Travel notes: American Airlines bus, Euro budget airlines at BWI; economy parking back at PHL

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Philadelphia adds limited economy parking.

Philadelphia International Airport is offering a limited number of economy parking spaces available for passengers beginning April 21.

The 1,850 spaces are located in the airport’s economy parking lot and are available at the parking lot’s Island Avenue entrance. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Shuttle buses will drop off and pick up passengers at all PHL terminals. The cost is $15 a day.

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Baltimore-Washington International Airport’s economy rate is $8 a day or $12 for covered long-term parking. That takes some of the sting from the longer drive and hefty tolls along Interstate 95.

PHL’s economy parking lot closed in March 2020 due to the impact of Covid-19 on air travel.

“Given the volatility of the aviation industry over the past two years, it was not financially prudent for us to open the lot and resume the shuttle service for brief stretches of increased activity. With our passenger volume rising steadily and travel restrictions being lifted, we are pleased to announce the reopening of a portion of the economy lot,” said PHL CEO Chellie Cameron.   

In November 2021, PHL announced the economy lot would remain closed and used for the airport’s cargo expansion program.

The section of the economy lot that is reopening is not immediately needed for the cargo hub.

PHL is easy to get to but operates from a smallish site that limits parking options. Rates for in-terminal parking are among the highest in the nation. On the plus side, the nearby private parking business is competitive in rates and services.

American Airlines bus service coming to Atlantic City, Lehigh Valley

In other PHL news, American Airlines is turning to a bus operator to attract passengers from outlying areas in early June.

Beginning in early June, Landline will offer bus to terminal service from Atlantic City and the Lehigh Valley, Airline Weekly reported.

Landline has routes that connect Sun Country Airlines flights to Minneapolis-St. Paul is from smaller upper Midwest cities. Sun Country flies into Philadelphia from the Twin Cities. Buses also connect United Airlines passengers living or skiing in areas outside metro Denver.

Bus service could become more common as airlines trim small city service due to a shortage of pilots.

Concord flies back to Baltimore-Washington.

German leisure airline Condor is resuming an overnight non-stop Frankfurt route from  Baltimore/Washington. Flights will operate three times per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday beginning on June 4th.

All flights use Boeing 767-300 equipment and feature three classes of service (Economy, Premium, and Business). Condor has connecting service to more than 100 destinations throughout Europe from its Frankfurt hub.

“Due to the pandemic, travel to Europe from the U.S. was only accessible to a limited extent for the past two summers. As a result, we are seeing an increasing amount of pent-up demand from Americans who are now eager to visit Europe,” said Mathias Friess, vice president, and area manager, North America. “We are pleased to return to Baltimore/Washington to provide travelers from Maryland and the D.C. metro area with a more affordable way to get to Europe this summer.  We also are thrilled to do our part in bringing more Germans to the nation’s capital, one of the top tourist destinations.”

Play flies into BWI

Also flying into BWI is Play, a start-up airline.

The airline now operates daily nonstop service between BWI Marshall and Iceland, with connections to more than 20 cities across Europe. BWI Marshall Airport is the first North American destination for Play.

BWI is hoping to attract more international flights. The airport is a focus city for Southwest Airlines, with international service confined to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.

The airline will operate daily nonstop service between BWI Marshall and Iceland, with convenient connections to more than 20 cities across Europe. BWI Marshall Airport is the first North American destination for PLAY.

Philadelphia adds limited economy parking

Philadelphia International Airport is offering a limited number of onsite economy parking spaces for passengers beginning April 21.

The 1,850 spaces are located in the airport’s economy parking lot and are available at the parking lot’s Island Avenue entrance. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Shuttle buses will drop off and pick up passengers at all PHL terminals. The cost is $15 a day.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport’s economy rate is $8 a day or $12 for longer-term covered parking. That takes some of the sting from the longer drive and hefty tolls along Interstate 95.

PHL’s economy parking lot closed in March 2020 due to the impact of Covid-19 on air travel.

“Given the volatility of the aviation industry over the past two years, it was not financially prudent for us to open the lot and resume the shuttle service for brief stretches of increased activity. Now with our passenger volume rising steadily and travel restrictions being lifted, we are pleased to announce the reopening of a portion of the economy lot,” said PHL CEO Chellie Cameron.   

In November 2021, PHL announced the economy lot would remain closed and used for the airport’s cargo expansion program.

The section of the economy lot that is reopening is not immediately needed for the cargo hub.

PHL is easy to get to but operates in a limited area that limits parking options. Rates for in-terminal parking are among the highest in the nation. On the plus side, the private parking business is competitive in rates and services.

      

  

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