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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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First Impressions of Doha's Sparkling New Hamad International Airport

Where: Doha, Qatar
July 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM | by | Comments (4)

If you want to get a sense of how much the Middle East has become a key gateway for international air travel (and feel incredibly small in the process), a visit to Doha’s vast Hamad International Airport (DOH) will do the trick.

We transferred here during some recent travels, only weeks after the much-delayed airport opened its doors, and were suitably impressed by the soaring roofs and seemingly endless gates surrounded by an abundance of space, though not everything was quite as it should be.

If you ever had the pleasure of visiting the old Doha Airport, you'd have experienced the delight of being bussed from terminal to plane in desert heat. Yeah, not fun. The new Hamad and its 50-million-passenger per year capacity should have eliminated that; alas, imagine our disappointment on our first visit to Hamad when, after taking the escalator down to our gate, we descended into absolute chaos with hundreds of passengers camped out on every inch of floor space in front of several bus gates.

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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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Check Your Colorado Rental Car for Little Leftover Baggies

July 22, 2014 at 7:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

So you probably know that Colorado has legalized marijuana—in all kinds of forms—for recreational use. However, you probably didn’t know that there’s a new place to acquire the state’s latest cash crop. It’s your rental car!

Okay—not really, but it does sound like unwanted marijuana has found a second home within the rental car garage. Most of the stuff is left behind at Denver International Airport right in the rental car, and sometimes it’s even offered up to the agents by those departing the state.

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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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Take a Ride Down the Runway at Berlin's Forever Delayed Brandenburg Airport

Where: Berlin, Germany
July 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

You might not be able to fly into Berlin's new Brandenburg Airport terminal anytime soon, but if you want, you can take a bus ride down what will some day be its runway.

For those who haven't been following this story, the idea of the tour is a little humorous. This airport project, afterall, started all the way back in 2006 and has been an absolute nightmare for Berlin, with constant delays that have seen construction drag on for almost a decade. And it's not just about simple work delays. Political issues, including bribes, have come up, as well as an ever-curious case of the hiring a fake engineer.

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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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Airports and Airlines Step Up to Ensure Your Phone is Fully Charged

July 15, 2014 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Until mobile devices somehow magically charge themselves throughout your journey—you’re going to need a spot to plug in and charge up at the airport. The concourses and terminals have gotten a little bit better at adding ports and plugs, and now it seems like there’s a push overseas to add even more spots to charge up before your trip.

With that pesky new requirement regarding devices to be operational at airport security airports in London are pushing to get more options available to flyers.

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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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Kuala Lumpur’s New Terminal Puts a Twist on Convenience

July 7, 2014 at 10:53 AM | by | Comment (1)

The new terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, KLIA2, opened earlier this year in May. A three minute, 50-cent train ride from the main terminal, it serves AirAsia, Lion Air, and Zest Airways and contains about 60 gates overall.

On our recent adventure in Southeast Asia, we passed through it on our way to and from the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo. As expected, the building is very modern, following the “new airport trend” of looking more like a shopping mall than a transit terminal. But there was one vendor that jumped out at us as we walked by, something we never expected to see: A grocery store.

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