Why Doesn’t BGR Have Flights to…?

Posted on April 7, 2014 by

One of our most frequently asked questions is, “Why don’t you have direct flights to…Boston, Las Vegas, Atlanta, etc.?

Air Service Development  is a lengthy process, and is more difficult than picking up the phone and calling an airline and saying, “Hey, we have a lot of people here who would like to go to place X, when can we have a plane to go there?”  as I admittedly once thought when I first started my internship in the Marketing Department.

Before BGR obtains a new service route, we must first answer a lot of questions.  Yes, we would like air service to almost anywhere, but is it the right fit?  Is there enough demand for the service to make the route successful?  What size aircraft would we ask for or like to have?  Does the airline most likely to serve that route have any “spare” aircraft?  What would the price of the tickets be to support the service?  Is that price marketable?  The Marketing Department studies where our passengers are traveling to and coming from, and tries to match our service requests accordingly.

Risteen Bahr, the Marketing Manager at BGR, is continuously in discussions with airlines and our air service consultants about new service, expanded routes and right-sizing of aircraft and the frequency of flights on existing routes.  We attend air service development conferences each year where we have meetings with airlines to propose new and expanded service. When we do this, we discuss our “catchment area”, the population of people within a predetermined radius, the demand for service at BGR, the local business climate, and potential support for new routes.  Basically, it comes down to –  the more people in the area, the more likely BGR is to get new or expanded air service.

We also have to show that there is interest in why people would come here.  Many times we think about planes leaving, but what about the visitors traveling here?  We need to demonstrate that people want to come here year round, as well as seasonally.

Finally, we look at potential ticket costs.  As we know, the largest driver of air travel costs is the cost of fuel.   And while we as the airport have no say in prices airlines set for tickets, we understand that there is a delicate balance between the size of the aircraft, the number of seats, and the length of the trip.  It always goes back to the question about demand, and how sustainable and profitable the route would be if an airline starts service here.  Air fares that are not priced right will not be supported with traveler purchases.

One final point – we get a lot of requests for Boston service.  It’s not that we do not want it, it’s just we have not found the right fit for the service.  We know that the size of the aircraft has to be right to sustain the route, but also pricing needs to be reasonable for people to want to fly instead of drive.  Ever since the price of oil, and thus jet fuel, increased about seven years ago, airlines do not serve the short haul market as much.  However, it is something we discuss regularly with airlines, and work hard to encourage an airline to bring Boston service back to Bangor.

We hope this helps answer your questions.  If you have another question you would like answered, please send it to leldridge@flybangor.com.



1st Floor Renovation Project About to Begin

Posted on February 21, 2014 by

Starting Monday, February 24th, construction will begin on a $10 million renovation project for the first floor of the Domestic Terminal at BGR. Construction will take place in four phases, as to limit disruptions to passengers traveling to and from BGR. At no point will there be a disruption to air service due to the construction.

Starting Monday, Phase I begins. The focus of the phase is to update the escalators. These updates will make the escalators safer and more energy efficient.

One escalator will be shut down at a time for upgrades, with one escalator remaining for passenger use. During this phase, passengers needing additional assistance traveling between floors should use the elevator. The elevator located next to the Delta ticket counter on the 1st floor and the Coffee Shop located on the 2nd floor. There are also stairs next to the escalators for passengers to use.

Phase II, is scheduled to start this summer, while Phase I is still in progress. Below is more information about the construction and upgrades coming to BGR. Construction Infographic

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 Passenger Statistics

Posted on August 27, 2013 by

In yesterdaIMG_7382y’s news, the subject of passenger statistics came up.  As the Marketing Manager here at Bangor International, part of my job is to keep track of passenger statistics. We are pleased to report that there has been a lot of growth in the last few years.  Since 2008, we have grown by more than 100,000 passengers for a total of more than 460,000 passengers in 2012.  So far in 2013, BGR is up 5.3% in passenger growth.

BGR is pleased that we have been able to meet the demand for more seats in the last few years.  Our capacity (number of seats on the planes serving BGR) has increased by 37,000 seats so far this year, thanks to our partner airlines.

Currently flights from Bangor International are overlapping time slots so that there are flights to several cities all within a short time period.  It is recommended that you allow an extra 30 minutes to your usual check-in time when departing so that you don’t feel rushed or stressed (and so you don’t miss your flight.)  Airlines recommend that you be here two hours before the scheduled departure time.

BGR thanks everyone for flying out of Bangor and we work continuosly with the airlines for more seats and service to more destinations and connecting cities.





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.