Fresh art at Miami Airport; peppy music at DCA

The newest exhibition at Miami International Airport is called Reinventing the Landscape and includes traditional and contemporary paintings of environments ranging from the Florida Everglades and Colombian botanical gardens to isolated habitats in the southeastern United States.

Look for work by Elisabeth Condon, Nancy Friedemann, Mark Messersmith, G. Mirta Paula, Paul Sierra and Elizabeth Thompson in MIA’s Central Terminal Gallery, Concourse E, just past the security checkpoint.

And thanks to Greg Mamary from the American Association of Airport Executives, who was kind enough to snap and send along this photo of the marching band he encountered recently at Reagan Washington National Airport during an employee pep rally/customer service initiative kick-off.

“They had a high school marching band that played, danced and sang through the entire length of the ‘new’ terminal. It was great to see passengers’ reactions.”

Toronto Pearson turned into snowglobe


If you’re traveling through Terminal 1 in Toronto Pearson International Airport this week, be sure to look up.

Holiday themed images are being projected onto the ceiling of the Departures Hall, creating an snow globe-like feeling.

Carolers will be strolling the terminals singing holiday favorites and through December 23rd – and on Christmas Eve – Mrs. Claus and her elves will be stopping by to read Christmas stories to children waiting for their flights.

Free movies and free popcorn at Toronto Pearson International Airport

Toronto Pearson TIFF previews at the airport

There are a lot of things you can do while hanging around the airport: eat, drink, snooze, shop, read, talk to a stranger or maybe get some work done.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could also take in a movie?

If you happen to be spending any time at the Toronto Pearson International Airport between now and September 19th, you can do just that.

The 35th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is underway, and from now through September 19th, 2010 travelers passing through the airport can watch TIFF movie trailers in small pop-up theaters.

The 10 X 10 foot screening rooms are set up near gate 140 in Terminal 1 and near gate C35 in Terminal 3. Better yet – each evening theater-patrons can watch the trailers while munching on free popcorn.

Toronto Pearson proud to support TIFF from GTAA Toronto Pearson on Vimeo.


Tidbits for travelers: Holiday entertainment, free parking & more

Entertainment in Chicago

Airports around the country are expecting long lines and lots of extra travelers this weekend, but in Chicago, both O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport will be offering up some entertainment to help move things along.

Chicago airports feature Chicago Jazz Festival entertainment

To give travelers a taste of this weekend’s Chicago Jazz Festival, there will be live performances at both O’Hare and Midway on Friday, September 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. Look for the stages set up past the security checkpoints at O’Hare in Terminals 1, 2 and 3, and on the lower level Arrivals area in Terminal 5; and in the baggage claim area at Midway.

The Chicago Children’s Museum will also offer a workshop for kids at O’Hare’s “Kids on the Fly” play area in Terminal 2 on Friday, September 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Free parking in Tampa

And as Steve Huettel of the St. Petersburg Times reports, at Tampa International Airport airport officials have decided to continue offering free first-hour parking in both the short and long term garages.

“Currently, no matter how long drivers stay in the garage, the first hour is free. Under the new policy, it’s free only if drivers leave before the hour is up. Otherwise, they’ll pay $3 starting Oct. 15.”

Free is free though, and it’s good news that – for now – this perk is staying in place.

Saving energy in Portland

In Oregon, Portland International Airport has installed moving walkways that only move when someone approaches. Popular in Europe and Asia, the four energy-saving, auto-start walkways are in the pedestrian tunnels connecting the parking garage to the terminals and are said to be the first such walkways installed anywhere in the United States.

Portland International Airport auto-start moving walkway

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Miami International Airport

If you’re going to be at Miami International Airport on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th), be sure to stop by the Corona Beach House Miami.  The new Corona-themed restaurant in the American Airlines Terminal, between Gates D23 & D24, will be having a kick-off party between 3 and 5 pm with a live mariachi band providing the music.

The restaurant offers a “mock vacation scene” with petrified palm trees and mosaic glass tile ceiling, and a menu that includes Corona beer cheese soup, braised pork shank carnitas and other authentic Mexican dishes.

And while you’re at MIA, be sure to look around at the airport’s temporary and permanent artwork, including Teresa Camozzi’s Temporary Altars, which are mobiles made of chiffon panels in the tradition of Tibetan Thankga paintings – portable references for meditation.

Look for these in the South Terminal J, East Elevator Lobby, near Club America.

The South Terminal is also now home to two giant murals Brazilian artist Carbyé created in 1960 for the American Airlines terminal at JFK.  The murals were set to be demolished along with that JFK terminal, but were rescued, repaired and relocated at MIA.