El Dorado Airport
UX Design, UI Design, iPhone Development & Android Phone Development
The official airline app of the El Dorado Airport in Bogotá, Colombia
In 2015, El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia approached Blue Label Labs to design and develop a set of iOS and Android apps for visitors to the 44th busiest airport in the world.
The airport began the project with the desire to build an eye-catching app that not only made it easy for visitors to travel through the airport and monitor their flight status, but also served to showcase the variety of vendors and service providers available within the airport.
Design, Build and Deploy
Building both iOS and Android apps for El Dorado
Initially, the airport had worked with a local app development team to create the El Dorado. However, after two months of struggling to overcome the technical and design challeneges of the project, the airport approached Blue Label Labs to take over development of the iOS and Android apps.
The Blue Label Labs app development team was tasked with a tough challenge: design, build and deploy the first iOS version of the El Dorado airline app within eight weeks.
The Blue Label Labs team finished the app in six weeks.
The Blue Label Labs app development team created an experience that focused on the core needs of an airport traveler: navigation, flight tracking, and service directory.
The airline app gives users quick access to critical flight status and airport navigation functionalities through a simple swipe-to-reveal slide out menu, no matter where they are in the app.
Departures & Arrivals
The Blue Label Labs team and the airport settled on a blue-yellow color theme that was both visually gentle on bleary-eyed travelers and evocative of the Colombian national identity.
The design of the airline app leverages these colors along with a stylized sans-serif font and use of vibrant images to present a clean and simple app design.
Pinpoint Your Location
A challenge faced by the Blue Label app development team was in providing a reliable indoor-navigation system to help travelers chart their course through the airport. Leveraging cutting edge Bluetooth iBeacon navigation, Blue Label Labs teamed up with the MapsPeople indoor-navigation framework to deploy a Bluetooth iBeacons system across the airport and then integrate it with a custom mapping and navigation system built into the iOS and Android apps.
With a single tap a user of the El Dorado airline app is quickly able to pinpoint their position within the airport down to a 10-meter radius and then be provided with turn-by-turn directions to her gate or desired vendor.
Pinpoint your position down to a 10-meter radius
Be in the “Know”
Another challenge faced by the Blue Label Labs app development team was the integration of real-time information into the app. The Blue Label Labs team worked with local airport authorities to connect the El Dorado airline app to a live feed of flight data published by the airport’s internal systems.
Through this feed, the Blue Label Labs app development team was able to integrate a real-time listing of all flights leaving and arriving the airport-including information on delays, cancellations and gate information-directly with the app. Blue Label Labs further enhanced this functionality by creating an opt-in, real-time alert feature, giving travelers throughout the airport the peace of mind of knowing that the El Dorado airline app will notify them immediately of any flight status changes.
After efficient movement of aircraft, the next most important function of an airport is to keep passengers informed, well-fed and entertained.
The El Dorado airline app features a directory of all airline offices, shops, restaurants, services, and government entities. Helping those establishments to be more visible was a chief goal of the airport. The El Dorado in-app directory provides links to websites and in-app maps / navigation to the selected location, making the directory a useful tool for any visitor.
Up-to-the-minute flight status
Custom listing of all shops, restaurants and service providers with branding and promotional capabilities
Detailed maps of the airport with indoor navigation and directions using Bluetooth beacons
Transit & Parking
Transit directions and up-to-the-minute parking spot availability and cost information
App & Airport Feedback
Streamlined way to provide app and airport feedback
Live Customer Service
Direct chat with a customer service agent
The Blue Label Labs app development team, facing both timeline pressure and technical challenges, was able to successfully deliver a suite of apps that showcases Bogotá’s El Dorado Airport as one of the leading international gateways in the world.
The El Dorado Airport iOS and Android apps have set the bar for what an airline app should be.
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