The FLIO app offers a slew of services to make negotiating an airport easier for travelers around the world. In addition to one-click access to the official free Wi-Fi at 350 airports, FLIO offers comprehensive airport information and exclusive retail offers and delivers live information about arrival and departure times and gates at 900 airports; offers more than 200 exclusive offers around food and shopping; and provides tips about sleeping areas and special facilities such as shower rooms, cinemas and Spas and the fastest route from airport to city.
Coming soon, FLIO will also offer the facility to book instant premium lounge access, as well as book trains and other ground transportation.
FLIO was founded in January 2015 by Stephan Uhrenbacher, Brian Collie, Andy Watson and Ken Knoll.
Uhrenbacher (CEO) is an internet entrepreneur and investor who helped build some of the most iconic Web 2.0 brands, including lastminute.com, 9flats and Qype (which sold to US technology company Yelp in 2012).
Brian Collie is a former BAA Group Retail Director (and Chairman of WDF) and a past Chairman of lastminute.com, and Andy Watson was one of the early employees at Spotify and helped to grow the business across the UK, US and Asia.
FLIO is the brainchild of Uhrenbacher, who wanted an app that would help make airports a more intuitive and enjoyable experience for travelers. Since the launch, FLIO has become very popular with consumers, reports the company, and has attracted the interest of a number of major companies in travel retail.
“FLIO generated an unexpectedly high level of awareness within the industry. This awareness was partly due to the fact that trade media coverage was so positive it was also picked up by consumer publications. These endorsements, along with the fact that travel businesses became early partners, meant FLIO got off to a great start,” explained Uhrenbacher.
“Between the Apple launch and now the Android launch we concentrated on increasing the geographic scope of FLIO. We increased our content from 60 to now 200 airports covered and our Wi-Fi coverage from 30 airports to 350. We included lots more offers for F&B and Duty Free.
“We also included a booking capability which can be used for any paid service at an airport. Currently consumers can book and pay for Heathrow Express and Aspire lounges through FLIO,” he said.
“The Android version … doubles the universe of potential users which means we effectively double the business potential for the retailers and other concession companies who use FLIO to promote the goods and services they provide to airport passengers. And of course it now makes sense for us to begin our own consumer marketing initiatives. Our goal is to reach millions of frequent travelers within the next few years,” said Uhrenbacher.
The FLIO Android version can be downloaded from the play store: