May/June 2011

Average Fares for HSV Continue to Decline – Low-cost Carrier, AirTran, Yields Impact

According to the most recent Department of Transportation (DOT) data, fares at Huntsville International Airport (HSV) are on the decline for the second consecutive quarter. The 4th quarter 2010 data ranks HSV as number eight in terms of highest average airfare, a decrease from its ranking as the third highest for the previous quarter. While the national average fare increased 5.2%, Huntsville fares bucked the trend and decreased 13.3%. Equally significant, HSV was the only market to see a decrease in average fares year over year among the 24 markets with the highest fares. Click here to view the DOT report.

Since AirTran began service in HSV on May 27, 2010, fares among the airport’s top 20 markets have dropped by more than 20 percent, underscoring the impact a low-cost carrier can generate due to greater competition among the carriers. And with the recent approval of the Southwest-AirTran merger by the Department of Justice (DOJ), sustaining the Tennessee Valley’s low-cost carrier is more important than ever to position HSV for Southwest service. View the entire article.

Panalpina Adds Second Direct Weekly Flight Between Huntsville and Hong Kong

The global forwarding and logistics group, Panalpina, has strengthened its controlled air freight network with the addition of an exclusive direct cargo flight between Huntsville, Ala., and Hong Kong. The new weekly flight strategically enhances the existing Dragon Wings express air service from Hong Kong to Huntsville and further strengthens the Brazilian Wings express service, which offers an airport-to-airport transit time of 30 hours from Hong Kong via Huntsville to São Paulo, Brazil. As with its sister services – Dragon Wings and Brazilian Wings – Panalpina is using Boeing 747-400F aircraft operated by Atlas Air. View the entire article.

Baggage Claim Phase One Opening June 2011

After less than one year of construction, the first phase of the new baggage claim project will open during the month of June.  Passengers will be greeted with expanded rental car offices, Huntsville community mural, new tourism & information booth, two jumbotrons, and other numerous amenities that will add to the modern-day design. While passengers operate within the first phase of the project, phase two will be ongoing, including demolition of the existing bag claim and construction to tie in the terminal building to the new structure. View the entire article.

Passenger Advisory:  Terminal Front, Parking Impacted by Construction

As phase two of baggage claim approaches, passengers and motorists traveling along the terminal front will notice some major changes. Traffic has been reconfigured while an overhead bridge is built, which will connect the ongoing baggage claim expansion to the completed parking deck addition. As well, a number of the 10-minute parking spaces along the terminal front have been captured to make room for construction, leaving a limited number of spaces.  Due to these temporary changes, the Airport Authority is offering 30 minutes free parking in the deck.  Motorists are encouraged to meet arriving passengers on the ground level of the parking deck for ease of pick-up and exit, thereby avoiding the terminal front construction zone all together. And we ask that you please use caution when traveling through the construction zone. The Airport Authority gave careful consideration during the construction planning process as to the best way to minimize the impact to passengers. We ask for your patience during this transitional period, and we look forward to unveiling the new baggage claim in its entirety during the summer of 2012. Click here for more construction photos.

Enter the HSV Facebook “Fly to 5,000” Sweepstakes

Do you Facebook? Have you “liked” the Huntsville International Airport page? If not, you’re missing out on the hottest available fares, airport news, contests and prizes, and much more! But it’s not too late. We’re currently launching the HSV Facebook “Fly to 5,000” Sweepstakes with the goal to reach 5,000 likes. If you’re among the first 5,000 likes, you will be entered to win a $500 AirTran airfare voucher. Click here to visit and like the HSV Facebook page. For complete sweepstakes rules, click here.

Announcing Re-launch of Popular “Fly BWI & DC is Free” AirTran Campaign

Huntsville International Airport (HSV) is excited to announce the re-launch of the campaign, “Fly BWI & DC is Free!” This campaign, which was initially implemented last fall with tremendous success, is designed to show travelers how easy it is to fly low-cost carrier, AirTran Airways, from Huntsville to Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) for trips to DC. The campaign offers AirTran BWI-bound passengers with free Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train tickets valid toward travel from BWI to DC’s Union Station. Offer good while supplies last. Click here for complete rules.