FLYsmart App Now For Android

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

Just in time for the bustling holiday travel season, Clear Channel Airports, major worldwide marketer of airport advertising, and Geodelic, Santa Monica-based leader in location-based publishing, have launched the free mobile app, FLYsmart, for Android devices.

In addition, FLYsmart has added nine more airports to its growing national network and enhanced the user interface of its popular Flight Tracking feature.

FLYsmart equips savvy air travelers with a complete terminal directory – maps and all. Users can quickly locate gate locations, ATMs, newsstands, restaurants, gift shops, clubhouses, restrooms and other amenities inside airports across the nation. iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and, now, Android users can also access live feeds of flight arrivals and departures. Outside the airport terminal, the app provides a Geodelic location discovery guide, which finds things to do in a user’s destination city, and directly links to Wikipedia entries for added information on local attractions.

“We’re creating tremendous opportunities for travelers to discover and engage with airport merchants as well as local city attractions with the FLYsmart app, which is quickly becoming the essential travel guide,” says Toby Sturek, president, Clear Channel Airports. “Clear Channel Airports has tapped into our comprehensive network of major North American airports to double the number of airport directories accessible to FLYsmart users, and we look forward to further enhancing the travel experience with our mobile app for business and leisure travelers nationwide.”

Rahul Sonnad, founder and CEO of Geodelic, says, “FLYsmart has garnered rave reviews and we’re committed to expanding the app onto more platforms, optimizing the user experience, and creating an open system to enable a broad range of enhancements. This approach will result in the most comprehensive and useful airport guide for on-the-go audiences.”

FLYsmart has added the following new airports to its national network: Chicago Midway Int’l; McCarran Int’l (Las Vegas); Los Angeles Int’l; Miami Int’l; Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l; New York JFK; New York LaGuardia; Tampa Int’l ; and Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.

Separately, FLYsmart has upgraded its Flight Tracking user interface to enable consumers to view arriving and departing flights at a glance by pushing relevant information to the forefront.

To promote FLYsmart, Port Columbus International Airport, serving Central Ohio, launched a comprehensive campaign featuring a dozen Airport Ambassadors to help introduce travelers to FLYsmart. Equipped with iPads, the ambassadors are able to access and demonstrate FLYsmart’s comprehensive directory, innovative mapping system and improved Flight Tracking feature to passengers throughout the terminal. Aside from the Ambassadors, Port Columbus ran display promotions across the airport’s highly trafficked areas.

Dedicated to airport advertising for more than 30 years, Clear Channel Airports is the premier innovator of contemporary display concepts that currently handles more than 200 airport programs across the globe. It has a presence in 32 of the top 50 U.S. markets with major airports.

As part of the Geodelic network, FLYsmart is accessible by more than 800,0o0 users. A BlackBerry version of the app is slated for release later this year.

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