Air travel is a convenience that quickly loses its appeal when we think of the airport.
Being whisked to far off destinations in mere hours loses its luster when coupled with arrival at the airport hours early, wading through the TSA security lines, and trying to find a halfway decent place to sit near your gate to wait.
Even parking is a hassle. We pay through the nose just to park at a lot down the street and take a shuttle, which eats up more time.
The good news is it doesn’t have to be this way. Airline travel can be a better experience than you ever imagined if you make use of the smaller satellite airports near major cities.
And here’s something else you may not have imagined: Commercial flights head out of smaller airports each day to the vacation destinations we love.
In the past few years I’ve discovered how flying out of smaller airport is better. You’ll save time and money and, believe it or not, the whole process will make you want to fly more frequently.
If you do all of your flying out of major airline hubs, here’s what you’ve been missing.
Save Time and Money Parking
Large metro and city airports often have limited space available in parking decks and you’ll pay a premium for these spots. Most travelers opt for parking at outlying lots and waiting for a shuttle to carry them back and forth. Not ideal when you already have to arrive hours early, especially in bad weather.
Smaller airports equal fewer users and thus more convenient parking. Typically the parking is also much cheaper than at large airports: Do you ever get the feeling you’re shelling out more for your airport parking than you are for your plane ticket? I can park in front of the terminal at my favorite small airport for less than remote lot parking at the metro airport!
More Personal Service, Better Security Process
When staff have to handle fewer travelers and aren’t constantly being rushed, it gives them time to provide better service. It’s nice to be greeted with a friendly smile when you step in the terminal. The dreaded TSA lines are one thing you won’t miss about switching airports. Needless to say, short lines and an easier screening process are a blessing when traveling with your family. There have been times at times at my local airport where I got through the TSA security line within minutes. They also have extra staff on hand to help guests with special needs, with no waiting or hassle.