As we approach the end of 2012, the data is in that more Americans are traveling this end of year than last. AAA projects that 93.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holidays, with the number of those traveling by air increasing by 4.5% over last year.
The average airport has three terminals, 18 airlines, 40 eateries, 30 shops, 25 services, three lounges, public transportation, taxis, limos, shuttles, long-term parking, short-term parking and an array of hotels nearby. So the recent launch of Airport Chatter comes at a very opportune time.
Airport Chatter is a free mobile app that aims to help travelers quickly locate what they are looking for and display where the venue is located. It provides information, tools, reviews and interactions aimed at making air travel a more pleasant experience in the busiest airports in the U.S including LAX, DFW, ORD, and JFK.
The app currently features profiles of every eatery, shop, service and lounge at those airports — more than 6,000 venues in total at 53 airports — helping travelers learn about which restaurants there are after security is cleared or what the costs are for long-term parking. It also includes a social capability to allow users to rate venues and provide reviews. The upcoming Radar feature will allow users to find other users at the same airport who can then either chat through the app or meet up live.
The app was developed by Ygor Lemos and two colleagues using Titanium. It also leverages Appcelerator Cloud Services (ACS) for push notification. The app currently runs on the iPhone, with the Android version coming out soon.
Ygor notes, “Since the app was released three weeks ago, we’ve had over 2,000 downloads and a lot of press coverage. People really like the user interface and the simplistic tab bar approach. Without Titanium it would have taken three times the amount of development time, not to mention that the code is so much easier to read, maintain and update.”
Coming soon are profiles for more airports in international markets such as Latin America and Asia as well as additional services such as baggage tracking, flight tracking, airport wifi services and coupons.
To learn more about the Airport Chatter app, click here.
To download the iOS app, click here.