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Professional Convention Management Association

June 03 2013

3 Unconventional Additions at Airports This Week

By David McMillin, Staff Writer

From arriving for site visits to standing by to get home a bit earlier, meeting professionals are no strangers to airports. There are some changes coming to some of the nation’s biggest travel hubs that impact you, the environment and your pets. Here’s a look at three of them.

1) Delta Delivers Layovers in Style

Waiting inside is so 2012. With Delta’s new Sky Club at John F. Kennedy International Airport, travelers can now enjoy those long layovers while soaking in the great outdoors at the new Sky Deck. The outdoor terrace in Terminal 4 gives guests the opportunity to eat, drink and relax underneath the East Coast sunshine.

While the outdoor addition is attracting plenty of attention, many travelers may be equally excited about what’s inside: a new dining program that features wine selected by a master sommelier.

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2) JetBlue Goes Green

There are more than opportunities to enjoy cocktails outside at JFK, though. As the travel industry continues to look for new ways to go green, JetBlue is leading the charge with a partnership with Air Ventures and Royal Waste Services to compost nearly 300 pounds of food waste each day from Jamba Juice and Dunkin Donuts restaurants in Terminal 5.

“We have a greater responsibility to the community than just transporting people from point A to point B,” Robin Hayes, chief commercial officer, JetBlue Airways, said in a statement.

That responsibility will help create fertilizer and nutrient rich soil for local farms.

3) United Aims to Please Four-Legged Friends

People aren’t the only ones airlines are looking to impress. For anyone bringing dogs or cats along for the journey, the new United Airlines’ PetSafe kennel facility at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport includes temperature-controlled individual holding facilities and temperature-controlled vans for transporting pets to and from flights.

Looking to get your animal bathed while waiting? Look no further. The kennel also offers grooming services.

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