Airport Hotels Become Havens for Stranded Travelers; FlyteBoard with Doppler Radar Keeps Guests Informed on Flight Availability and Changing Weather Patterns

CHICAGO, IL – January 27, 2015 – Airlines across the Northeast pre-emptively canceled 5,200 flights on Monday morning. Statewide travel bans were put in place in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island as hotels became shelters for travelers. The Radisson Hotel JFK Airport was ready as cities across the Northeast announced the suspension or reduction of public transit. The hotel provided guests with FlyteBoard real-time airline flight information and a recently upgraded display with live Doppler radar from Flyte Systems.

Guests extend their stay as they wait for JFK International to reopen

Pierre Merhej, General Manager of the Radisson Hotel JFK Airport, said, "With this storm we are more of a destination for distressed passengers than a hotel. Guests watch our FlyteBoard to check their flight status and the Doppler radar shows them where the storm is heading. My staff and I have our hands full helping guests and stranded travelers. Many of our guests have extended their stay. We also have travelers waiting out the storm in our hotel until the airport reopens. This is a case of the Hospitality industry coming to the assistance of stranded travelers to provide food and accommodations in times of emergency."

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"Air travel in winter months adds a dimension of stress for anyone, seasoned or not," said Scott Triphahn, vice president of Flyte Systems. "Having a real-time glimpse of your flight's status removes some of that anxiety and gives you a heads up if flights are delayed," he said. "Why not know in the comfort of your hotel, before you check out, to find your flight is delayed or cancelled? Knowing before others might get you up in front of the line for that next flight or even let you book an extra night's stay if a storm hits and you're done for the night." FlyteBoard displays cities, flight numbers, schedules and actual arrival and departure times, airline logos and gates identical to airport terminal screens.

Flyte Systems has 50 years' experience providing airline information. The company provides 24/7 system support from its Chicago offices. Properties that use Flyte Systems solutions report increased loyalty and repeat business based on a positive guest experience.

The Radisson Hotel JFK Airport is owned and operated by Vista Hospitality. It is a full service property conveniently close to JFK International Airport. It recently added live Doppler radar to its FlyteBoard airline display for greater guest service. The property hosts multiple domestic and international airline crews and serves a broad mix of business and leisure travelers and provides 24/7 airport shuttle service. The Radisson JFK Airport also has the largest fitness center of any hotel in the JFK market.

Flyte Systems provides low-cost, real-time flight information

Flyte Systems offers a suite of products that serve the traveling public: FlyteBoard, FlytePass, FlyteChannel, FlyteTouch, FlytePad with handheld mobile airline information, and Event Module. The company's latest innovation is InfoBoard, which combines airline flight information with total property way-finding, weather, traffic, area attractions, and much more.

FlyteBoard is a wall, floor, or ceiling mounted high-definition, flat panel screen for lobbies, restaurants, bars, and other public areas, displaying flight information for one or more airports.

FlytePass combines FlyteTouch with free, secure boarding pass printing. It is available as a standalone unit, or neatly packaged in either an all-wood kiosk or an integrated metal kiosk to match your décor.

FlyteChannel permits guests to view live airport flight information conveniently and comfortably from their in-room television.

FlyteTouch enables individual guests to search flight information using an interactive touch screen that displays real-time flight arrivals and departures for one or more airports.

FlytePad is a mobile-ready service that delivers real-time airline information via the iPad, enabling hotel staff to provide guests with airline information anywhere and anytime.

Flyte's Event Module displays user-configurable meetings and events on screens shared with flight information or on its own dedicated screen.

InfoBoard is a cost effective touch screen display that saves labor, provides greater guest service, and generates revenue with flight information and so much more.

Many hotels and resorts also use Flyte Systems' applications to increase revenue with innovative marketing approaches for distressed travelers. For tips on how to generate revenue by providing guests with Flyte Systems airline information, please log on to the Flyte Systems website at