Finding Your Way Around Airports with Google

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You can now visit some of the world’s biggest airports without stepping out of your house, and know exactly where the currency exchange point or a cling film luggage wrapping kiosk is situated, and where the shuttle bus would drop you off should you decide to fly from that airport.

As of November 2013 Google maps offer virtual walks past the shops, check-in counters and meeting points at 16 airports worldwide, such as Madrid’s Barajas, London Gatwick and Tokyo International Airport. You can even explore the inside of an Emirates Airbus A380 at Dubai Airport.

This interactive map shows all the new Street View transit locations worldwide, that are not limited to just airports; the tool will let you virtually explore over 50 train and subway stations, as well as a cable car station in Hong Kong.

So if you would like to know how far you’d need to walk from the main entrance to the escalators, or from the lifts to the nearest WC, you can have a quick look around the airport buildings, find where to drop off your oversized luggage, explore the architecture, look at what the locals are wearing or see the range of cafes, restaurants and shops if you still have to grab that last box of chocolates or a souvenir fridge magnet for someone special.

Airports across Spain and Japan are the most featured on Street View. Here’s a few examples of what you can find.

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London Gatwick Airport, North Terminal, UK: Google Maps

[streetview width=”100%” height=”250px” lat=”19.435254″ lng=”-99.08320900000001″ heading=”208.16129032258073″ pitch=”7.693548387096772″ zoom=”1″][/streetview]

Mexico International Airport, Mexico: Google Maps (more…)

World airport guides take off. So does our blog!

World airport guides take off. So does our blog!

We are nearing the end of 2013 and we have seen many changes to World Airport Codes throughout the year with the launch of the new design and today, the first ever blog for the site! We plan on using this blog to share some of the most interesting airport related news stories, statistics, travel news, stuff of aviation geeks and developments with World Airport Codes.

To launch this new blog we thought it would be a great time to announce our new guides. These guides are to help those who are new to an airport and want to locate places to stay in the surrounding airport area and find out how on earth to get to and from the airport. The guides cover local taxi information and reliable drivers, the best hotels on offer, where to park at the airport and all the details you could need about renting a car at your airport destination.

Let’s start with the taxi guides; we had a think about what you would need when you arrive at the airport and realised: surely the easiest and quickest way to get away from the airport was to get a taxi! Taking a closer look at the taxi industry we discovered it was a minefield to get your head around all of the taxi options available and rules for getting a taxi, especially in the USA. Because of this we thought we would take off with taxi guides in US destinations. We contacted the leading taxi companies in New York and Chicago and added them to our guide, along with some in depth advice on getting a taxi, what taxis you can book and pick up, the average prices for a taxi and how much you should tip.

For those who prefer to drive themselves around town rather than being chauffeured, we put together a guide for car hire as well – it is only available for Malaga at the moment as we wanted to make sure we had the best guide possible. We think we have done this, including info on where to get your car hire at the airport, who to book with and even some fantastic Spanish phrases for those who want to learn a spot of local lingo.

Hotel was the the obvious next guide as passengers often need a place to stay. We got our in house travel experts to find the nearest hotels for the locations Chicago O’Hare International Airport and New York City JFK airports. You can view a map on the guide for all hotels in the area along with top information for each one.

The final two guides we created were parking guides for Chicago O’Hare Airport and New York City JFK airport. These guides should help you familiarise and plan your parking before heading to the airport.

You can check out all of our guides here:

Chicago O’Hare Airport – Taxi Guide
New York Airports- Taxi Guide
Chicago O’Hare Airport – Hotel Guide
New York JFK Airport – Hotel Guide
Chicago O’Hare Airport – Parking Guide
New York JFK Airport – Parking Guide
Malaga Airport – Car Hire Guide

We have just started with New York, Chicago O’Hare and Malaga airport transport and hotel guides for now but do not worry – your next destination will be there soon. What airport guide would you like to see next?