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Once the Apple Watch made its debut on the wrists of travelers, it was inevitable that things like gate information, flight updates, and other flight-related frills would all make an appearance via one airline app or another. But now it’s an airport that is going all-in with Apple's latest tech toy.
Per Airport World, this month Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) became the first airport in the world to start using the Apple Watch behind the scenes. The airport has connected the watch to its existing operations and information system, so now the watch can immediately offer duty managers real-time updates . Push notifications and alerts to staff are designed to keep everything on schedule and running according to plan: whether it comes to flight delays or airplanes fighting over a gate, every need-to-know issue will be delivered to a wrist so that it can be dealt with. Hopefully this will keep decision-makers in the know — and benefit all travelers as a result.
SITA, the airport management system that pushes these updates through an app it developed specially for YQB, is also in use at 150 airports in almost 50 countries. So it might not be long before other staffers in other airports are using Apple Watch like walkie-talkies. The next time you see an airport worker bee busily checking his or her wrist, know that they might be sending instructions — not emojis.
We’ve seen our share of airport art installations, and it’s fair to say that some are great and some are — well, less than great. Here's one that falls in the extremely rare greater-than-great category. Although what makes this art unique — besides that it actually covers acres and acres of property outside of the airport — is that it also serves a surprising function.
Amsterdam artist — and, we can only, assume awesome gardener — Paul de Kort has designed a pretty good looking 81-acre park next to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. But you won't find picnic tables or park benches here. The folks at Gizmodo have the full scoop (and plenty of pictures), but basically de Kort created green space that greatly reduced the noise of all those planes coming and going. Ridges in the ground, set a certain distance apart, mimic the wavelength of airport noise — and as a result, they've cut the noise pollution basically in half.
So the next time you’re coming or going through AMS and look out the window you’ll know the importance of all those ridges on the ground. Not only do they look cool, but they're a fix for (noise) pollution. Talk about going green.
[Photo: Paul de Kort via Gizmodo]
Much of LAX is under construction, including the runways and (most noticeably) its terminals as the airport continues to modernize and update its offerings. But while the jackhammering and plywood will remain for a few more years, new things are already starting to be revealed.
Yesterday, American Airlines announced its new nonstop service to Sydney. The flights will begin on December 17 in a OneWorld partnership with Qantas, flying the flagship Boeing 777-300ER (pending regulatory approvals). Here's a bit more about what will be on board:
American’s new service between LAX and SYD will be operated by the state-of-the-art, three-class Boeing 777-300ER with best-in-class premium customer offerings. The aircraft’s products and services feature all-aisle access, fully lie-flat seats and a walk-up bar in the premium cabins; Main Cabin Extra seating provides more legroom; and all seats feature personal, in-seat entertainment screens with up to 250 movies, over 180 TV programs and more than 350 audio selections, international Wi-Fi capability, and universal AC power outlets and USB ports.
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Memorial Day might be over, but we should still make a point to stop and remember — and thank — our brave military men and women. And thanks to the folks behind Hudson Group, American airports are places where uniformed service members will continue to find some tokens of gratitude.
According to USA Today, Hudson-operated airport retailers will offer free small coffees to American and Canadian military members through July Fourth. The weeks-long giveaway applies to more than 50 cafes, shops, and kiosks in terminals and concourses across the country, including spots like Dunkin’ Donuts, Aeromart and Euro Café, among others.
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International travel isn't just about seeing foreign lands and experiencing other cultures. It's also about sampling the very best snacks and candies that another country has to offer. (Everyone speaks the international language of "sweet tooth.") Duty-free airport shops are among the best places to score cool confections with flavors you'll want on your taste buds as soon as you've unpacked. In fact, our recent trip to Canada yielded some yummy treats worth bringing home for friends — with some extras saved for yourself, of course.
While at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, we were scanning the maple syrup-stocked shelves when we came across a series of boxes that were beautifully decorated with various Canadian landscapes and nature photographs. Aptly named Tastefully Canadian, this brand of treats incorporates tastes that reflect the world's fourth largest country from coast to coast — and yes, it definitely sneaks in some maple flavors here and there.
Here are a few specific boxed treats that we'd recommend stocking up on before you catch your flight home. With them in your suitcase — and later in your mouth — you'll be sure to leave with sweet memories of your time in Canada.
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Good news, if you're looking to save some digital dollars — or is that, electronic euros? — during your next trip to Spain. Soon you won't be paying anything at all to access airport Wi-Fi.
According to an article over at Salon, Spain's airport authority is about to flip the switch on for free Wi-Fi. By the end of 2015, they'll grant the magic of free and unlimited Wi-Fi at 46 airports across the country.
Of course we all know about the phenomenon that is the carpet over at Portland International Airport, but now there’s another airport getting in on the flooring craze. This time it’s Pittsburgh International Airport, as the PIT people are in the middle of making their flooring into a bit of an art installation.
Airport officials are calling on nearby Carnegie Mellon University for a little bit of inspiration, as they’re utilizing the school—and professor and artist Clayton Merrell—for design assistance for the 169,000 square-foot project.
According to Action News 4, it’s all Terrazzo tiling, and the final airport masterpiece will reveal blue skies and puffy clouds—a pretty safe design for an airport terminal if you ask us. It sounds like they’re hopeful that travelers will feel as if they are walking across the sky.
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It's hard to believe that it was only last month we declared the LAN Airlines lounge at Buenos Aires' Ezeiza Airport the "best in South America." That may have been true at the time but, as of this week, the tides have changed and LAN's home airport in Santiago, Chile now not only claims the best lounge in South America, but the largest.
The brand new Salon VIP opened at SCL yesterday, and it borrows much of the look and South American design influence of that Buenos Aires lounge, albeit on a grander scale.
As the largest lounge in South America, it naturally boasts some impressive numbers, like the facts that it's 23,000 square feet, with 28 restrooms, 10 showers, a 180-foot-long buffet, 46 employees, and the capacity for 460 travelers. It's nearly 24 hours, with operating hours from 3am to 1am daily.
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There's no way to win when it comes to transferring between Washington DC's Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore-Washington Airport (BWI). You either pay a ton for a taxi for the drive through Beltway traffic with a minimum drive time of one hour, submit to the stress of many public transportation connections for far cheaper and three hours' travel time, or see if any of the shared ride vans will take pity on you (and still have to pay a lot).
We found ourselves facing the conundrum of the IAD-to-BWI transfer this weekend, a situation brought about by the fact that domestic airfares from BWI were, like, six times cheaper than if we had left from IAD. We knew what we were getting ourselves into with an IAD-BWI switch, and we steeled our resolve for a rough journey after our call to a few shuttle services only returned with the news that they were already fully booked.
The internet isn't any help, either. Google "easy transfer between IAD and BWI" and you end up on inaccurate Tripadvisor threads from 2008, or help forums where the general advice is to try and change the flight to operate from DCA instead. Not helpful, internet!
What is helpful, is the good ol' Information Desk at Dulles Airport, which has actually printed little "8 Ways to BWI" slips of paper for similarly stressed travelers. Here, we share the valuable tips:
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Good news for those looking to head into or head out of Miami, as another of the area’s commuter trains has finally linked itself up with the airport.
Earlier this month a new Tri-Rail station opened up at Miami International Airport’s transit hub, and that means passengers are now just a short people mover ride away from the terminals and concourses.
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There's no need to hit the streets of Honolulu to catch a glimpse of the city's cool street art because you might just spy some on the tarmac before deplaning. Thanks to some creative minds at Hawaiian Airlines, a simple airport catering truck can make it feel as if you've taken a trip to downtown and Chinatown.
The airline has painted one of it's ground service trucks at Honolulu International Airport to act as a mini-art exhibit for travelers. Teaming up with street artists, BMD, to do the artsy side, the truck-turned-canvas is brightly covered with unique hieroglyphics focusing on the vibrant natural landscapes, native animals and cultural background that are common not only to Hawaii, but the South Pacific region.
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Good news for moms and families on the go, as breastfeeding just got a little more comfortable and convenient for those traveling to or through Mitchell International Airport over in Milwaukee.
Three new Mamava Lactation Suites are now doing their thing within the airport, and each includes a couple of bench seats, a fold-down table for a breast pump, and a power outlet to plug it—or your iPad—in. There’s even a little space for your luggage and stroller as well. If you’re looking to check these out head into the concession mall and beyond security, as these will be situated in concourses C and D.