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If your travels have brought you through Chicago O'Hare's International Terminal, then you may have noticed that it's hardly the nicest place to spend some pre-flight time. Alas, that was then and this is now, because as of last week, passengers are now being welcomed into a totally refreshed Terminal 5, featuring Chicago hometown brands and international boutiques.
The project totaled $26 million and two years of overhauling, but the terminal now boasts a wider variety of airside activities. Chicago restaurant masters, Lettuce Entertain You, have opened several of their mainstay eateries (Big Bowl, Wow Bao, Urban Olive, Hub51 and R.J. Grunts) and, if you need a pick-me-up, there's Intelligentsia Coffee for delicious brews and Wicker Park deli, The Goddess and Grocer for nibbles. No drama if you've got your heart set on Frontera Grill's tortas, since Rick Bayless has this terminal covered as well.
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Granted, our usual NYC travel advice is to avoid Newark Airport whenever possible, but take it doubly serious this summer as public transportation to/from the airport is going to be the worst.
The Newark Airport AirTrain will be closed for necessary repairs for 75 days during summer's peak travel season: May 1 - July 15. Rubbing salt into the wound, not even Amtrak will be stopping at Newark Airport's train station, meaning the only option for public transportation is a replacement shuttle bus leaving from downtown Newark.
Additionally, with no AirTrain, travelers making transfers between terminals or heading out to the parking or rental car lots will also need to pile in the shuttle buses. Yuck.
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The average traveler is only going to glance at signage around a boarding gate a few times before heading out onto a flight. These signs flash information about connections, upgrades, reminders about rules and regulations, and where you might be on the standby list. Most airlines have had digital flatscreens for years and years, but that hasn’t been the case for Southwest Airlines.
Things are finally changing, and it's all positive for departing passengers. Up first for installations and improvements is Chicago-Midway, as the new gate displays have already started to arrive at the airport.
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We hope you’ve already starting planning your summer vacation, and that the mad search for affordable and attractive airfare has already been initiated. If you’re planning to visit San Francisco and the Bay Area this summer you’ve probably started to check out options to and from the city’s main airport—SFO. However, just be aware that you might want to check out some of the other airports in and around the area as well.
Obviously the more options there are the better chance of a deal, but what we’re most concerned about are potential delays over at San Francisco International Airport. Constriction work is arriving sooner than later, and the airport will be forced to close down two of its four runways between May 17 and the middle of September. Add in some of the area’s well-known weather—fog—and you’re all set for an extended delay arriving or departing the city.
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Stay a little more connected during your next flight with United, as the carrier is doing their best to keep you charged up during your time at the gate.
The airline is adding around 500 charging stations to airport terminals and gate areas. Their home at Chicago O’Hare International Airport is the first to get the installations and upgrades, as they’re already hard at work putting in more than 100 such stations across the airport’s Concourse B and Concourse C.
Happy St. Patrick's Day, LA!
Operations are normal this morning at Los Angeles International Airport, despite the city shaking from a 4.4-magnitude earthquake at approximately 6:35am PST. It was originally reported as a 4.7-magnitude, but was downgraded. According to Dr. Lucy Jones of the US Geological Survey, the quake was a shallow one and “epicentered in the Santa Monica Mountains between Westwood and Encino, closer to the Valley side, about five miles below the surface."
The city is conducting an emergency survey by ground and air to confirm that the earthquake hasn't caused any damage, but the LA Times did speak with a Westwood bagel shop owner who noted that "No bagels fell off the shelves and 'everything stayed in place.'"
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Since it won't be any time soon that travelers will walk the halls of Berlin's new airport (ah hem national embarrassment ah hem), it's time to throw full focus on the nearly complete Terminal 2 at London-Heathrow Airport.
Formally named "The Queen's Terminal," the $2.5 billion GBP ($3.9 billion USD) structure is nearly set to open, but it needs your help.
Heathrow is looking for hundreds and thousands of volunteers willing to play passenger and put the terminal through the paces before the official opening. This is called a "proving period," and we can say from firsthand experience (as a volunteer during T5 at JFK's proving period that it's generally great fun running around a fresh-built airport.
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When it comes to Los Angeles travel, all airports are not created equal.
Although most travelers know of LAX, the area actually boasts five major airports, each with its own strengths, weaknesses, WiFi policies, and paparazzi specialties. And you can bet frequent flyers to the left coast feel loyalty for the airports nearly as much as the airlines.
For example, our Editor Cynthia loves Long Beach for its slick looks and tech friendliness. On the flip side, HotelChatter Editor and LA resident Juliana pledges allegiance to the flexibility and fancy upgrades of LAX. Contributor Andy swears by SNA, and Jaunted friend The Sterling Traveler seconds the Long Beach fascination.
What? No love for Burbank or Ontario International? Having sampled all five airports in our travels, it's time to compare and contrast:
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Last week, we discovered a little something crazy: the popularity of airport carpets on photo sharing app Instagram.
Delving a bit further into this fascination, and that of other similarly quirky funny Instagram travel hashtags, we've found that not only is the carpet of Portland International Airport in Oregon particularly beloved, but that devotees have gone so far as to have the design tattooed!
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We have not been shy when it comes to sharing our love and affection for some of the new technology making its way into the passport and immigration control line. Automated kiosks smooth the process, and of course cutting down on lines after a long-haul flight is always a plus.
This week some of this travel technology makes its way over to Texas, as Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport is now featuring some of those awesome Automated Passport Control kiosks.
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We’re right in the middle of SXSW, and if you’re lucky enough to be in attendance this year chances are that AUS will be in your plans. We discussed some of our favorite airport eats last year, and the same holds true in 2014—get some ice cream and barbeque before departing town. This year Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is rolling out the welcome mat for visitors yet again, as they’re bringing plenty of live music and other entertainment right into the terminal.
It seems that each and every week we hear about new restaurants hitting the airport dining scene, and this week is no exception. At this point you probably know that Sbarro and Starbucks are out in favor of some high end concourse cuisine, and that’s exactly what they’re getting over at Reagan National Airport’s Terminal A—the good stuff.
Fans of Top Chef and The Chew will want to head to the airport a little bit earlier than usual, as they’ll need time to check out one of the latest ventures from Carla Hall. It’ll be a little bit of time before things start serving up terminal treats, as it seems like the middle of 2015 is the target opening date.