Every month, Global Traveler covers an airport from around the globe, highlighting its initiatives for business travelers and families alike. It’s exciting to see airports finally put some real thought and, of course, dollars to make a better, more environmentally friendly experience for travelers. New dining, shopping and entertainment options are often used by our readers when they have to spend hours in an airport.
One project I watched closely is the Jewel at Changi Airport in Singapore. I have seen the construction for years during my travels — and mockups, as well — but this month it finally opened to the public. The Jewel building sits in the center of the airport and is a feat of architecture and aesthetic, a place not only for passengers traveling through Southeast Asia but also meant for locals as well. Attractions coming soon include a rain vortex, hedge maze, canopy park and art installations, allowing travelers somewhere to stretch their legs and experience the views of the region.
If you are looking for a “green” airport to visit, check out GT‘s April issue with the “Greening Up” feature article. We highlight Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, as it represents the only fully carbon-neutral airport in the United States! It’s also home to American Airlines’ Flagship First Lounge.
More than ever travelers have choices — how do you choose your airport? Does shopping, connectivity or environmentally conscious initiatives help make your decisions?
— Carly Allen, executive vice president
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
As harmful to the environment as air travel is, some airports are taking measures to become more environmentally conscious. One example is Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where an adjacent solar farm powers certain airport operations.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.