Find airport apps useful Why
Flying has become normal for most people and is hardly more complicated than traveling by bus and train. But there are situations in which air travelers want support. If the baby's diapers are full at the security check in front of the gate - where is the next changing table? If the connecting flight for a business meeting is delayed and the smartphone battery runs out - where is the nearest power socket?
Stephan Uhrenbacher, founder of the Flio app, wants to solve such problems and believes that travelers at airports need more orientation. "Until you have passed the security check and the gate is in sight, you are in a stressful situation. And after that you are rather bored." It doesn't have to be. "We want to give travelers all conceivable tips so that they have a pleasant stay at the airport. The usual googling is not enough," says the entrepreneur.
There are several apps out there trying to be some kind of better airport google. SZ.de tested Flio, App in the air and Wifox.
Flio knows almost every corner at the airport
From Accra in Ghana to Zhengzhou in China, Flio has collected data from 950 airports and prepared it for users. A whole armada of freelancers was on the road for this, says Uhrenbacher. The app recognizes which terminal you are at via GPS. Then you can start: Eat something? Flio suggests restaurants and gives them a 20 percent discount. Drive to the city? Via cooperations, you can rent cars or book trains directly via the app at no extra charge.
Uhrenbacher is particularly proud of the maps, which are intended to offer travelers orientation, especially at large, international hubs. "Such airport overviews are only available in this form from Flio," he says. The developers have expanded the stored airports from Google Maps by linking more detailed orientation aids to the Google maps.
ATMs, pharmacies and even showers are also available at some regional airports. The flight overview is useful, as it feeds current status changes, for example delays, via an automatic interface and is supposed to make the way to the next display board superfluous. The most practical function of the app, however, is WiFi at the push of a button: it automatically recognizes the official airport network, establishes a connection and thus saves entering a password. However, the operators then sometimes ask for user data that you have to provide yourself.
Flio's strength is also a weakness: The amount of information can be confusing, in view of the many hints and functions, a little more structure would be helpful. So far, all functions have only been stored for around 25 percent of airports. And while the integrated services such as WiFi and car rental can be operated interactively, many of the information is only available in classic text form - still helpful, but an irritating contrast to the powerful airport overview. In terms of language, the eight-person start-up from Hamburg is currently only using English, because the app should be internationally successful above all.
Flio is free and available for both iOS and Android smartphones.
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