Bing announced today the launch of airport maps for 42 major airports across the U.S., with plans to expand to other airports over time. The new feature is available now in Bing Maps on the desktop.
With this, you can see inside airports in order to locate terminals, check-in counters, restrooms, shops, restaurants, baggage claim areas, information desks and more.
You can find the new maps by searching for the airport name on Bing, the airport’s city or its code, or you can search for a flight number and click on the included “map” link. A link on the airport maps page also lets you send the map to your mobile device for later access.
A few weeks back, Google launched its new Google Flight Search feature through its acquisition of flight data company ITA. Flight and travel-related search had been one of Bing’s advantages, thanks to earlier integrations from travel price finder Farecast, acquired back in 2008.
Google offers its own airport maps, but the maps are limited to airport layout in some cases, not what’s inside. For example, the interior of some airports show just a couple of businesses, like Starbucks and car rental stations, but not check-in counters or restaurants. For larger airports, like LAX, Google may show a bit more data, but it’s still incomplete. However, with Google’s launch of Google Travel, it’s only a matter of time before Google’s own airport mapping offerings are filled out even more than they are today.