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

We can hardly keep up with how great things are over at Changi Airport, but yet again we’re ready to share some news about what fun stuff they’re adding to the terminals and concourses.

This week the airport is adding a little bit of the local foodie scene, as they’re taking a creative spin on the airport food court. The new options are all included within what they’re calling "Singapore Food Street," as they’re introducing 13 local hawker stalls right into the airport.

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DFW Airport Has the World Exclusive on a New Fast Food Restaurant

July 23, 2014 at 6:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news for hungry travelers heading to or through Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, as a new sandwich shop is due to open with something other than the usual airport fare.

The new place will be called Banh Shop, and it’s the first location of the Vietnamese sandwich concept being tested out from the company behind other fast food eateries like Taco Bell and KFC. The focus here will be banh mi, as well as variations on the sandwich.

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One Airline Wants to Track Their Gate Agents' Every Move

Where: Japan
July 21, 2014 at 10:45 AM | by | Comment (1)

We have been there and you probably have been too, as there’s that situation when it’s time to go and you can’t find the gate agent. Well one airline wants to ensure it’s aware of the gate agents’ location at all times, as they’re hooking them up to a little bit of a tracking device.

Japan Airlines is teaming up with Nomura Research Institute to show off what they can do with an iBeacon and a smart watch. The test run is already underway, as they’re trying things out over at Tokyo-Haneda within Domestic Terminal 1.

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$2 Billion is the Pricetag for This US Airport's New Terminal

July 18, 2014 at 8:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

Your next trip to or through Salt Lake City might be just be a little bit different than before, as today is the day when the bulldozers and construction crews start doing their thing. It’s all part of the airport’s plans for the future, as $1.8 billion in new terminal cash is now officially being spent.

All that money will get the city and the airport a brand new terminal, but like we just said—it doesn’t come cheap. It also doesn’t come quickly, as things aren’t expected to open up to the flying public until sometime in 2022. Right now the airport does its thing across three different terminals, but the master plan includes the idea of combining things into one giant terminal.

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It'll Be Paper Airplanes in the Skies at Vancouver Airport

July 17, 2014 at 9:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s a little late to enter this year’s contest, well that and the fact that it’s only open to the kiddos. However, we still think it’s worth mentioning, as it’s not everyday that they host a paper airplane contest at a major international airport.

Things are part of Vancouver International Airport’s YVR Take-Off Fridays, and this is the second annual occurrence of this little airplane contest and celebration.

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Took Long Enough, But Italian Designers Now Making Furniture for Italian Airports

Where: Italy
July 17, 2014 at 6:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

A little bit of modern design is heading into airports across Italy in the form of new gate furniture. We’re used to the standard look and feel of the seats that fill the concourse and terminal, but now one firm is taking things to the next level with a simple—yet snazzy—"less is more" approach.

Poltrona Frau, whom you may remember as also having done the plush leather seats in Singapore Airlines Suites Class as well as Ferrari sports cars, are branching into airports. The seat has been dubbed "Flair" and it was launched in Milan last year. The first to score the swank seats is Bologna Airport, thanks to a little help from the architecture firm over at Progetto CMR.

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Have You Seen These 'HappyOrNot' Airport Opinion Raters?

July 16, 2014 at 6:52 AM | by | Comment (1)

Have you seen any of these HappyOrNot Machines in your travels? Apparently these little feedback kiosks have been kicking around at airports across the globe, as well as everywhere else from pizza places to other retail locations.

It’s all part of the plan to gather thoughts and opinions regarding the airport experience, as officials look to improve upon the traveler experience. There’s usually a question, and then some simple smiley faces—or sad faces—and corresponding colors to share your feelings.

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Five Exercises for Staying Fit on Arrival

July 11, 2014 at 2:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we highlighted some of our favorite exercises to get in both before boarding your plane and during your flight. If you're really looking to round out your travel wellness, however, fit in a few exercises after you touch down at your destination.

From altitude to humidity and posture to activity levels, our bodies are subject to different stresses than when we're on land. Even in a lie-flat seat, the body is slightly abused through saltier food, the possibility of free flowing alcohol, and time spent sedentary, so we offer you our picks for the best exercises and stretches to do while waiting for your luggage:

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Ever Wonder What Frankfurt Airport Would Look Like as a Star Wars Location?

July 10, 2014 at 2:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

This was posted to YouTube last week, it swept through reddit three days ago, it landed at Laughing Squid on Monday, and on AdWeek later that day. We're only bringing it to you now and, for that, we apologize.

YouTube user Frank Wunderlich says he was flying back from the United States into Germany's Frankfurt Airport when he discovered that "the biggest german airport plays a key role as an imperial starport in the new episode" of Star Wars. Since most people can't really visualize what that means - even though the new Star Wars movie is kind of a big deal, and people have been sort of talking about the series in general for a while - he went ahead and posted the video we've embedded below.

The video - which he titled "Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage!" - is now inching toward 5 million views on YouTube. Because the Internet is kind of magic that way.

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Will Athens' Old Airport Get a Second Chance at Life?

Where: Athens, Greece
July 8, 2014 at 10:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

For years and years the major hub in and out of Greece was Ellinikon International Airport, but in 2001 the airport shut its doors and it has kind of been just hanging out ever since. Ideas for repurposing the space have been tossed around now and then, but it finally looks as though one group is planning some true upgrades and improvements in the form of turning it into a resort area.

After signing a long-term lease for almost a billion euro the Lamda Development group has some big plans and ideas for the former runways and airport land. Their dreams include making it a true international destination once more, but by somehow creating a resort within the city—something that they claim would be the first of its kind. Expect hotels, a marina, and a park larger than London's Hyde Park. Rounding things out would be at least a kilometer of new beachfront.

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Why a $19 Airport Salad Has Us Very, Very Worried

July 7, 2014 at 5:54 PM | by | Comments (7)

On Sunday, I was sitting in Terminal 4 at LAX, having a coffee at Campanile during a layover. I was seated in one of the last bar stools, right by the glass display case where sandwiches and salads are sold to go. I was enjoying this seat for the sake of people watching, but for the most part I was minding my own business.

Then, someone came up and bought a salad, and I almost fell off my bar stool. I couldn’t believe what the charge had been for the chicken Caesar salad, the one in the clear plastic take-away container. I also couldn’t believe the customer had gone through with the purchase after he heard the price. Ready for this? Including tax, $19 and change!

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