You’re flying on a new carrier, and you’re connecting through an airport you’ve never visited before. Need to find the first class lounge? Looking for a good place to eat? Searching for the rail that connects your arriving terminal to your departure terminal?
It can be incredibly difficult to find what you’re looking for at an unfamiliar airport. In-airport signage is never quite as clear as you want it to be, and it can even be difficult to decipher the wall-mounted maps of terminals.
Which is why it’s so nice that Apple is adding interior airport maps to its Maps app. For the traveler who’s ever tried in vain to navigate an unfamiliar airport, you’ll now have access to a helpful guide in your pocket. Here’s what to expect from coming interior airport maps in Apple Maps.
What Airports are Included?
Interior airport maps for Apple Maps launched along with the release of iOS 11. But not all airports are included. If you’re looking for the restrooms in El Paso or trying to grab a sandwich in Louisville, you’re out of luck.
But Apple Maps is quickly adding more and more interior airport maps. You can now count on finding Apple Maps for:
- San Jose International
- Philadelphia International
- Oakland International
- Miami International
- Minneapolis-St. Paul International
- Baltimore-Washington International
- Portland International
- McCarran International in Las Vegas
- Chicago-O’Hare International
- Midway International in Chicago
At Apple’s developer conference in early 2017, it promised to add a slew of other airports, both domestic and abroad, including: New York’s JFK and La Guardia, Amsterdam, Berlin, Denver, Detroit, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston’s Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, London’s Heathrow and Gatwick, Los Angeles, Orange County, Nashville, Newark, Pittsburg, San Diego, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver.
There’s no timetable for the addition of these other cities.
How Does it Work?
The interface for accessing interior airport maps is fairly straightforward. Start by finding the full airport on the map. Then, notice the indicators for individual terminals. Simply tap on a terminal, and the Apple Maps app will zoom you into that terminal where you can see the floor plan as well as markers that identify checkpoints, gates, shops, restaurants, restrooms and more.
You can even tap on specific shops and restaurants to get more information — which means you can now read restaurant reviews before you commit to sitting down and having a meal. And you can also use the search function to find what you’re looking for within a specific airport terminal.
A Common Sense Approach to Business Travel
Travelers often find themselves lost and confused inside airports. Which is why it’s only common sense that Apple Maps would add interior airport maps to its app.
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