With some time on my hands today, I checked out a bunch of travel apps on the Apple AppStore before downloading GateGuru.
Available for both the iPhone and Android phones, GateGuru is a free app that's handy to have on your device if you happen to be a frequent traveler.
What Does the App Do?
Let me tell you briefly what the GateGuru app does for you.
The app lists tons of airports around the world and for each of them it provides a listing of food establishments, shops and services.
This information is available for the entire airport or you can filter by each terninal or concourse.
A nice thing to have because as you're waiting in the security line you can find out about the food establishments, coffee shops, ATMs or newspaper vendors close to your terminal.
I don't know about you but knowing where the Starbucks coffee shops are located gives me peace of mind knowing that my caffeine fix is close by.
Adding to the convenience, many of the food places have either reviews or starred-ratings to help you make up your mind.
But that's not all that the app does.
It also lists the different checkpoints and for many of them lists the wait times based on user input.
For larger airports, there are also tips from users on various aspects including cheap ways to get to the airport. A tip on the JFK airport offers useful information about the AirTrain.
There are also reviews for the airport itself. A nice thing to have when you are debating, for instance, whether to board from Philadelphia (PHL) or Newark Liberty (EWR).
Other nifty features in the app include the ability to check flight status by airline and number.
A coming update should add a car rental booking feature.
Poor Indian Coverage
The app is quite comprehensive for the major airports in the U.S. and Europe.
I checked out two airports - JFK in New York City and Philadelphia International Airport. For both, there's quite a bit of useful information.
However, when I checked India I was disappointed to see only two airports listed - Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai and Indira Gandhi Airport in Delhi.
The other major cities like Chennai, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad are missing.
This is a shortcoming that I hope the app's makers will recognize and fix soon.
Otherwise, I found the app an useful tool.
If you carry an Android phone or an iPhone, I encourage you to download the free GateGuru app today.