Hacker News broke our site – how Nginx and PageSpeed fixed the problem

  • 24 Mar, 2015

Construction cartoon

Following a surge of traffic from Hacker News which overloaded our servers, we re-built our hosting stack using the latest best practices for high performance browser networking resulting in 94/100+ scores on Google PageSpeed Insights, and A+ scores on SSL Labs. In this post we will share how we did it.

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Help us out this Easter and win a giant Easter Egg!

  • 20 Mar, 2015
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Easter Egg

Easter is coming up and like everyone we are excited for some time off, and of course plenty of chocolate!

Here at Airport Parking Shop we are combining both. We know that plenty of people will be going away this Easter, so we are asking for a tiny favour. If you could take just a few minutes to fill out a short survey about airport parking, we would be very grateful!

It will take just a couple of minutes, and your responses will only be used for our own marketing analysis.

Fill out the survey here.  Please note the competition is now closed.

As an incentive to fill this out, we are giving away a whopping 2.5kg Easter Egg to one of the lucky people to fill out our survey! This Giant Speckled Easter Egg is worth £85.00 and has been made by hand by the team at James Chocolates in Somerset. The company is loved for its award-winning chocolate creations made with a unique twist of English eccentricity. Find out more about James Chocolates here. Read More

Destinations Travel and Holiday Show

  • 03 Feb, 2015
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Destinations Show

On a bitterly cold Friday we headed up to the London Olympia to attend Destinations, a holiday and travel show in association with The Times. Unfortunately, I was not there to book a holiday, as exciting at that would be, but there on a press pass to get ideas about what’s happening in travel right now and thoughts for future content. We were also hoping to chat to some official tourist boards – they often have local people there representing the country which is alway fascinating.

We arrived pretty early and it was still quite empty with lots of people still setting up their stands, so we took advantage of this and scoped out the show. It was divided loosely by region and then a whole section was dedicated to adventure and outdoor travel, so there was a lot to take in. Read More

Have breasts, will travel – less than 40% of airports confirm breastfeeding facilities

  • 27 Jan, 2015

Young mother breast feeding her baby at home

It’s 2015. It’s the year that Back to the Future suggested we would have hoverboards and flying cars. This may not be the case, but it’s certainly about time airports came into the 21st century, and we headed to Twitter to find out if that was the case.

Firstly, we wanted to check out if UK and Ireland airports were loud and proud tweeters, or simply the begrudging “we tweet because we have to” kind of crowd. Secondly, we didn’t just want to ask them some benign question that no one cares about, we wanted to ask them something that really mattered. Something that is not obvious from a quick trip to their website.

So we asked 28 UK and Irish airports via Twitter:

“Do you have dedicated mother and baby rooms for nursing mums?”

The results, needless to say, were very interesting. Take a look at our summary of airport facilities according to their responses, and discover exactly what we found out. Read More

The future of the airport journey: travelling alone

  • 08 Jan, 2015
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Some important trends over the last ten years are set to make travelling a different experience than it was. Let’s take a look at some of the changes that have been happening to see where we are all headed in 2015!

Future of airport trends

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