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Happy Birthday Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

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I admit it.

I have a soft spot in my heart for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Maybe it’s because our birthdays are just one day apart.

Or maybe it’s because this was the first airport I visited right after my first book about airports – called what else but Stuck at the Airport – came out in the pre-9/11 summer and AUS was the first airport where I spotted the book on a store shelf.

Or maybe it’s just because, with almost two dozen live music performances a week and some great permanent and temporary art exhibits, including the ‘big hair’ etchings in the women’s bathrooms, the airport is so much fun to visit.

And, oh yeah, it’s in Austin. One hip, somewhat weird, city.

So, I’m sending Happy Birthday wishes to the airport, which is celebrating its 15th birthday on May 23 with cookies for passengers, a drawing for 15,000 airline miles and a special performance by Ray Benson, of Aleep at the Wheel, on Friday at 2:30 pm at the airport’s Asleep at the Wheel stage.

You don’t need to be there to be entered in the drawing for 15,000 airline miles (there will be two winners.) But you do need to enroll in the Thanks Again, customer rewards program by Thursday, May 22, 2014. Do it now.

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Whales, sales & soccer at MIA airport

All sorts of news this week from Miami International Airport (MIA).

There’s a new exhibition of photography and video documenting the migration of whales from Alaska and Hawaii to Latin American, including Argentina, Columbia, Mexico, Panama and Peru.

Look for Giants/Rutas de Gigantes in the airport’s South Terminal international greeter’s lobby.

MIA WHALE Jason Isley

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This week MIA also opened an online store to sell caps and mugs with the airport’s classic logo.

MIA MUG“We actually got the idea from a celebrity we saw online wearing an imitation cap with our logo,” said MIA spokesman Greg Chin. “After we tracked down the store and took legal action against them to stop selling the merchandise, our Airport Director got the idea to sell the real merchandise ourselves!”

And, to celebrate the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, which kicks off June 12 in Sao Paulo, MIA has an ambitious line-up of activities for all the fans that will be flying to Brazil through MIA.

 

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From late May through mid-July, the airport will be hosting interactive pop-up soccer fields with professional soccer players, soccer-inspired artwork by local students from Miami’s Design and Architecture Senior High, surprise musical performances (with a Brazilian beat) and Nintendo Wii Soccer game stations.  Shops will be selling soccer team souvenirs and gear and many of the shops will be having special offers.

Makeover in the making for LAX

LAX has put together a series of short videos to help travelers make their way through the airport during a multi-year, multi-billion dollar major makeover.

Here’s a sample:

Here too, is a great video promoting LAX back in 1963.

Make-over for Boston Logan Terminal B

On Wednesday, Boston Logan International Airport and United Airlines open a new and renovated section of Terminal B that connects the two sides of Terminal B post-security and consolidates the United Airlines operations at Logan in one terminal.

The terminal includes updated amenities, including self-tagging baggage kiosks, automated self-boarding gates, a new customer service center and plenty of seats wired for power.

There’s also a new United Club space, offering great views of the airfield and Boston Harbor.

Berkshire farmsmarket

The terminal will also feature Berkshire Farms Market, which will carry a wide variety of gourmet foods and treats produced in western Massachusetts, the Berkshires and the Northeast.

The grab-and-go concept is based on Tastes on the Fly’s award-winning Napa Farms Market in Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport and will feature goodies such as Berkshire Bark chocolate, Berkshire Blue cheeses, Fire Cider and Bola Granola.

The Red Lion Gift Shop from Stockbridge, Mass. will be curating a selection of regional cookbooks and books by Berkshire authors and a map of the Berkshire region describing the area’s food culture will be given out with each purchase.

Sounds great doesn’t it? I can’t wait to visit!

Skytrax announces World’s Best Airports 2014

There are oodles of “best” lists in travel, but when it comes to airlines and airports, everyone wants to show up on the Skytrax list, which draws nominations and votes from millions of travelers.

The 2014 list of winners  in a variety of categories has been announced. Here are few of the winners.

Changi Social tree with photos

 

World’s Best Airports 2014

1. Singapore Changi Airport

2. Incheon International Airport

3. Munich Airport

4. Hong Kong International Airport

5.  Amsterdam Airport

6.  Tokyo International Airport – Haneda

7. Beijing Capital International Airport

8. Zurich Airport

9. Vancouver International Airport (YVR airport also took 1st place in the Best Airports in North America category).

10. London Heathrow Airport

This is Changi’s second year in a row winning top honors in this category. I’ll be passing through two of the top ten airports (Hong Kong and Vancouver) in the next 24 hours, so will look around for signs of celebration.

Skytrax also hands out awards to airports in a wide variety of other categories, including Best Domestic Airports (1st place: Tokyo International Airport Haneda),  Best Airport Terminal (1st place: Heathrow T5),  Best Premium Service Airports (1st place: Doha International Terminal), and World’s Most Improved Airports (1st place:  China’s Shenzhen Bao’an Int’l Airport)

Here’s a link to a full list of all the Skytrax categories and winners.

 

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