Tagged With "Airport"

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Where are flights most often delayed? Now you know.

PHeymont ·
It's not a trick question, and the answer is not "At the airport."   The Telegraph (UK) has collected delay figures for summer flights involving popular holiday destinations, and fond that Portugal had the worst record last year, with 51 percent...
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Lactation rooms for airports proposed in House bill

PHeymont ·
Private lactation rooms for nursing and pumping mothers would be required in all large- and medium-sized commercial airports under a bill introduced in Congress this week by Rep. Tammy Duckworth and 13 co-sponsors.   Duckworth, a first-time...
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Orlando gets ready for even more visitors

PHeymont ·
Orlando's preparing for the ever-proliferating line of visitors to the ever-proliferating line of theme parks and other attractions in the area—the board of Orlando International has voted on a nearly $2 billion plan to add a new south terminal...
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Paris to set flat-rate airport cab fares

PHeymont ·
A plan for fixed-rate taxi fares to and from Paris's two airports has been announced by the government, and it's already drawing cheers from travelers and big jeers from cabbies who believe the proposed rates are wrong and don't impose similar rules...
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NYC's Laguardia gets builder for new terminal

PHeymont ·
New York's Laguardia Airport, my favorite (but it don't get no respect) has taken a big step toward its major upgrade with the selection of a developer consortium that will design, build and operate a new terminal to handle double the passengers with...
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7-Eleven goes 6-Midnight for Airport Debut

PHeymont ·
7-Eleven, the iconic American convenience store that's actually owned by a Japanese corporation, is bringing Slurpees and more to a U.S. airport terminal for the first time, with a store slated to open June 24 in the International Terminal at Los...
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Spain's 'ghost airport' finally haunted by tourists

PHeymont ·
Arch of hoses greet first flight into Castellon           Photo: Laura Cornejo / Twitter   Spain's infamous "if you build it they (won't necessarily) come" airport at Castellon finally got it first passengers yesterday,...
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What's next for United, as CEO is ousted?

PHeymont ·
The unexpected departure of Jeff Smisek as CEO and president of United leaves many open questions about United and its future, beyond the possible corruption issues involved in his departure. Smisek has been replaced by Oscar Munoz, who has been...
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Berlin's airport tragedy of errors continues

PHeymont ·
Berlin's long-delayed (it was supposed to open in 2008) new airport will now have a new delay: work was stopped today when it was determined that the terminal roof may not be strong enough to support the air-conditioning units that have recently been...
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London Gatwick Airport Has Busiest Month Ever

Travel Rob ·
    Photo of Gatwick Car Parking: Wikimedia Commons, Author Mary and Angus Hogg London Gatwick announced the busiest month in its history with more than 4.53 million passengers traveling through the airport in August. This was an...
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Berlin's Tempelhof takes on a new crisis role

PHeymont ·
As it was in 1984, now to serve refugees   Berlin's now-closed Tempelhof airport, famous for its role as the hub of the Cold War Berlin Airlift and more recently Berlin's newest public space, will now re-open as a refugee reception center for...
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Tampa International Gets Non-Stop Flight to Germany

Travel Rob ·
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U.S. has a (nearly) ghost airport, too

PHeymont ·
We've written here before about Spain's Castellon airport, until recently marooned without flights since it opened several years ago. But USA Today has uncovered a U.S. airport in nearly the same situation.   Mid America Airport in Muscoutah, IL,...
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Best and Worst airports list for 2015

PHeymont ·
Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Paris-Beauvais, France and Laguardia in New York City top (or is it bottom?) the shame list for airports in the world, Europe and North America this year on a recent survey. At the other end of the scale, congratulations to...
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JetBlue chips in to grow blue potatoes at airport

PHeymont ·
  When an airline is as fascinated with its colorful name as JetBlue is, down to serving blue-potato chips on every flight, it might be a surprise to find that they're also obsessed with green. But  JetBlue, which already installed an open...
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Frontier quits; Delaware only state with no flights

PHeymont ·
Now departing...and not returning. Frontier leaves Wilmington flightless.      Delaware is now the only U.S. state with no scheduled air service, as ultra-low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines pulled the plug on its last (and already...
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Heathrow gets 'best airport' award, closes T1

PHeymont ·
Queen Elizabeth opens Heathrow's Terminal 1 in 1968   Amazingly to many of us, London's Heathrow has been named best airport in Europe, picked from among 450 European airports in 46 European countries (did you know there were that many?) The...
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Schiphol cuts noise with a green maze

PHeymont ·
  Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, Europe's 4th busiest, has often been the target of noise complaints from neighbors as 1600 flights a day take off and land. With a new and longer runway just going into service, they've found a way to mute the...
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U.S. taxes on flying among world's highest

PHeymont ·
How much of your ticket is tax?   Not all the expensive add-ons for your ticket are airline bag fees and fuel surcharges; according to a new report, another big factor is high government charges, among the world's highest. Each ticket starts out...
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Shrinking airports to serve more passengers? Perhaps!

PHeymont ·
If the headline seems to be a paradox, it should. As air traffic grows by 5-7% a year overall, airports get bigger, baggage carousels get bigger, the distance between your plane and the exit gets bigger...are you really being served?   Those are...
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Instant climate change available at airport!

PHeymont ·
Step into a booth—The Climate Portal—at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport, and step into the climate of an entirely different place, say the city you're traveling to.   Chilly? Too hot? step out and down to the shopping area for an extra...
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Los Angeles Airport to allow Uber to pick up passengers

Travel Rob ·
Los Angeles International Airport will become the largest airport in the country to allow ride hailing companies to pick up passengers. Fares to Downtown Los Angeles are expected to be $30 instead of the $50. The LA City Council approved it...
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Las Vegas doubles int'l gates, aims at Asia flights

PHeymont ·
Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport is putting a new emphasis on international; it will double its international gates to 14, and make one of them capable of handling the huge A380.    The airport is the nation's 9th busiest, with over...
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Ka-ching! Pennsylvania airports could go Vegas

PHeymont ·
Airport slots at Las Vegas McCarran International Pennsylvania is considering licensing slot machines at its airports to generate funds that could help balance the state budget...or who knows? pay for some airport improvements,   At a hearing...
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Smaller airlines demand air (and ground) space

PHeymont ·
Laguardia taxiway, lined up for take-off: Is there room for more? Photo: Port Authority of NY&NJ A coalition of smaller airlines is stepping up pressure on the Department of Transportation to open up some landing and take-off 'slots' for them at New York's crowded airports, dominated by the 'Big 3' legacy carriers. Alaska, Allegiant , Frontier, Spirit and Virgin America call themselves "new entrants" in the business and the area, and are...
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UPDATE: Justice Dept. sues over Delta/United Newark swap

PHeymont ·
  The U.S. Department of Justice has sued in U.S. District Court in New Jersey to block Delta and United from swapping their slots at Newark and JFK airports, saying that it is important to preserve competition at Newark. United already controls...
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TSA studying NFL security for airports

PHeymont ·
Where are you most likely to be scanned and probed? After airports, the likely answer is stadiums and concert venues—and the TSA is seriously interested in advanced technology now in use at the San Francisco 49ers' Levis Stadium.   The...
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NY's Laguardia to get total overhaul by 2021

PHeymont ·
New York's often-mocked but close-in and convenient Laguardia Airport will get a total make-over within the next six years, under plans announced yesterday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Essentially all the existing buildings will be shifted to allow better...
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Just how much tax is in your ticket?

PHeymont ·
How much of your fare goes for taxes and airport fees?      Photo: Alexander Nieswandt / Wikimedia   If you've been vexed by all the charges the airlines add on top of your ticket for baggage, changes, seat choices and just plain...
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Airport trend: More local restaurants

PHeymont ·
Branch of Casavana, a Florida Cuban favorite, at Ft Lauderdale    Photo: Delaware North   A welcome trend in airports, especially for those of us who sometimes find airports so alike we wonder where we are: More airports are...
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If you're flying out of Rome, you may not be

PHeymont ·
A fire last May that heavily damaged Terminal 3 at Rome's Fiumicino airport is leaving passengers stranded or with major changes. The terminal handles most international flights, and it is mostly international flights that are affected.   In one...
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Rome airport's Terminal 3 to re-open soon

PHeymont ·
Terminal 3 at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino airport will re-open by the end of July, the local mayor told an Italian Senate panel on Tuesday. That will allow the restoration of normal service at the airport, although the terminal will still need...
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Fiumicino, Italy. Where Gumbo was #123

DrFumblefinger ·
  Gumbo was visiting a small city many people travel through, but few people stop to visit.  Gumbo was in Fiumicino, Italy.  Rome's main airport, Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino (FCO) is situated a few kilometers from downtown...
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Fewer U.S. airports have real competition

PHeymont ·
Lots of planes, little competition. Scene at Newark Liberty, where United controls nearly 70% of the traffic   As the U.S. airline industry has consolidated, competitive options at U.S. airports have shrunk. With 80% of U.S. domestic air traffic...
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How loooong does it take to get to your airport?

PHeymont ·
A USA Today blogger recently published a piece pointing out that only three U.S. cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Honolulu and Chicago Midway) have public transportation that gets to the airport faster than a car, and that in some cities it can take...
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Hang on tight! Your bag's going for a ride...

PHeymont ·
If you've ever considered bungee-jumping, zip-lining, sky-diving, roller coasters or other forms of extreme travel, hang on for this one...but it's only available if you are a camera attached to your suitcase...   The video above was shot by a...
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Berlin: New scandal, but no new airport yet

PHeymont ·
Germany's reputation for precision, quality work and punctuality has already taken big hits because of construction delays and engineering errors at its still-under-construction new Berlin-Brandenburg airport for Berlin now has the additional...
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Chicago's Midway to get a makeover, too

PHeymont ·
  Chicago officials are looking at plans for a makeover for the city's #2 airport, aimed at relieving complaints about inadequate facilities and amenities, and above all ending security backups that have been reported as "mile-long."  ...
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Atlanta tells TSA 'shape up or ship out'

PHeymont ·
Atlanta's busy airport, upset over long security delays, threatens to replace TSA screeners with private contractors.
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The first 727 comes home to stay

PHeymont ·
The first Boeing 727 has made its final flight, landing at Seattle's Museum of Flight at Boeing Field
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Anchorage Airport never closes for winter weather

Travel Rob ·
Anchorage has something to really brag about! Can you believe their busy airport never closes for bad weather?
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TSA adds agents after airport complaints

PHeymont ·
After complaints about growing delays, TSA has gotten an OK to cancel layoffs, hire agents and move teams. But the delays are still growing...
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Airport 'Inner Chef' competition live at O'Hare

PHeymont ·
In a cook-off mimicing Iron Chef, contestants will compete at Chicago's O'Hare for prizes and a spot on airport restaurant menus.
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Spencer helps out at Schiphol Airport

DrFumblefinger ·
A new robot named Spencer will help guide you to your KLM gate in Amsterdam if you need help!
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Latest on Berlin airport: Shoot the messenger

PHeymont ·
With the opening of Berlin's scandal-and-mishap-delayed airport still far in the future, authorities fire the PR man who called for more transparency.
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Jackpot win for airport slot player

PHeymont ·
Once in a while, fairytales come true, and just about as often you hit the jackpot on slots. For one lucky traveler at Las Vegas, it happened.
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Is bad PreCheck planning responsible for TSA delays?

PHeymont ·
A veteran travel editor argues that the 90-minute+ security lines growing at airports stem in part from TSA's mishandling of its PreCheck program.
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Denver gets closer to airport with new rail line

PHeymont ·
Denver's new 23-mile rail line will cut travel time to the airport to 40 minutes, and a $9 rail fare instead of a $70 cab ride.
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Germany may be no-fly zone Wednesday

PHeymont ·
Strikes by ground-staff unions may delay and cancel flights across Germany Wednesday. Frankfurt is the focus, but other major cities will be affected.
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Groundbreaking for NYC's 'new' LaGuardia

PHeymont ·
LaGuardia, one of the nation's busiest but most outmoded airports, is finally on its way to a massive make-over.
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