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What Features Would You Like At Airports?  
User currently offlineDTWNWA From United States of America, joined May 2003, 171 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4429 times:

This is a continuation of a thread I started this morning on innovative ways airports can generate revenues.

My question is, what additional features would you like to see at the airport. For me, it would be movie theaters nereby or at the airport.

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User currently offlineCanadaEH From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 1341 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4403 times:

A Strip Club! Think about it.. you're waiting for a flight, you have time to kill. Why spend it in a lounge when you can spend it at a.. Strip Club!!  Smile


EH.
User currently offlineRajivvyas From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4370 times:

This is what I would like outside of the security area: A movie theater, broadway and video game parlours.

User currently offlineCanyonBlue From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4366 times:

While I do agree a strip club would be fantastic, I have to live with the fact that it will probably not happen.

I would like to see more artwork and even small museums dedicated to aviation. During layover I like to walk around and it would be nice to see even more of that in more airports.


User currently offlineWNfan From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4357 times:

Observation platforms.

User currently offlineRajivvyas From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4343 times:

I think we need airport cities. Which means that there are pleanty of things to do in a around the airport. Including fine dining, movies, boradways and museums. And you need people mover that would bring you to the airport from nearby places.

If the hub and spoke system is broken, as many consultants think it is, we would need to generate more O&D traffic. And this would be one way of doing it.


User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4332 times:

I think that the best idea to come along in many years has been the creation of the Smithsonian Air and Space Annex opening at IAD later this year. It will prove to be both popular and an excellent money maker for both the Smithsonian and Dulles Airport.

The basic question we are always facing is how best to maximize revenues in existing airport-owned and controlled space.

Many airports (including MSY) have video game parlors. These include both the traditional type (PacMan, etc), and the gaming type (video poker, etc). MSY has both.

As I see it, the best way to do it, inside of terminals, would be in the food, and news and gifts, area. Eateries that cater to the local area (MSY would be Cajun) are good examples. Mix in a couple of national-type fast food joints for the traveler who's on the go. Shops that show local products (PDX is a good example, we have one, as well) seem to do well.

As for nearby areas, I'd look for something that attracts lots of people. A shopping mall would be my first choice. Theaters at the mall would work, as well. In-terminal theaters probably would not work, due to the space requirements.

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4329 times:

Oh, yes, Southwestfan reminded me, bringing back observation decks would work, so long as they met security requirements.

As an aside, we're in the process of developing plans for an observation area, not in the terminal.

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineRamme From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4314 times:

I think if any US based airport would copy only 10% of the amenities available at AMS, boredom would be gone while transferring. It also amazes my how different terminals at the same airport can be so different. A while ago I was transferring with United at IAD. Let's be honest, the United terminal at IAD sucks. Very crampy and they don't have air. I was amazed on how the International terminal (I believe terminal B) looked.

User currently offlineNtspelich From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4302 times:

This is what I would like outside of the security area: A movie theater, broadway and video game parlours.

I know that the old Greater Pittsburgh International Airport used to have a lot of amenities that you don't seen in most airports today. Included were a doctor's office, hair salon, photography studio, a rather large movie theater and a restaurant/night club. And it was built in the 50's, maybe we're taking a step backwards.

NS




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User currently offlineFunflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 866 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4302 times:

I would LOVE to see flight sims in airports.


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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4295 times:

a hanger for my 737-700BBJ (polarbear 1) and my Bell 414 (polarbear 2), nad some commericl traffic. say jetblue, southwest and to make phil happy, song. oh yea, i don't want to pay for any of it.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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User currently offlinePlanemannyc From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1008 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4277 times:
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Theme parks and roller coaster rides  Smile Gyms...maybe even running tracks -- after a long 10 hour flight, a workout may be great. I wish more airports would have hotels as part of the terminal facilities -- no need to leave the airport -- just go up and get a 5 hour sleep on a 7 hour layover. Of course, shower facilities. Swimming pools? And I agree, movie theaters and museums. And for free -- a lot more power outlets and no question, wi-fi capabilities.



User currently offlineDTWNWA From United States of America, joined May 2003, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4274 times:

It does look like we are taking a step backwards. Most of the big hubs in the U.S. are so boring. Haven't flown to Amsterdam but I can bet they are better than most U.S. airports.

Another interesting concept would be a small liabrary. It could be inside the terminal or closeby so people who don't have tickets could still use it.


User currently offlineRajivvyas From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4240 times:

Theme parks and roller coaster rides would be really nice and I think a Gym with running tracks would be great. Swimming pool, absoulately.

DTW already has a hotel at the airport and it is pretty neat. I just wish there were more hotels instead of just one or two.


User currently offlineDTWNWA From United States of America, joined May 2003, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4228 times:

How about Casinos!!! That would be great. Some gambling at the airport like Las Vegas.

User currently offlineRaven111 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 106 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4208 times:

I think they should have observation decks. There are very few that have them. They should also have a live feed from the Tower so you can hear what is going on.

I also love the Strip Club idea too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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User currently offlineGreenguy01 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4202 times:

As for the flight simulators... IND used to have a cheesy simulator that I have spent hours on waiting for delayed flights. I don't know if it is still there.


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User currently offlineNtspelich From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4200 times:

Gyms...maybe even running tracks -- after a long 10 hour flight, a workout may be great

PIT had a gym, located at the front of the airside terminal, right as you go up the escalator from the underground trams between Lindstrom and airiest. Closed up about 3 years ago, I'd say. I guess the vast majority of members were airport employees and PIT based crews. But, I guess that wasn't enough members to keep it afloat.

How about Casinos!!! That would be great. Some gambling at the airport like Las Vegas.

No, beyond LAS, I say go for a full fledged casino, a la Holland Casino at AMS. Between spotting at the observation deck and spending some time there, who even wants to go on the plane? (especially if it's an old DC-10 from NW.)



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User currently offlineMas a330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4165 times:

Theme parks and roller coaster rides

I agree! There are plans to build one near KUL, not sure what happened to that.

An observation deck would be a good idea too. But the feature that i would like most of all is air traffic, and lots of it Big grin


User currently offlineDTWNWA From United States of America, joined May 2003, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4140 times:

I haven't been to AMS but can someone tell me what are some of the interesting features there that US airpoirts are missing?

User currently offlineDispatch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4109 times:

I'm surprised nobody mentions enough bars Big grin

Some airports I've been to I could not get a drink because only one or two little bars were so full of travelers, there was no way to get in and order something. One of those was the already mentioned UA terminal at Dulles.

Peter



User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4087 times:

Let's go back to basics. Put a smoke room in there.


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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4079 times:

I would LOVE to see flight sims in airports.

Many airports do have flight simulators. Of course, we won't be getting anywhere near them.

Yea, definitely more observation platforms. Roller coasters would be great; beats the hell out of an ordinary airport tram! Gyms with saunas, steam rooms, showers, would be great. So would dormatory-style sleeping arrangements for those of us who have to spend many hours or possibly all night in the airport (i.e. the USO lounge in SEA).



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User currently offlineRipcordd From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1188 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4062 times:

Day rooms with showers you can rent a room by the hour to rest until your next flight sometimes its 6 or 7 hours btwn flights/Walgreens/Arcade/Free wireless internet SEA already has it/more local food places/salons.

25 Post contains images Petertenthije : I haven't been to AMS but can someone tell me what are some of the interesting features there that US airpoirts are missing? I haven't been to the US,
26 DTWNWA : What do you mean by : # Shop till you drop, both landside and airside. # "Privium" (I believe that's the name). This is a special check in system for
27 DoorsToManual : Shop till you drop - basically, LOTS of shops. Privium - well, the explanation was obvious wasn't it? I haven't been to any casino before, but I presu
28 Flairport : what about a hockey rink?
29 Petertenthije : The advantage of Privium is that there is a special database with all your information. You are only entered into this database when you fly a hell of
30 PW100 : Well, Peter got the most of AMS already, Just another few to add to his list of AMS features: * Travel clinic - For vaccinations and personal health a
31 BAGSMASHER : Showers that are cheap and cubicle type capsule hotels the ones like they have in Tokyo.
32 AA777MIA : I think airports with an observation area would be great, as long as it was secured... A gym, I cannot believe that this has not taken off yet at any
33 Rajivvyas : Live bands would be very interesting. It would draw lot of non-travelers as well and make the airport a place to be.
34 VgnAtl747 : My friends and I were discussing this during a 8 hour layover we had in O'Hare last easter. We thought a couple screen movie theatre would be a nice t
35 DTWNWA : A jazeed up night club and a swimming pool would be great too.
36 Acidradio : 3-card Monte dealers all about the airport!
37 DTWNWA : Jacuzzi, Sauna and a great barbar shop.
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