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Oktoberfest Celebrations at Airports Across the USA

September 30, 2014 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of the biggest festivals of the year is now underway in Germany but, if you’re stuck at home in the nifty fifty, there are still a few spots to celebrate Oktoberfest—even at the airport.

For example, we know that Lufthansa is all in when it comes to the seasonal celebration, and this continues at the airport as well. Senator and Business Lounges around the world, including those in the US (New York-JFK, Newark-Liberty, and Washington-Dulles, Detroit).

The lounge staff might not be in traditional dress like some of the cabin crew, but a few Oktoberfest treats will be added to the food and beverage selection.

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The Newest Airports to Flip the Switch on Free WiFi are...

September 30, 2014 at 8:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

For whatever reason big airports seem to have big problems when it comes to concourse connectivity. Of course WiFi is available everywhere, but it usually comes with an annoying fee. Some of the big boy airports—like Atlanta—have finally flipped the switch to make things free, and now yet another major airport is finally doing the same.

It’s time for the WiFi to be free for all across Houston, as the airport authority has opened up the network to passengers at both George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport. The rollout is complete over at Hobby Airport, but a couple of the terminals at Bush Intercontinental will need another month or so to work things out—so just be aware.

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Los Cabos Airport Releases Newest Estimated Reopening Date

September 25, 2014 at 12:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

First it was September 22, then September 26, and now the estimated re-opening date for Los Cabos International Airport is October 8 at the earliest. This news comes direct from the airport's operator, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico.

The delay isn't surprising considering the damage to both terminals at the airport, not to mention the personal property destruction suffered by employees whose homes or entire neighborhoods were beaten by Hurricane Odile.

Airlines are extending their travel waivers accordingly, but please check with all travel providers involved in your plans to discuss options.

If you're just back from Mexico or holding reservations for an upcoming trip, stay up to date with our recent stories on developments in Cabo:

· How Virgin America Aided the Post-Hurrican Evacuation
· Photos of the destructions and relief efforts around Los Cabos
· Cabo's "Plan of Action" for reopening and other relief efforts

[Photo: Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico]

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Six Islands in a Single-Engine, Part 3: Where the 'South Pacific' Sky Meets the Sea

Where: Vanuatu
September 24, 2014 at 3:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's the stuff of headlines, when a pilot ventures away from familiar runways to embark on an epic aviation adventure in a single-engine aircraft, and it's exactly what Jaunted contributor Joe Corrigan is doing. Follow along over the next several days, as Joe shares trials, triumphs, and terrific images from flying to remote corners of the South Pacific.

Island Hopping in a Single-Engine, The Series:

1. Flight Planning
2. The Point of No Return
3. On Island Time
4. Home Again, Jiggety-Jig

After arriving late at night into Noumea, New Caledonia following several days of flying, it was time to rest. The setting for this respite would be Ille Des Pins, a coral cay about 80 miles to the southeast of Noumea. As idyllic as it sounds, we had quite a large challenge to overcome when it came to actually flying there, one we had not imagined we would encounter and for which we had not prepared.

You see, the air traffic tower there speaks only French—view the landing plate to see what we mean. Luckily enough, I was able to scrape enough schoolboy-level French from the back of my mind (combined with some words remembered from cabin announcements on Air France, like piste equating to "runway").

By no means was our conversation with ATC smooth, but we were able to communicate well enough, whilst understanding both the tower and other aircraft on frequency. After the stress of getting the plane on the ground, we couldn't have appreciated the calm paradise of Ille des Pins more.

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KLM's Newest Employee is the Cutest Airport Helper Ever

September 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Do you like doggies?

What about traveling to Europe?

And you appreciate having lost items returned to you, right?

If you've answered a hearty "yes" to the questions above, then the video below was meant for you. It highlights the newest customer service innovation at KLM: an adorable dog named Sherlock with the ability to sniff out items forgotten on planes to reunite them with their rightful owners within the confines of Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport.

That's pretty much all there is to it, since the magic is really in the beautiful film. Enjoy, but do so knowing that was a one-time thing, and Sherlock isn't going to be a permanent member of KLM's team. For your real lost & found queries, there's always KLM's 130 social media agents ready to help.

[Video: KLM]

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Skip 'Beef or Chicken' and Pick a Picnic on Flights from London-Heathrow

September 24, 2014 at 9:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Making the "beef or chicken?" choice on is hardly a highlight of the trip. But could we tempt you to get a little more excited over Gordon Ramsay's roasted Hereford rump of beef with green salad and mustard or perhaps slow spit-roasted chicken with fries, salad, bread sauce and roasting juices from Heston Blumenthal? Yeah, we thought so.

London-Heathrow likes to push the envelop when it comes to innovation and has a great idea for doing away with the typical in-flight fare. The airport will deliver full menu items from any one of the terminal's 118 restaurants right to your gate, all wrapped up in a cool bag for chilled items, or a thermal bag for hot items. Each meal is completely prepared and ready to be noshed at any time after take-off.

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How Virgin America Aided the Post-Hurricane Evacuation from Cabo San Lucas

September 23, 2014 at 4:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the days following last week's category 3 Hurricane Odile and the destruction of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, both military and commercial jets mustered and pooled resources to rescue a thousands of stranded and weary travelers. Among the airlines to provide free relief flights were United, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta, Southwest, and Virgin America.

The September 18 relief flight by Virgin America transported pallets stacked with water and food to Cabo and brought back a planeful of trapped tourists. Flying nonstop from Los Cabos to San Francisco, they fared far better than those who ended up with transport only as far as Tijuana. Virgin America has been one of the greatest champions of Cabo travel in the few years since they began flying to SJD, in the winter of 2010.

The plane to fly the mission was N855VA, named "screw it, let's do it" after one of Richard Branson's books. The lucky passengers who made it onboard surely echoed the sentiment, after queuing down airport roads for hours in the sun, waiting for a flight any flight to get them out of there.

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Yes, You Can Totally Buy and Fly with a Live Lobster at Halifax International Airport

Where: Halifax, NS, Canada
September 22, 2014 at 4:34 PM | by | Comment (1)

"Security will accept lobsters as a carry-on piece."

When was the last time you heard that an airport? It's a daily occurrence at Nova Scotia's Halifax Stanfield International Airport, where the local specialties shop Clearwater stocks a tank of live lobster ready and willing to enjoy the overhead bin on your next flight out.

Purchase a pincher (live at $8.99/lb, cooked at $9.49/ln) and add a carry-on box complete with ice packs ($7 carry-on, $9 checked), and bring home why may possibly be the best last-minute souvenir from the Canadian maritimes. It sure beats a tiny, 3oz jug of maple syrup.

Find Clearwater before security, just to the left of the security check for Canada-bound flights.

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Photos: Relief Efforts and Hurricane Destruction at Cabo San Lucas' Airport

September 22, 2014 at 11:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

With recent news that it may still be another week before commercial flights resume at Los Cabos International Airport, travelers are undoubtedly concerned for travel plans to Mexico's Baja Peninsula.

All flights have now stopped to the airport, including relief flights now that foreign tourists have been successfully evacuated and repair efforts must begin.

For a sense of what Cabo San Lucas is up against when it comes to cleaning up the airport and making it ready again to welcome sun-seeking travelers, we've combed Instagram for photos from those who made it out within the last few days:

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New Details on the Reopening Date for Cabo San Lucas' Hurricane-Damaged Airport

September 22, 2014 at 8:03 AM | by | Comment (1)


Los Cabos' battered airport is seen behind the wingtip of an Alaska Airlines relief flight

UPDATE, 9.24.14: The airport is now scheduled to reopen on October 8. That could change but we'll keep you updated if we hear otherwise.

The fallout from Hurricane Odile continues, now one week after the category 3 storm lashed the Baja Peninsula and stranded nearly 40,000 tourists. Although relief flights operated by governments and even by airlines have been successful in evacuating the stranded, the major airport for the region—Los Cabos International Airport (SJD)—remains closed to regularly scheduled service and, as of Friday, the Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics suspended relief operations in order to begin airport repairs.

The latest word on a reopening date for SJD comes from the airport's operator, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, who are now planning to welcome limited flights no earlier than September 26. The danger lies not in the actual flying to/from or landing at the airport since the runways and taxiways themselves were not damaged. It's the airport buildings serving passengers—Terminal 1 with a collapsed roof and Terminal 2 with structural damage, both a general mess—which delay the resumption of flights.

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Why Pittsburgh Airport Hopes You Packed a Bow and Arrow

September 19, 2014 at 6:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re not saying hunting is cool and we’re not saying that it’s not, but we are passing along new about the rare opportunity to do it at the airport. The Pittsburgh International Airport is looking to control the wildlife in and around the airport grounds, and they’re holding a little bit of a lottery to offer up the chance to thin the population.

It’s not really at the airport in the traditional sense, but it is on land owned by the count airport authority. It’s archery only, and this year things will be limited to less than 1,000 acres or so. They’ve done this in the past as well, but this year due to development and other airport awesomeness—there's less land available, and we guess that's good for the deer!

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When Will Cabo San Lucas' Hurricane-Damaged Airport Reopen?

September 18, 2014 at 9:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

When Hurricane Odile hit Mexico's Baja Peninsula on Monday, the resort destination of Cabo San Lucas quickly became hell instead of a holiday for travelers. Storm damage was so great that parts of the region lacked electricity, running water, cell phone service, and even transportation. Major roads, neighborhoods and tourists sites were all hugely hurt; in fact, hotels may not reopen for another month. The situation wouldn't be so bad, however, if Los Cabos International Airport weren't also so horribly battered.

The FAA announced that both Los Cabos and General Manuel Marquez De Leon International in La Paz will be closed for at least a week, which leaves the earliest resumption of flights at next Tuesday, September 23.

Airlines have canceled flights accordingly and issued travel waivers for free flight changes or refunds. Virgin America's alert notes they have canceled through September 22 and travelers booked to Los Cabos from now through September 30 are eligible for a flight change to another date, or to another Virgin America destination (may we suggest Palm Springs?).

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