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Hurricanes / Mexico Travel / SJD / Cabo San Lucas Travel / Hurricane Odile / Airports / Airport News / Travel Alerts / Los Cabos Travel / → All Tags
The main airport for Mexico's Cabo San Lucas may have only reopened to commercial flights last week, but it's already welcoming back planeload after planeload of tourists eager to get their sunburns started after damage from Hurricane Odile effectively shut down travel to the bottom of the Baja Peninsula in September.
To show that the destinations is quickly bouncing back, the tourism board is now advocating use of the hashtag "#UnstoppableCabo" on social media, as well as constantly providing recovery news on their Facebook page.
One of the most recent updates involves some important information for travelers who have flights to or from Los Cabos International Airport in the coming weeks:
Airport Restaurants / Airport Eats / Airport News / Airports / Food Trucks / Portland Travel / PDX / → All Tags
We’re not going to say that we called it, but we’re hardly surprised over the latest addition to the dining options over at Portland International Airport. In a city known for its food trucks and on-the-go eats it only makes sense to bring some of these offerings to the airport, so that’s exactly what airport officials are doing.
Just last week spots like Koi Fusion and Pok Pok opened up food carts at the airport, and it sounds like a few more options are headed into the terminals and concourses before the end of the year. Instead of the usual french fries and a burger, you'll be able to score options like spicy tofu and kalbi short rib tacos along with a side of kimchi—at least that’s just some of what Koi Fusion has to offer.
Travel Politics / DAL / Dallas Travel / Texas Travel / Southwest / American Airlines / Airline News / Airport News / Airports / DFW / Wright Amendment / → All Tags
...As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas - even if the federal government has to force it to be.
The Wright Amendment was enacted in 1980 as a change to the Federal Aviation Act of 1958. It was all about protecting the risk and financial investment put into opening Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport in 1974, sheltering it from the older, smaller Love Field just a 21-minute drive away.
While the amendment was not technically created because of Southwest Airlines, the fear was that if Southwest, or any large carrier, continued to operate out of Love Field (previously the main airport in North Texas) it would decrease passenger numbers at the shiny, new and expensive DFW Airport.
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If you've never made it to or through the airport over in Indianapolis, then you're missing out on one of the USA's top airports—seriously.
Travelers at IND now have an extra amenity in the form of a robot, who has just begun roaming around the terminal and using its interactive abilities to answer questions.
The thing is called "Double Robot"—guess there was no money left in the budget for a clever name like "IndyBot"—and it’s topped off with an iPad. Instead of employing a physical human being to walk around, the robot is equipped with a video link to an actual person, ready to assist you.
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An empty airport can be a very loud place. Moving walkways squeak, the soundsystem blares with a soundtrack of Rihanna and Nickelback, a carpet cleaner steers his roaring machine ever nearer and, in the particular case of Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, slot machines on low volume still ring, ting, beep and buzz.
During a 10-hour overnight layover at LAS this last weekend, we were faced with a dilemma: pay a Friday night room rate (plus resort fee and taxi) at a Vegas hotel or suck it up and hunker down for the night on the floor at the airport. Partying was outwe'd just flown in from Hong Kong and our greatest desire was only for warm food and a few hours of horizontal-ness.
After settling for an Auntie Anne's pretzel dinner, we sauntered around the terminal on sleeping zone reconnaissance and, somewhere near the start of the D gates, we spotted our salvation in the form of a stark white wall and two doors of lapis lazuli blue. The American Express Centurion Lounge!
Hurricanes / Mexico Travel / SJD / Cabo San Lucas Travel / Hurricane Odile / Airports / Airport News / Weather / LAP / → All Tags
Some shocking news out of Mexico this week and, for a change, it's extraordinarily positive.
Not only has Los Cabos International Airport met their estimated airport reopening date following damage from Hurricane Odile, but they're now welcoming flights on a nearly normal schedule.
As we stated September 25, the main airport for the Cabo San Lucas resort area set a reopening for October 8 at the earliest. That was yesterday, and the day indeed saw commercial flights back to business as usual, albeit with limited terminal facilities.
Health Travel / Travel Safety / Africa Travel / Ebola / Airports / Airport News / JFK / EWR / ORD / IAD / ATL / Airport Security / → All Tags
Whether you realize it or not, international airports are screening for health issues of incoming passengers. Typically it's just trained officials eyeballing the stream of arriving passengers, sometimes with the help of temperature sensors, looking for any telling signs of deteriorating health before an unwell person passes through customs and out into the public.
Owing to the recent threat of Ebola, however, those checks are about to become more obvious, and more specialized, at least temporarily.
According to the NYT, five US airports will begin screening passengers arriving from West Africa with new procedures, including a contactless thermometer to test for fever, and a questionnaire to determine a person's risk.
Airport Dining / Airport Restaurants / Airports / Airport News / HMSHost / Airport Restaurant Month / → All Tags
Here’s something we can certainly get behind, and if you’re headed out of town this month—you’ll probably enjoy it too. Establishments across the United States and Canada are offering up fixed menus for a fixed cost, as it’s time to celebrate Airport Restaurant Month.
HMSHost—they’re the ones behind loads and loads of dining spots at the airport—are the ones running the show this time. They’re modeling things just like a restaurant week near you, but things run all month long—and there’s usually one option per airport.
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No need to go hungry on your next trip to or through Finland, as the folks over at the Helsinki Airport have put a new spin on the food delivery concept.
Those transiting through Terminal 2 at the airport can now order groceries and other goodies ahead of time, and they’ll be ready for pickup right after customs and before you head home.
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We know that we’re in the minority when it comes to loving everything and anything when it comes to airports. For most the airport is often just a means to an end—like "when are we getting to our final destination?!"
Now one airport is helping those who hate the typical waiting room atmosphere of airports, as they’re introducing a way to virtually escape the confines in favor of a more idyllic location.
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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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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.