China Airports | List of Chinese Airports | Airports of China

Here, from Wikipedia, is the most comprehensive list of Chinese Airports we could find wiht links to the Wikipedia Airport pages for more information.   We’ll eventually have these airports covered here at QuickAid.com Airport Directory but in the meantime here’s  more, along with the Chinese Airport ICAO and IATA codes.  ICAO is a business code used by industry applications where IATA is the consumer code – ie the one you’d use when  reserving a flight for your summer trip.

Main city served ICAO IATA Airport name
ANHUI
Anqing ZSAQ AQG Anqing Tianzhushan Airport
Chizhou Chizhou Jiuhuashan Airport(under construction)
Fuyang ZSFY FUG Fuyang Xiguan Airport
Hefei ZSOF HFE Hefei Luogang International Airport
Hefei Hefei Xinqiao International Airport (under construction)
Huangshan ZSTX TXN Huangshan Tunxi International Airport
BEIJING
Beijing ZBAA PEK Beijing Capital International Airport
Beijing ZBNY NAY Beijing Nanyuan Airport
Beijing Beijing Daxing International Airport (planned for construction)
CHONGQING
Chongqing ZUCK CKG Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
Qianjiang JIQ Qianjiang Wulingshan Airport
Wanzhou ZUWX WXN Wanzhou Wuqiao Airport
Wushan Wushan Shennüfeng Airport(scheduled for construction)
FUJIAN
Fuzhou ZSFZ FOC Fuzhou Changle International Airport
LianchengLongyan ZSLD LCX Longyan Guanzhishan Airport
Quanzhou ZSQZ JJN Quanzhou Jinjiang Airport
Sanming Sanming Shaxian Airport(under construction)
WuyishanNanping ZSWY WUS Wuyishan Airport
Xiamen ZSAM XMN Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
GANSU
Dunhuang ZLDH DNH Dunhuang Airport
Jiayuguan/Jiuquan ZLJQ JGN Jiayuguan Airport
Jinchang ZLJC JIC Jinchang Jinchuan Airport
Lanzhou ZLLL ZGC Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport
Qingyang ZLQY IQN Qingyang Airport
Tianshui ZLTS THQ Tianshui Maijishan Airport
Xiahe/HezuoGannan Gannan Xiahe Airport (under construction)
Zhangye YZY Zhangye Ganzhou Airport
GUANGDONG
Foshan ZGFS FUO Foshan Shadi Airport
Guangzhou ZGGG CAN Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Huizhou ZGHZ HUZ Huizhou Airport (under construction)
Meizhou ZGMX MXZ Meixian Airport
Shantou/Jieyang/Chaozhou ZGOW SWA Jieyang Chaoshan Airport
Shaoguan HSC Shaoguan Guitou Airport(scheduled for construction)
Shenzhen ZGSZ SZX Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport
Zhanjiang ZGZJ ZHA Zhanjiang Airport
Zhuhai ZGSD ZUH Zhuhai Sanzao Airport
GUANGXI
Baise ZGBS AEB Baise Youjiang Airport
Beihai ZGBH BHY Beihai Fucheng Airport
Guilin ZGKL KWL Guilin Liangjiang International Airport
Hechi Hechi Airport (under construction)
Liuzhou ZGZH LZH Liuzhou Bailian Airport
Nanning ZGNN NNG Nanning Wuxu International Airport
Wuzhou ZGWZ WUZ Wuzhou Changzhoudao Airport
GUIZHOU
Anshun ZUAS AVA Anshun Huangguoshu Airport
Bijie Bijie Airport (under construction)
Guiyang ZUGY KWE Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport
KailiQiandongnan Kaili Huangping Airport (under construction)
LiboQiannan ZULB LLB Libo Airport
LipingQiandongnan ZUNP HZH Liping Airport
Renhuai Renhuai Maotai Airport (under construction)
Tongren ZUTR TEN Tongren Fenghuang Airport
XingyiQianxinan ZUYI ACX Xingyi Airport
Zunyi ZUZY ZYI Zunyi Xinzhou Airport (under construction)
HAINAN
Haikou ZJHK HAK Haikou Meilan International Airport
Sanya ZJSY SYX Sanya Phoenix International Airport
HEBEI
Chengde Chengde Airport (under construction)
Handan ZBHD HDG Handan Airport
Qinhuangdao ZBSH SHP Qinhuangdao Shanhaiguan Airport
Qinhuangdao Qinhuangdao Beidaihe Airport (under construction)
Shijiazhuang ZBSJ SJW Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport
Tangshan TVS Tangshan Sannühe Airport
Xingtai ZBXT XNT Xingtai Dalian Airport (under construction)
Zhangjiakou Zhangjiakou Airport (under construction)
HEILONGJIANG
Daqing ZYDQ DQA Daqing Sartu Airport
Fuyuan Fuyuan Airport (under construction)
Harbin ZYHB HRB Harbin Taiping International Airport
Heihe ZYHE HEK Heihe Airport
Jiagedaqi JGD Jiagedaqi Airport
Jiamusi ZYJM JMU Jiamusi Dongjiao Airport
Jixi ZYJX JXA Jixi Xingkaihu Airport
Mohe ZYMH OHE Mohe Gulian Airport
Mudanjiang ZYMD MDG Mudanjiang Hailang Airport
Qiqihar ZYQQ NDG Qiqihar Sanjiazi Airport
Yichun ZYLD LDS Yichun Lindu Airport
HENAN
Luoyang ZHLY LYA Luoyang Beijiao Airport
Nanyang ZHNY NNY Nanyang Jiangying Airport
Shangqiu Shangqiu Airport (scheduled for construction)
Xinyang Xinyang Minggang Airport(scheduled for construction)
Zhengzhou ZHCC CGO Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport
HONG KONG
Hong Kong VHHH HKG Hong Kong International Airport
HUBEI
Enshi ZHES ENH Enshi Xujiaping Airport
Shennongjia Shennongjia Airport (under construction)
Shiyan Shiyan Wudangshan Airport(scheduled for construction)
Wuhan ZHHH WUH Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
Xiangyang ZHXF XFN Xiangyang Liuji Airport
Yichang ZHYC YIH Yichang Sanxia Airport
HUNAN
Changde ZGCD CGD Changde Taohuayuan Airport
Changsha ZGHA CSX Changsha Huanghua International Airport
Hengyang Hengyang Nanyue Airport(under construction)
Huaihua ZGCJ HJJ Zhijiang Airport
Yongzhou LLF Yongzhou Lingling Airport
Zhangjiajie ZGDY DYG Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport
INNER MONGOLIA
ArxanHinggan YIE Arxan Airport
Baotou ZBOW BAV Baotou Erliban Airport
Bayannur RLK Bayannur Airport
Chifeng ZBCF CIF Chifeng Yulong Airport
ErenhotXilingol ZBER ERL Erenhot Saiwusu International Airport
HailarHulunbuir ZBLA HLD Hailar Dongshan Airport
Hohhot ZBHH HET Hohhot Baita International Airport
Manzhouli ZBMZ NZH Manzhouli Xijiao Airport
Ordos ZBDS DSN Ordos Ejin Horo Airport
Tongliao ZBTL TGO Tongliao Airport
UlanhotHinggan ZBUL HLH Ulanhot Airport
Wuhai ZBUH WUA Wuhai Airport
XilinhotXilingol ZBXH XIL Xilinhot Airport
JIANGSU
Changzhou ZSCG CZX Changzhou Benniu Airport
Huai’an ZSSH HIA Huai’an Lianshui Airport
Lianyungang ZSLG LYG Lianyungang Baitabu Airport
Nanjing ZSNJ NKG Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Nantong ZSNT NTG Nantong Xingdong Airport
Wuxi/Suzhou ZSWX WUX Sunan Shuofang International Airport
Xuzhou ZSXZ XUZ Xuzhou Guanyin Airport
Yancheng ZSYN YNZ Yancheng Nanyang Airport
Yangzhou/Taizhou ZSYA YTY Yangzhou Taizhou Airport
JIANGXI
Ganzhou ZSGZ KOW Ganzhou Huangjin Airport
Ji’an ZSGS JGS Jinggangshan Airport
Jingdezhen ZSJD JDZ Jingdezhen Luojia Airport
Jiujiang ZSJJ JIU Jiujiang Lushan Airport
Nanchang ZSCN KHN Nanchang Changbei International Airport
Shangrao Shangrao Sanqingshan Airport (scheduled for construction)
Yichun Yichun Mingyueshan Airport(under construction)
JILIN
Baishan NBS Changbaishan Airport
Changchun ZYCC CGQ Changchun Longjia International Airport
Tonghua ZYTN TNH Tonghua Sanyuanpu Airport(under construction)
YanjiYanbian ZYYJ YNJ Yanji Chaoyangchuan Airport
LIAONING
Anshan ZYAS AOG Anshan Teng’ao Airport
Changhai ZYCH CNI Changhai Airport
Chaoyang ZYCY CHG Chaoyang Airport
Dalian ZYTL DLC Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport
Dandong ZYDD DDG Dandong Langtou Airport
Jinzhou ZYJZ JNZ Jinzhou Xiaolingzi Airport
Shenyang ZYTX SHE Shenyang Taoxian International Airport
MACAU
Macau VMMC MFM Macau International Airport
NINGXIA
Guyuan ZLGY GYU Guyuan Liupanshan Airport
Yinchuan ZLIC INC Yinchuan Hedong Airport
Zhongwei ZLZW ZHY Zhongwei Xiangshan Airport
QINGHAI
DelhiHaixi Delingha Airport (under construction)
GolmudHaixi ZLGM GOQ Golmud Airport
MangnaiHaixi Huatugou Airport (under construction)
Xining ZLXN XNN Xining Caojiabu Airport
Yushu ZLYS YUS Yushu Batang Airport
SHAANXI
Ankang ZLAK AKA Ankang Wulipu Airport
Hanzhong ZLHZ HZG Hanzhong Xiguan Airport
Hanzhong Hanzhong Chenggu Airport(under construction)
Xi’an ZLXY XIY Xi’an Xianyang International Airport
Yan’an ZLYA ENY Yan’an Ershilipu Airport
Yulin ZLYL UYN Yulin Yuyang Airport
SHANDONG
Dongying ZSDY DOY Dongying Shengli Airport
Jinan ZSJN TNA Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport
Jining/Qufu ZSJG JNG Jining Qufu Airport
Linyi ZSLY LYI Linyi Shubuling Airport
Qingdao ZSQD TAO Qingdao Liuting International Airport
Weifang ZSWF WEF Weifang Airport
Weihai ZSWH WEH Weihai Dashuibo Airport
Yantai ZSYT YNT Yantai Laishan International Airport
Yantai Yantai Chaoshui International Airport (under construction)
SHANGHAI
Shanghai ZSSS SHA Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
Shanghai ZSPD PVG Shanghai Pudong International Airport
SHANXI
Changzhi ZBCZ CIH Changzhi Wangcun Airport
Datong ZBDT DAT Datong Beijiazao Airport
Linfen Linfen Qiaoli Airport (under construction)
Lüliang Lüliang Airport (under construction)
Taiyuan ZBYN TYN Taiyuan Wusu International Airport
Xinzhou Wutaishan Airport (under construction)
Yuncheng ZBYC YCU Yuncheng Guangong Airport
SICHUAN
Chengdu ZUUU CTU Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Dazhou ZUDX DAX Dazhou Heshi Airport
DaochengGarzê Daocheng Yading Airport(scheduled for construction)
Guangyuan ZUGU GYS Guangyuan Panlong Airport
HongyuanNgawa Hongyuan Airport (under construction)
Jiuzhaigou/Songpan,Ngawa ZUJZ JZH Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport
KangdingGarzê ZUKD KGT Kangding Airport
Luzhou ZULZ LZO Luzhou Lantian Airport
Mianyang ZUMY MIG Mianyang Nanjiao Airport
Nanchong ZUNC NAO Nanchong Gaoping Airport
Panzhihua ZUZI FZI Panzhihua Bao’anying Airport
XichangLiangshan ZUXC XIC Xichang Qingshan Airport
Yibin ZUYB YBP Yibin Caiba Airport
TIANJIN
Tianjin ZBTJ TSN Tianjin Binhai International Airport
TIBET / XIZANG
Lhasa ZULS LXA Lhasa Gonggar Airport
Nagqu Nagqu Dagring Airport(scheduled for construction)
Nyingchi ZUNZ LZY Nyingchi Mainling Airport
Qamdo ZUBD BPX Qamdo Bangda Airport
Shigatse ZURK RKZ Shigatse Peace Airport
ShiquanheNgari ZUAL NGQ Ngari Gunsa Airport
XINJIANG
Aksu ZWAK AKU Aksu Airport
Altay ZWAT AAT Altay Airport
Bole ZWBL BPL Bole Alashankou Airport
Burqin ZWKN KJI Kanas Airport
Fuyun ZWFY FYN Fuyun Airport (scheduled for rebuilding)
Hotan ZWTN HTN Hotan Airport
KorlaBayingolin ZWKL KRL Korla Airport
Kuqa ZWKC KCA Kuqa Qiuci Airport
KünesIli ZWNL NLT Nalati Airport
Karamay ZWKM KRY Karamay Airport
Kashgar ZWSH KHG Kashgar Airport
Kumul ZWHM HMI Hami Airport
QiemoBayingolin ZWCM IQM Qiemo Airport
Shihezi Shihezi Airport (under construction)
Tacheng ZWTC TCG Tacheng Airport
Turpan ZWTP TLQ Turpan Jiaohe Airport
Ürümqi ZWWW URC Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport
YiningIli ZWYN YIN Yining Airport
YUNNAN
Baoshan ZPBS BSD Baoshan Yunduan Airport
Dali ZPDL DLU Dali Airport
JinghongXishuangbanna ZPJH JHG Xishuangbanna Gasa Airport
Kunming ZPPP KMG Kunming Wujiaba International Airport
Kunming Kunming Changshui International Airport (under construction)
Lijiang ZPLJ LJG Lijiang Sanyi Airport
Lincang ZPLC LNJ Lincang Airport
Mang CityDehong ZPMS LUM Dehong Mangshi Airport
Ninglang Lugu Lake Airport (scheduled for construction)
Pu’er ZPSM SYM Pu’er Simao Airport
Shangri-LaDêqên ZPDQ DIG Dêqên Shangri-La Airport
Tengchong ZUTC TCZ Tengchong Tuofeng Airport
Wenshan ZPWS WNH Wenshan Puzhehei Airport
Zhaotong ZPZT ZAT Zhaotong Airport
ZHEJIANG
Hangzhou ZSHC HGH Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
Jiaxing Jiaxing Airport (under construction)
Ningbo ZSNB NGB Ningbo Lishe International Airport
Quzhou ZSJU JUZ Quzhou Airport
Taizhou ZSLQ HYN Taizhou Luqiao Airport
Wenzhou ZSWZ WNZ Wenzhou Yongqiang International Airport
YiwuJinhua ZSYW YIW Yiwu Airport
Zhoushan/Putuoshan ZSZS HSN Zhoushan Putuoshan Airport

New Retirement Site Online – Retire USA

We interrupt our normal Airports Coverage to bring you a new retirement website by the maker of QuickAid.   It’s called “Retire USA” and offers retirement-focused information about individual cities all over the country.

Retire USA State by State Profiles – click on the cities for details, community listings, and more.  Our Retirement Blog is the most active in the country now with over a dozen active bloggers.

Here are links to our state pages, but be sure to check out the blog where posts are made almost daily from our merry band of retirement bloggers.

California Retirement | Colorado Retirement  | Florida Retirement | New York Retirement | Nevada Retirement | North Carolina Retirement | Oregon Retirement | South Carolina Retirement | Texas Retirement | Utah Retirement |  Virginia Retirement  | Arkansas Retirement

TSA Transportation Security Administration Air Travel Review

Although there are more flight travel rules than you could ever fully understand, the basics are fairly simple and boil down to the following notes from the TSA:

TSA’s  Prohibited Items  NOT all-inclusive but helpful.

3-1-1 Rule – CONSOLIDATE your liquids and gels into a single see-through bag.    Liquids and gels must be in containers smaller than 3.4 ounces (100 mililiters), and you can only have ONE bag that is ONE quart sized.    Zip lock freezer bags are a good way to go as they are sturdy, cheap, and easy to replace if spills or tears ruin them during travel.

For Travelers   General travel tips from the TSA

ID Requirements … Especially important for International travelers who can in some (rare) circumstances be denied entry if they don’t have the right papers/visas/passports/ID.

TSA Precheck Program = Sensible Security.

TSA’s new precheck program is in early stages and not available to everybody, but if you are asked to join it’s probably a good idea. Here’s David Pogue, the New York Time’s technology writer, favorably reviewing the process:

Although TSA’s PreCheck is free you will have to “opt in” and only certain flyers are offered this opportunity at this time.
Look for a popup when visiting your airline’s Web site.

Pogue reports that “you can also get in to eCheck by joining a similar program like Sentri, Global Entry or Nexus”.

Read more here from David Pogue about the TSA Precheck Program

TSA Precheck Program from TSA

TSA Pre™ is currently available for eligible passengers flying on participating airlines that have opted in at the following airport checkpoint locations:

  • Atlanta (ATL): T-South Checkpoint (Delta only)
  • Chicago (ORD): Terminal 3, Checkpoint 8 (American only)
  • Dallas (DFW): Terminal C, Checkpoint C30 (American only)
  • Detroit (DTW): Checkpoint 2 on the ticketing level (Delta only)
  • John F. Kennedy (JFK): Terminal 8 Main Checkpoint (American only)
  • LaGuardia Airport (LGA): Delta Main Checkpoint (Delta only)
  • Las Vegas (LAS): D Gates First Class Checkpoint (American and Delta)
  • Los Angeles (LAX): TSA Pre✓™ screening lane (American only)
  • Miami (MIA): D2 Checkpoint (American only)
  • Minneapolis (MSP): Lindbergh Terminal, Checkpoint 4 (American and Delta)
  • Seattle (SEA): Checkpoint 5 North (Alaska only)
  • Salt Lake City (SLC): Terminal 2 Checkpoint (Delta only)
  • Washington D.C. (DCA): Terminal B, South Checkpoint for gates 10-22 (Delta and Active Duty U.S. Military only)

In 2012, TSA plans to expand TSA Pre™ for eligible passengers flying on participating airlines at the following airport locations:

  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  • Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
  • Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
  • Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL)
  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
  • Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  • Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
  • Portland International Airport (PDX)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA)
  • Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

TSA plans to continue expanding the TSA Pre™ concept to include additional airlines, as well as airports that participate in CBP’s Global Entry program, once operationally ready.

 

 

(Jan 2012) Airline Rules from US Department of Transportation

The second phase of the new airline passenger protections are now in effect.   These rules are designed to solve problems consumers have faced for years regarding cancellations of tickets and flights and pricing problems.

·        Requiring all taxes and fees to be included in advertised fares.
·        Banning post-purchase price increases.
·        Allowing passengers to hold a reservation without payment, or to cancel it without penalty, for 24 hours after the reservation is made, if the reservation is made one week or more prior to a flight’s departure date.
·        Requiring disclosure of baggage fees when passengers book a flight.
·        Requiring that the same baggage allowances and fees apply throughout a passenger’s journey.
·       Requiring disclosure of baggage fee information on e-ticket confirmations.
·        Requiring prompt notification of delays of over 30 minutes, as well as cancellations and diversions.

Generally these seem to be a step forward where regulations will simply make the systems more transparent, although one can make a strong case that the new notifications and 24 hour purchase rule will increase costs for the airlines – costs that will need to be passed along to consumers.

Spirit Airlines has another objection to the new rules, which they assert require them to hide government taxes in their fares. For more about this challenge see their special website here:  keepmyfareslow.org

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“New Rules” full Press Release from the Department of Transportation:

DOT 111-11
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Expanded Airline Passenger Protections Take Effect

WASHINGTON – New consumer protections for airline passengers established by the U.S. Department of Transportation go into effect today, and will make flying more convenient and hassle-free for air travelers nationwide. The new consumer protections, finalized earlier this year, include requirements that airlines refund baggage fees if bags are lost, increase compensation provided to passengers bumped from oversold flights, and provide passengers greater protections from lengthy tarmac delays.

“The Obama Administration believes consumers have the right to be treated fairly when they fly,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.  “The Department of Transportation’s new passenger protections will help ensure that air travelers receive the respect they deserve before, during and after their flight.”

Effective today, airlines will be required to refund any fee for carrying a bag if the bag is lost.  Airlines are already required to compensate passengers for reasonable expenses for loss, damage or delay in the carriage of passenger baggage.  Under the new rules, airlines must now prominently disclose all optional fees on their websites, including but not limited to fees for baggage, meals, canceling or changing reservations, or advanced or upgraded seating.

The new rules also double the amount of money passengers are eligible to be compensated for in the event they are involuntarily bumped from an oversold flight.  Previously, bumped passengers were entitled to cash compensation equal to the one-way value of their tickets, up to $400, if the airline was able to get them to their destination within a short period of time (within 1 to 2 hours of their originally scheduled arrival time for domestic flights and 1 to 4 hours for international flights).  If they were delayed for a lengthy period of time (more than two hours after their originally scheduled arrival time for domestic flights and 4 hours for international flights), they were entitled to double the one-way price of their tickets, up to $800.  Under the new rule, bumped passengers subject to short delays will receive compensation equal to double the one-way price of their tickets, up to $650, while those subject to longer delays would receive payments of four times the one-way value of their tickets, up to $1,300.  Inflation adjustments will be made to those compensation limits every two years.

The Department of Transportation’s new rule also expands the existing ban on lengthy tarmac delays to cover the international flights of foreign airlines at U.S. airports, and establishes a hard four-hour time limit on tarmac delays for all international flights at U.S. airports.  It also extends the three-hour tarmac delay limit for domestic flights, currently in place only at large-hub and medium-hub airports, to flights at small-hub and non-hub airports as well. All carriers subject to the tarmac rule will be required to report lengthy tarmac delays to DOT.  In all cases, exceptions to the time limits are allowed only for safety, security or air traffic control-related reasons.   Carriers must also ensure that passengers stuck on the tarmac are provided adequate food and water after two hours, as well as working lavatories and any necessary medical treatment.  

Additional measures under the new rule will take effect January 24, 2012, including:

·        Requiring all taxes and fees to be included in advertised fares.
·        Banning post-purchase price increases.
·        Allowing passengers to hold a reservation without payment, or to cancel it without penalty, for 24 hours after the reservation is made, if the reservation is made one week or more prior to a flight’s departure date.
·        Requiring disclosure of baggage fees when passengers book a flight.
·        Requiring that the same baggage allowances and fees apply throughout a passenger’s journey.
·       Requiring disclosure of baggage fee information on e-ticket confirmations.
·        Requiring prompt notification of delays of over 30 minutes, as well as cancellations and diversions.

The final rule, proposed rule and comments are available on the Internet at www.regulations.gov, docket DOT-OST-2010-0140.

CES 2012 and LAS – Las Vegas McCarran Airport Express Bus

CES 2012 Las Vegas

Quickaid’s in Las Vegas for the International Consumer Electronics Show “CES 2012”.  Here, the gadget and computer world gathers every January to showcase technology and innovation in thousands of products from some 2700 companies exhibiting here.   This will be QuickAid’s only post from CES 2012 – most of the coverage is over at Technology Report.

One of the challenges in Las Vegas is getting to and from the airport.  Taxi service can be slow and is fairly expensive given the short distances, where the shuttles are reasonably priced at about $5-7 per trip but can take up to an hour depending on traffic and where you are heading.   The airport shuttles generally wait until they are full to go, and then must stop at each venue to drop off the passengers and unload their luggage.

However there’s a fairly new option in LAS service from both the strip and downtown and it’s the “Express Bus” or SDX.   These new speedy double deckers appear to go directly to and from the airport, although I’m still having some trouble confirming exactly how this works.  The signs suggest the bus goes right into McCarran but some of the online info says you’ll need to transfer at the SSTT or “south side transfer terminal”.    I’ll figure this out when I leave town on Friday and post more here.

 

Google buys ITA Flight Search Software.

Google’s aquisition of ITA software, a powerful flight price comparison engine, may eventually add a huge new twist to the flight search space although Google’s current position is that they won’t enter this market as a competitor, rather as a more helpful and user friendly search routine for flights.   It remains to be seen how Google will implement this tool over time, but it’s probably bad news for what in QuickAid’s view is the best current player in this market, Kayak.com.    We’re not sure but believe that  ITA already powers Kayak’s search.

This from Google:

On July 1, 2010, Google announced an agreement to acquire ITA Software, a Cambridge, Massachusetts flight information software company, for $700 million, subject to adjustments.

  • Google’s acquisition of ITA Software will create a new, easier way for users to find better flight information online, which should encourage more users to make their flight purchases online.
  • The acquisition will benefit passengers, airlines and online travel agencies by making it easier for users to comparison shop for flights and airfares and by driving more potential customers to airlines’ and online travel agencies’ websites. Google won’t be setting airfare prices and has no plans to sell airline tickets to consumers.
  • Because Google doesn’t currently compete against ITA Software, the deal will not change existing market shares. We are very excited about ITA Software’s QPX business, and we’re looking forward to working with current and future customers. Google will honor all existing agreements, and we’re also enthusiastic about adding new partners.

 

Google Press Release and Video on the ITA Aquistion: http://www.google.com/press/ita/

Bureau of Transportation Statistics – a great online resource

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am often amazed at the resources that pop up online without much fanfare.  One for Transportation is the Research and Innovation Technology Administration, thankfully shortened to  “RITA” , which is part of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics at BTS.gov .     Here you’ll find flight, airline, and airport statistics provided by the US Government that include everything from flight delays to jobs in the industry.   If you are a researcher this is an essential resource, and even travelers will find the information very interesting.   Did you know, for example, that extra baggage fees were $887 million – almost a billion dollars –  in the second quarter of 2011.  This is a lot of extra revenue for the airlines and also suggests an obvious budget cutting travel tip – travel light and use a carry on rather than checked baggage!     You won’t save $887 million, but one of the reasons that number is so high is that the extra baggage fees have become exceptionally high over the last few years as many flights do NOT provide any free checked bags.   My personal experience has been that travelling light has many, many advantages.    For example on our 2010 family trip to Venice, Italy we decided to walk to our hotel from the train station rather than hire a water taxi.   This was a charming walk because we only had one bag each to roll along, with more it would not have been possible.