In airport news, Philadelphia International has a bunch of new concessionaires in its Terminal F; a website releases its list of the world’s top airport restaurants; and Chicago airports get their own radio station.
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Did you fly last Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving? Historically, that day is the busiest of the year for air travel — and a new report suggests that without significant improvement and expansion of the nation’s airports, travelers will see Wednesday-before-Thanksgiving-type crowding and congestion becoming routine year-round.
In airport news, a new procedure at San Francisco International should allow more incoming flights to land during inclement weather or fog; one of the terminals at Phoenix Sky Harbor will be enlarged, and another will shut down; and Miami International will get a new baggage screening system.
City and aviation officials in Chicago are confident that the opening of a new runway at O’Hare Airport should go a long way to improving the on-time performance of airlines using the facility.
In airport news, Orlando officials have given the green light to an airport expansion plan that could double the size of the facility; American Express opens a lounge for cardholders at Dallas/Ft. Worth International; JetBlue tests a farmers’ market at JFK’s Terminal 5; and Toronto Pearson adds a fitness club.
In airport news this week, Southwest has started building an international terminal at Houston Hobby; Delta will reportedly pay for automation that could speed up international arrivals lines at New York JFK; Dubai’s big new airport is set to start operating this month; and Seoul Incheon embarks on a major expansion.
In news of airports, Boston Logan cut the ribbon on a consolidated car rental center; the Transportation Security Administration is adding more PreCheck lanes at New York-area airports; Denver International takes the quality of its cell phone parking lot up several notches; and airport Wi-Fi giant Boingo Wireless buys up a rival operator.
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You can work, shop or dine at an airport, and now you can meet up for a date. MeetAtTheAirport.com connects solo travelers who want to meet for coffee, drinks or conversation. The site, which claims more than 80,000 members, says it’s the “new and exciting way to meet people…. Never be bored at the airport again.” Another site, Planely.com, matches up members who are on the same flight. KLM’s “Meet & Seat” allows participants to link up via social media before their flight departs. And Virgin America enables you to send a text (via the seatback screen) and a drink to a fellow passenger you may be eyeballing.
In airport news, plans are reportedly under way to convert an iconic structure in the heart of the terminals at New York’s JFK International into a hotel; Denver starts building an extension to one of its concourses; Pittsburgh reopens some closed-off gate space; and Detroit upgrades its free Wi-Fi.
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Skytrax, a U.K-based consultancy, has ranked the world’s 100 airports for 2013, based on a survey of 12.1 million travelers worldwide. Germany’s Frankfurt Airport was named the most improved this year, London Stansted was named the world’s best low-cost airport and London’s Heathrow T5 was named world’s best airport terminal.
The Top 10 of 100 airports:
- Singapore Changi Airport
- Incheon International Airport (Korea)
- Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (the Netherlands)
- Hong Kong International Airport
- Beijing Capital International Airport (China)
- Munich Airport (Germany)
- Zurich Airport (Switzerland)
- Vancouver International Airport (Canada)
- Tokyo International Airport (Haneda, Japan)
- London Heathrow Airport (England)
The Bottom 10:
- Berlin Tegel Airport (Germany)
- Birmingham Airport (U.K.)
- Fukuoka Airport (Japan)
- Newark Liberty International Airport
- Salt Lake City International Airport
- Dublin Airport (Ireland)
- Geneva International Airport (Switzerland)
- Pittsburgh International Airport
- Sanya Phoenix International Airport (China)
- Berlin Schönefeld Airport (Germany)
- Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport