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Holiday Travel Tips 2016

Posted on December 2, 2016 by

There are some simple things you can do to make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible during the busy holiday travel season. It is estimated that air travel will increase by 2.5% this holiday season equaling more than 2.2 million passengers per day.

1. There’s an app for that: Be sure to stay connected. Download your airline’s app, your favorite weather app to check the weather for your destination, Gate Guru to help you navigate those larger airports, Hotel Tonight if your get stuck at your connecting hub, and Flight Status to your smartphone before leaving home. If you are traveling to a foreign country, you might want to add Google Translate and a currency converter app. Be sure to sign up for itinerary alerts and updates from your airline before leaving home.

2. Charge all of your electronic devices before you leave home as you may be asked to turn on your device going through security. Also, you will need charged devices to use all those apps you downloaded. Don’t forget your chargers and consider bringing a charged power stick for emergencies.

3. If possible, print your boarding passes at home for back-up, use a check-in kiosk at the airport, or pull up your boarding pass on your smartphone.

3. Pack wisely and light. If you can avoid checking a bag, you will generally save money (depends on the airline), and time at the baggage conveyor and you will be prepared if you need to change plans in the middle of your trip due to weather, etc. If going the carry-on route, pay particular attention to TSA’s rules about liquids and gels following the 3-1-1 guidelines at TSA.gov. Since it is the holidays, remember wrapped packages can cause security check-in delays. It is best to wrap at your destination or better yet ship the packages ahead.

4. Pack snacks for the trip and potential delays along the way. Once you get through security, you can buy water and other beverages to take on-board. Don’t get hangry along the way. Keep yourself and your travel companions fueled up for the trip.

5. Pack plenty of books, games, and other entertainment for yourself and especially for any children traveling with you.

6. Be sure that you are aware of alternative routes, flights and airports to reach your destination, that way you can help reroute yourself if needed. Avoid the long lines during delays and call the airline directly especially if you are a frequent flyer on that airline when you may have a separate line to call.

7. Allow extra time everywhere – driving to the airport, check-in, and getting through security. Even if you are an expert traveler, during the holiday season there are many who only travel occasionally and they may need extra help getting through the airport and the process. An extra 45 minutes can make a big difference in reducing travel stress.

8. Take a deep breath and keep in mind the reason you are traveling in the first place.

Special Note: Samsung galaxy Note 7 smartphones are currently banned on all U.S. airlines.

Happy Holidays and Safe Travels.

Drones 101

Posted on March 2, 2016 by

Over the last few months there has been an increase of close proximity sightings of drones/UAS(Unmanned Aircraft Systems) over large airports by commercial aircraft. The number of these close proximity sightings reported to the FAA for 2015 has increased by more than 270% from the previous year. Some of the large increase in sightings and incidents can be attributable to the fact that the method in tracking these reports wasn’t fully in place in 2014. Additionally, the collision hazard between these UAS and aircraft is fairly minor. The UAS themselves are typically pretty small and all commercial aircraft are all designed to take a hit from a 5 pound bird and keep flying. In addition to this increase in proximity sightings there has also been an increase in incidents involving UAS and people on the ground.

In an effort to address the potential collision hazards and minimize risk, the FAA has recently implemented requirements and informational campaigns for operators of UAS. All this information can be found at www.faa.gov/uas or www.knowbeforeyoufly.org. There is also a B4UFLY app for iOS. The app for Android is still in beta testing.

With these new requirements you may have members of the public approaching you with questions. The key information that all operators need to know is as follows:

• All UAS flights conducted within 5 miles of an airport require airport owner and air traffic control   permission.
• Flights must be conducted below 400 feet for private/hobby use.
• Operator must maintain visual contact with UAS personally or by communicating with another individual acting as a spotter.
• Remain well clear of, and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations.
• Don’t fly near people or stadiums.
• Don’t fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 lbs.
• Don’t be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft.
• Do not photograph people in areas where there is an expectation of privacy without the individual’s permission.
• Do not fly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• Violations of FAA UAS regulations can involve fines up to $27,500 and up to 20 years in jail.
• ALL UAS weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds must be registered with the FAA as of December 21, 2015. A unique identification number will be assigned by the FAA and must be affixed to the UAS. This registration was free until January 20, 2016. After that date the cost is $5 to register. Registrations are valid for 3 years. This registration can be accomplished on the www.knowbeforeyoufly.org website.

Holiday Travel 2015

Posted on November 24, 2015 by

The holiday travel season is once again upon us. If you will be traveling by air here are a few tips gathered from a variety of sources that can make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible.

Stay connected. Download your favorite travel apps such as Gate Guru and Flight Status to your smartphone before leaving home.

Print your boarding passes at home, use a check-in kiosk at the airport, or pull up your boarding pass on your smartphone.

Avoid checking a bag if possible, you will generally save money (depends on the airline), and time at the baggage conveyor and you will be prepared if you need to change plans in the middle of your trip due to weather, etc. If you do carry-on your luggage, pay particular attention to TSA’s rules about liquids and gels following the 3-1-1 guidelines at TSA.gov.

Remember wrapped packages can cause security check-in delays. It is best to wrap at your destination or better yet ship the packages ahead.

Pack snacks for the trip and potential delays along the way. Once you get through security, you can buy water and other beverages to take on-board the aircraft. Keep yourself and your travel companions fueled up for the trip.

Pack plenty of books, games, and other entertainment for yourself and especially for any children traveling with you.

Be aware of alternative routes, flights and airports to reach your destination, that way you can help reroute yourself if needed.

Allow extra time everywhere – driving to the airport, check-in, and getting through security. Even if you are an expert traveler, during the holiday season there are many who only travel occasionally and they may need extra help getting through the airport and the process.

Take a deep breath and keep in mind the reason you are traveling in the first place.

Happy Holidays and Safe Travels.

Full Steam Ahead on Domestic Terminal Remodel

Posted on April 6, 2015 by

If you have been to BGR lately to catch a flight to a warmer place, you will have noticed that the space to the right of the escalator is very quiet since the ticket counters have all moved to the other end of terminal.

But behind that large white wall there has been a lot going on.

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Sheridan Corporation has been full steam ahead first tearing out all of the old airline offices, and then starting to build out the new space for the new airline offices and the new baggage screening system.

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Carpenter Associates, our clerk of the work, keeps everything moving forward and facilitates a weekly meeting with all of the “players”.  It is always exciting to see and hear about how much progress has been made and how fast the job is progressing.

This current phase is the longest phase of the project as it involves the most technical portion of the newly remodeled space with the new baggage screening system.

If all continues at its current pace and we don’t hit any snags, the airlines should be moved into their new space by mid-autumn. This means BGR passengers will be able to start experincing the new technology for checking in and having their bags screened. No more need to take your bag to a drop-off after it is tagged by your airline.

Holiday Travel Tips

Posted on November 24, 2014 by

Hard to believe that the holiday travel season is upon us and yet here it is.

There are some things you can do to make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible.

1. Be sure to stay connected. Download your favorite travel apps such as Gate Guru and Flight Status to your smartphone before leaving home.

2. If possible, print your boarding passes at home, use a check-in kiosk at the airport, or pull up your boarding pass on your smartphone.

3. Pack wisely and light. If you can avoid checking a bag, you will generally save money (depends on the airline), and time at the baggage conveyor and you will be prepared if you need to change plans in the middle of your trip due to weather, etc. If going the carry-on route, pay particular attention to TSA’s rules about liquids and gels following the 3-1-1 guidelines at TSA.gov. Since it is the holidays, remember wrapped packages can cause security check-in delays. It is best to wrap at your destination or better yet ship the packages ahead.

4. Pack snacks for the trip and potential delays along the way. Once you get through security, you can buy water and other beverages to take on-board. Don’t get hangry along the way. Keep yourself and your travel companions fueled up for the trip.

5. Pack plenty of books, games, and other entertainment for yourself and especially for any children traveling with you.

6. Be sure that you are aware of alternative routes, flights and airports to reach your destination, that way you can help reroute yourself if needed.

7. Allow extra time everywhere – driving to the airport, check-in, and getting through security. Even if you are an expert traveler, during the holiday season there are many who only travel occasionally and they may need extra help getting through the airport and the process.

8. Take a deep breath and keep in mind the reason you are traveling in the first place.

Happy Holidays and Safe Travels.

BGR’s Shuttle Lot Scheduled to Open for 2014 Peak Travel Season

Posted on February 4, 2014 by

For the second year, BGR will be utilizing an overflow parking lot to help accommodate the increase in passenger traffic during the peak travel season of February-April.Shuttle Lot Bus

The Shuttle Lot is scheduled to open February 12th, 2014. Notification of the lot’s official opening will be made on the BGR website, as well as on our social media sites: facebook, twitter, and LinkedIn. Signage indicating the lots opening, will be placed visibly for passengers traveling to the airport on Godfrey Blvd., Maine Ave., and Griffin Road, indicating where they should go to park. The Shuttle Lot will only be used if the Long Term Parking Lot at BGR is at full capacity.

The Shuttle Lot is located at the corner of Godfrey Blvd. and Maine Ave., with the entrance on the Maine Ave.

Vehicle drivers with multiple passengers traveling, are encouraged to drop them, as well as their luggage, off at the front doors of the terminal and then circle back to the Shuttle Lot. This will allow for maximum utilization of the Shuttle Lot Shuttle.

The Shuttle Lot Shuttle, makes trips ever 10-15 minutes to and from the Shuttle Lot and Terminal. Passengers can either wait in their vehicles or in the Shuttle Stop Shelter.

When passengers return, the shuttle will pick them up and bring them back to their vehicles. During off-peak travel times, passengers needing to access the Shuttle Lot will need to use a Courtesy Phone (located on the 1st floor) to alert the shuttle they need a ride. For more information about the Shuttle Lot please visit: http://bit.ly/1aRMKAD

Shuttle Lot Map

BGR’s Snow Team

Posted on December 12, 2013 by

Marty Kelly, Airfield Maintenance Supervisor

Marty Kelly, Airfield Maintenance Supervisor

Over the next few months, we will bring you an inside look at what happens behind the scenes at BGR. Topics will cover everything from General Aviation to Marketing to Fuel and areas in between, but with the start of winter right around the corner, we wanted to introduce you to the team that keeps BGR open and our runways safe: Airfield Maintenance.

Recently, I sat down with Marty Kelly-Airfield Maintenance Supervisor to discuss how he and the team he leads are getting ready for the upcoming winter season. The Snow Team as they are commonly referred to has gained recognition the last three winters as award recipients at the AAAE Snow Symposium. The following is from our Q&A:

Lisa: “Marty, how long have you worked here at BGR?”
Marty: “Twenty-one years, and all of that time has been right here in Airfield Maintenance.”

Lisa: “Marty, what do you like about your job?”
Marty: “I love my job, I like the people I work with-we have a great crew, and every day is different.”

Lisa: “In your time here, how many times has the runway closed due to weather?”
Marty: “In my time here, the runway has never closed!”

Lisa: “In a typical storm, how long does it take to plow the runway?”
Marty: “In a typical storm, with the right equipment and enough personnel, we can clear the runway in fifteen minutes.”

Lisa: “Marty, what’s the biggest challenge you have ever encountered working here?”
Marty: “Eight or nine years ago, we had a storm where it was snowing two inches an hour from 12pm-6am. We were getting in a lot of diversions, and worked really hard to make the runways safe to land and to clear enough ramp space for them to park.”

We are very proud of the work the Snow Team does to keep BGR open and the fact that our runway doesn’t close because of weather. Most often, when there is a delay or cancellation on our flight information display system (FIDs) it is because of bad weather and runway conditions at the destination. We work really hard to make sure everyone is safe whether to land or take off.  Make sure you check your flight schedule before traveling to the airport, just in case your flight has already been delayed or canceled.”

We look forward to giving you a behind the scenes look into BGR. If you want us to cover a particular topic, email us at admin@flybangor.com!

Snow Team

2013 Snow Team

5 Tips For Holiday Travelers

Posted on November 15, 2013 by

Holiday travel is projected to be the highest its been in recent years with 25 million travelers estimated for this year’s Thanksgiving!

BGR has seen the start of the holiday travel season this week and would like to share some helpful hints for a those traveling in the upcoming weeks!

1. Allow an extra 30 minutes-This is on top on the normal 1-2 hours. Do some research-See when your flight is scheduled to leave. If there are other flights scheduled around the same time, allow for extra time for security screening.

2. Check-in online or on your airline’s app and print off boarding passes before arriving to the airport if you can.

3. Remember TSA’s 3-1-1 Rule. Passengers with carry-on luggage are allowed 1-quart size bag per every 1-traveler and liquids, gels, and pastes are less than 3-ounces. Store the bag in the front of your carry-on for easy removal during screening.

4. Wrap gifts after traveling. There is nothing worse than spending time perfectly wrapping Grammy’s gift just to have it get unwrapped during security screening.

5. Have your photo ID ready when you go through screening. The ID you use must be current (not expired), match the name on your boarding pass, and list your date of birth. Valid forms of ID include State IDs, Driver’s Licences, Military IDs, and Passports.

We wish everyone traveling this holiday season safe and happy travels! If you have any other travel questions that were not answered in this post, email us at admin@flybangor.com.

 

 

BGR Open House

Posted on September 13, 2013 by

On Saturday, September 14th from 11 am to 2 pm, BGR staff will welcome the public to the Airport for a behind the scenes look at what we do. This is our second open house at BGR. Last year we had more than 500 people come to see our snowplows, make paper airplanes, enjoy a free hot dog or hamburger or maybe some popcorn and cotton candy. There were games for the kids and lots of fun was had by all.

This year we will again be having games, food and tours on the airfield. Our staff will be available to answer questions about those big plows, and what we do.

We look forward to seeing many of our customers at the Airfield Maintenance Building on Maine Avenue.

BGR’s Blog

Posted on August 26, 2013 by

Bangor International Airport is excited to announce that we are starting a blog to bring you more in-depth and behind the scenes access about the Airport and our latest news.

If you have any specific topics that you would like information about either post a comment or send us an e-mail to admin@flybangor.com.

In the upcoming weeks we will have information on the passenger terminal remodel, ramp improvements, and getting to know our senior staff.