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Airport Search goes to London

Tower Bridge at night time – Courtesy London Partners

The Airport Search team is in London this week on a trip prepared via our buddies at Gatwick Airport (LGW).

The project?

Find out if it’s smooth to land at Gatwick Airport on a flight from the U.S. See if it’s clean to take public transit to and from the airport to London, Brighton, and different close by destinations. And discover a laugh activities.

As they say: tough activity, however someone has to do it. And Airport Search is up for the project.

Here’s how our adventure goes to date.

Seattle to New York

Our ride from our home base airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) became on JetBlue, to hook up with certainly one of JetBlue’s flights to Gatwick.

The airline starts offevolved service among Boston and Gatwick on August four, and we’ll be at the inaugural flight out of Gatwick. So stay tuned for details from that adventure.

But first: the TWA Hotel

We selected an in a single day layover at JKF so that we ought to live on the TWA Hotel, that is oh-so-simply related to JetBlue’s T5 terminal through elevator and a red-carpeted flight tube this is an appropriate passageway to the 1960s.

The lodge is constructed within the restored and reimagined Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 TWA Flight Center at JFK and has eating places, bars, stores, and a few fun 60s throwback activities inside the lobby.

There’s an infinity pool on the roof (charges observe) and, out inside the lower back at the ‘tarmac, there’s a Lockheed Constellation “Connie” L-1649A that has been transformed into a cocktail front room. This summer time, guests and visitors can pass curler skating rink or ride bumper vehicles on the resort’s tarmac as nicely. (Fees observe).

You don’t want to be staying on the motel to revel in the lobby and tarmac sports. And many sports, which include photo ops in cool spaces, Twister, and lengthy-distance phone calls on unfashionable pay phones, are free.

Arriving at Gatwick Airport

The JetBlue flights to Gatwick Airport leave JFK at around 7:30 pm and land at Gatwick the following morning at around 7:30 am. That way you may plan a complete day within the town.

Our flight landed early, so I changed into happy Gatwick Airport had arranged for me to relaxation and refresh on the onsite YOTELAIR London Gatwick Airport.

This was the first YOTEL to open within the United Kingdom – manner lower back in 2007 – and offers short-remains (from four to eight hours) in very compact ‘cabins’ which might be ideal for naps, a refresh after a protracted flight, or an overnight if you have a very early flight or late arrival.

Each cabin is amazing compact, with a mattress, lavatory, small table, WiFi, USB ports, mood lighting fixtures, clever TV, and a bit little bit of storage area. (You can also depart luggage on the the front desk, or ‘Mission Control.’)

I had the whole thing I wished for a refresh or even determined a small fold-out stool putting at the again of my cabin door simply as I turned into leaving. Coffee, tea, and bottled water are complimentary at the front table and visitors can borrow alarm clocks for wake-up calls. Meals can be ordered and delivered as well.

Here’s a snap of Gatwick Airport’s mascot, Gary Gatwick, finding out the Yotel cabin. You’ll see more (lot’s more) of him for the duration of our London go to as he’s my tour companion for the week.

Gatwick to London in less than half-hour

It’s continually a pride to have an ‘aha’ second when visiting and find out about a device or carrier that you recognise will alternate your travel habits.

In the past, I’ve always arrived in London at Heathrow Airport and headed to town via the London Underground, called the Tube. The new Elizabeth Line seems like its hurries up the travel time, however within the beyond, the journey from Heathrow to important London could soak up to 45 minutes and become very crowded because it got towards the town, particularly throughout rush hour instances.

But journeying from Gatwick Airport to London at the Gatwick Express changed into a ways easier and manner more high-quality.

The trip from the Gatwick Airport train station to Central London’s Victoria Station at the direct Gatwick Express become a 30-minute breeze.

I preferred that that is a train (not a subway) and that the educate station is easy to get right of entry to, with a first-rate upgrade on the manner. Trains run every 15 mins and travelers can use an Oyster smartcard to pay for rides. Prices range with the aid of time and type but are discounted 10% whilst bought on line or via the app.

Trains from Gatwick additionally go to the Sussex coasts, as an example, Brighton and Eastbourne.

It might were easy to switch to underground Tube traces once I arrived at Victoria Station, however my resort turned into an smooth 10-minute walk and alongside the manner, I passed the Victoria Palace Theatre, where Hamilton is gambling.

As I stated, Gatwick Airport mascot Gary Gatwick is my excursion manual this week, and he obtained a totally enthusiastic welcome at the check-in desk on the St. James’ Court.

Our agenda this week will include a variety of touring in London, Brighton, and West Sussex – all places without difficulty reachable from Gatwick Airport.

So please live tuned as we trap up on our adventures each day. Have a few hints on places we need to cross? Please add them to the comments.

Roller skating is again at JFK’s TWA Hotel

Fans of curler skating, amusing at-the-airport activities, and the landmark TWA Hotel at JFK Airport (i.e.: absolutely everyone) may be searching ahead to the return of the resort’s unfashionable-style roller skating rink.

The Roll-A-Rama at the Runway Rink opens for the season on April 15.

The checkered rink is located via the hotel’s 1958 Lockheed Constellation “Connie” airplane/cocktail living room and is made up of 2,668 tiles.

The rink will open to the general public on weekends simplest, weather permitting, through November 22.

Hours for skating will be Fridays from four to 8 PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 8 PM.

50-minute skate periods will cost $20 for adults and $16 for kids beneath 12. The fee consists of use of a pair of vintage-fashion 4-wheeled “quad skates” (patented in 1863).

If you have got your very own curler skates, you're welcome to deliver them along.

If you’re making plans to head, word that admission to the rink can simplest be bought by way of credit score card and is first-come, first-served; no improve tickets are available.

And due to the fact that’s the manner they roll, the TWA Hotel group shared some extremely good curler skating factoids. Note that you may burn 350 calories in an hour of curler skating, so move beforehand and feature a unfashionable cocktail in the Connie.

Airports, airplanes & Alexander Calder

Courtesy Calder Foundation

July 22 turned into artist Alexander Calder’s birthday, giving us an excuse to percentage some snap shots of his paintings in airports and on airplanes.

The image above is of Calder in 1957 examining the set up of his paintings originally titled .one hundred twenty five, after the gauge of the aluminum elements in Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (then Idlewild Airport). The piece become later redubbed Flight.

Courtesy Library of Congress

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) also has a work with the aid of Alexander Calder in its collection. This piece is titled, correctly sufficient, Pittsburgh.

Courtesy Pittsburgh International Airport

Calder’s work also seemed on Braniff International Airways airplanes inside the mid-Nineteen Seventies.

The first was a Douglas DC-8 referred to as Flying Colors of South America. The 2d became a Boeing 727-200 named Flying Colors of the USA.

Courtesy of the Calder Foundation

To examine extra about the airplanes Calder painted for Braniff, see this article from 2020 via Chris Sloan in Airways Magazine.

JFK lavatory a finalist in America’s Best Restroom contest

The finalists for the 2021 America’s Best Restroom contest. are out and we’re pleased to peer a restroom in an airport on the listing. That doesn’t take place very often.

Which airport makes the list this year?

JFK Airport’s Terminal 4, operated with the aid of JFKIAT, gets the nod.

The lavs at the list are placed on the east facet of the Customs Arrival Hall and are designed by means of Woods Bagot.

In the nomination write-up, the lavs are described as being smooth to find, smooth to smooth, and very spacious at 900 rectangular ft.

Framing the restroom entrance is a teal again-painted glass with snap shots of iconic New York City landmarks. Mirroring the hue of the doorway, a teal penny tile feature wall attracts customers into the space. Inside, brilliant white terrazzo floors, marbleized partitions, and delicate wall sconces combine for a look and experience of understated beauty. Calcutta porcelain tile traces the ladies’s vanity area, and a considerate raised shelf behind the sink gives the correct spot to clean up after a protracted flight. Full height wooden laminate partitions provide privateness and a touch of heat to an in any other case smooth, brilliant area.

Another restroom at the listing of finalists is a transportable toilet in Santa Rosa, CA stimulated by way of tiny home cottages. This roadside rest forestall consists of a roomy restroom with vessel sinks, touchless taps, aircon, heat, ambient track, adjustable coloration & dimmable lights, countertop decor, and a hospitality tray with hand towels & different toiletries.

Also on the listing is a phrase-filled restroom at Planet Word, a museum in Washington, D.C. devoted to words, language, and studying,

The contest celebrates innovative and hygienic public restrooms throughout the united states of america and invites the public to vote for his or her favorite flusher. See the entire listing of 10 finalists and forged a vote earlier than August 20. .

Roller skating at JFK Airport? Yup, at the TWA Hotel

Air travel is again on, however what approximately amusing sports at airports?

That’s lower back on too. At least at New York’s JFK Airport, in which the TWA Hotel adjoining to Terminal five is operating a summer time roller rink next to the lodge’s 1958 Lockheed Constellation “Connie” airplane.

A 50-minute skating consultation expenses $20 in step with grownup and $sixteen for youngsters 12 and includes the skate rentals, although you may convey your own. Helmets are available for lease. The rink is wiped clean among each consultation.

Sound like some thing you want to do? The TWA Hotel’s Roll-A-Rama ( splendid call, right?) is open Fridays from 4 PM to 8 PM and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 PM to 8 PM.  Tickets are on a first come, first served foundation and capability can be limited.

To help you get in the temper, right here are some ‘by using the numbers’ factoids approximately curler skating put together via the TWA Hotel.