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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]
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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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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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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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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.
To say that some are obsessed with the departing carpet over at Portland International Airport in Oregon might just be an understatement, as some have even gone as far to make their devotion for airport design permanent.
Now that the carpet is on its way out it is time to begin your airport carpet collection, as a few companies now have the rights—and the goods—to start recycling the former fabric into some snazzy new stuff.
Traveling to or through Southern California is often a bittersweet experience. On the one hand everything is fine and dandy—‘cause California—but on the other is the airport known as LAX.
Airport officials are hard at work looking to fix things up, but just note that it’s going to get worse before it gets better as runway renovation has now begun.
The construction crews are now on-site, and they’re going to be there for quite some time. Right now it looks like three years is the timeline, as work is completed to upgrade and improve the runway safety areas. That’s a good thing, as these things act as a bit of a buffer zone in case of a landing or takeoff issue. Travelers can expect rolling closures of runways and what not, so that means be prepared for delays and delays.
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United Club, the airline's airport lounge brand, is upgrading and improving their food and beverage. But don't get too excited. Yes, it's better than their former offerings, however, it’s still very much lacking when compared to an international lounge.
Some of the new options include an oatmeal and Greek yogurt bar during the morning along with scones, cereals, and other goodies during breakfast. (Excited yet?) Different soups will make an appearance during the afternoon hours as well as hummus, salami and cheese, and something they’re calling a Mediterranean Salad—think wheat berries, peppers, tomatoes, and black olives. (See? We told you not to get too excited.)
These goodies will all be free for members, but they are thinking about offering up some food-for-sale options later this year.
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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.