It’s been a super interesting week this one, with some of the stories from airports around the world having the potential to make a feature movie production. Here’s what we found in our overview:
Continue reading This week: The UK’s airport dilemma continues, whose B474 are they & more
It’s been a terrible week for civil aviation with the shot down Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam. Here’s our overview of all our topics:
Continue reading This week: Grief in Amsterdam & Kuala Lumpur after MH17 tragedy & more
It’s been a rather tough week for airport IT professionals in the United Kingdom and the USA after two unrelated glitches caused havoc for Millions of travelers in the two countries. Here are our topics for this week:
Continue reading This week: Computer glitches in USA & UK cause chaos & 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:
Continue reading This week: The search continues, how LaGuardia will never look & 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:
Continue reading This week: Dark times for Malaysia Airlines, AA mishaps, Kathmandu fire & more
Did you know that we go through airport related news at least once a day? Those news articles that we find worthy to share then get tweeted out to the world. And when we do these weekly news round-ups, it’s a fairly straight forward affair as we only have to go back to your own Twitter account and select the most interesting/most important stories of that week to be summarize here. Long story short, this week, we only tweeted 3 stories. So what?, you may ask. Well, this means that we were either slacking (nope, not our style!) or there just wasn’t much interesting going on in the world of airports this week. And the latter is exactly what happened.
So whilst we could have tweeted about a new breast feeding station at a U.S. Airport, Edinburgh airport’s success of attracting 1 Million passengers or Lady Gaga’s flamboyant arrival at Heathrow this week – we chose not to. Why? Well, frankly we didn’t see those stories being of global importance. Grey area with Lady Gaga maybe, but then we recently had plenty gossip weeks already. We’re not the Daily Mirror after all.
So, what are those world moving stories you found this week, you may want to know at this stage. Here they are:
Continue reading This week: Radioactive material unclaimed at Indian airport & more
This week has certainly been an airport themed week for the United Kingdom with one of its TV stations focusing on a 4-day live show from its biggest airport. But of course we spotted other interesting airport related news from around the world as well. Here’s what we have for this week in our overview:
Continue reading This week: Group to safe Pan Am JFK terminal, BBC live from Heathrow
It’s been a big week for U.S. airports, with two headlines, one economically related and the other based on some severe weather. Singapore’s Changi airport as well as Heathrow in London got into the news too. So did Malaysia’s KL airport but we bet they’d rather not speak about it.
Continue reading This week: big U.S. week, Singapore gets bigger, Malaysia’s faux pas
“Oh cool, you’re going to KL … are you flying into KLIA or KL LCCT, if KLIA, you should take the KLIA Ekspres to Sentral from there, take a taxi to KLCC?” It almost seems abbreviations have their origin in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur or, err, KL.
Well, let me introduce you to the secret language of KL:
Continue reading Kuala Lumpur LCCT: A long way from the action
Last week my thirst for travelling frequently as far as possible brought me to Kuala Lumpur where I visited a Swiss friend of mine who recently migrated to Malaysia for work love. I have never been to Malaysia before and wasn’t sure what to expect. Surely, I’ve heard good things, particularly about the countries diving and its capital, Kuala Lumpur, or KL as it is referred to by nearly everyone. While my limited time didn’t allow for checking out any of the diving, I did have a good look around Malaysia’s biggest city and of course the airport – Kuala Lumpur International Airport, or KLIA (IATA: KUL) in short.
As most of the Asian airports I have experienced so far, KLIA was built for the future with plenty of space meaning you feel relaxed from the moment you arrive. But relaxation actually starts even earlier: the Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines hub is very well connected with the city centre by an express train which only takes 28 minutes non-stop. This also means, that even if you are just stopping-over for a few hours, it may make sense to quickly get into the city and see the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers or have a bite to eat at one of the many Indian or Thai influenced eateries around the city.
In terms of what you can do within the airport, there are quite a few options. After passing the passport checks and the security, you will find yourself in the terminal which mainly serves domestic flights. All international flights leave from the C gates which you reach through a short ride with the Aerotrain. Don’t bother checking out the shops before you get to the C gates as there are only a few there. You are a lot better off taking the shuttle immediately and spend your time in the satellite terminal.
There, I’m sure you will be pleased shocked to hear, they even have a Harrod’s store. I have always thought this was a typical London thing, but apparently not. Great weird. Besides that, you will find the usual shops including a Starbucks (on the first floor), Bodyshop, Mango and Versace stores. My top suggestions to kill some time, however, are:
- Check out the rather nice architecture of the satellite terminal (see picture above)
- Grab a final Carlsberg beer at the Forrestier bar and reflect on your trip to Malaysia
- Read your emails at one of the free Internet terminals (before gates C31,33 and C21,23)
- Visit the “Made in Malaysia” store and find the most ridiculous souvenirs – who could you surprise with one of them?
- Try to find a bottle of Veuve Clicquot for LateDeparture.com‘s price comparison (I couldn’t find one!)
||Kuala Lumpur International Airport
||MYR 432.00 (£77.80)
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