Πέμπτη, 31 Οκτωβρίου 2019

Top10 weirdest reasons for flight delays and cancellations


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Here are 10 of the weirdest reasons given for grounded aircraft, according to a survey by flight compensation company GIVT.
1. Ground crew stuck in the cargo hold
A flight by Angolan national carrier Taag had to make an unscheduled landing in Porto, Portugal shortly after take off from Lisbon. The reason? Crew received a message that a baggage handler was stuck in the cargo hold! Upon landing the handler was found to be suffering from hypothermia and rushed to hospital. The man had fainted during loading, and the plane had taken off with him on board.
2. The crew wanted to go surfing
An Air France plane from Kuala Lumpur to Paris suffered a delay when crew members decided to go surfing in Bali, Indonesia. During a compulsory break, the crew decided to take a quick flight to go surfing. They hadn’t counted on a volcano erupting on Java, causing them to missed their return flight to Kuala Lumpur, and leaving the flight to Paris crewless.
3. Iguanas on a plane
WastJet flight from Cuba to Canada was grounded after a passenger was caught by customs smuggling two iguanas. The problem, however, is that there had been four iguanas when he boarded the plane, and two were now loose in the cargo hold. The plane had to be fumigated and inspected to check for any damage caused by the reptiles. Passengers were transferred to another plane for their final destination in Vancouver.
4. Cockpit kitty
A ten year old cat called Ripples escaped from his carrier while flying Air Canada from Halifax. The curious feline decided to go investigating. He padded through first class, and then on to the cockpit, where he nestled himself cosily under the pilot’s seat. His hiding place was so good it took crew over four hours to find him and return him to his carrier.
5. Cabin crew air rage
American Eagle flight New York JFK to Washington D.C. was grounded after cabin crew had an altercation. Friction between staff members led to one stewardess pulling another down the aisle by her scarf, choking her, and slamming her with a drinks cart. Legal proceedings are ensuing.
6. Passenger doing “suspicious” maths 
A flight from Philadelphia to Syracuse, New York City was delayed taking off when one of the passengers reported suspicious behaviour. Her swarthy looking neighbour had asked her questions in an odd way and was scribbling strange coded notes in a “foreign language”. The plane was directed back to the boarding gate where the passenger was removed. The suspect passenger, Italian Guido Menzio, was actually a renowned theoretical economist from the University of Pennsylvania on his way to give a speech in Syracuse and was merely working on some differential equations. After quizzing by airport security staff Menzio was finally permitted to return to his seat, his 41 minute flight departing more than two hours late.
7. Turtles blocking the runway
Hundreds of pregnant diamondback terrapin turtles crossing the tarmac shut down runways at New York JFK Airport. The turtles which live in nearby marsh areas were trying to access sandy areas at the airport to lay their eggs. Airport staff had to intervene to help them and return them safely to their nests. Taxiing planes were delayed, but no turtles were harmed, and most passengers took the whole thing good naturedly.
8. Lost Cutlery
Thomas Cook’s troubles started well before their recent bankruptcy. A flight from Cancun, Mexico to London Stansted was significantly delayed when vital equipment was found to be missing. No, it wasn’t safety, or first aid equipment, “missing cutlery” was given as the reason for the delay!
9. Incorrectly served nuts
In 2014, then Vice President of Korean Air, Heather Cho, appeared in the headlines. Outraged by her macadamia nuts, she exploded in a fit of what can only be called nutrage! She went berserk when her macadamias were served to her in a packet, and not in a bowl. Contending that this was not what should be expected in first class she proceeded to assault the head of cabin crew, and demand the plane return to the gate, delaying the flight by 20 minutes. “Nutgate”, as it became known, went public and Cho was found guilty in Korea of obstructing aviation safety, and was sentenced to 12 months, of which she served 5 months.
10. The wrong pyjamas
Two Quantas passengers caused a 30 minute delay when crew on their flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne could not provide them with their complementary XL pyjamas. Despite being offered business class pyjamas they passengers refused, insisting on first class pyjamas. Eventually they disembarked leaving other passengers in stitches after the pilot gave the reason for the delay.
"Don't forget, that there is no compensation for flights cancelled or delayed due to extraordinary circumstances", says Elzbieta Tyszka, Head Lawyer at flight compensation company GIVT. “In case law extraordinary circumstances exempting the carrier from liability include: bad weather, political instability, security threats, and airport strikes” – she adds."


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Athina Luxury Suites: Best Wedding & Luxury Honeymoon Hotel in Europe




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ATHENS - The exclusive boutique hotel Athina Luxury Suites perched on the cliffs of the caldera, in the island of unparalleled beauty, Santorini, was recognized once more globally and received four more accolades. 
The boutique hotel with its breathtaking views and world-class services in Fira was awarded as the Best Wedding Hotel in Europe, Best Destination Wedding Hotel in Greece and Best Romantic Hotel in Greece by the Haute Grandeur Global Awards on October 19th, 2019 at The St Regis, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards is a prestigious independent and unbiased Awards initiative honoring the very highest achievements from across the global hotel industry and is regarded as the pinnacle of achievement in global hospitality.
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A few days earlier, Athina Luxury Suites triumphed at the World Luxury Hotel Awards winning the title of the Best Luxury Honeymoon Hotel in Europe, at the 13th Annual World Luxury Hotel Awards ceremony held on October 12th, 2019, at the Arctic Tree House Hotel, in Finland.
World Luxury Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry offering international recognition as voted by guests, travelers and industry players alike. Over 300,000 international travelers vote each year, during a four-week period to select the winners.
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Athina Luxury Suites features a total of 19 opulent accommodations. Each suite level provides its own unique set of luxury amenities, but all are designed for discerning guests looking for a perfect combination of serenity and adventure.
An unforgettable dining experience awaits you at Esperisma bar-restaurant, where you may find Mediterranean and Greek cuisine inspired by the freshest local ingredients available and Chef Vasilis Zacharakis. Moreover, you may experience the ultimate rejuvenation of body and soul in the brand-new Aphrodite’s spa, while you can spend some time relaxing with your refreshing cocktail in the fully renovated new infinity heated swimming pool with a pool bar, admiring the perfect view to the Caldera of Santorini.
Just meters away from the vibrant town center, Athina Luxury Suites immerses guests in tranquility. Breathtaking views, world-class service and exquisite accommodations combine to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Global distinctions such as the ones achieved by Athina Luxury Suites assist in the exposure of Greek tourism around the world.




Tourism in Southeast Asia is positive in spite of the global economic slowdown




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Tourism in Southeast Asia is positive in spite of the global economic slowdown, but experts opine that this regional success story will continue if ASEAN countries ramp up cooperation.

Morragotwong Phumplab, assistant professor at Thammasat University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts, said that the tourism sector in every ASEAN country boasts of unique qualities that are attractive for international visitors to the region.

But rather than collaborating on items like joint ASEAN tour packages for top regional destinations, countries choose to promote their own domestic attractions.

Tourism in ASEAN region has been augmented by the growing spending capacity of China’s middle class. However, China’s increasing geopolitical influence is also a key challenge for ASEAN, outweighing the effects of the global economic slump.

Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar bear evidence of the impact of Chinese development on the local landscape.

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Most tourists are making travel plans over the high season or school break in spite of the economic downturn and strong currency, because they want new experiences while travelling, said Kritchanat Kulratchahirun, chief executive of the NB Holiday Tour company.

Mr. Kritchanat said that Vietnam is the most popular destination with Thai outbound tourists this year, especially in newly developed destinations like Danang city and Nha Trang, which is known for its beautiful beaches.

Laos is another country popular with Thai tourists, with Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane the most visited destinations.


Colombia sees arrival of 380,000 cruise passengers

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Columbia sees the arrival of 35 cruise lines and the number of cruise ship arrivals keeps growing.

Colombia has competitive advantages for cruise lines, which include coasts in the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, a wide range of exotic beaches and a strategic location outside of the hurricane area which allows for an uninterrupted operation throughout all the year.


Flavia Santoro, president of ProColombia said that since 2006, there has been significant growth in the number of cruise ships coming to Colombia.

The dockings increased from 53 in 2006 to 231 in 2018, an increase of 335% in ship arrivals and 646% in passenger arrivals going from 50,946 to 380,000,” said, the government agency in charge of promoting non-mining-energy exports, foreign direct investment and tourism.


The improved interest of cruise lines in Colombia is demonstrated by the wide range of companies that visit the country such as Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruises, Holland America, Celebrity Cruises or TUI Cruises and more recently the arrival of lines specialising in luxury and exploration.


Colombia is also a powerhouse for procurement. The country supplies cruise lines with textiles, agro-business products such as coffee, and has the potential to grow sustainably in this business.



José Manuel Restrepo, minister of trade, industry and tourism of Colombia said that they work to increase the arrival of international cruise passengers to Colombia. The country has opportunities to strengthen this industry in the Caribbean region through the promotion of its touristic offer and the attraction of foreign investment in this sector.


ANA upgrades seats on Tokyo-New York Route



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All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-Star airline, is bringing its revamped Boeing 777-300ER to the Tokyo-New York route. Featuring the latest technology and an array of advanced comfort-enhancing features, the upgraded interiors of this aircraft offers first-rate comfort and convenience to all passengers.
Designed in collaboration with famed architect Kengo Kuma and leading British design firm Acumen, aircraft’s first flight from Tokyo will be NH110 (Tokyo/Haneda-New York) and the first out of New York will be NH9 (New York-Tokyo/Narita). Both flights will be departing on November 8th in their respective local time zones (*1).
“ANA is again raising the bar by bringing its top-of-the-line Boeing 777-300ER to the Tokyo-New York route,” said Seiichi Takahashi, Senior Vice President of ANA. “We sought to strike a balance between trendy design and timeless elements to create an interior that will appeal to all of our passengers and revolutionize the flight experience. Our goal is to increase comfort and make the travel experience feel as luxurious as possible. By combining design breakthroughs with our famous commitment to service, this aircraft is an important step in our never-ending drive to perfect the travel experience.”
Given the popularity of these aircraft and ANA’s commitment to continually improving service, ANA is planning to bring the redesigned Boeing 777-300ER to the Tokyo/Haneda-Frankfurt in 2020 winter schedule.
(*1) For further details of the flight schedule, please refer to ANA webpage. Aircraft type subject to change due to daily operation.

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Applications now open for Business Travel Show Launchpad



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Business travel and meetings start-ups are being invited to apply for one of ten stands in this year’s Launchpad, which is returning to Business Travel Show for its sixth year.
Over the last five years, the Launchpad has been a powerful promotional platform, accelerating brand awareness for a wide range of start-ups among thousands of European corporate travel buyers. Companies under three years old are invited to apply for a Launchpad package, offered at an accessible entry level price and including a 4m 2 shell scheme stand, carpet, furniture, access to the hosted buyer diary and PR and marketing support.
Previous Launchpad exhibitors have included Taptrip and Trooptravel, both of whom have gone on to enjoy incredible success since taking part. Taptrip’s self booking tool is a finalist in the 2020 Business Travel Awards and has been accepted on to the Barclays’ Techstars accelerator. Trooptravel was one of 13 finalists at the Business Travel Innovation Face-Off conference in New York this month and is currently on the IAG’s hangar 51 accelerator programme.
The Business Travel Innovation Face-Off makes its European debut at Business Travel Show in 2020. Featuring presentations from eight disrupters, all set on shaking up the travel and meetings status quo, each of whom will have just seven minutes of uninterrupted airtime to pitch to 150 specially invited buyers, followed by a four-minute Q&A from an expert panel of judges and a public grilling.
Two winners will be selected; one by the judges and a second ‘buyers’ choice’. Both will be announced at the show on the afternoon of 27 th February.
This is a unique opportunity for start-ups to impress 150 senior corporate travel and procurement managers and blow their minds with their innovative travel and meetings solutions,” commented David Chapple, Portfolio Director UK, Northstar Travel Group.
It’s also a brilliant chance for our buyers to see eight brand-new and cutting-edge products, technologies and services that have developed to address the key industry challenges they are facing at such an early stage in their journey.”


China bans eating & drinking on all subways



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Bad behavior on all subways in China will be punished according to a recent announcement. Eating, drinking, lying down or stepping on seats, playing music on speakers will be banned on all of the country's subways from April 1, 2020.

China Daily reported that the Ministry of Transport introduced a new regulation last week that bars passengers nationwide, with exceptions for infants and people with certain medical conditions, from eating or drinking in subway cars.
Currently, 33 cities in China have subway systems, including Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wuhan, and Qingdao. This is the first time China has enacted subway legislation that affects the entire country. Previously, it was up to specific cities and regions to set their own guidelines such as Beijing’s subway banned food and drinks in 2015; violators can be fined 500 yuan ($70).





Cruise industry shows it's open for business with destinations and stakeholders at the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show





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MIRAMAR, FL - The cruise industry embarked in San Juan, Puerto Rico last week with a clear message: cruise lines are ready, willing and able to partner with and invest in destinations and stakeholders for long-term mutual success. That message rang throughout the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show - the largest and only official cruise conference and trade show representing the Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South America, which took place Oct. 21-25 - through symbols including both the most presidents and above from FCCA Member Lines, which make up more than 95 percent of the global ocean cruising capacity, and the most meetings in the event's 26-year history, leading to everything from landmark agreements to opportunities for all participants.

 
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"We cannot be more honored by the success of the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show because it truly represents mutual success for stakeholders and cruise lines," said Michele Paige, president, FCCA. "This is the event's, and the FCCA's, main mission and reason for creation, and it was on display by everything from 'historic' agreements for Saint Lucia to every attendee having an opportunity to meet with cruise executives that can benefit their business."
 
Nearly 150 high-level cruise executives, including 13 presidents and above, from FCCA Member Lines took part in the Conference's series of meetings, workshops and networking functions, as well as the Trade Show, which featured a revamped format offering exhibiting opportunities along with a host of private receptions and the most meetings in event history - with 467 pre-scheduled meetings for Trade Show Pavilion holders, including private meetings with presidents and above, as well as the first dedicated session with Shorex executives.
 
While every Delegate had opportunities to learn from and build business with the influential audience - including one-on-one meetings that were available with cruise executives who decide where ships call, what is sold and used onboard, and how to invest in destination products and developments - landmark agreements took center stage and served as an example of what the executives discussed during their speeches and workshops: cruise lines are looking to partner with and invest in destinations and stakeholders.
 
"During the event, Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruises signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government of Saint Lucia, a signing that Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Honourable Allen Chastanet called "historic" and "a major step towards enhancing Saint Lucia's tourism product."
 
As part of the MOU, the cruise companies and the government of Saint Lucia will establish a long-term concession agreement to formalize the terms and responsibilities for the joint venture to manage and operate the current cruise pier and terminal facilities at the Port of Castries. Additionally, the joint venture will design, finance, construct and operate a new cruise port in Vieux Fort on the southern part of the island that will be able to accommodate the latest and most innovative ships in the cruise industry.



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Ukraine International to introduce new flight program



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Ukraine International (UIA) announced new changes to its flight schedules at its hub at Boryspil International Airport as of November 16, 2019. The flight program is being axed is due to the need to optimize the airline’s costs and bring it back to the profit zone. The new schedule will be in effect for the IATA Winter & Summer 2019/2020 Schedule.
All UIA flights to destinations of Western Europe will be operated during the daytimedeparture from Kyiv is scheduled between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.arrival to Kyiv is scheduled between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. local time. Flight frequencies to Brussels, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Krakow, and Madrid will be increased up to 7 times per week. Flights between Kyiv and London and Kyiv and Vilnius will be operated double-daily.
All UIA flights to Cairo, Dubai, Ankara, Izmir, Yerevan, Baku, and Tehran will be operated at nighttime: departure from Kyiv is scheduled between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.arrival to Kyiv is scheduled between 07:30 and 08:45 a.m. local time. Flights to Tel Aviv, Istanbul, and Tbilisi will be operated several times per day.
Due to negative profitability, UIA will cease operating flights to Amman, Minsk, and Riga.
Simultaneously, UIA keeps connecting the capital and the cities of Ukraine. Passengers are offered to take advantage of double-daily flights between Kyiv and Odesa, Kharkiv, and Lviv, as well as daily flights between Kyiv and Dnipro, Kherson, Chernivtsi, Zaporizhia, and Ivano-Frankivsk.
Within the Winter 2019/2020 Schedule, UIA will increase the frequency of Kyiv – Toronto services from two to three weekly flights. Moreover, effective November 17, 2019, the carrier introduces changes to New York - Kyiv flight scheduledeparture from New York at 00:30 a.m.; arrival to Kyiv at 4:20 p.m. local time. Kyiv – New York flights’ schedule will not be changed. Flights to the cities of the USA and Canada will be operated on Boeing 777 aircraft.
During the Winter 2019/2020 season, UIA will be operating five weekly flights between Kyiv and Delhi while adding another two weekly flights in summer 2020. The Kyiv – Delhi – Kyiv flights will be operated on Boeing 767 aircraft. The time of departure from Delhi will be changed to 11:30 p.m.: arrival to Kyiv – at 04:10 a.m.
Non-stop services connecting Kyiv and Beijing will be put on hold while frequency en route Kyiv – Bangkok – Kyiv will be brought down to 3 weekly flights. The changes will be introduced from November 16, 2019, and be in effect until the government of Ukraine comes up with an efficient solution for ensuing arm’s length terms for Ukrainian carriers that are obliged to by-pass the airspace of the Russian Federation when operating eastbound flights.
Following changes to the long-haul flights’ operation plans, UIA decreases frequencies of duplicating daytime and nighttime eastbound flights.
UIA will offer passengers rerouting options (where possible) or ticket refunds in case rerouting is impossible or an alternative does not suit a passenger.
To ensure fast and efficient request processing, passengers should contact the airline as soon as they receive information on their flight status changes. Ticket (or unused carriage) refunds are made in payment currency by travel agents.


PM opens first edition of Smart City Expo Doha




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His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and His Excellency President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, opened the Smart City Expo Doha (SCE Doha) conference today. The opening was attended by a number of his excellency sheikhs, ministers, dignitaries, experts and officials in the field of communications and information technology.

In its first edition in Qatar, The Doha Smart Cities Expo, organised by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) in partnership with Fira de Barcelona, aims to introduce innovative technology that will contribute to improving the lives of citizens, residents and visitors through social inclusion, sustainability and empowerment.

During his speech at the opening session of SCE Doha, HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications, welcomed the attendees and thanked His Excellency President Paul Kagame of the Republic of Rwanda for honoring the conference and sharing the vision of the Republic of Rwanda of the future.

“In a short period of time, the Republic of Rwanda has been able to become an inspiration to many in Africa and the world and Kigali has earned itself a reputation as Africa’s leading city and a true global example of what smart cities can achieve,” H.E. HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, said. “Our two countries are united by two main and influential factors, the first of which is visionary and committed leaders, represented by the leadership of the both countries, and the second factor is the accelerated pace of development thanks to smart investment in infrastructure, enhancing the investment climate, and the continued support by the state for companies and institutions from the government and private sectors to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Speaking at the event, His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, said: “It is an honour to be here at this important event showcasing the important role technology is playing in urbanization. We hope to work with the partners at this event to develop the right technology to deal with the implications of urbanization in order to achieve the best results and outcomes.”

He added: “There are two important considerations that must be present in our minds as we seek to build smart cities, the first is that smart cities are about human beings, the people and not computers, so the task is not to invest in technology for technology’s sake, but to invest in technology with the aim of making the lives of citizens better. The second consideration relates to the establishment of smart cities where residents and technology users must be responsible for their data at all stages of collection, storage and use. The public and private sectors must cooperate to provide the right environment based on trust to ensure their prosperity, contributing to the spread and application of technology and increasing the quality of services in our smart cities.”
He further expressed happiness over his country’s partnership with the State of Qatar in the field of smart cities, especially that both countries are among the top ten globally in the future vision and speed of response to address its requirements. His Excellency President Paul Kagame praised the efforts of the State of Qatar and the vision of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and devoted an innovation prize in an effort to build a society free of corruption.

Ricard Zapatero, President of International Business at Fira de Barcelona, said: “Doha’s accession to the global network of organized cities is a reflection of the Qatari government applaudable commitment to the transition to smart cities and cities are looking at  Doha’s  experience in this regard. Today, the State of Qatar is showing the world that it is seeking to improve the lives of citizens with the help of modern technology and this is a success story for the region and it puts Qatar at the forefront in this field. We are keen to showcase and highlight the Qatari experience in the global smart city community, and we will work with the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Qatar to expand and develop the next edition of the event.”

The event will feature a high-level panel discussion with the participation of some of the world’s leading speakers, regional and local speakers (71 speakers from 23 countries), who will be addressing a number of key topics in the field of smart cities and cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence and urban planning.

The event was attended by His Excellency Ali Sharif Al Emadi, Minister of Finance, and His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Thani, Minister of State and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ooredoo Group, H.E.  Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Sayed, Minister of State and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Free Zones Authority, and Ricard Zapatero, President of International Business at Fira de Barcelona.

The second day of the event (October 31) is scheduled to witness a ministerial session with the participation of H.E. Jassim bin Saif al-Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications, and H.E. Ms. Paula Ingabeer, Minister of Information Technology, Communications and Innovation of the Republic of Rwanda, H.E. Mr. Mohammad Jawad Azari Jahrami, Minister of Information and Communications Technology of the State of Iran, and H.E. Hakob Archakian, Minister of Technology of the Republic of Armenia.


“Café de Luxe”: Frankfurt Airport offers airport tour with coffee and cake





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Since the 1950s, Frankfurt Airport has exerted a magnetic attraction on whole generations of visitors fascinated by its international ambiance and the aura of aviation: a genuine window on the world. The oldest fans still recall going on Sunday outings with their families to enjoy coffee and cake in a locale right next to the apron with a closeup view of colorful aircraft from faraway countries almost close enough to touch.
A new offering of Frankfurt Airport’s Visitor Services has now revived some of this nostalgia: a tour dubbed “Café de Luxe”. Lasting 45 minutes, it takes visitors around the apron to acquaint them with the ground handling operations at Germany’s largest aviation hub. It includes live narration by a seasoned guide who regales them with a steady stream of interesting facts.
To top it off, the group is taken to the tradition-steeped Käfer’s Restaurant in Terminal 1 to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea or a soft drink plus their choice of a large selection of delicious homemade pies and cakes. Giant panoramic windows provide an excellent view of aircraft being serviced right next to the building. The first beverage and piece of cake are included in the price. The tour can be booked for individuals or groups and costs 16 euros per person.