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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.