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We love it when our travels take us to slightly more unusual airports, and this one in South Africa certainly fits the bill. Hoedspruit (HDS) lies 280 miles northeast of Johannesburg on the eastern edge of the Limpopo province, towards the border with Mozambique. The most likely reason for venturing out to HDS is the same for which we came: the proximity to world-famous Kruger National Park.
Only one airline (South African Express) and two cities (Johannesburg and Cape Town) offer scheduled service to Hoedspruit, using small, single-aisle Bombardier jets or prop aircraft. The link to Johannesburg is twice-daily throughout the week, with one daily flight to Cape Town only available on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. A few charter airlines will also make the hops.
Hoedspruit’s location and level of traffic could easily fool you into thinking this is just a tiny airport, but that impression would be wrong; only a section (officially Eastgate Airport) is for commercial use, with the airfield being unexpectedly vast due to its use as a military base and, even more interestingly, as one of the emergency landing spots for the now-grounded Space Shuttle.
Situated in the middle of Southeast Asia is Indonesia, an archipelago nation the includes the island of Bali, synonymous with tropical cocktails, private luxury villas, and people with smiles as warm as the temps. There is one thing that can throw a wrench in the enjoyment of all of this paradise, however: a sleeping volcano that awakens.
That's just what happened late last week on the main island of Java, when Mount Kelud woke from its dormancy and began spewing ash, rock, and smoke into the sky. History has proved an issue for air travel when there's any type of ash in the atmosphere, so naturally planes were grounded across the region, even as far south as Australian flights en route to Bali, the Cocos Islands, and Christmas Island.
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A weird fight has been happening at Indianapolis International Airport lately, over the possibly installation of art glorifying Justin Bieber and his super popular follower tagline, Belieber. Seewe promised it was weird.
The whole story began when airport officials wanted to brighten up their walls with some trendy art and so called upon home-grown artist, Tre Reising, to conjure up a piece which would encourage interaction. Reising then proposed a colorful piece made up of the hashtag #Belieb, originally intended for flyers to snap their photo with the art and upload it to their favorite social media. Seems like a win-win for the airport and the artist. Not exactly.
The healthiest airport in the whole wide world will soon be found here at home in the nifty fifty. Well at least that’s the plan if the folks down in Dallas get their way, as they are eager to show that the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is the best option for hungry travelers.
In the past the place has done well when examined by the group known as the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, as they’ve scored in the top five for good-for-you options when on the go. However, the airport is now going all in with salads, greens, and other healthy habits.
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This was a very rude thing to say, and Vice President Biden should absolutely apologize. Say what you will about Third World airports, at least most of them have people who are trying to build and grow things. Newark, on the other hand - well, Jaunted has been writing about how much that airport sucks for almost our entire existence. At one point last year United dropped a bunch of money to make it better, and they inevitably failed, on account of how it sucks.
It's not just LaGuardia either. All of New York's airports are awful. JFK has birds flying through the terminals, and so of course some of the seats and certain spots on the carpet get covered in - excuse the vulgarity - actual bird shit. At night the people to birds ratio approaches that of an aviary, and you've got birds picking at the trash. That can't be hygienic. Why won't somebody do something about that?
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When it comes to airport news you know that we can’t get enough, so when we heard that Tampa was planning a revamp and reno at its facilities we just had to share.
The Tampa International Airport is famous for connecting chilly passengers with some fun in the sun, and now the place is going to exude a little bit more warmth. It’s all about a more modern and open feel, as even some of the shops and restaurants will be moved from the middle to make some more space.
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Unfortunately, the folks over at Yankee Candle have yet to concoct a creation that features new airport smell, so that means we need to enjoy the opportunity to breathe in fresh airport terminal air whenever it arises. That chance is this week, as San Francisco International Airport is busy putting the final touches on its latest terminal revamp and renovation. It held a public event over the weekend to check things out, but it’s officially open to flyers beginning tomorrow.
The new additions are happening at the airport’s Terminal 3, as the new slice of the airport is Boarding Area E—they’re calling it T3E for short. It’s where a lot of United flyers will depart and arrive, so passengers with United stamped across their boarding passes will be the ones enjoying the new restaurants and amenities.
Coming back from a weekend of adventures in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and feeling a little, well, under the weather? Just pop into the new terminal at the Cabo San Lucas International Airport (SJD) and pick up whatever you need from Zithromax to Ibuprofen and even Cialis and Valtrex. And no, you do not need to show a prescription for most of the products.
While we scanned the shelves for some Xanax or Valium (see below, we were hesitant to pick up the 800mg Ibuprofen. It just didn't seem right.
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Apparently, there has been some confusion amongst visitors to Colorado about the fact that you cannot fly with marijuana, so much so that the airport at Colorado Springs (COS) has installed what they refer to as “amnesty bins” to allow travelers to trash it before they go through security.
Even though pot is legal in the state up to the point where you can have it in your car at COS (but not DIA), you still cannot legally bring it inside the airport due to federal regulations. While no numbers have been released or collected, we’re guessing most of the issues are the result of uninformed tourists as well as from those who are flying intrastate, say, from Colorado Springs to Aspen, and figure they should be all set. It’s a nice thought, but not yet legal.
Can we just say that it’s about time?
If you have ever had the pleasure of flying to or through New York’s LaGuardia Airport, you probably have a pretty strong opinion about the disrepair and dysfunction that can be found in and around it. Now it looks like someone is finally getting ready to do something about it, as the State of New York will be throwing money at the problem—like $3.6 billion worth.
The state’s governor—Andrew Cuomo—seems sick and tired of what the place looks like, and as part of the upgrades and improvements the airport will be scoring all kinds of new stuff. All the details are still forthcoming, so we’re not sure if it will be Starbucks or Sbarro making their appearance at the new LaGuardia. However, a new central terminal will be a big feature, and that will go nicely with new restaurants, shopping spots, and brand new parking garages. Free WiFi is also set to arrive, so that you can share your opinions of the new place on Instagram—your friends will probably need to see it to believe it.
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In case you haven't flown to New York City lately, the metropolis' "big three" airports of JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark are pretty hectic places, operating at capacity most hours of the day. Expansion isn't much of an option since, last time we checked, the Big Apple was pretty skint on available land. Thus, to find cheaper airfares and more flexibility, a traveler can look to airports further out, and perhaps even as far as the other side of New Jersey from Newark.
On Frontier's route map, Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN) is touted as being an alternative to Newark Airport, and only "1 hour away." If it's an option for Newark, that means it could be yet another airport choice for travelers headed into or out of the NYC area as well.
Currently Frontier flies nonstop to 13 destinations from Trenton: Cleveland, Detroit, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Nashville, Chicago-Midway, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Myers and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood. That's quite a lot of activity for an airport which, up until very recently, didn't even offer restrooms after security. One flyer even joked, in a Foursquare tip, that the tiny airport is "easy to miss, with that bush in the way."
Undaunted, we booked a flight to see for ourselves if Trenton is the new Newark....
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We've come to that special time again when a new Hobbit movie is released and entire nation of New Zealand goes gaga for all things Gandolf and Bilbo. In the air, the giant Smaug took to the skies with Air New Zealand and now the folks at Wellington International Airport have, again, gotten into the fun.
In 2012, the airport installed a giant (not to mention so realistic it was creepy) Golum above its food court to share in the excitement of the newest movie. Now, airport visitors are greeted by two Great Eagles suspended from the ceiling and Gandolf perched on top of one of the 2,000lb sculptures.