We keep an eye on airport trends and creative airport amenities.
We love that Frankfurt Airport has bottle refund machines security checkpoints where passengers may turn in an empty and donate the bottle deposit to charities. As noted in FRA’s tweet, the airports has gathered 370,000 euros (about $428,000) for charities since 2013.
“Our car parks remain open, where normal parking charges apply. The drop-off charge does not affect passenger pick-ups, which will continue to take place via the car parks. You cannot pick up passengers from the drop-off zones.”
The installations are in Terminals 2,3,4, and 5 until this summer. And the airport is hoping that travelers will snap photos of themselves and friends with the images and post them on Instagram to help Heathrow move up from 2nd-most Instagrammed Airport in the World, past South Korea’s Incheon International Airport to #1.
It just may work.
Each artwork measures between 10 and 16 feet, so will be easy to spot. And each is very selfie-friendly.
The pieces are also strategically placed in terminals that have flights to their original street art location, which means that many passengers may also go and see the original and get their photos taken in both places.
Heading that way? Send us your Instagram photo with one of these images at Heathrow.
Curious about which airports are on the “Most Instagrammed” list?
Here you go.
WORLD’S MOST INSTAGRAMMED AIRPORTS
Incheon International Airport,
Heathrow, London, England
Schipol, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sheremetyevo, Moscow, Russia
Haneda, Tokyo, Japan
Singapore Changi, Singapore
Gatwick, London, England
Narita, Tokyo, Japan
O’Hare, Chicago, USA
Dubai International, UAE
The street art will be at Heathrow terminals 2,3,4 and 5 in the departure lounges, after security, until the summer. See what people post by following #Heathrow on Instagram.
For a trip to London this week, I had the great treat of getting an upgrade (both ways, thank-you!) to Virgin Atlantic’s swank Upper Class cabin.
That’s not what I want to crow about today.
Instead, I want to mention two great dining amenities I spotted at Heathrow Airport.
At Spuntino, an airport outpost of a popular London restaurant known for its Italian/American comfort food, prohibition era-inspired cocktails and its great blues soundtrack, there was sign outfront that let customers know how long it might take to get served once they sat down and ordered.
That’s exactly what most travelers want to know when deciding between sitting down in a restaurant, grabbing something from a shop or just winging it with what’s offered on the airplane.
I hope this is adopted by more airport restaurants.
Another great amenity, offered at Spuntino and many other Heathrow airports during holidays and school vacation weeks (and year-round at a few restaurants), is a Kids Eat Free Menu that includes one free kids entree for each adult entree offered.