I recently flew from Boston to Richmond and back on JetBlue and was excited about the trip for a number of reasons. I had never flown into Richmond International Airport but I had heard very good things about the layout, stores, accessibility and quick security. Richmond to me feels like the beginning of the South. People seem friendlier than in Baltimore or DC and the accents start to get a little thicker.
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One hundred and forty miles south of Madrid on a wind-swept desert plain just outside the city of Ciudad Real lies a ghost airport. The terminal buildings are empty as sand slithers through the hallways reminiscent of a abandoned old west mining town. Signs depict an airport “under construction”, but the reality is much more grim. Construction has halted and workers are nowhere to be found. Today the airport goes by Ciudad Real Central Airport, previously known as South Madrid Airport or Don Quixote, but locals view it more as rubbish dump and an eye soar. So just how did this modern-day airport become a wasteland?
As I mentioned in my last blog, I arrived in Denver a few weeks ago, just a few days fresh from ankle surgery in Boston. After a pleasant journey and flight with United Airlines, and gate to taxi wheelchair service from the kind folks at Denver International Airport, and after a pleasant ride with an Ethiopian taxi driver who told me about the best Ethiopian restaurant in Denver (Nile Ethiopian Restaurant, in Aurora), I arrived at the Embassy Suites, Denver Tech Center (DTC) in Centennial, CO.
I had a nice sleep and woke up at a leisurely pace for one of the first times on the trip. After taking a much needed shower (you have no idea how dusty it was this time of year), I joined Mesele and Mercy in the kitchen for a breakfast of scrambled eggs and a traditional Ethiopian dish of bread bits soaked in spices and oil and lightly fried. We also had Mercy’s special cinnamon tea, made with a masala straight from the Addis spice market.
This morning I had an 0830 flight to catch from Gondar to Lalibela. I scheduled the hotel shuttle to pick me up at 0700 the night before, and had an early buffet breakfast at the Taye Belay Hotel around 0630. As suspected the hotel shuttle was not there at 0700 (Ethiopian time, after all) – after a few calls to the driver and some urging on my park to the receptionist, the van eventually arrived at 0730. It didn’t matter anyways because the flight was delayed by 30 minutes. This seems to be the norm on Ethiopian Airlines domestic flights.
Not only are we entering the age of Airport 2.0, where airports are improving (at least in terms of food and retail concepts), now in-flight safety videos (you know, those ones you HAVE to watch with your undivided attention prior to take-off) are also improving.
Namely, they are getting funny. Airline marketers are finally realizing that the best way to sell boring content is to make it interesting (read: not boring).
tripchi has thought a lot about our target market, about the people who really need and want to make the best use of their time in airports. Since airports are unavoidable burdens of travel, we want to make the airport experience as good as possible for the traveler. Whether that means helping people find a better place to eat, a quiet place to work, a charging station, or neat souvenirs to buy (at a discount) – we’re here to facilitate that. But, who are the people that could make the most use of this?
By Adam Bush
In my previous blog, I talked about my torrid love affair with Vino Volo. I was in the thralls of love.
But then something changed in 2012.
When was the last time luggage got your on your trip? We thought you’d like this cool infographic on famous misplaces parcels (yes, it happens to celebrities too!), and what to do if this unfortunate situation happens to you.
We’d love to hear about your craziest lost luggage experience, so be sure to leave a comment!