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We know how it goes at the airport. It’s noisy, it’s crowded, and you’re just trying to do your thing until it’s time to step aboard and head out of town. The live terminal entertainment is usually pretty limited, but thankfully Maan Hamadeh recently stepped up Prague's Václav Havel Airport to take things to the next level.
The pianist performed his take—and takes—on Beethoven's Fur Elise, and then he moved onto that Celine Dion song from Titanic. As wonderful as the performance was we could have gone without My Heart Will Go On—it will be in our head all day long.
Anyway, take a moment to watch the clip from the airport, as it will likely put a smile on your face—or at least make you want to take up the piano.
[Photo / Video: Maan Hamadeh via YouTube]
[Photo / Video: Maan Hamadeh via YouTube]
Here’s something new when it comes to airport technology, and it’s all taking place over at Helsinki Airport.
The airport is going to be the first in the world to actually kind of track passengers, as well as each and every movement that they make as they progress through the terminals and concourses. If WiFi is enabled on your mobile phone then they’ll be able to see where you’re going; however, thankfully it does sound like you need to opt-in to things before airport officials will be checking you out.
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When we last left Portland International Airport we were busy admiring their beautiful airport carpet designs, but now we’re back and we’re investigating something a little more delicious. A bunch of famous local eats from the city’s foodie scene are making their way past security and into the terminals and concourses. Best of all we won’t have to wait years and years for a first taste, as the first will likely debut early next year.
It sounds like plenty of vendors, restaurants, and other shops are running out of time on their leases. That means that a whole bunch of establishments will be changing hands, and that allows spots like Bunk Sandwiches, Bunk Sandwiches, and Mo's Chowder to open a few new airport locations to offer up some on the go eats.
Up next for the airport is some kind of billion dollar shopping dome, so that you can spend that extra foreign currency—or just swipe the credit card—before you head out of town. The whole thing is known as Project Jewel, and included in the construction will be five-stories of fancy pants shops as well as an indoor garden. The icing on the cake is the circular waterfall that will cascade down right in the middle of the whole building.
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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.
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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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.
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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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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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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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’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.