May 24 is a big day for Delta Air Lines and its hub at New York Kennedy. That’s when the airline and Port Authority officials will cut the ribbon on a massive overhaul and expansion of Delta’s B Concourse of Terminal 4.
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If you can remember when travelers once queued to use pay phones at the airport, then communication is going old-school at Denver International Airport—with a modern twist. DIA now offers travelers free global phone calls (limits on international) from more than 200 landline phones located throughout Jeppesen Terminal and three concourses. The phones, launched in a partnership between Clear Channel Airports and RMES Communications, are equipped with 17-inch LCD screens that display 15-second digital ads and offer digital coupons.
In airport news, Baltimore-Washington International has opened its new Concourse C to passengers; American adds VIP check-in at New York JFK; the mayor of New Orleans announced plans to replace the 50-year-old passenger terminal at the city’s Louis Armstrong International Airport; and the Los Angeles City Council has given a green light to a planned massive reconstruction of LAX.
In airport news, Dallas cuts the ribbon on the first part of a brand new terminal space at Love Field; United starts a gradual opening of its Terminal B south concourse at Houston Bush Intercontinental; and Los Angeles international adds a unique new amenity to de-stress harried travelers.
The U.K.-based airline quality rating firm Skytrax has issued the results of its latest annual survey on the world’s best airports; the winners showed only minor shifts in their placements from last year’s poll, and once again, there are no U.S. airports in the top 10.
In airport news this week, United signed a contract guaranteeing its long-term presence at Newark Liberty International; Phoenix Sky Harbor passengers have a new transit link to the city’s light rail system; Paris Charles de Gaulle makes connections easier; and new airport lounges open at Cleveland and Washington Dulles.
In airport news, Chicago Midway is due to cut the ribbon no a new rental car facility this week; United announces new dining and retail concessions at its Houston hub; and that new Qatar airport that was supposed to open last week has been delayed.
Delta Air Lines said it has started a $229 million reconstruction of Terminal 5 at Los Angeles International Airport, a reflection of the increasing importance LAX will play in the carrier’s network.
In airport news, the Transportation Security Administration has added PreCheck expedited screening lanes at five more airports; travelers at Dallas/Ft. Worth will see a new and enhanced Terminal A; Boston Logan gets funding to finish a major improvement; Istanbul’s airport claims a new title; and Qatar is the site of the world’s newest airport.
In airport news, a number of new dining options are coming to New York JFK’s Terminal 4, where Delta will soon unveil a big expansion; Chicago O’Hare is the latest airport where American has rolled out self-service baggage check-in for passengers; TSA adds another airport to its PreCheck program; San Diego expands a major security checkpoint; and Memphis cuts the ribbon on a consolidated rental car center.