Category Archives: Airports

London City Airport (LCY)

This week: London City to close? Brazilian Airport not ready for World Cup.

This week’s been rather uneventful in the world of airport related news. Nevertheless we found a few interesting pieces for you regardless:

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Thames Estuary airports proposed locations SS Richard Montgomery

This week: London’s airport fight continues, Sydney worst in Oz & more

Well, we should really titled our review “last week’s news” as we’re a day late to our usual news round-up. Nevertheless and assuming we’re forgiven, here are the news topics for this, eerrr last week:

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Singapore Changi Terminal 3 - transit area

This week: Singapore wins again, Germany on strike & more

What a busy week! We’ve found everything from awards to the world’s best airports, strikes in Europe to an incredible ground transport accident at a major U.S. airport in this week’s airport news from around the world. Here are what we’re going to cover in this episode:

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How LaGuardia will never look

This week: The search continues, how LaGuardia will never look & more

It seems as the world’s aviation news almost solely focused on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight this week. Well, it’s no surprise really as the mystery is griping the whole world. Here then are our topics for this week:

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Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 - missing

This week: Dark times for Malaysia Airlines, AA mishaps, Kathmandu fire & more

This has been a dark week for the aviation industry with the missing Malaysia airlines flight. Our thoughts are with the families of the passengers and crew on that flight. Obviously this incident is our top story, however we did find a few other news bites this week too:

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Melbourne Airport - Terminal 1 - Qantas Domestic

Guestblog: Melbourne Airport – Fun things to do

Guestblog provided by Mark T.

I travel a lot for work, and consequently spend a lot of time at airports, particularly Melbourne airport (MEL). As I am not one for sitting patiently and waiting for my flight for hours while staring blankly at walls or people, I try to have as much fun at the airport as I can. As time flies (no pun intended) when you are having fun, here are my top tips for having a good time at Melbourne airport.

Airport Lounges
Before you depart anywhere, familiarize yourself with the airport so that you know exactly how much time you need to go somewhere and get back in time. There are a lot of fast food restaurants in the airport, but the airport club is hands down my first choice for a top notch pub style meal, a pint of beer and a game of pool. The club is situated close to the airport and is a prime location for plane spotting or gazing at the stunning views of the Outback.
The thing I like most about the club is its outdoor garden and barbecue area. Soaking up the sunshine while enjoying a hot meal and a cold beverage in this prime location is definitely a better alternative to sitting in a neon-lit waiting room. The club is always vibrant and full of fellow travelers, as well as locals and airport workers. The food is hearty, the beer cold and the staff friendly, as it should be.

Airport lounges are open to people with frequent flyer cards, and having to constantly fly, you may imagine I have them all. :) From time to time I enjoy the Melbourne lounge, especially if I don’t have too much times on my hands.

Melbourne Airport Golf Club
As an avid golfer, I have come to relish long layovers at Melbourne airport. The airport golf club boasts a fully equipped 70 par, 18 hole, 6000m golf course. With immaculate water features and a whopping 37 bunkers and elevated greens, the golf course wants for nothing and will satisfy even the pickiest golfer. The highlight of the golf course is definitely the 16th hole. The green’s location places you less than 60 meters below the flight path of aircraft, and is a unique and powerful experience. The golf club also features a licensed club house, practice nets, fairway and putting green as well as a fully equipped pro shop and rental service. The golf club leaves both pros and rookies satisfied.

Aircraft Viewing Area
Just outside the airport you can find several airport viewing areas. They offer unsurpassed views of aircraft landing right above your head. Often there is even an ice cream van on sight. I like to go there on hot days, buy an ice cream, have a seat and watch the show. There is something magical and powerful about watching a speck on the horizon become two dots of light and rapidly transform into a huge aircraft that zooms over your head. These little known locations are truly a plane spotter’s heaven.

Woodlands Historic Park
Just outside the airport is the beautiful 150 year old Woodlands Historic Park. You can visit homesteads from the 1840s and see the world through the eyes of the original European settlers. The park offers many outdoor activities such as horse riding, bike rentals and hiking trails. My favorite part of the park, though, is a fenced area called the “Back Paddock”. It is a great place to see kangaroos, various colorful birds and other wildlife in a pristine grassland environment. The park is opened seven days a week, but closes at 4pm which is quite early, and a shame for when you have to be at the airport in the evening.

Skybus
When I have some serious time to kill, I like to take the airport’s Skybus shuttle service to go into town. A return ticket costs less than A$30 and the buses are clean, fast and reliable. Once in town, your entertainment options are limitless. Bars, shops and stunning architecture all compete for your attention.

If you have a lot of time on your hands, I would definitely recommend going to the Melbourne museum. For around A$8 you will have access to the largest museum in the Southern hemisphere. Another option is to take the skybus to the nearby Crown Entertainment Complex. From bowling and cinemas to live shows, casinos and shopping malls, it truly will suit anyone’s entertainment needs. The only problem is that you might lose track of time and thus risk missing your flight.

In summary people usually hate waiting, especially at the airports, where the wait is usually long and characteristically tedious. However, if you plan and use your imagination to keep yourself occupied, you almost won’t notice when the boarding time comes.

About the author:
Mark is an Aussie that travels a lot. At times, he says, it’s awesome, at others not as great as it seems. When he’s home, he loves to spend time with his wife and two kids.

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Qantas 388 leaving Heathrow 09R. Of the currant 380 schemes I think this is my favorite. c/n29 "Charles Kingsford Smith"

This week: Qantas broken, Oakland in smoke & more.

There are weeks like  last where we nearly run out of space reporting on airport related news and then there are those like this week were only relatively minor bits appeared on our news radar. Here’s what we found:

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Frankfurt Airport (photo from 2011)

This week: Frankfurt on strike, hijacked plane in Geneva & more

It’s been a rather eventful aviation week this week with some major airport news reported from Europe, the States and Australia. Here’s what we will cover of this week’s news:

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Entrance to the International Departure Terminal 2 of Beijing Capital International Airport

This week: China accelerates airport building, more snow for the USA & more

It’s going to be a fairly brief airport news round-up this week as it seems to have been mostly ‘business as usual’ at airports around the world during the past 7 days. However, we wouldn’t be LateDeparture if we couldn’t find some interesting stories regardless:

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Airport Riots in China

This week: Airport riot in China, LaGuardia’s third world remark & more

Is a high-profile politician who is ranting about an airport that is in bad need of an upgrade the bigger news than 2,000 people rioting in a Chinese airport? Hard to say, but we chose the Chinese news the top one this week; here’s the full list:

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