Flying to Fuerteventura airport in the Canary Islands, Spain (FUE)

The airport serving Fuerteventura in Spain, locally known as El Matorral, is located just five kilometres from the capital –Puerto del Rosario-, a small town home to the main economic and commercial district that offers frequent scheduled public transport connections to virtually every site of interest in the island. As the UNESCO Biosphere Nature Reserve it is, the unique volcanic landscape of Fuerteventura never ceases to amaze its visitors: whether you hire a car to get around or you opt for public buses, it is easy to commute from the arrivals zone of the terminal to the Natural Park of the Dunes of Corralejo, the beaches of Costa Calma or Morro Jable while admiring the views. Later in this post, you will find out where to rent a vehicle after landing or how to transfer between buses to arrive at your accommodation in Fuerteventura.

Passenger terminal of FUE airport in the Canary Islands

Fuerteventura airport has a single terminal building accommodating its baggage-claim hall, check-in counters, airline offices and passenger services. When departing, head to your right and walk past the aquarium and the Costa Coffee restaurant in order to find the check-in area. You will be able to see the desk handling your flight and when it will open on the flight information screens, however, note that there are two distinct security filters depending on your destination: the regional flights-only security is clearly signposted, whereas passengers on flights to national and international destinations must clear security in a checkpoint located behind the check-in desks. The airside has a walk-through duty free, several cafés, two restaurants with a terrace, a local products shop and an Aloe Vera store, to mention but a few. Upon arriving, travellers are guided to the baggage carousels and, after crossing the sliding doors, they are received by a coffee place and the car rental offices.

Transportation from Fuerteventura airport

Whatever the purpose of your trip, the island’s long distances are best covered by car or bus. Public transport is affordable and efficient, and renting a vehicle at one of the various car rental offices in FUE will give you the freedom to tour the island without being subject to a timetable.

To travel by bus, wait outside the arrivals zone of the terminal for line 03 towards Puerto del Rosario. This line operates every day of the week and its schedule changes according to the volume of arriving passengers, yet it is safe to say that buses normally come every 15 minutes between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m  on weekdays. It takes less than fifteen minutes to get to the central bus station of Puerto del Rosario, where you can transfer, for instance, to bus 06 towards Corralejo, also departing every 15/30 minutes.

If you prefer to hire your own vehicle, there are several car rental offices situated by the doors leading to the non-restricted area: Top Car, Avis, Cicar, Hertz, Payless, Autoreisen, Europcar and Goldcar. Take FV1 motorway going north if you want to visit the Dunes, otherwise, take FV2 so as to reach Morro Jable (the drive lasts a little more than one hour), or if your accommodation in Fuerteventura is in Costa Calma.

Flights to Fuerteventura island in Spain

If you are planning a holiday in the Canary Islands, perhaps you are looking for the best way to arrive. In the case of choosing this island belonging to the province of Las Palmas, many European airlines sell connecting and direct flights to Fuerteventura. The most popular carriers and routes are listed below:

Air Europa (from Madrid and other islands in the archipelago), Binter and CanaryFly (from other Canarian Islands and cities in Africa like Agadir, Banjul and Casablanca), Aer Lingus (Dublin), Austrian (Wien), Azur (Düsseldorf), Brussels Airlines (Brussels), Condor (Düsseldorf, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover and Leipzig), Easyjet (Basel, Berlin Tegel, Bristol, Lyon, Liverpool and London Gatwick), Edelweiss (Zürich), Eurowings (Köln Bonn, Düsseldorf, Munich), Germania (Berlin Schonefeld, Dresden, Bremen), Iberia and Iberia Express (Madrid), Jet2.com (Belfast, Leeds, Nottingham East Midlands, Glasgow, Newcastle and London Stansted), Luxair (Luxembourg), Olympus (Zürich), Ryanair (Florence, Barcelona, Nottingham East Midlands, Leeds, Berlin Schonefeld, Brussels Charleroi, London Luton, Manchester, Milan Bergamo), Tui (Amsterdam, Berlin Tegel, Nottingham, Bristol, Hamburg, Hannover, Stuttgart, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Munich, London Luton), Transavia (Amsterdam), Wizz (Budapest) and Vueling (Barcelona, Amsterdam, Rome Fiumicino, Paris Charles de Gaulle and most main Spanish cities such as Bilbao, Granada, A Coruña and Seville).

Flying to and from Athens International Airport in Greece

Is the city of Athens in your bucket list? Perhaps you dream of disconnecting under the sun in Santorini or Mykonos? If you are travelling to Greece soon, it is quite likely that your airplane will land in the ATH main passenger terminal. Read our post in order to find out more about Athens airport, the airline companies flying to it, how to spend your waiting time there and how to reach domestic destinations like most Greek islands from it.

The fact that it is located in the mainland makes Athens airport the most important and busiest one in the country, and as such it serves as operational base for Aegean Airlines in its national and international routes. Both Schengen and non-Schengen flights land and take off at the central terminal building, which also accommodates nearly 150 check-in desks and a dining area with views to the apron, although budget airline companies like Vueling, Easyjet, Ryanair and Eurowings have started using the satellite terminal for new and seasonal services.

Airlines flying from and to Athens International airport

All year round, Aegean Airlines operates direct flights from Athens to Barcelona, Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Budapest, Düsseldorf, London, Milan, Paris, Moscow, Rome, Stockholm, Madrid, Warsaw, Zurich and more European cities, whereas other destinations –namely Dublin, Helsinki, Lyon and Saint Petersburg- are connected to ATH on a seasonal basis only. New routes to Málaga, Turin and Vilnius are planned for 2018. Many international airlines have at least one direct route to Athens or operate flights via its main terminal, as is the case with Qatar Airways, Emirates, American Airlines, Iberia and Lufthansa.

Travelling from Athens to the Greek Islands

To make the most out of your trip to Greece, you are advised to book a domestic flight from Athens to any of its idyllic islands. For your information, Olympic Air connects ATH airport to Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu; Ryanair also offers flights between Athens and several islands; Volotea runs its own services from Athens to Santorini and Mykonos while Sky Express is exclusively dedicated to the Athens-Syros route.

Spending your layover in Athens

When having hours to spare before your scheduled boarding time, it is wise to spend them in a way that enables you to arrive at your destination refreshed and well-rested. To this purpose, you may enjoy the advantages provided by airport lounges or book a room at the Sofitel Athens airport hotel, especially if you need to stay overnight in the terminal to catch an early flight.

All airport lounges are located after security: the Swissport Executive Lounge, the Aegean Club and the Lufthansa Business Lounge. We recommend you contact your airline or frequent-traveller services provider in order to find out how to access these premium facilities.

The Sofitel hotel in Athens International airport is designated for passengers in transit yet located in a public area within short walking distance to the terminal building. If you are already preparing for your trip, you can book a hotel room to sleep in Athens airport. This luxury establishment has 345 units and 13 suites equipped with everything a business traveller or tourist may need. Besides, as a guest you will be able to swim in their indoor heated pool, have a good workout at the gym or relax in their Spa Centre.

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Flying to DUS airport to visit an exhibition in Messe Düsseldorf

Business travellers attending meetings and events in Dusseldorf may find it highly convenient to book their flights to Düsseldorf International Airport with Eurowings, Flybe or Lufthansa. These airline companies operate to and from the three terminals of DUS airport in Germany together with other carriers such as SunExpress and TuiFly. DUS is the third most important airport in the country and is located 7 kilometres from the city centre. Due to its excellent transport connections to the Fairgrounds and the financial and commercial district, many tradeshow visitors prefer to stay in this area during their trip.

Ground transportation from Dusseldorf airport to the Messe Exhibition Centre

On a business trip to Düsseldorf? If you are attending a major event in the city and are staying in a hotel near the airport or commuting directly from it, know that bus line 896 transports passengers from any of the three terminals in Dusseldorf airport (A, B or C) to every entrance of the Conference Venue. Hourly services are run and a single ticket costs less than 3 euros. The journey should take no longer than 15 minutes approximately.

Hotels near Messe Düsseldorf Venue and Dusseldorf international airport

Booking a room in a hotel near Dusseldorf airport for your trip to Germany will not only reduce the hassle of travelling both upon arrival and before catching your flight back home, but also ensure smooth, quick transfers to the Dusseldorf tradeshow centre. Find our recommendations below:

The Maritim Hotel close to Düsseldorf International airport

This lodging option can be reached from the airport by crossing a pedestrian bridge from the terminal building and offers well-appointed guest rooms with soundproofed windows, ideal to get a good night’s sleep before your meetings or after a hard day of work. Additionally, it provides complimentary WiFi, room service, indoor wellness pool, daily breakfast buffet and a varied culinary offer with its onsite restaurants. The Düsseldorf Messe is only 10 minutes away.

To benefit from their promotional packages and offers to either “sleep and fly” or attend conferences and meetings in Düsseldorf, check now the nightly rates and availability for the Maritim Airport Hotel.

Airport Hotel in Dusseldorf: the Lindner

This accommodation for travellers in transit is conveniently located 1,2 kilometres away from the airport, and guests enjoy their free shuttle between the hotel and the terminals. Furthermore, a direct tram service to downtown Düsseldorf and the Trade Fair Venue (Messe) runs regularly from a stop in front of the establishment.

The Lindner Hotel Dusseldorf Airport constitutes an exceptional location for business and entrepreneurs may take advantage of its ample rooms with safe, minibar, work desk and complimentary phone calls. They are also offered an early breakfast option, high-speed Internet access at no cost, and facilities like a restaurant, a bar and a spa centre. Book your stay here.

Accommodation near Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre and the airport

The Messe-Zimmer Tus-Treff is situated 1 kilometre away from DUS terminals and 2,3 kilometres from Messe Düsseldorf. Its units range from single, double and triple occupancy to apartments with shared bathroom. The amenities for guests include WiFi throughout the entire premises, free parking, in-room coffee and continental breakfast, thus being considered as a great value for money hotel in Düsseldorf for short business stays. Enter the dates of your trip here.

Connecting flights at Oslo airport (Gardermoen) in Norway

The main airport in the capital city of Norway is known as Oslo Gardermoen International, lies 35 kilometres northeast of the centre and serves as aviation hub for airlines like Norwegian Air Shuttle, Widerøe and Scandinavian (SAS). As a matter of fact, it functions as a big connecting airport for passengers that embark on a journey towards holiday destinations across Europe such as Malta, Antalya, Menorca, Split, Dubrovnik or Pisa, to mention but a few.

If you are making a connection in Oslo airport, spending the night in its terminal before you transfer to your connecting flight or maybe having a long layover in this Norwegian city, continue reading for some helpful info to organise your waiting time.

Long layover in Oslo airport

Provided that you have too many hours to spare after landing in Gardermoen, we suggest you take a short trip to the city and go on a little tour around the downtown. Trains, buses and other ground transportation options link Oslo airport to the centre, and the one you choose will depend on your travel budget and available time.

High-speed trains from Oslo airport depart regularly and transport passengers to central Oslo in only 22 minutes; one-way ticket fares revolve around 20 euros. Buses covering the same route have similar ticket prices yet they take 40 minutes to reach the city. Taxis and Uber services are available from Oslo Gardermoen, but perhaps the cheapest and most convenient way to get to Oslo city from the airport is to rent a car upon arriving, as long as you have enough time to take this short trip without missing your outbound flight.

Do you have a connecting flight at Oslo airport in Norway?

If you need to make a connection or change planes in Oslo airport, you will proceed differently according to whether you are travelling to an international or to a domestic destination.

International transfers

Making an international connection in Oslo implies that you have arrived onboard an inbound flight from either a Norwegian or an overseas airport and will board a plane towards a destination outside the country; also, you may be flying to a non-schengen country when your journey originated in another country outside the schengen zone. In all of these cases, you will invariably have to go through the security checkpoints again, so collect your bags -unless they have been checked through to the last airport of your journey-, head over to the check-in or baggage drop counter, locate your boarding gate on the information panels and clear security to get into the departures area in time. We advise you to do this first, as there will always be time for shopping and eating while you wait to board.

Domestic transfers

Catching a connecting flight in Oslo towards a domestic destination implies that your journey originated in a Norwegian airport and will end in another domestic air terminal.

If you are travelling within Norway and must transfer to a domestic flight in Oslo airport (Gardermoen), look for gate D2 (marked as yellow), go through customs and proceed to the domestic departures concourse. In this case, your baggage will normally be checked through to be collected at your final destination; nevertheless, if it is not, remember to go to baggage claim and re-check your bags before clearing security again. Duty free shopping is allowed even if you get outside of the transit area, but your purchases must meet specific requirements like being properly sealed in a plastic bag and display the receipt in a visible spot.

Where to sleep in Oslo airport of Norway

Should you need to stay overnight in Oslo Gardermoen International airport, Norway, know that there are two business hotels within short walking distance of the arrivals area: the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel and the Park Inn Oslo Airport. Their facilities are also ideal for business travellers to host work meetings and conferences

That being said, if you would rather search for nearby establishments that suit your travel budget better and offer the guest amenities you look for –including courtesy shuttle services to and from the terminal- we recommend that you browse these other hotels close to Oslo airport in Norway.

How to avoid having your luggage lost by airlines

When we travel by air, especially to go on vacation or on the occasion of an international business trip, we often need to bring several pieces of luggage with us, meaning that some of our bags or suitcases will be transported as checked baggage in the hold of the aircraft. Looking at today’s technologically advanced systems that are used to handle airport operations, we assume that an airline has no reason to misplace our belongings, but statistics show that it does happen more frequently than we would wish. While common sense tells us to pack the essentials we won’t be able to do without during our trip in our carry-on, we have compiled the best tips and recommendations to ensure you won’t need to deal with lost luggage at all on your upcoming travels.

Follow the steps below every time you catch a flight and airlines will never lose your luggage:

-Remove all previous flight tags that may still be attached to the bags you will check. Absent-minded and nostalgic travellers have a tendency to keep old airline tags fixed to their suitcases, oftentimes just to boast their alleged frequent flyer status, yet this might lead to an unwanted outcome. For instance, if you are about to catch your flight back home but the tag corresponding to your outbound flight is still attached to your luggage and the check-in agent does not notice it, chances are that the wrong bar code will be scanned by the system. As a result, it will be understood that your bag must stay in that particular airport, be sent to a different destination or simply put aside since the information cannot be processed.

-Examine your baggage and detect any protruding handles or straps that might get caught in the moving belts or machinery at the airport; these should ideally be detached or removed to avoid one of the main causes of lost luggage without the airline even knowing or being able to track. The worst case scenario could be that neither the luggage tag nor your bag can be identified anymore.

-Be at the check-in counter at least one hour and half before departure time for domestic flights and two hours before departing for international flights. Or even better than that: find out when the check-in desks for your flight will open and try to be the first in line. Those who check in early rarely have their bags lost by the airline, because it is in the rush hour and last-minute handling when ticketing agents are more prone to make mistakes and send the bags to the wrong place.

-Before your bags go away on the belt at the check-in desk, quickly double check the info on the tag against that on the receipt the agent has given you and confirm it is correct (both must coincide and indicate your actual destination). Few people do this, but we do recommend you politely ask the airline agent to give you a minute for it, as most human mistakes originate in this step of the process.

-If you will be making a connection, layover or stopover in one or more airports before reaching your final destination, confirm with your carrier and its partners whether you must collect your luggage or not at each stage of your trip. In most cases, if you have purchased all the legs as a single ticket with connecting flights, it is highly likely that you won’t need to worry about claiming baggage until you arrive; however, when landing in small airports or flying with airlines that do not have a codeshare agreement, you will be in charge of collecting your baggage and re-check it prior to departing on your next flight.

-Nowadays, too many people rely on the classic plain grey or blue trolley, and differences in design from one manufacturing brand to another are barely noticeable, so make your checked bags stand out by means of adding stickers, your engraved initials or a colourful ribbon. Unless you are a business traveller whose job requires uniform formality in your dress code and complements, choose distinctive carry-ons and suitcases with striking designs and colours. This way, you will help the airline to identify them easily as well as prevent them from being taken by mistake by jet-lagged and sleepy passengers.

-Upon landing, check the baggage carousel for your flight several times as you approach the claim area for a simple reason: as is the case with boarding gates, the assigned baggage carousel may be changed after the airline staff has announced it over the speakers. Also, do not stop along the way to have a cup of coffee or buy gifts, it is preferable to have to wait for the bags to come out than arrive late and discover somebody else has left with your bags.

-Use approved TSA locks or an equivalent and not just for safety and privacy reasons. In the unlikely event of the presence of thieves at the baggage claim hall, a security lock that looks like it is hard to crack open will dissuade robbers who will turn to easier targets.

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Flying to and from Aberdeen airport in Scotland

Aberdeen International airport (IATA code: ABZ) is roughly ten kilometres away from the city of the same name in Scotland. If you are planning a trip from an overseas airport, you may be wondering which airlines operate flights to Aberdeen and how frequently. First and foremost, know that this terminal serves as primary hub for Eastern Airways and Loganair, but is also a base from which other carriers handle both scheduled and chartered international routes that have their origin and arrival airports in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, UK, Denmark, Portugal, Norway and Latvia –to mention but a few countries.

Upon landing, arriving passengers can easily commute to their hotel in Aberdeen by means of public transportation (buses, coaches and trains), by using the 24-hour airport shuttle called Jet 727, by taxi or by rental car. This journey should not take longer than thirty minutes under normal traffic conditions.

Flights from and to Aberdeen in Scotland

Below, you will find the airlines operating regularly scheduled flights from Aberdeen airport sorted out by country/city. This means that the airline operates this route all year round and so you can buy a plane ticket to fly to this airport in Scotland whenever suits you best.

Flights from Aberdeen to Spain: Alicante and Málaga (operated by Ryanair).

From ABZ to the Netherlands: Amsterdam (KLM – Royal Dutch Airlines).

Flights from Aberdeen to Norway: Bergen (Wideroe), Stavenger (Eastern Airways, SAS), Oslo (Loganair and Scandinavian Airlines).

From Aberdeen in Scotland to cities in the UK: Kirkwall, Newcastle, Bristol and Norwich (operated by Loganair), Birmingham and Manchester, Cardiff (Eastern Airways), Wick (Eastern Airways) and various London airports (British Airways, Easyjet and Loganair).

From ABZ to Denmark: Copenhagen (Scandinavian Airlines – SAS), Esbjerg (Loganair).

Flights from Aberdeen to Dublin in Ireland (operated by Aer Lingus).

From Aberdeen to Portugal (Faro by Ryanair), Poland (Gdansk by Wizz Air), France (Paris Charles de Gaulle operated by Air France) and Latvia (Riga with Air Baltic).

The following flights are seasonal and chartered direct flights from Aberdeen towards holiday destinations in Europe. In this case, you will need to check with the airline whether they have flights available for your desired dates or not.

From Aberdeen to Spain: Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Reus and Tenerife (operated by TUI).

Flights to Greece from ABZ: Corfu and Rhodes (TUI).

From Aberdeen to Verona in Italy operated by Newmarket Holidays.

Transport to and from Aberdeen airport

The only terminal building in Aberdeen International airport is well connected to the city centre as well as to surrounding regions and destinations across the UK thanks to an effective network of public buses, coaches, trains and its well-organised taxi fleet.

Public bus lines depart from a dedicated shelter on the curb side, which can be found by following the wayfinding system of the terminal from the arrivals hall. Should you prefer to use the direct Jet Bus 727 service from the airport to central Aberdeen, which operates around the clock every day of the year, look for its signposted shelter, get your ticket from the driver and enjoy its extra space for luggage, the complimentary WiFi and its USB ports.

Alternatively, direct trains linking Aberdeen airport and the central railway station in the city depart from Dyce, a short taxi ride away (no longer than ten minutes). Once travellers get to Aberdeen train station, they may equally transfer to trains heading towards other destinations in Scotland, London, Birmingham or Manchester.

Taxi cabs are parked in front of the airport terminal. In order to take a taxi to Aberdeen, simply wait to be assigned a vehicle by the dispatcher or head over to the pre-book taxi office if you have already made a reservation online.

Car rental offices in Aberdeen airport include renowned companies such as Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Enterprise, Sixt, Alamo and National.

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A guide to the main airport in Mexico: Benito Juárez International

Mexico City International airport (MEX), also known as Benito Juárez airport, is a major connecting hub in Latin America that serves as base for the airlines belonging to the SkyTeam alliance in the continent, for the national flagship carrier Aeromexico and for other aviation companies such as Aeromar, Interjet, Volaris and Viva Aerobus. Its passenger terminals are conveniently located just 5 kilometres away from the greater metropolitan area of Mexico City (Distrito Federal or DF), and so arriving travellers may easily commute by metro, bus or taxi shortly after landing.

How many terminals are there in Benito Juárez International airport?

Mexico City International airport has two distinct terminals separated from each other by the runways and their operations. Terminal 1 of Mexico airport – Benito Juárez is the oldest and largest one, being home to a large majority of SkyTeam alliance member airlines and some other major international carriers. That is, if you are flying with Aeroflot, KLM, Air France, Air Canada, China Southern, Turkish Airlines, SAS, Lufthansa, Viva Aerobus, Volaris, El Al, Avianca, Iberia, Alitalia, Austrian, British Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Emirates, Finnair, Air Europa or Cathay Pacific out of Mexico, you will need to take your flight in T1. Should you need to stay overnight in MEX, there are some hotels within the facilities of the airport and the vicinity, as is the case with the Fiesta Inn –right opposite T1-, the Camino Real hotel and a Courtyard by Marriott.

The newest terminal, Terminal 2 of Benito Juárez International airport in Mexico, is entirely dedicated to Aeromexico and Aeromexico Connect departures (both heading to domestic destinations and overseas), while also a few operations by Aeromar, Copa Airlines and Qatar Airways are handled from it. There is an NH hotel close to the premises.

Travelling between terminals in Mexico City airport (MEX)

Airside: if you need to commute from one terminal to another in Benito Juárez airport, take the monorail train transporting passengers from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2. This means is made available to travellers in possession of a boarding card and carrying hand luggage only.

Landside: find inter-terminal buses connecting the two terminals of Mexico Airport all throughout the day; they are located by Entrance 6 on T1 and by Entrance 4 on T2.

Transport from Mexico City airport – Benito Juárez to the city

The short distance between Benito Juárez airport in Mexico and the downtown can be conveniently covered travelling by metro. The metro line 5 departs from the domestic operations area of T1 connecting the terminal with the city centre. Depending on your final destination in Mexico, you may also walk to Pantitlán station (a short stroll from T2) and take lines 5, 9, or buses towards other cities in Mexico.

Both terminals of Mexico City airport are served by buses 24/7; these services connect the airport with the centre as well as with nearby regions.

The Metrobús line 4 links the terminals with the historic centre, Buenavista and San Lázaro.

And lastly, if you would rather commute to your hotel in Mexico city enjoying the privacy and comfort of a personal chauffeur, several authorised taxi companies offer safe and comfortable van transportation services from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

Flying to cities in Latin America from Mexico City

Below you will find some of the main domestic routes operated by airlines from Benito Juárez.

Acapulco, Guadalajara, Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, Puerto Vallarta, Querétaro, Veracruz (Aeromar); Lima, Tijuana, Santo Domingo – Las Américas, Quito, Havana, Guatemala, Medellín, Monterrey, São Paulo – Guarulhos (Aeromexico); Cozumel, Culiacán, San José de Costa Rica, San José del Cabo, Veracruz, León, Mérida, Varadero (Interjet); Santiago de Chile (LATAM); Cancún, Villahermosa, Huatulco, Mazatlán (Viva Aerobus); Aguascalientes, Costa Rica, San Luis Potosí, La Paz (Volaris).

Flights to International destinations from Benito Juárez International

Below you will find some of the main international routes operated by airlines from Mexico City International airport.

Miami, Chicago, Barcelona, Amsterdam, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Paris – Charles de Gaulle, San Francisco, Tokyo Narita, Seattle Tacoma, Seoul Incheon, Vancouver, New York JFK (Aeromexico); Rome Fiumicino (Alitalia); Dallas Fort Worth, Phoenix Sky Harbor (American Airlines); Bogotá, San Salvador (Avianca); Guangzhou (China Southern); Detroit, Salt Lake City (Delta); Dubai International (Emirates); Madrid (Iberia); Las Vegas, Houston, San Antonio(Interjet); Boston, Fort Lauderdale (JetBlue); Frankfurt, Munich (Lufthansa); Istanbul (Turkish Airlines).

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Flying to Daxing International or to Beijing Capital? Airlines being relocated to China’s new airport

Until now, travellers who flew to Beijing in China had PEK (Beijing Capital International airport) as their main gateway into the city. However, from September 30, 2019 onwards, they may land in PKX (Daxing International), the second largest single-terminal airport in the world after the recently inaugurated Istanbul airport and a major aviation hub in China that will serve the areas of Daxing, Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei. In view of this, which airport in Beijing should you fly to? It will largely depend on the airline you book your flight with. Continue reading to find out the domestic and international carriers that will fly from the new Daxing airport and the airlines that will stay in Beijing Capital airport, as well as how to commute between the two air travel hubs among other travel recommendations.

Airlines flying from Daxing International airport and airlines flying from Beijing Capital airport in China

Once Beijing Daxing airport starts its operations, its four runways will help relieve the current traffic overload at Beijing Capital International, thanks to the relocation of airlines to the new terminal in Northern China.

If you want to find out whether your airline of choice will have its base at the new Daxing airport, the main fact to be taken into account is that member airlines of the SkyTeam alliance are expected to fly from Daxing (PKX), whereas those belonging to Star Alliance alongside Shenzhen Airlines Hainan Airlines will fly from Beijing Capital (PEK).

Notwithstanding that, some Chinese carriers may continue operating some of their routes from PEK while a high volume of its flights will take off from Daxing, contingent upon the different agreements for each route with the two airports. This might be the case with Air China –which will keep its main base in Beijing Capital-, China Southern and China Eastern, so you are advised to confirm your arrival airport when booking your flight, especially when travelling from Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul or Shanghai.

And last but not least, and in order to satisfy the rising demand for flights between Beijing and Shanghai in China, both Daxing and Beijing Capital will handle routes to and from Pudong and Hongqiao airports at a frequency of more than twenty times per day.

International airlines flying to and from Daxing airport in China

Most carriers that have been flying to Beijing from overseas, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as is the case with Cathay Pacific, American Airlines, Delta, will remain operating at both airports. Besides, some major international airlines have already confirmed routes to China’s Daxing airport starting next autumn: British Airways (from London Heathrow), LOT Polish Airlines (from Warsaw Chopin) and Finnair (from Helsinki); while others will start flying to Daxing from winter 2019 onwards, like Malaysia Airlines (from Kuala Lumpur). Emirates, Turkish Airlines and United have recently joined the list.

How to get to Daxing airport or commute to and from Beijing Capital airport China

China’s brand new airport, Daxing, is located 46 kilometres away from Tian’anmen Square in Beijing and, in turn, the two airports in the city are 65 kilometres apart from each other. Although such distances may seem long, the effective ground transportation means available allow arriving and departing passengers to commute to the city and from one airport to another in a fast and affordable manner.

Travelling from Daxing airport to the city  

There will be two main public transport options connecting Daxing airport with Beijing city centre: the airport express line of the Beijing Subway network (10) and a newly-built high-speed train line linking the downtown to the Daxing district and the areas of Bazhou and Xiong’an, making a stop at Daxing International along the way.

Travelling from Beijing Capital International to the new Daxing airport

After the opening of Daxing International airport in China, it is expected that the Intercity Railway Connector will transport passengers from Beijing Capital International to the Tongzhou Dsitrict, Yizhuang, Lanfang and the brand new terminal in Daxing.

Layover in Beijing Capital airport (PEK)

Provided that, instead of flying to Daxing, you will be landing in or having a layover in Beijing Capital International airport on your trip to China, we recommend that you check whether your country is one of the 53 that allow you to be granted a 144-hour visa free transit permit to explore Beijing and its surrounding regions. In order to make the most of your layover, you can also stay in a hotel close to PEK airport.

George Bush Intercontinental airport in Houston (Texas) and nearby hotels

George Bush Intercontinental (IATA code: IAH) is the largest international airport in Texas, United States, and serves the metropolitan area of Houston and its surrounding towns being located 37 kilometres away from the downtown. If you are planning to visit Houston for either tourism or business purposes, this post will help you design your trip with valuable tips and info such as which airlines operate at George Bush airport, how many terminals it has and how to navigate them, which transport options are available to and from the city, where to sleep in Houston airport or how to find an affordable hotel close to the terminals. Continue reading below to find out more.

Domestic and international flights to Houston, Texas

George Bush Intercontinental airport in Houston, Texas, is a hub for United Express and Spirit Airlines, and both airlines operate the majority of domestic flights within the United States that depart from their terminals. Frontier, Delta, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines also fly from George Bush airport in Houston to various domestic destinations across the USA.

Some of the main routes to and from this hub are handled by United, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, KLM, Eva Air, Emirates, Air France, Air China and Aeromexico, and so many international flights landing in Houston originate in major overseas hubs like Rio-Galeao in Brazil, Frankfurt, Amsterdam Schiphol, Taipei in Taiwan, Dubai International, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Beijing and Mexico City.

Travelling between terminals at George Bush Intercontinental airport

Transferring from one terminal to another in Houston Intercontinental airport is easy thanks to the shuttle transportation options for passengers on the airside as well as on the landside. After security, the Skyway train of George Bush airport connects all five terminals and the international arrivals area, while travellers who are on the public zone can commute between terminals and to the Marriot transit hotel inside the facilities with the courtesy train designated for that purpose.

Travelling from George Bush Intercontinental airport to the city

Many travellers who land in Houston airport (Texas) opt for hiring a vehicle to get around during their stay, especially when they are staying for a considerable length of time. Alamo, Sixt, Dollar or Thrifty are some of the car rental companies you can find at George Bush Intercontinental airport in the US. Nevertheless, if you would rather use public transportation to get to downtown Houston, you may ride the 102 IAH Express Bus connecting the bus station on the south side of terminal C to the centre. Also, if you fly with Eva Air, know that this airline provides their passengers with courtesy shuttle services to the Dallas Fort Worth area.

Transit hotel inside the facilities of George Bush Intercontinental airport

Should you need to stay overnight in Houston airport or sleep in their terminals to catch a very early morning flight, you may book a room at the Marriot hotel conveniently located between terminals B and C, which features 573 guest rooms, a restaurant, a bar, a wellness center and conference spaces. Whether you arrive late at night or need to check out early, take into account that trains transporting passengers towards the hotel or taking the reverse journey do not operate from 00:30 to 03:30.

Finding an affordable hotel near the terminals of George Bush airport in Houston, Texas

Travellers who prefer to spend the night outside the terminals yet close to George Bush Intercontinental airport in Houston will find budget options –mostly motels- within few kilometres of the facilities. The following are some of our recommendations.

Airway Inn (2 stars): this motel near IAH airport offers guests a courtesy shuttle to and from the terminals, less than 4 kilometres away. It has wheelchair-accessible facilities and rooms, featuring free WiFi, air conditioning, in-room TV and private parking spaces. Guests staying in their double, queen or queen rooms are entitled to enjoy continental breakfast in the morning.

Spring Hill Suites near Houston International airport: also offering free transfers to and from the airport as well as secured parking spaces, this motel-style accommodation close to George Bush airport provides ample rooms equipped with beds, sofa beds, tub and shower, microwave, fridge and coffee facilities. A breakfast buffet is put at the guests’ disposal every morning, while they can also enjoy other services like fast WiFi, a gym, an outdoor swimming pool, terrace dining and ATMs on site.

Red Roof Inn Houston airport: known for its ideal location in JFK Boulevard, this 3-star hotel near George Bush Intercontinental airport offers complimentary shuttle transfers to and from the airport available upon request. The distance between the airport terminals and the hotel is 3,2 kilometres. The establishment boasts an outdoor pool, a business centre, a gym, free WiFi internet, and fully equipped standard and family rooms. Laundry and other extra guest services are provided if requested during your stay.

Terminals of George Bush- Houston airport in Texas

The main international airport in Houston –Texas- has five terminals in total (A, B, C, D and E). If you will be flying to Houston for the first time, you may wonder which terminal in George Bush airport you will need to go to for departure or even in which one you will land. See our quick guide below.

Terminal A: domestic and Canada-bound flights that are not operated by United.

Terminal B: all United Express domestic flights and international operations.

Terminal C: as of today, the premises are considered United’s main home, accommodating most service facilities, a United Club Lounge and priority and TSA PreCheck lanes.

Terminal D: United Express international arrivals and all non-United international operations.

Terminal E: All international United flights.

If you are going to take a business trip to Houston or other city in the United states, consider the perks of staying in an airport hotel close to or inside the terminals.