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Fans of The Chew, Cleveland, or just celebrity chefs in general need to plan a little extra time in their travels, as there’s a new restaurant doing its thing at Washington-Dulles that might just be worthy of a layover.
Michael Symon and associates recently cut the ribbon on Bar Symon, and it is now open for business within Terminal D near Gate 16. We have not had a chance to enjoy a little airport dining as of yet, but it sounds like travelers can expect sandwiches, burgers, and other goodies—complete with both Greek and Italian influences.
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Not a lot of flying for passengers in and out of Montréal–Mirabel Airport, but there are plenty of small flying friends that now call the airport grounds home. The folks that run things in Montreal gave a call over to Miel Montreal—think of them as all things bees—about setting up some hives on airport grounds.
We wrote about the Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) in 2010 but a recent trip left us oh-so impressed we decided to revisit the beauty and efficiency of this flying experience again. Five years later, it still puts most other Caribbean airports to shame (I’m talkin’ to you, Saint Thomas!)
Punta Cana is the Dominican Republic's leading destination, and with more than 5.9 million international arrivals in 2014, it is the second busiest Caribbean Airport surpassed only by San Juan, Puerto Rico. Yet despite the heavy traffic it appears pristine.
The airport’s thatched roofs are breathtaking and tropical – and the airport is not only cool looking, it is literally cool. Although open-aired, massive ceiling fans are located throughout the airport, making it breezy and comfortable.
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Leaving Hawaii is never easy, but at least your time at the airport might be that much more enjoyable thanks to the folks over at Hawaiian Airlines. They’ve always had a few lounges here and there across the island airports, but now they’re spending some cash to spiff them up for both tourists and locals alike.
All in all they’re upgrading and improving six of their Premier Club lounges, but up first was the one over at Honolulu International Airport—and it’s now open for business. Think the usual lounge offerings like free WiFi, plenty of power outlets, and free snacks and beverages.
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Just the other week we told you where to get beer, bourbon and barbecue when visiting Forth Worth. But should you overindulge in all that BBB goodness, you'll be happy to know that the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will help you get back on your diet with their new, "Healthy + Happy" promotion. (Side note: Uh, should Walgreens be concerned here about this name?)
Airport officials have worked with restaurants in and around the terminals, and as a result each and every one of DFW’s more than 150 restaurants now features at least one low-cal, low-fat, or some other low-this or free-of-that menu selection. Think stuff like oatmeal bowls with fresh fruit, roasted corn and lime tacos, veggie wraps, and plenty of egg whites for those breakfast sandwiches.
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It's been the subject of many awesome time-lapse videos and even a Star Wars fan fiction-style mini production, but Frankfurt International Airport is pretty great at offering live access via their Airport Tour by Bus.
Called the Flughafen Rundfahrt in German, the tours depart from the pre-security area of Frankfurt's Terminal 1 (level 0, Airport City Mall) and go through security (no airline ticket needed) to join up with a bus for an airside drive all along aircraft at gates, at hard stands, on the Cargo apron, in maintenance hangars, and of course on the runway.
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In the world of premium air travel, there are a handful of what frequent flyers call “destination lounges.” These spaces, luxuriously appointed and exclusively for the use of the highest-paying passengers, are often an embarrassment of riches and, thus, completely worth spacing your travel with time enough to visit.
Qatar Airways’ Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge at Doha’s Hamad International Airport is the newest addition to the list of must-visit lounges, and with good reason. Not only is it massive (30,000+ sq ft!) and filled with features like designer furniture and its own lake, but the Al Mourjan lounge has entire semi-private rooms just for families and a full restaurant with such variety of food and drink as to make other lounges cry into their chex mix with shame.
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The newest terminal at New York’s JFK is one you might never see, as it will be specifically designed to help out and handle all the animals traveling through the airport.
Cleverly named The ARK at JFK, the air cargo facility will take up around 178,000 square feet and will cost just shy of $50 million to construct.
According to The Horse—your guide to equine health care—ARK Development and Racebrook Capital are the folks behind the venture, as they promise a state-of-the-art animal handling facility right at the airport. In a way it’ll be the first of its kind, as the place will be the first privately own facility like this—responsible for providing 24-hour airport quarantine for the import and export of critters like horses, livestock, birds, and pets.
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Fly from the US to Europe with a layover in the Middle East? How about a long-haul from Europe to Australia with a lunch of Arabic mezze in Qatar? This is the (near) future envisioned by the brand new, superlative city that is Hamad International Airport-DOH in Doha, Qatar.
The numbers behind the $16 billion(!!) project are appropriately gigantic; DOH can handle 8,700 passengers per hour, and has the space and infrastructure to see 50 million passengers annually through 65 gates once all phases are finished. 60% of the land the airport is built on was reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf, and in all that space passengers will find 22,000 sq m of retail, 15,000 sq m of dining, and a gobsmacking 80,000 sq m dedicated to the 16 lounges within the airport.
A simple layover may not be enough to fully enjoy all of Hamad International Airport, so we’ve done the legwork to name the highlights:
It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
2014 brought fresh airports, but one really caught our eye for more than just new coats of paint and updated design elements. London City, the little airport that is positioned so close to one of the British capital, that you might be able to wave to the Queen upon collecting your luggage, takes home the prize for the most improved airport for 2014.
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Sure the international airports are where it’s at, but we really need to stay here at home and finally check out the offerings over at Indianapolis International Airport. All we hear is good things, and of course they now have robots!
Known as the IND Solar Farm, the panels and people have just completed the second phase. All in all there’s 86 acres of solar powered fun, and spread across all that area are over 32,000 sun tracking panels. This might not be something worth planning a layover around, but it sure is something that allows for some good airport bragging rights.
Scrolling through Twitter on the morning after Christmas isn't all gift-bragging and pretty pictures of families by the fire; one of today's top topics is actually somewhat sad. We searched through the latest tweets from travelers at US airports, and found one theme uniting them all: a grumpiness caused by airports playing Christmas music after the holidays.
At least we know of one airport where the travelers themselves can take control of the playlist; JetBlue's Terminal 5 at JFK uses the Rockbot app which allows public input to create a kind of "social jukebox." It seems travelers on the day after Christmas would prefer a much more muted soundtrack, perhaps because many may be cracking open the covers of novels gifted them over the holiday.
See what travelers are saying this morning: