You’ve no doubt heard or read stories about how crowded airports are right now and the long lines at security checkpoints, and at airport coffee shops and restaurants.
Some airports have created virtual reservation systems for checkpoint times.
Now HMSHost, which operates food and beverage outlets at more than 120 airports, is using technology to ease the hassle of sitting down for an airport meal.
The company is partnering with restaurant platform OpenTable to power virtual waitlists at over a dozen HMSHost airport restaurant locations in 7 airports nationwide.
At participating restaurants, guests can join the waitlist online via QR Codes or in person with the host. Diners will be notified via SMS text message when their table is ready.
Up next, the partnership will enable reservations in advance, with the goal or making airport dining part of the travel booking process.
HMSHost restaurants featuring OpenTable reservations include:
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport
Summer House Santa Monica
Great Divide Brewing
John Glenn Columbus International Airport
Las Vegas: Harry Reid International Airport
California Pizza Kitchen
Jose Cuervo Tequileria
Las Vegas Chophouse & Brewery
PGA Tour Grill
Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill
Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza
Los Angeles: LAX International Airport
Point the Way Café
Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport
St. Louis Lambert International Airport
Mike Shannon’s Grill