New Flights Make Getting to Florida a Breeze
Recently, American Airlines added a second daily flight from Louisville International Airport (SDF) to Miami International Airport (MIA). The flight will allow passengers increased access to the South Florida Region and convenient connections to over 100 destinations in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe.
In addition on December 21, Delta Air Lines will begin new Saturday-only nonstop flights from Louisville to Orlando International Airport (MCO) on the comfortable 76-seat Embraer 175 aircraft with 52 economy seats, 12 Economy Comfort™ seats and 12 First Class seats. This is a new destination for Delta from Louisville and complements the airline's other nonstop destinations - Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York-JFK and New York-LGA.
Southwest Airlines also offers nonstop service to Orlando, FL and Tampa, FL.
Mobile Boarding Passes Now Available
At the Louisville International Airport, mobile boarding passes are now available for customers of American, Delta, United and US Airways. When a passenger checks-in for their flight on the airline's website, they now can choose to have their boarding pass delivered directly to their Internet capable smartphone or mobile device. (Doing so eliminates the extra step of printing the boarding pass at home or at the airline's ticket counter.)
The mobile boarding pass includes the passenger name, flight itinerary and a barcode that can be scanned by the airline and TSA at the security checkpoint. (However, if a paper boarding pass is needed during their trip, travelers can simply visit the airline website or a ticketing kiosk at the airport.)
In additional to American, Delta, United and US Airways, Southwest Airlines is expected to introduce mobile boarding passes in 2014.
Traveler Resources from TSA
To help travelers, TSA has implemented "When I Fly, Can I Bring My...?," a new online search tool to see if a specific item can be brought onto a plane. This tool is available at www.TSA.gov and on the "My TSA" smartphone mobile app. To check an item, simply type its name in the box and information will be provided about whether it can be a carry-on object, checked with the airline or if it is prohibited.
It is important to note that even if is an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not permitted if there are concerns during the screening process. For additional details about the online search tool, "When I Fly, Can I Bring My...?," visit www.TSA.gov.
During your next trip, check out the current Nonstop Savings specials at Louisville International Airport. Each month, the airport's retail and food-and-beverage outlets offer specials on everything from sandwiches and coffee to clothing and jewelry.
For a complete list of Nonstop Savings, including those valid for December 1-31, 2013, visit FlyLouisville.com from your laptop, tablet or smartphone!
Taxiway Echo Extension Now Complete
The $8.1 million extension of Taxiway Echo along the east side of the Louisville International Airport (SDF) is now complete. The extension enables aircraft from the fixed-base operator (FBO), the corporate aircraft campus and the Kentucky Air National Guard to remain on the east side of Runway 17R-35R (the East Parallel Runway), which helps conserve fuel and enhance airfield safety by virtually eliminating the need for aircraft to cross an active runway prior to departure. In addition, airfield capacity Air Traffic Control efficiencies are enhanced.
The project was funded from a $7.4 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) entitlement grant along with $600,000 in local matching funds from the Airport Authority.
Bowman Field Honored
On November 21, Bowman Field was honored during the KET Ten Buildings That Changed Louisville awards program. Kentucky Educational Television (KET) and the American Institute of Architects Kentucky (AIA KY) partnered to celebrate Louisville's most influential and popular architecture.
Built in 1929, the art deco Bowman Field Airport Terminal building served as the primary passenger terminal until 1947. After 1947, Bowman Field assumed its new role as Louisville's general-aviation airfield. In fact, in 1960, Flying Magazine (using FAA statistics), hailed Bowman Field as "America's Busiest Local-Traffic Airport."
Today, Bowman Field, the birthplace of Louisville aviation, serves as a reliever airport for Louisville International and is one of the longest continuously operating, general aviation airports in the United States.