Airport architects are busy rethinking the terminal experience, and that’s a good thing. But don’t expect any major changes, at least not soon. Instead, travelers will get incremental improvements.
Airports in the U.S. are working in overdrive this week to clear runways and treat ice between snow storms and extreme cold, and winter is far from over.
We’d like to see more airports not worry about budgets and focus on reinventing the airport experience, but that’s probably not feasible in most places. Architects like HKS’ Pat Askew do what they can to make travel more pleasurable with the resources they’re given.
Built-in maps of airport terminals are certainly useful for iPhone users. But this new feature has a long way to go in terms of airports included and the granularity of information available, before it becomes a mainstay for frequent travelers.
India’s domestic air travel market is about to become the third biggest in the world despite the fact that the vast majority of its people have never been on an aircraft. The potential for growth in the country is incredible.
Here’s to some of the most innovative and thoughtful brands in travel today. These companies are doing the heavy lifting to make travel and hospitality more inspiring.
The National Transportation Safety Board had a solution six years ago that would have mitigated the risks of an aircraft landing on a crowded taxiway but the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration failed to act. No, this does not mean we need to privatize air traffic control.
This security change will slow down airport security lines and lead to some confusion at TSA security checkpoints. It represents a middle ground after attempts to ban large electronics completely from aircraft cabins, representing something of a win for U.S. passengers.
U.S. airports have a lot of infrastructure problems, and many need be renovated. But we’re not sure American airports need indoor rainforests or virtual reality golf. That stuff is cute, but we think what travelers really want is on-time, reliable flights from clean, comfortable airports.
More intense screening procedures on big electronic devices will lead to longer lines in security for travelers to the U.S. And if you’re singled out and have forgotten to charge a device, you may have to dispose of it in order to get through security.
It’s still unclear how the air-traffic control system will evolve since the U.S. House and Senate remain at odds on serious issues like privatization.
Travelers and corporations certainly detest uncertainty and the prolonged governmental announcements about the possibility of an expanded laptop ban — will we, won’t we? — contribute to business anxiety.
A private air traffic control system isn’t dangerous or untested; many countries around the world use them. Until more details are known about what it will take to implement and operate this new system in the U.S., however, you should remain skeptical about the transformative prospects of such a change.
The United States is a country with checks and balances, meaning the President can’t assert excessive powers just because he says he has them. For now, the travel ban is on ice.
Electronics are now banned in the cabin on most flights from the Middle East to the U.S. and UK, though few can explain exactly why. Meanwhile, airports and airlines are scrambling to cope.
Though adding more U.S. pre-clearance facilities in gulf carrier hubs is a win-win for airlines and airports, we’d be surprised if pre-clearance expands across the Middle East given the travel ban involving several countries in the region.
Take that, Scott Kirby. A few weeks after United, which Kirby joined from American six months ago, announced an expansion into O’Hare, American did likewise. Point, counter-point. American will use the flights to blunt United’s moves and to improve connecting service.