Archive for April 30, 2015

New Terminal At Narita Airport

For those of you that have been to Japan, you know it’s a land of wonderment. On one hand there is extreme adherence to traditions. In business you have to receive a business card with two hands and you always respect your elders. On the other hand they make plenty of room for the oddities in life. The vending machines that spit out board games or booking a night sleeping in a capsule hotel room. They also have supreme feats of engineering. The bullet train for example was way ahead of its time and they have seemed to have perfected the idea of an affordable reliable car. So why shouldn’t their airports be any less unique or less beautifully designed.

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Airport Earth Day 2015

A few weeks ago, we reported on Earth Hour at the Airport in a prelude to Airport Earth Day. This week, we’ve rolled up some of the more interesting and involved Airport Earth Day celebrations for April 22, 2015.

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Eastern Air Lines Revitalized

Everybody, especially Americans love a comeback story. Sometimes though the comeback is short sighted and doesn’t pan our how your planned, just look at Lance Armstrong. In the airline business there has been no shortage of re-cooked airlines. The latest attempt was from People Express. That lasted a few short months due to poor planning and an unfortunate accident involving one of their aircraft, which they couldn’t replace causing cancelled flights. They were never able to recover after that. Now Eastern Air Lines is throwing their hat back into the ring and plans to launch charter flights from Miami to Washington DC. The airlines plans to begin offering charter flights between Miami and destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America beginning in spring 2015, with scheduled operations beginning in 2016.

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Is it May already? tripchi airport app update

The latest news in airports, aviation and travel – brought to you by the tripchi airport app.

Apr 2015, Spring is really here edition

Spring is finally here, and between Spring break and Summer travel musings beginning to take shape, the tripchi airport app is there for you as your airport guide. While you’re killing time at the airport, we’re hard at work building new experiences, #layovertips, and airports into our mobile web app.

Coming to an airport near you. What are the next airports on tap for the tripchi airport app? Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which conveniently are some of the only airport with open APIs to access their vendor content and location information. With the addition of API-based airports, we are able to extend our data model to include not only scraped and manually entered airport content, but also direct airport-generated content – which is easier to keep up to date. As more airports are exposing their vendor information to developers looking to build travel applications, we stand ready to be the umbrella airport mobile app that provides you the most up to date airport information.

New to the tripchi airport app community? tripchi will help you make the most of your time at the airport. We’ll tell you your dining and shopping options, as well as #layovertips, such as airport art and other lesser known airport hacks and adventures. And, you can browse lounges, find special deals and offers, and track your flight information. We’d love your feedback on the tripchi mobile website.

How can you help? If you are in the airport or airport retail industry, can you pass your airport connections our way? We are looking at running a limited trial to prove that we can help not only airport guests, but also airports!

Read on for the monthly blog highlights!

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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Review

South Florida is a large hub for air travel and aviation in general. The two biggest airports in the area are Miami International and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. MIA is ranked as the 11th busiest airport in the US while FLL comes in as 21st. MIA from personal experience and heard through second-hand stories can be very busy and poorly run, especially if you are flying internationally. Customs at Miami can be a nightmare, I’ve stood in line for almost two hours to get through. Recently they installed the customs automated kiosks and have improved wait times significantly. Luckily on this trip I was flying from FLL-BOS so customs wasn’t required. I had a 7:00am flight and was only staying 4 miles away from the airport, so I figured showing up an hour beforehand should be plenty of time. I forgot and misjudged how insane Spirits home base is supposed to be and it almost cost me.

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Airport Easter 2015

Since we covered aviation April Fool’s pranks last weekend, we thought we’d do a delayed roll-up of airport Easter celebrations this week. Last year, we saw some great airport Easter celebrations – giant Easter eggs in Macau, and Easter dinners at some smaller regional airports. Read more

Aviation April Fool’s

This was a great year for April Fool’s pranks in the aviation industry – that’s why our blog this week will focus on some of the best Aviation April Fool’s pranks across airports AND airlines! Read more

Trip Report: Spirit Airlines BOS-FLL

Due to the terrible winter we have had in the northeast USA, I decided it was high time to get myself to a warmer climate. My girlfriend was already down in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for work so the destination was an easy choice. This also gave me the opportunity to fly Spirit Airlines direct from BOSFLL. I had flown Spirit before but it was a short flight from BOS-ACY so it was tolerable. I was interested to see how it would be on a 3+hour flight.

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