For today’s Flyer Fact Friday, we take a look at the names of airports across the United States, starting with Chicago’s busiest Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
O’Hare is named for Lieutenant Commander Edward “Butch” O’Hare (1914-1943), the Navy’s first flying ace and the first naval recipient of the Medal of Honor in WWII. You can even see a replica of the Wildcat he flew in his Medal of Honor flight in the west end of Terminal 2.
What about BWI Marshall Airport in Maryland? In 2005, the airport was officially renamed Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Recognizing the achievements and the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, an exhibit chronicling his life and career is displayed on the upper level of the BWI terminal. BWI Marshall Airport even features a full history of Thurgood Marshall’s life and many accomplishments on their website.
Across the US, airports bear the names of politicians (both Republicans and Democrats), war heroes and Civil Rights leaders. In the case of Midway, it is not an individual, but a decisive WWII naval battle that gives the airport its name.
You can read the full Yahoo Travel article here.
Here at GSP, we are always looking for ways to provide the best possible airport experience to our customers. That is why we need your help to learn what we can do to improve your GSP experience – we have launched an online survey that includes questions about ticket and parking prices, food and shopping, cancellations and delays, and more.
We have partnered with research firm BrandIQ to create a 10-12 minute online questionnaire designed to gather feedback from travelers. The goal is to understand how we can improve GSP and help further develop preferred services (including everything from Wi-Fi and tables to restrooms and lounge areas), while growing GSP into an airport we can all continue to be proud of.
The survey is only available until Monday, so if you would like to voice your opinion, please visit www.gspairport.com or click HERE to complete the survey on or before December 22, 2014. No personal data will be collected. We look forward to hearing from you!
With the holidays upon us, we know a lot of you will be spending time at GSP and other airports, so if you are not enrolled already, be sure to enroll in our Thanks Again rewards program. Thanks Again and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) partner to offer airport customers rewards when they spend money at GSP!
Here is how the program works:
Register a debit or credit card that you already have in your wallet, and every time you use that card to park, shop, dine or ride with Atchison Transportation at GSP, you earn miles. However, the Thanks Again program is also located in many airports and merchants around the country so you can earn miles everywhere you go. If you are already part of an airline loyalty program you will earn miles on top of what you already earn!
In today’s Flyer Fact Friday, we learn about one airline’s new service that is already setting them apart from their competition: on-board nanny service. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is now offering free “Flying Nannies“ for families on long flights. The nannies can help feed your crying baby, entertain your toddlers or provide activities for school-age children, among other duties.
The airline recently won the Best Up in the Air Experience award from the Future Travel Experience Awards, due in part to the innovative Flying Nanny program. Customers are noticing a distinct difference in the overall travel experience, noting the flight was definitely quieter than previous trips. The airline has invested in this program, sending the crew to receive certification at a British school known for training childcare professionals.
The free service begins at the boarding gate and continues until the family has disembarked the aircraft. The nannies wear an orange apron as a uniform so parents can identify them quickly. The nannies can help provide bottles or snacks for your children as well as offer activities or entertainment during the long flight. Now this is something we can get on-board with!
In addition to providing renovations for GSP travelers, one of the primary goals of the WINGSPAN program is to positively impact the economic landscape locally and continue to cultivate economic growth in the Upstate. GSP has had a significant impact on the regional economy for many years, and that impact is steadily growing.
Between 2009 and 2012, that total economic impact, or output, more than doubled. In 2009, the impact was $377,525,328 and in 2012, grew to $817,119,411 – that’s an increase of more than 115 percent. This impact is measured in many ways, including direct job growth and income generated at the airport, as well as the job growth and income in the greater community. This video shows more about the specific ways GSP benefits the greater economic community.
WINGSPAN will continue to grow these economic benefits. The direct economic impact of the program through year 2016 will support a total of 1,397 local jobs, increase local income by $59.6 million, raise local output by $164.1 million and boost tax revenues by $16 million.
An immediate impact is being seen through the airport’s use of many local vendors and contractors for planning, construction and implementation. The GSP Airport District took care to identify and contract with local companies for all steps of the program, keeping program dollars circulating through the Upstate.
Improving our facilities for business and personal travelers will continue to help position the Upstate as an ideal place to build your business. We look forward to additional economic benefits of this program for years to come as Upstate communities continue to grow!
For today’s Flyer Fact Friday, we take a look at our seven favorite travel-sized appliances. We’ve seen tiny toiletries and mini makeup bags, but some of the items on Mashable’s list could make any destination feel a little more like home. Here are our top seven:
1. Satechi’s portable humidifier
If your passages get dry while you travel, all you need is this appliance, a USB port and an open bottle of water.
If you don’t trust that your smartphone will do the trick, check out this matchbook-size alarm clock!
This little speaker uses Bluetooth to stream music, plus it has a microphone and noise-canceling feature that allows it to be used as a speakerphone for those important conference calls.
Packed in its own heat-resistant travel bag, this miniature iron can rescue wrinkled clothing when your hotel room doesn’t come with an iron.
About the size of a tube of mascara, this sonic toothbrush means you won’t have to compromise dental hygiene when you’re on the road (or in the air).
About the size of a deck of cards, this tiny electric shaver is sure to save some razor burn from using the razors from the front desk.
This one is going on our Christmas list. This tiny styler is both a curling iron and a straightener in one, it comes with its own heat-resistant travel pouch and it is adorably tiny.
You can read more about some innovative travel appliances here (including a briefcase grill). Wishing everyone a safe and happy weekend!
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We have reached another WINGSPAN milestone this week – the second floor corridor that allowed access to both concourses is now closed.
If you are flying Delta, you now must use the escalators located in the North Wing to access Concourse B. All other passengers should proceed to the South End escalators next to baggage claim to access Concourse A.
This closure allows crews to continue work on the core, where passengers will be able to enjoy a consolidated TSA checkpoint for easy access between concourses as well as the Grand Hall (pictured above), complete with new concessions like Chik-Fil-A.
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Wishing all of our friends and family a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day.
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With 12.3 million round trip passengers flying to their holiday destination this week, Mashable just shared their 17 tips for surviving holiday travel.
In honor of Thanksgiving, we want to share our favorite five with you!
1. Adjust your attitude. Holiday travel can will be hectic, but being a Grinch won’t get you there any faster! Practice slow, calming breaths when the lines get too long, and bring that book you’ve been meaning to read. You’ll be there soon.
2. Power up to 100% and pack your charger. Since you will probably be texting loved ones, posting pictures of your travels, and getting flight updates, be sure to charge your phone and tablet and keep your chargers with you.
3. Pack light. Avoid checked bag fees and move more easily by packing light (and if you are checking bags, be sure you have your charger in your carry-on!)
4. Arrive early. Experts are predicting the busiest travel holiday since 2007, so you won’t be the only one trying to get somewhere. Check traffic and plan on getting to the airport two hours before your flight.
5. Check your liquids. TSA is strict on the 3-1-1 rule (containers must be 3.4 ounces or less, all fit in a single 1-quart bag, and each passenger is limited to one bag), so treat yourself to some travel size toiletries (at least until this technology arrives stateside).
Check out the full list of tips for flying and driving for the Thanksgiving holiday here. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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While the aisle seat is not a bad seat, think about what you are missing by not sitting in the window seat – those amazing views that are basically like watching an IMAX nature film.
The Huffington Post asked travelers for their all-time favorite views from the window seat. Be sure to take a look at the stunning views and be sure to pick that seat next time you book your ticket.
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