Tagged With "airport fees"

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Arriving at Palermo Airport

DrFumblefinger ·
Arriving at Palermo Airport
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Zipcar adds more airports; tests one-way rentals

PHeymont ·
Zipcar, which rents cars by the hour to its members for short-term use, is expanding its on-airport locations, adding seven more for a total of over 50. The new ones include Orlando and Tampa.   For those who aren't familiar with Zipcar, it works...
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Re: Look both ways...

DrFumblefinger ·
Classic sign!
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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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Cancun airport departure lounge

PHeymont ·
Cancun airport departure lounge
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Look both ways...

HS ·
Look both ways...
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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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Re: TSA adds agents after airport complaints

DrFumblefinger ·
I thought there was a $10 or so fee on every airline ticket sold in the US to cover TSA. Isn't that where their funding is supposed to come from? So with more air traffic, there should be more funds available for TSA agents. Of course, inevitably such funds are just absorbed into the general budget, rather than what they were intended for.
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Airlines, Airports split over new fees

PHeymont ·
You'd think the airlines had never heard of a fee they didn't like, but now they've found one. Maybe what they don't like about it is that the money goes to airports, not airlines. The charge, which the airlines call a "tax" is the Passenger Facility...
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UK plan: Pay £5 to skip long passport lines

PHeymont ·
Will a plan to charge for fast lanes through UK airports solve a problem or only create a new one?
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Re: Wrong Airport: Help, I've landed and I can't get up!

DrFumblefinger ·
There are few stories more embarrassing for a pilot than the old "landed at the wrong airport one". Wonder how often this happens? This particular story is news because it couldn't take off easily without special clearance. In this era of modern flight navigation, one has to wonder how it could happen at all.
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Re: Wrong Airport: Help, I've landed and I can't get up!

PortMoresby ·
Years ago, flying with a friend into Montreal in a private plane and later than expected, after dark, we'd have been happy to see ANY airport. After a chat with controllers they flashed the runway lights for us and we made it in, safe & sound. Maybe that's the solution for everyone, there needs to be more light flashing for the confused at the right airport.
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Re: Wrong Airport: Help, I've landed and I can't get up!

DrFumblefinger ·
If there are confusing runways nearby, PortMoresby's idea of flashing lights is good. Different airports could have different colored lights. Today I land at the green light airport. Tomorrow it is the red light airport (to be distinguished form the red light areas in different cities).
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Re: Eat 'Healthy' at DFW ?

DrFumblefinger ·
No question that the quality and variety of airport foods has increased tremendously these past 10-15 years. The more choice, the better.
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Re: Eat 'Healthy' at DFW ?

GarryRF ·
Serious question. Bread. In the US a "store bought" loaf of bread has no "Sell By" date. And it never ages like European Bread. We get 7 days on the date tag before bread starts breeding Penicillin and goes in the trash. We're not fans of Preservative in food - is that the only difference ? Just wondering!
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Re: Eat 'Healthy' at DFW ?

DrFumblefinger ·
GarryRF, if you leave that bread outside of a plastic bag, it will never grow mold. It will be hard as a rock, but you don't need to worry about the penicillin. I figure consumption of preservatives is good! If it keeps the food lasting longer, it should do the same for those of us who eat it, right? A way to prolong our time on this planet?!
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Re: Eat 'Healthy' at DFW ?

GarryRF ·
Years ago a friend worked in a Flour Mill. There was a big advertising campaign on about "Our New White Unbleached Flour" from Millers. Sounded much nicer ! The new method of whitening flour was spraying during the milling process with a gas. Not a bleach but it did melt the metal blades! I don't trust any food now until I've read the contents !
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Re: World's best airport? You have to leave home to find it!

Travel Rob ·
They are looking at different criteria than I am for sure. I want an airport that's easy to get into and out of and where customs is friendly. Maybe an airport I can sleep in if I have to. I am a fan of John Lennon Airport in Liverpool for those above reasons. Marseille Provence Airport is also a good one for Europe . Florida has some great airports too like Jacksonville and Sanford. In Asia, Haneda Airport in Tokyo is a good airport ,much closer to Tokyo than Narita and plenty of places to...
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Re: World's best airport? You have to leave home to find it!

DrFumblefinger ·
To me a good airport is one that moves it's lines quickly (or avoids them all together) and has lots of places to sit, and outlets to charge your electronic gadgets. I'd probably add free wi-fi as well. And a few places I can get good quality food for a reasonable price to that list, too. I don't care about shopping, fancy dining, executive lounges or things "professional" travelers might be interested in.
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Re: If you're happy and you know it...press here, please!

GarryRF ·
The reason most airports don't ask is because they don't care ! JFK and Heathrow continue to increase their passenger numbers without the need for customer satisfaction. So by some misguided indicator they presume all is well down on the farm. A captive audience doesn't attract an acceptable service level. A penny saved is a penny earned.
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Re: If you're happy and you know it...press here, please!

PHeymont ·
It certainly has seemed to me that Heathrow doesn't care (it's probably true for JFK, too, but I'm not a stranger there). In fact, I go out of my way to avoid Heathrow. Between the airport experience itself (especially with a T3-T5 transfer) and BA's high surcharges, I've taken to trying to make all my transfers through Madrid or Barcelona. In fact, on my trip this month, I save a good bit by taking American on award tickets to Barcelona and paying my way on Vueling to Marseille. I could...
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The "Noah's Ark" airport

DrFumblefinger ·
We normally think of airports as people places, but Frankfurt's airport handles twice as many animals as people each year, and it's a very busy people airport!  Everything from horses to fish to rare exotic creatures.  An interesting piece...
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World's most dangerous airport? Would you land here? Lukla, Nepal

DrFumblefinger ·
 I've had some gut-wrenching plane landings (and take-offs) in my days.  The first as a young medical student flying with a bush pilot to remote First Nation (American Indian) villages in Western Ontario.  The plane was outfitted with...
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Wrong Airport: Help, I've landed and I can't get up!

PHeymont ·
In probably the biggest embarrassment a pilot could have, the world's largest cargo plane, a modified 747-400, landed at Wichita's civil airport instead of a nearby Air Force base. The problem? Airport runway is too short for take-off....
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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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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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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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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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Tiny miracle: Airport terminal ready 6 mos. early, under budget

PHeymont ·
In a world where it seems nothing is finished on-time or on-budget, a regional airport surprises by opening early and $3 million under budget.
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If you're happy and you know it...press here, please!

PHeymont ·
A Finnish company called HappyOrNot is supplying Spain's airport authority with quick-check terminals to test passenger satisfaction with aspects of airport security and service. The terminals have four buttons, with emoticons ranging from a happy...
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Eat 'Healthy' at DFW ?

PHeymont ·
Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, named #5 in the U.S. for healthy eating choices at airport restaurants by the Physicians' Committee for Healthy Eating, is aiming higher and publicizing the availability of high-fiber cholesterol-free choices. Here's the...
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World's best airport? You have to leave home to find it!

PHeymont ·
Skytrax has released its ratings of the world's top airports, and the line-up at the very top has no representatives from North or South America. Six of the top 10 were in Asia, and the rest in Europe. Topping the list again is Singapore's Changi...
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One 'Ghost Airport' in China Plans to Expand Again

Travel Rob ·
The $6 million refurbished airport in Dachangshan island, off China's north-east coast, planned to welcome 78,000 passengers in 2015.  Those plans have not been realized and the airport largely sits vacant and it's hard to get a flight out of it....
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Tiny tugs in the future for airports?

PHeymont ·
  You've probably never heard of a μtug (yes, that's a Greek letter) but you might, soon. It's a class of tiny robot that borrows abilities from gekkos and inchworms to pull weights 2000 times its own weight on any surface it can stick...
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Re: Tiny miracle: Airport terminal ready 6 mos. early, under budget

GarryRF ·
Where's Dubuque ?
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Re: Tiny miracle: Airport terminal ready 6 mos. early, under budget

PHeymont ·
Well, I've just added Iowa to the text. I hope I haven't offended any Iowans who believe that everyone already knew that!
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Re: Tiny miracle: Airport terminal ready 6 mos. early, under budget

GarryRF ·
You have to remember that this is the International version of "Travel Gumbo" Many overseas readers will now be searching for Iowa on the map.
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Re: Tiny miracle: Airport terminal ready 6 mos. early, under budget

Travel Rob ·
Dubuque is a great city and so is nearby Galena, Illinois . I've been to both several times. Dubuque has a cool railway they call the shortest and steepest in the world. It was put in by a banker so he could get into work. quicker https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fenelon_Place_Elevator
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Re: How loooong does it take to get to your airport?

TravelGirlJenn ·
I think it depends on where one lives. Yes, those three cities may be faster; however should someone live IN Oakland, it may take them mere minutes using public transportation to get to the Oakland airport. And, using Oakland as an example, it takes me less time to get to the Oakland airport from my house using public transport than it would if I were to take my car simply because of traffic. However, to travel to my home to San Francisco (SFO) it is actually longer to take public transport...
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Re: How loooong does it take to get to your airport?

DrFumblefinger ·
Taking a bus from Honolulu is quicker than taking the freeway? Even with bad traffic (which the buses would also get trapped in) I find this hard to believe. I agree with Jen. Depends on where you live. Many of us would welcome reliable fast public transportation serving our airports. The cab lobby has effectively prevented that in many cities.
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Re: How loooong does it take to get to your airport?

PHeymont ·
There's certainly a lot of variation, as I also noted above. And sometimes the planners don't help much either, as is the case with all three of our New York airports, where the whole AirTrain concept is completely botched. At Kennedy, the AirTrain's stations are not in, but sort of near, the terminals. That means you have to drag your stuff outside, across the roadways, and then up stairs or elevator to the train. And then, you have a choice of going to the commuter rail station (about 3...
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Re: How loooong does it take to get to your airport?

TravelGirlJenn ·
Originally Posted by PHeymont You just have to conclude that all this planning is done by people who have chauffeurs or helicopters to get them to the plane on time... Or progress is blocked by some politician or lobbyist... ;-) I did just get a chance to read the blog you linked. While I agree that public transportation is much more available in Europe, and perhaps Asia, however with the few examples he sites, there really are few cities that have that 15-20 minute from "airport to...
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Re: How loooong does it take to get to your airport?

PHeymont ·
London was mentioned, actually...Heathrow Express in 15 minutes to Paddington. There's also a slightly-slower less expensive version. Skipped the CAT in Vienna last month, but the regular S-Bahn only took 28 minutes... Paris...hate to say anything bad about Paris, but RER is NOT a great way to do that...needs a true express.
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Re: How loooong does it take to get to your airport?

PortMoresby ·
Heathrow Express MAY take 15 minutes. The only time it was convenient for me and I decided to give it try, it stopped part-way to Heathrow and we just sat there. I'd have gotten to the airport faster and paid quite a bit less to take the slower train from Paddington, the Heathrow Connect. Since then I make a point to stay along the Piccadilly Line of the London tube and pay the least of all.
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Re: World's most dangerous airport? Would you land here? Lukla, Nepal

PortMoresby ·
Your pictures remind me very much of the Shimla Airport, same end of runway in space, same commitment required by pilot and passengers alike. The plane was tiny, I sat immediately behind the pilot, a Sikh with headphones perched atop his turban rather than over his ears, unique in my experience. The view was a bit too immediate for my liking but we made it off just fine and bounced in the heat all the way to Delhi. Thanks for the memory, DrF.
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Re: World's most dangerous airport? Would you land here? Lukla, Nepal

PHeymont ·
I try not to let any aspect of travel faze me, but I'm perfectly happy to have watched the video and call it a day on that one!
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Re: The "Noah's Ark" airport

Travel Rob ·
DrFumblefinger- I couldn't pull up that link.Does a person need to be a Wall St Journal Subscriber? Frankfurt's airport is also pretty nice for people.
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Re: The "Noah's Ark" airport

DrFumblefinger ·
That's strange TravelRob, because I run into the same issue today, while yesterday it loaded fine (and free, I don't subscribe to the WSJ). You can hear about it in the free podcast. I've added the link to this above.
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Re: The "Noah's Ark" airport

Former Member ·
This story is a delight. Thanks for posting this. One reads about cases in which customs ceases endangered animals in transport. Perhaps this is ibe reason - some of that cargo is going via Lufthansa Cargo and passing through the Frankfurt Animal Lounge. So that is important work that they are doing there. They both keep the animals safe in transit and look out for those who should not be shipped at all. DrFumblefinger - The pony looks very healthy. You must know a lot about animals. Do you...
 
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