British Airways ready for Christmas

LAPLAND, FINLAND: Andrea Hatfield (Cabin Crew) gets into the Christmas spirit onboard a special charter to Lapland from London Gatwick on 07 December 2015

British Airways is gearing up for an onslaught of holiday travelers and is preparing some treats for those who fly on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The airline will be serving a traditional British Christmas dinner to most passengers, consisting of sliced roast turkey breast, chestnut (available in First and Club World) or sage and onion (available in World Traveller) stuffing, cranberry compote, brussels sprouts, roast potatoes, carrot batons, mince pies, as well as other holiday favorites.

During those two days on flights departing from U.S. gateways alone, British Airways expects to serve:

*More than 294 turkeys;
*150 pounds of stuffing;
*1,029 sweet potatoes;
*1,283 brussels sprouts;
*234 parsnips;
*12 gallons of gravy;
*and 1,820 mince pies.

Other airlines also have holiday treats in store for passengers and, as we get them, we’ll be posting here and on Twitter as well.




More holiday events at airports

Vienna Airport santa

Lots of airports are working hard this year to make holiday travel a bit less stressful, fun and, in many cases, rewarding.


The Food & Shops program at LaGuardia Airport has enlisted the help of the “LGA Snow Bros:” five high-energy holiday elves who will ride into stores and into food courts in Terminal B on their holiday sleigh to surprise random passengers by paying for their store purchases or giving them presents.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport CLE will have carolers around the terminal and visits from Browns’ mascot Chomps.

OHARE music xmas

Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports also have a full schedule of entertainment and surprises in store for passengers:

On Thursday, December 10 and Friday, December 11 from 2 to 5 p.m., passengers at O’Hare International Terminal 5 could have a chance encounter with a “Merry Maker” and receive a surprise courtesy of Westfield.

And on Friday, December 11 from 9 a.m. to noon, HMSHost Holiday Elves will visit restaurants in O’Hare’s domestic terminals and give away gifts to customers.

At both Dulles International and Reagan National airports, there will be performances by local schools and professional ensembles, strolling Santas & entertainers, photo booths & an opportunity to get a free gift if you spend $100 in one day in the airport shops.

More holiday events at airports soon..

Santa settling in at airports

Spokane Airport TSA

Airports around the country are getting ready to welcome holiday travelers (including Santa and the elves) with special events, giveaways, decorations, music and fun activities.

Here’s what’s on tap at just a few airports. We’ll do another round-up in a few days.

On Thursday, December 3, Fresno Yosemite International Airport is having an open house to show off this year’s holiday-themed display.

The “Gingerbread Winter Wonderland” has a gingerbread village featuring landmarks from around the world such as the Eiffel Tower and the St Petersburg Cathedral and Fresno landmarks such as the Water Tower and the downtown historic Armenian Church.

For its Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 12, Pittsburgh International Airport will once again be allowing the general public to go past the security checkpoints for shopping and dining in the airport.

Walk-up registrations will be allowed, but those who register ahead of time will get expedited checkpoint access and be able to take advantage of free parking, in-store specials, live music and a visit from Santa.

And Santa is already on duty at Philadelphia International Airport. Carolers begin their rounds at PHL later this week. Free gift wrapping and a gift-with-purchase offer is also available.

Military eat free at airports during Thanksgiving

THANKSGIVING coin postcard

During Thanksgiving week (Nov. 23 – 27), military personnel are invited to eat free in participating airport restaurants across the country operated by Paradies Lagardère (formerly Paradies) as part of its “Treat Our Troops” program.

Active and retired military personnel can show their military I.D. cards when ordering or checking out to receive a complimentary menu item and beverage at these restaurants:

• Sweet Auburn Market – Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
• Blue Ridge Tavern – Asheville Regional Airport
• 4th Street Vine, McKenna’s on the Fly and the Long Beach Marche – Long Beach Airport
• Bar Symon – Pittsburgh International Airport
• Big Bowl, Magic Pan and Say Si Bon! – Denver International Airport
• Jammin’ Java, Smokewood American Grill and Say Si Bon! – Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
• Say Si Bon! – Reagan Washington National Airport

Thanksgiving is also being celebrated at Washington’s Dulles and Regan airports with a “Turkey in the Terminal” promotion.

Turkey in the Terminal

At Dulles International Airport, six restaurants are participating in the promotion, including Bar Symon, which is offering a Gobbler Burger; Cosi, which is serving Turkey Chili; and the District Chophouse and Brewery, which is featuring a Smoked Turkey Club.

At Regan National Airport, four restaurants are featuring turkey-themed dishes, including Ben’s Chili Bowl, which is offering a Jumbo Turkey Dog.

Through Nov. 30, both airports are sharing a juicy turkey recipe from Chef Symon.