March/April 2011

Vision Airlines Launches Non-stop Service to Destin/
Ft Walton Beach, Adds $49 Companion Fare Promo

March 25th marked the launch of Vision Airlines new non-stop service between Huntsville International Airport and Destin/Ft Walton Beach via Northwest Florida Regional Airport. The service – with roundtrip flights on Fridays and Mondays – operates on a 30-seat Dornier 328 regional turboprop aircraft with fares averaging $89 each way. In celebration of the service launch, Vision announced a $49 (each way) companion fare sale through April 10th. View the full article.

Passenger Traffic Taking Off in 2011

For the months of January and February 2011, passenger traffic increased 7.9 % and 12.9 % respectively from the previous year, and airport officials have high hopes that this trend will continue. The increase in passenger volume could possibly be attributed to the improving economy. As travelers begin to feel more secure in their financial position, they in turn, may feel more comfortable devoting funds to retail, travel, etc. Similarly, as business and industry begin to see improvement in their bottom line, corporate travel may once again fall within the budget. View the full article.

SES Opens Hangar at Huntsville International Airport for New Army Work

Science and Engineering Services, Inc. (SES), the Port of Huntsville’s newest tenant, held a ribbon cutting February 14th for the opening of its new 14,000-square-foot hangar at Huntsville International Airport’s Air Cargo North facility. The new hangar will allow SES to expand its operations to support the Army Non-Standard Aircraft Program Office and Fixed-Wing growth. View the full article.

Intermodal Customer, PRESI, Earns 2010 Governor's Trade Excellence Award

Intermodal customer, Plastic Recyclers Southeast, Inc., was among eight Alabama companies recently presented with the Governor's Trade Excellence Award by Governor Robert Bentley for excellence demonstrated in exporting. The Governor's Trade Excellence Award was established in 2005 and inaugurated in 2006. Its objectives include identifying Alabama's successful and innovative exporters, promoting exporters as role models to the Alabama business community in order to encourage greater involvement in the global marketplace, and enhancing awareness of the impact of exporting on Alabama's economy. View the full article.

Phase 1 of New Baggage Claim to Open June 2011

Construction of the new baggage claim is in full force, and passengers at Huntsville International Airport will begin Phase I of the expansion in June 2011. The $25 million baggage claim expansion project, which broke ground in August 2010, is being built in two phases to enable continued baggage delivery throughout the two-year construction timeline.

Upon the opening of Phase I, passengers can expect to see new rental car facilities, a new tourism-information booth, and the operation of one of three planned baggage carousels. The expansion has been designed to mirror the look of the new public waiting and security checkpoint areas with extremely tall ceilings, windows encompassing the entire north side facing the terminal, and lots of open space. While Phase I is being utilized, the existing baggage claim will be demolished and the remainder of the baggage claim expansion built to connect to the Phase 1 section. This second phase of the project is expected to take approximately 12 months to complete.

Travel Tip of the Month: Traveling with Special Items

Here are some helpful guidelines from the Transportation Security Administration for transporting special items from the security perspective. Please note that airlines and other countries may have additional rules and restrictions on these and other items.  You should check with your airline for more information.  If you are traveling internationally, also check with the authorities in the country you plan to visit. View the full article.