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Gamechangers: Airlines & Airports

Gamechangers: Airlines & Airports

If you’ve always thought of the airport and flight experiences as just a means to an end, something to endure before you get to enjoy your vacation, these award-winners might just change your mind. From implementing industry-first innovations to offering much-needed travel experience improvements, these airlines and airports are upgrading the journey itself.

Air New Zealand

By Sebastien Goldberg

In late 2022, Air New Zealand introduced a direct flight from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to Auckland International Airport, making it much easier for US travelers to reach the North Island. Clocking in at just over 16 hours northbound and 17.5 hours southbound, it's one of the longest routes in the world, but Air New Zealand’s award-winning service promises to make the ultra-long-haul journey as seamless as possible. Those who opt for a premium ticket will be treated to sleep aids including relaxing balms and sleepy-time teas, and the airline’s new in-flight 'Zentertainment' offerings help passengers wind down for bedtime. Our tip is to book one of Air New Zealand’s 13 Economy Skycouches – clever Economy seats that convert into a couch after take-off so customers can stretch out and rest.

Airnewzealand.com

 

Orlando International

Orlando International | By Edwin Tau

Orlando International recently opened a brand new 15-gate terminal, and with passenger traffic to the airport increasing year on year, it couldn’t have come at a better time. Terminal C employs the latest technology to offer tourists a smoother and more enjoyable transit experience, from a state-of-the-art luggage tracking system and wireless charging stations to biometric facial recognition technology and Bluetooth beacons that help travelers navigate their way through the terminal. In addition, a new Brighline rail service opening in 2023 will whisk tourists directly to the terminal from South Florida cities including Miami and Palm Beach, easing congestion en route to the airport. 

orlandoairports.net

 

Breeze Airways

Breeze Airways

Launched in 2021 by JetBlue founder David Neeleman, Breeze Airways aims to serve travelers living in America’s smaller cities. On its route map, you won’t find primary airports like Atlanta, Dallas, or JFK. Instead, expect low-cost direct flights between underserved secondary airports which aim to eliminate connections and layovers for passengers. Breeze now offers 143 nonstop routes to 35 cities throughout the United States, and its penalty-free rescheduling and cancelation policies make it one of the most flexible airlines operating domestically. Pick from three ticket tiers – nice, nicer, and nicest – depending on your luggage and space requirements, and enjoy free high-speed wifi and snacks for the duration of your journey. 

flybreeze.com

 

L.F. Wade International, Bermuda

By Yousef Alfuhigi

A new sustainability-minded terminal at L.F. Wade International aims to offer travelers a more pleasant pre-boarding experience in Bermuda. Designed with references to Bermudian architecture and decor, the $400-million terminal now includes verdant landscaping and a sustainable water feature, a nature trail, a spacious outdoor patio, and even a putting green. Travelers will also find the security and immigration experience easier and more organized thanks to automated immigration gates and pre-clearence for all US departures. 

bermudaairport.com/newterminal

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The pool at @krallerhof is an elegant and inviting oasis, nestled within the beautiful surroundings of the Austrian Alps. It offers a serene retreat for guests to relax and unwind, with both indoor and outdoor options available. The pool area is meticulously maintained and features luxurious amenities, providing a tranquil escape for visitors to enjoy during their stay.

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Point Reyes: A coastal gem with diverse landscapes, wildlife, and stunning views. Perfect for hiking, beachcombing, and stargazing.

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The Busan Air Cruise, also known as the Sky Capsule Train, is a popular attraction in Busan, South Korea. This unique train ride takes passengers on a journey above the city, providing stunning panoramic views of Busan`s coastline, mountains, and urban landscape. The futuristic capsule-shaped cabins offer a comfortable and immersive experience, making it a must-try activity for visitors exploring Busan.

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"Checking into Estelle Manor, the closest thing to a Saltburn-esque staycation you`ll ever experience in the UK. Imagine a beautifully restored Jacobean manor on the cusp of the Cotswolds and nestled within 3,000 acres of Oxfordshire parkland, with extravagant interiors to match (expect bold artworks and intricate details around each corner), a Riviera-style pool to lounge by, and three different restaurant to sink your teeth into. The addition of the hotel`s new Eynsham Baths (an incredible spa modelled on traditional Roman baths) really takes the hotel up another notch, despite it already being in a league of its own." - @ginagoesto ...

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A scenic coastal drive in Africa.

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At The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, HaSalon is the spot for upscale, experiential dining. With an energetic atmosphere, exceptional service, and the freshest eats, HaSalon nails high-end, upbeat interactive dining. ...

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Atlantis Ibiza: Famous for its cliffs and coves, perfect for adventurous activities like cliff diving and snorkeling.

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Located in the historic center of Mexico City, @sohohousemexicocity offers a blend of luxury amenities. The pool area is meticulously designed with chic loungers, umbrellas, and lush greenery, creating an oasis in the heart of the bustling metropolis.

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"Known for its rugged mountains, Grand Teton National Park has a lot to offer for outdoor adventurers. With the airport located inside the national park, landed in Jackson Hole, Wyoming is an experience.
It is home to a wide variety of wildlife including elk, wolves, black and grizzly bears. With glacial alpine lakes and mountain ranges all around, Grand Teton National Park is a treat for rock climbers, hikers and backpackers."

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