Let’s not mock around this week, here are our headlines:
- Rome’s airport chaos after fire devastates terminal
- Private jet frenzy in Las Vegas
- Nepal shuts down international airport to big jets
- TSA returns $100,000 watch lost at EWR
Let’s not mock around this week, here are our headlines:
It’s been another mixed week for airport related news. We found everything from a self-made video at Las Vegas Airport to terror attacks at Pakistan’s main airport:
America is the land of opportunity and freedom, right? In many ways that’s definitely still true: You’re free to drive anywhere, you’re free to express your opinion (that guy in the subway did exactly that with the full force of his adult voice) or you can still make it big in business whatever background you have. And certainly for consumers, freedom also applies to the country’s economy. There’s hardly another place where you have so many choices – be it the type and brand of mineral water you can drink, the breakfast cereals you prefer or the airline you choose to cross this vast country with.
This infographic was sent to us from our friends at Venere.com. We thought it’s well worth sharing with our loyal readers.
From conspiracy theories involving secret cities, aliens and hidden messages to surprising animal residents and buried treasure, America’s airports are a wealth of mysteries and unique fixtures.
(click picture to enlarge)
Another week has past and with that it’s time again for your weekly update of important (or interesting) airport events that reached us during the week. Today we have three courses and one little dessert story for you.
Let’s start dishing up with two stories from the US. The first one arrived on Thursday from The New York Times and focused on a building boom that hit US airports when it read that “New York’s three major airports, as well as the airports in Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and Chicago, are spending billions of dollars. Many of the airports have aging terminals, some built in the 1960s and 1970s, that are ill suited to the bigger planes, bigger security lanes and bigger crowds of modern-day air travel. They are replacing or improving existing terminals, updating food concessions and parking garages, or adding runways to keep up with growing demand.” Next on the schedule to unveil a new addition to its facilities is Las Vegas McCarran Airport (LAS) with the opening of the new Terminal 3 at the end of the month.
The second American story read as following in our tweet on Thursday:
The New York Times reported that in a section of Shannon Airport in Ireland (SNN), carved out for the Department of Homeland Security, passengers are screened for explosives and cleared to enter the United States by American Customs and Border Protection officers before boarding. When they land, the passengers walk straight off the plane into the terminal without going through border checks. The article then continued by saying that at other foreign airports, including those in Madrid, Panama City and Tokyo, American officers advise the local authorities. American programs in other cities expedite travel for passengers regarded as low-risk.
Now let’s move to our final main course, coming from the United Kingdom: For avid readers of our blog, it’s of no surprise that the ongoing discussion about a new airport vs the expansion of London Heathrow (LHR) is making headlines again. This time The Financial Times wrote on Wednesday that David Cameron has paved the way for a U-turn on building a third runway at Heathrow airport, amid signs that Downing Street is cooling to the idea of building a new hub in the Thames Estuary. According to the article Mr Cameron left open the prospect that the Conservatives would campaign at the 2015 election in favour of expanding Heathrow – a move that would please the business lobby but infuriate environmentalists and Londoners living under the flight path. Once again, our bet is we’ll be writing many more words about this saga before airport building machinery can be spotted on English soil.
No meal is complete without a dessert. So, here’s ours for today, coming from The Daily Mail in London. They wrote that from today millions of passengers flying into Heathrow airport (LHR) will be able to see the giant image of the 2012 heptathlon hopeful alongside the words ‘Welcome to our turf.’ The image shows British World Champion Jessica Ennis and measures 53 by 75 metres (173ft x 246ft) which is bigger than 15 tennis courts. Watch the time-lapse video of how it was created here.
That’s all we have – well, actually, there’s one more thing (think of it as a petit four with your coffee…), a quote we found quite appropriate for this forum (thanks, Matt, for sending it in!). Enjoy and read you again next week!
I love the self-contained, hermetic universe that is an airport.
I love the recycled unnatural air. Suspended between coming and going,
I can breathe again. (Eric Weiner)
Time flies; it’s already Sunday again here in Melbourne and with that time for another weekly airport news round-up. This week we saw – surprise, surprise – more strike news (but don’t worry, it wasn’t the chocolate bunnies that went on strike…), an article about stolen goods and a pilot that freaked out mid-flight.
A couple of months ago we wrote about the glamorous side of Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport (IATA: LAS; LD hub page). Whilst we found a lot of movies that were filmed at the famous airport, we weren’t sure about most of the locations. So this time, when we visited the airport, we got some professional advice – directly from the airport’s PR team.
What’s the first thing you do at Las Vegas airport (IATA: LAS) after you checked in? Exactly: you spend those remaining dollars in one of the many slot machines throughout the terminals in order to try to recoup your losses during your stay in Sin City. Unfortunately this plan rarely works out and therefore you’re better off doing something else. So, how about recalling all the movies that were shot on location at McCarran International Airport?
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.
If you’ve been to Las Vegas, I’m sure you’re longing to go back! I know l was! Ever since I visited “Sin City” for the first time in my adult life last summer (and posted a video review in this post) it was clear to me that I was destined to return to this forbidden place. So when the opportunity presented itself over an adjacent long weekend to a business trip to close-by California, I grabbed the chance, booked a ticket on Virgin America and two nights at the Mirage.
But enough praise for this wonderful crazy city, after all, this is an airport blog and not a boring destination guide. Nor is it my personal diary, so let’s get down to business:
I trust it already came through in my video review last year, McCarran airport (IATA: LAS) is not your usual airport. But who would expect this in Las Vegas anyway? Surely you expect the airport to have slot machines everywhere, and it does, but did you know that it even features a language course vending machine? It’s true: in the A and B gates departure lounge, you can purchase Rosetta Stone language courses in every language from Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew to even, yes, you guessed it, English. For little more than your winnings at the Blackjack table on the Strip ($299.99) one of these courses can be yours!
But if study is not your thing and perhaps you’re dealing with the legacy of a huge night before, you can cure even the worst hangover with something perfectly greasy from the guys at the “Great Steak” outlet before the gates B17-25.
Maybe you’re still thinking about the scantily clad ladies dancing on the speakers of the XS nightclub at the Encore? Then probably a sweet, dice lollypop is what you are looking for: You will find it at “The Candy Shoppe” in the middle of the A and B gates lounge.
Finally, if you’re trying to be good to make up for some recent, umm, “indulgences” why not go crazy with a fine selection of fruit and nuts from the “Las Vegas Fruit and Nuts” store.
Hey, who said airports are boring?
Viva Las Vegas Airport!
|Airport Name||Las Vegas McCarran International – Terminal 2|
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