This week’s airport events: lunchtime concerts, bed bugs and more

This one was a rather eventful week for the world’s airports – at least by my news inbox measurements: We found out several interesting things, for example, that Los Angeles Airport (IATA: LAX) is the only airport with a hit song according to the airport’s media department. It’s a bit dated if you ask me, but hey, it’s a proper song! You can listen to it here. Maybe that was why I chose to fly through LAX on my next trip and therefore wrote up the first part of how to properly research an airport.

It certainly was a musical week as another airport reported adding “tunes” to its facilities:

Travelers at Reagan National Airport [IATA: DCA] are hearing more than jet noise. The Washington-area airport has a new, lunchtime concert series.

wrote Kake news.

Another story this week was that New Delhi (IATA: DEL) finally launched it’s metro service to the airport after having missed the original deadline by 4 months. Oh well, what’s four months anyway? 😉

Then there was the type of disruption no one wanted to read about: New Zealand’s Christchurch was hit by a massive earthquake on Tuesday and consequently its airport (IATA: CHC) was shut completely and then later reopened for domestic flights only. It has since fully re-opened again.

Across the Tasman, things weren’t as bad but Australia’s second biggest airline, Virgin Blue, faced another check-in glitch causing massive disruptions to about 150 flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Then there were news of Spanish unions threatening an Easter airport strike, Las Vegas’ McCarren Airport (IATA: LAS) planning on opening a a new terminal in 2012, Munich (IATA: MUC) increasing its capacity to Frankfurt’s levels through a new terminal 2 satellite and of Geneva (IATA: GVA) unveilling the world’s first mobile passenger terminal. But the most interesting piece I picked up this week was the FT story about bed bugs on British Airways flights. Hang on a minute, didn’t I just book that BA flight from Las Vegas to London? D’oh!

Safe travels and read you again next week!

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  • A lot of news and events happening at airports across the globe. Finally, India’s airport metro service is now open. I can’t wait to try it out on my next trip to the country.