Summer Vacation Travel Tips
June 21st, 2013
Summer is officially here and it’s time to start making your summer travel plans if you haven’t already. Here are a few travel tips, based on questions we hear often, to help you with your summer planning and packing.
First, it’s not too late to find a great deal on your flight. If you’re looking for a trip to Florida check out Allegiant.com for low cost flights to Tampa-St. Pete and Orlando-Sanford. The airline can even help you put together an entire travel package if that is what you need. No matter which airline you plan to use, try to book several weeks in advance. Booking too close to your travel date will generally cost more and the availability will be limited.
Next, it’s time to start packing your bags. When packing your carry-on, check out TSA’s ‘Can I Bring My…’ app for regulations on questionable items such as liquids, medicines and food. Download the free app for your smart phone or go to www.tsa.gov to use this helpful tool. Here are a few specifics to help get you started:
- Planning to golf this summer? Golf clubs can fly but not as a carry-on so call your airline to inquire about any associated fees for checking your clubs before you get to the airport to save yourself some time during check-in.
- Sunscreen counts as a liquid so if you plan to bring a large bottle with you from home make sure you pack it in your checked luggage, or just pick some up when you arrive at your final destination.
- Fireworks are a tradition for the Fourth of July, but if you’re going to be traveling, please remember fireworks are prohibited on planes. Check with the local visitor’s bureau for your vacation destination to find fireworks displays in the area. If you’re coming to Chattanooga for the Fourth then go to http://www.chattanoogafun.com/blog/chattanooga-fireworks for details about several fireworks displays in our city.
Finally, please remember to arrive at the airport a minimum of 90 minutes before your flight to allow plenty of time to check in and get through security. Keep in mind, the same agents that greet you at check-in will be working the flight and meeting you at the gate, so they close their ticket counters 30 minutes before each scheduled departure. If you have not checked in by that time you may miss your flight.
We hope you have a great summer and would love to hear about your travels. Please post a comment to this blog to tell us where you’re going or where you’ve been, and post your family’s summer vacation pictures to Facebook.com/ChattAirport so we can live vicariously through you!
Brainerd Road Demolition Update
May 21st, 2013
If you have driven down Brainerd Road lately you have probably noticed the orange barrels lining the road around the old car dealerships, and all of the heavy equipment onsite. You have also probably noticed that the old buildings are gone, reduced to a pile of stone and gravel. But have you thought about what will happen to all that rubble?
Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at CHA and that includes demolishing buildings. Instead of trucking the materials to a landfill, we chose to have them crushed and turned into gravel, which will be used in several airport projects, including creating walkways through the new green space on the very site where the buildings once stood.
It is also being used on the ground under the solar farm, both phases I and II, to control the growth of grass under the panels, which will reduce the need to mow in that area during the summer months.
Solar Farm Phase II currently under construction
So, the old buildings are literally laying the groundwork for the next phase of our solar farm. Just one more way we’re doing our part to save the planet.
CHANGE Comes to CHA
May 6th, 2013
It will be business as usual in the airport this week, but travelers will begin to notice additional people and construction equipment as the airport’s terminal renovation project officially starts today.
The nine month modernization project will be completed in phases to ensure customers can navigate the airport with very little interruption to service. The project includes new restrooms, new flooring, wall tile and paint, renovated concessions, upgraded public seating and new escalators.
Airline counters and parking will remain open as usual throughout the project. Follow CHA on Facebook (Chattanooga Airport) and Twitter (@chattairport) for regular updates throughout the project and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.