Bangor International Airport has several travel updates for the holiday season and 2017 along with some Holiday Travel Tips.
Service Changes and Update:
• Delta has informed BGR that effective January 1, 2017 it will be ceasing its Detroit service and replacing it with service to JFK starting April 1, 2017. This change in service will provide BGR customers with more international access and with more domestic connectivity. Additionally, Delta says that the seasonal changes in service that were experienced on the Detroit route in recent years with winter suspension of service will not happen with the new JFK service. JFK flights will operate leaving Bangor at 6:00 am arriving at JFK at 7:49 am with return flights from JFK at 9:00 pm arriving in Bangor at 10:35 pm.
The new JFK service will be on a CRJ-900 aircraft with 76 seats and three classes of service. The year round flights will increase BGR’s 2017 capacity providing more seats for BGR customers.
Between now and January 1st Detroit service will center around holiday travel dates.
• American Airlines will be adding flights to LaGuardia during the holiday season. Starting December 18th through January 8th . Flights leaving BGR are at 3:55 pm arriving LGA at 5:34 pm. Flights from LGA are at 1:57 pm arriving BGR at 3:28 pm.
• United Airlines will be returning to BGR in June with flights to Chicago O’Hare and Newark Liberty International.
• Allegiant flies to Sanford/Orlando and St. Petersburg/Tampa from Bangor International several times per week. They will be increasing the number of weekly flights for their peak season during the first quarter of 2017.
Holiday Travel Tips
There are some simple things you can do to make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible during the busy holiday travel season. It is estimated that air travel will increase by 2.5% this holiday season equaling more than 2.2 million passengers per day.
1. There’s an app for that: Be sure to stay connected. Download your airline’s app, your favorite weather app to check the weather for your destination, Gate Guru to help you navigate those larger airports, Hotel Tonight if your get stuck at your connecting hub, and Flight Status to your smartphone before leaving home. If you are traveling to a foreign country, you might want to add Google Translate and a currency converter app. Be sure to sign up for itinerary alerts and updates from your airline before leaving home.
2. Charge all of your electronic devices before you leave home as you may be asked to turn on your device going through security. Also, you will need charged devices to use all those apps you downloaded. Don’t forget your chargers and consider bringing a charged power stick for emergencies.
3. If possible, print your boarding passes at home for back-up, use a check-in kiosk at the airport, or pull up your boarding pass on your smartphone.
3. Pack wisely and light. If you can avoid checking a bag, you will generally save money (depends on the airline), and time at the baggage conveyor and you will be prepared if you need to change plans in the middle of your trip due to weather, etc. If going the carry-on route, pay particular attention to TSA’s rules about liquids and gels following the 3-1-1 guidelines at TSA.gov. Since it is the holidays, remember wrapped packages can cause security check-in delays. It is best to wrap at your destination or better yet ship the packages ahead.
4. Pack snacks for the trip and potential delays along the way. Once you get through security, you can buy water and other beverages to take on-board. Don’t get hangry along the way. Keep yourself and your travel companions fueled up for the trip.
5. Pack plenty of books, games, and other entertainment for yourself and especially for any children traveling with you.
6. Be sure that you are aware of alternative routes, flights and airports to reach your destination, that way you can help reroute yourself if needed. Avoid the long lines during delays and call the airline directly especially if you are a frequent flyer on that airline when you may have a separate line to call.
7. Allow extra time everywhere – driving to the airport, check-in, and getting through security. Even if you are an expert traveler, during the holiday season there are many who only travel occasionally and they may need extra help getting through the airport and the process. An extra 45 minutes can make a big difference in reducing travel stress.
8. Take a deep breath and keep in mind the reason you are traveling in the first place.
Special Note: Samsung galaxy Note 7 smartphones are currently banned on all U.S. airlines
Happy Holidays and Safe Travels.
Bangor International Airport is a full-service regional airport offering non-stop, affordable flights to Detroit, New York’s LaGuardia, Orlando/Sanford, Philadelphia, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Washington DC and seasonally to Chicago and Newark. BGR is the leading airport for trans-Atlantic tech stops. The Airport is an enterprise funded entity operated by the City of Bangor and is supported solely through Airport generated revenue.