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Airports Emerge as Key Source of Day-of-Travel Information

Posted by Katherine Wellman on Dec 19, 2014 @ 11:40 AM

While many travelers have relied on airports to provide flight information on large digital signs inside the airport for years, this reliance did not extend to mobile technology and native apps when they first appeared in the market.  Instead travelers initially turned to airlines for mobile apps.  This was because airlines had their itinerary and profile information – so it made sense for them to store and display itineraries and provide flight status.  Also, with features like mobile check-in and mobile boarding passes, airlines took the lead over airports on offering native mobile apps for travelers.  Instead, many airports focused on mobile web sites because they could present listings of airport services, restaurants, shopping, and flight arrival and departure boards across multiple mobile platforms without rich interaction with the user. 

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Topics: airport, self-service, mobile, app, travel, day of travel

Airports Turning to Responsive Web Design to Meet Travelers On the Go

Posted by Josh King on Oct 30, 2014 @ 04:58 PM

Airports are necessary waypoints for all air travel, and most travelers try to spend as little time as possible at them. But information about airports – and departing and arriving flights – is essential for getting to, from or through them. Virtually all commercial airports in North America maintain websites to inform their customers, and a few have even built mobile applications to run on one or maybe two mobile platforms.  That’s helpful to travelers who happen to be lugging their laptop – and can find power and airport wi-fi and the time to summon both – as well as those who are carrying a device that can (or already did) download the airport’s mobile app. But what’s a traveler to do if she doesn’t have her laptop or that airport’s phone or tablet app?

Savvy airports are turning to responsive web design to ensure their critical current information is easily accessible and legible to any traveler carrying any device such as a smart phone, tablet, or laptop. 

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Topics: flifo, airport, displays, mobile, app

5 Holiday Travel Survival Tips From the Pros

Posted by Amanda Rogers on Nov 27, 2013 @ 11:43 AM

The holiday travel season is off to a rocky start with nasty weather hitting much of the country this week, plus winter storm Boreas battering airports in the busy Northeast corridor. Combine high winds, driving rain and blizzard-like conditions with holiday crowds, and you've got a recipe for monster flight delays. Want some good news? FlightView's had over 30 winters to hone our holiday travel skills and we're offering you our 5 best tips for surviving the not-so-friendly skies. 

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Topics: cancelled, leisure travel, airlines, airport, weather, self-service, customer service, mobile, technology, delay, app, tips, holiday travel

What Google’s Latest Android APIs Mean for Day-of-Travel Apps

Posted by Katherine Wellman on May 16, 2013 @ 11:31 AM

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Topics: experience, airport, technology, Google, app

Top 3 Tips for Summer Travel

Posted by Mike Benjamin on May 15, 2013 @ 11:37 AM

summer travel tips

Increases in thunderstorms, travelers and ticket prices mark the beginning of the summer travel season, which is only a few weeks away. Airlines for America is predicting packed flights for the July to August stretch due to a record number of people traveling internationally and a brighter economic outlook. Add in unpredictable and sometimes dangerous summer storms, and you’ve got a recipe for stressful travel. While there’s not much we can do about the ticket prices, we have a few tips to help you have a better travel experience this summer.

Summer Travel Tip #1

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Topics: cancelled, leisure travel, airlines, tracking, airport, weather, self-service, technology, delay, travel planning, app, travel, tips

In-Flight Wi-Fi, When and How Do You Buy?

Posted by Amanda Rogers on May 14, 2013 @ 11:47 AM

in flight wifi Do you Wi-Fi when you fly? On a flight from D.C. to Boston last weekend with our antsy toddler, I seriously considered coughing up the cash for in-flight internet service even though we’d only be in the air a short time. But the weird thing is, it didn’t cross my mind to purchase Wi-Fi until the flight attendant made the announcement that it was available. It seems I was on the same page as many of our respondents in a recent FlightView traveler survey where 71% of travelers hadn’t purchased add-on services like Wi-Fi via an airline’s mobile website or app, but almost 60% would consider it if a notification was pushed to their device before boarding.

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Topics: airlines, ancillary, mobile, wifi, technology, app

The Importance of Good Flight Status Info for Codeshare Flights

Posted by Mike Benjamin on May 03, 2013 @ 11:48 AM

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Topics: booking, airlines, tracking, self-service, customer service, marketing, mobile, flight, app, codesharing

The Purchasing Habits of Today's Mobile Traveler - Infographic

Posted by Katherine Wellman on Apr 29, 2013 @ 11:54 AM

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Topics: business travel, booking, leisure travel, airlines, experience, self-service, customer service, ancillary, mobile, technology, travel planning, app

When Airport Self-Service Goes Wrong

Posted by Mike Benjamin on Apr 24, 2013 @ 12:19 PM

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Topics: business travel, airlines, experience, airport, self-service, customer service, boarding, mobile, flight, technology, delay, app

Airline Apps – Room for Improvement?

Posted by Amanda Rogers on Apr 22, 2013 @ 12:46 PM

airline app

When you travel, do you download the airline’s own app, or do you use a variety of different websites and flight tracking apps to get the information you need, like flight information or airport maps? Airline apps do offer some benefits, especially in the pre-boarding stage of a trip like check-in reminders via push notifications, the ability to choose or change your seat, monitoring of stand-by status and flight delay or cancellation notifications. So if airline apps have the ability to provide all this information, why do 25% of the 3,000 travelers who responded to a recent FlightView survey “never” use the airline’s app, and 45% only “sometimes”?

An important aspect when traveling is speed, and one advantage for the airline apps is faster check-in via their apps versus their mobile websites since the apps can save your profile information. But speed can also be a strike against them, since 48% of the travelers FlightView surveyed complained about the poor usability of some airline apps, namely, not being able to find what they’re looking for quickly. Other areas of dissatisfaction were data inaccuracies (an issue for 29% of those surveyed) and lack of desired functionality (an issue for 23% of those surveyed).

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Topics: airlines, tracking, experience, self-service, brand, marketing, mobile, technology, app

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