Old Terminal Demolition Begins
Dec 4 : 12:00AM
It’s been almost 10 years since the doors to the new terminal at Harrisburg International Airport opened and gave Central Pennsylvania a state-of-the-art facility. And in those 10 years the “new terminal” has been shadowed by its predecessor just a few yards away. Beginning on Wednesday, December 4th, a new chapter at HIA will begin. With the ceremonial removal of the dedication plaque the old terminal building will start to come down, clearing a path for new, exciting developmental plans and of course regional economic growth.
This $1.8 million dollar FAA funded project begins with the removal of the old facility, clearing approximately 20 acres that was recently declared at Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, along with two additional sites on the airport property. These properties will be ready and waiting for businesses to take advantage of a growing region along with the tax benefits of being a part of a KOZ.
A Keystone Opportunity Zone is a geographic area that provides specific state and local tax benefits. The goal of the KOZ program is to revive economically distressed areas with one of the most powerful market-based incentives – eliminating taxes. The three approved SARAA owned properties include the parking lot and old terminal building site, the former Bethlehem Steel property on the western end of the airport and the former Crawford Station power plant site on the eastern end of the airport.
The Dauphin County Industrial Development Authority and the Capital Region Economic Development Corporation sponsored the application in cooperation with the Middletown Area School District, the Steelton-Highspire School District, Lower Swatara Township and the Boroughs of Middletown and Highspire.
As December 4th, 2013 is deemed Harrisburg International Airport Day by Dauphin County Commissioners, we look forward to creating a partnership in regional growth for South Central Pennsylvania.
Tags: business aviation, community, FAA, Harrisburg International airport, history, SARAA
Turkey Travel Tips
Nov 20 : 12:00AM
Like most Americans you will probably travel to be with family for the holidays. For a few of you air travel is required. Travel traffic at MDT is expected to be up 4% over last year. Will you notice? Probably not; however, in larger hubs it might be more noticeable. So we have collected a few turkey travel tips to help you through holiday travel.
Traveling can be both mentally and physically exhausting. Mishaps, delays, lost luggage all combine for interesting table fodder, in hindsight of course. But when you are experiencing it, the best thing to do is remain calm, take a deep breath and remember spending time with family makes it all worthwhile, right?
2.—Plan for the Unexpected
It’s inevitable, the weather man missed the freak ice storm that has delayed your travel or traffic is snarled on the expressway. Plan ahead; make sure you check travel conditions and flight status before you leave home. Make sure you leave early and add some cushion time for anything that might be between you and the airport.
3.—Travel on the off-peak days
If you can travel on Tuesday or even on Thanksgiving itself and avoid the busiest travel days of the year (Wednesday and Sunday) than do it! This will help you to avoid longer lines and crowds associated with peak period Thanksgiving travel. And hopefully keep your stress level in check.
With baggage fees reaching record numbers its best to pack light and try not to check bags. Layer as much as you can when traveling and leave unnecessary items at home. If you do have to check luggage, make sure you have your necessary medications and a change of clothes in your carry-on, just in case your luggage becomes lost. Also be sure to know your airline’s baggage weight limits and weight your bags before coming to the airport. You don’t want to be that person re-packing you bag in the airport lobby!
5.—Travel early or travel late
New studies show that early morning flights have a less likely chance of being late and if by chance the flight would be cancelled you have a better opportunity of catching a later flight that same day. Early morning flights or late night flights help lessen the volume of people you will encounter.
These are just a few tips that we hope will help as you embark on your holiday travels. Even the best laid plans can hit some turbulence, just remember to breath and try not to sweat the small stuff. As always, safe travels and happy holidays from your friends at MDT!
Tags: baggage, family travel, Harrisburg International airport, holiday travel, planning, tips, travel, visiting family
Low Cost is All the Rage
Nov 11 : 12:00AM
Allegiant Travel Company and partners have recently completed a study that shows low-cost and value are the two most important factors when choosing a vacation. Additionally, they report that 87% of travelers will drive further than a nearby airport if the savings is significant enough. Fortunately, Central PA residents need not drive any further than MDT. Allegiant serves the South Central Pennsylvania region with two nonstop destinations to Florida: St. Petersburg/Clearwater (PIE) and Orlando/Sanford (SFB) from Harrisburg International Airport (MDT).
Allegiant can provide low cost fares due to the fact they allow you to customize how you want to travel. You don’t pay for anything that you don’t want. By changing the typical airline business model, Allegiant is able to offer travelers a lower cost than most. Little things like pre-reclined seats enable the airline to lessen the overall weight of the plane which in turns saves on fuel costs. There are no “free” drinks or snacks, but they are available for purchase. All these “little” things add up to big savings for the traveler.
Over 70,000 Central Pennsylvania travelers have utilized Allegiant in the past year and saved more than 1.5 million dollars in ticket fees. Not to mention they are saving money, distance and time, the “MDT” way!
Tags: Allegiant, customer information, discounts, family vacation, fees, Harrisburg International airport, MDT, online, planning, Savings
Sports Attractions for the Enthusiast in Central PA
Oct 9 : 12:00AM
On Thursday, 10/3, MDT customer info staff member, Al D., had the pleasure of attending the Fall 2013 Sales On the Road tour. The event was lead by Allison Rohrbaugh, from the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau and had a sports theme. Al provides a quick, fun overview with a sample of what a sports enthusiast can expect in SoCenPA when visiting!
The first stop of course, had to be Metro Bank Park the home of the Harrisburg Senators. We had a behind-the-homeplate tour of the park from the Press Box to the team locker rooms. While they were in the process of closing for the season, the tour was just great!
We then arrived at Giant Center, home of the Hershey Bears! We enjoyed a very in depth tour of the full arena - from the Sky Boxes to the visiting team’s locker rooms and of the Press Box, right on the Ice. Any ice hockey fan would have been very impressed! We also had some brief but very informative stops at the Net, Klick Lewis (on the ice) Arena, the Clubs at Colonial Ridge - wherein we enjoyed a four-star style of lunch.
Our last stop and by far the trip favorite was at Spooky Nook Sports. They have over 28,000 square feet of sports courts, including 10 connor maple hardwood basketball courts and 100,000 square feet of mezzanine for spectators! Tennis, baseball, dodgeball, fencing - you name it, it can be played there, under one roof! As of now, "The Nook" is said to be the largest facility of its kind in the United States!
I want to thank all involved in running the great event. We had an wonderful time and gained great insight as to the available sporting resources in this area!
Tags: community, employees, family travel, family vacation, fans, Harrisburg International airport, hia airport, HIAairport, local, planning, Traveling
A Look at SARAA's General Aviation Airports
Aug 19 : 12:00AM
Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) along with Capital City Airport (CXY), Franklin County Regional Airport (N68) and Gettysburg Airport (W05) are owned by Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority. SARAA is a multi-municipal authority whose mission is to serve the Dauphin, Cumberland and York area business and general aviation communities by providing high quality efficient airports and promoting regional economic development. SARAA board members are volunteer community leaders appointed by the elected officials from the counties of Cumberland, Dauphin and York, the cities of Harrisburg and York, and the townships of Fairview and Lower Swatara.
Capital City Airport (CXY) is the general aviation airport for the capital city of Harrisburg and all of central Pennsylvania. Approximately 100 corporate, charter and private aircraft are based at CXY and it is the airport of choice for thousands of general aviation pilots and their passengers. CXY is the designated reliever and sister airport of Harrisburg International Airport.
Capital City Airport was Harrisburg's original commercial service airport. Opening in 1930, the airport was named Capital City Landing Field. When it was purchased by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1934, it was renamed Harrisburg-York State Airport. Scheduled air service was provided by Transcontinental Airlines and Western Airlines. The airport, the third largest in Pennsylvania, served as an intermediate stop on the long flights between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
During the 1940's, the airport served an important role in the movement of war materials for the adjacent New Cumberland Army Depot and as the site of the Naval Photographic Reconnaissance Training School. Air carrier service steadily increased and in 1968 when Olmstead Air Force Base, located just across the Susquehanna River in Middletown, was closed all scheduled commercial air service was transferred to the newly named Harrisburg International Airport. CXY became the region's main general aviation airport and was renamed Capital City Airport.
CXY is located on 273 acres of land and has an FAA manned control tower. The airport’s runways, 8/26 which is 5,001 feet long and 150 feet wide and 12/30 which is 3,894 feet long and 100 feet wide, are paved and lighted. Capital City Airport is an Eastern Army Aviation Training Site for the Lakota Helicopter Platoon, which includes hangar space housing for an eight ship squadron of UH-72 Army helicopters from Fort Indiantown Gap. Volo Aviation is the FBO at Capital City Airport providing a range of services including charter flight services, avionics, and aircraft maintenance.
Chambersburg Municipal Airport (N68) was acquired by SARAA on July 29th, 2004 and it was renamed the Franklin County Regional Airport. FCRA is located in Green Township, Franklin County just 3 miles northeast of the Borough of Chambersburg.
FCRA is the primary general aviation airport in Franklin County and is located almost directly in the center of the county. Activities such as recreational flying, agricultural spraying, corporate/business flying, aerial inspections and various community events operate out of FCRA. The airport is also home to the Chambersburg Skydiving Center.
The airport's runway 6/24 is laid out in a northeast-southwest direction and is 3,300 feet long and 75 feet wide. A single lane 30-foot wide taxiway provides access to the aircraft parking ramp and hanger areas. Landside facilities include an administration building and nine T-hangar units with 11,730 square feet of hangar space.
Gettysburg Regional Airport (W05) was acquired by SARAA on August 25, 2006. GRA opened in 1926 and had been a privately operated general aviation service airport formerly known as the Gettysburg Airport and Travel Center. It is located on roughly 47 acres of land in Cumberland Township and is approximately 2 miles west of Gettysburg, Adams County. Beginning pilots and weekend flyers enjoy using the uncongested operating environment of GRA. The Gettysburg Barnstormers/EAA-Chapter 1041 conducts activities and holds their membership meetings at the airport.
The airport’s runway 6/24 is 3,096 feet long and 60 feet wide. Landside facilities include four onsite hangar units with storage for up to 14 aircraft in 18,682 square feet of hangar space and 24-hour self-service fueling. A partial taxiway on either side of the runway provides access to the hangar areas and fuel farm.
In 2012, these four facilities combined, handled over 100,000 aircraft operations.
Tags: airplane, airplanes, airport, airports, business aviation, business travel, Capital City Airport, CXY, general aviation, gettysburg, Harrisburg International airport, local, pilot, SARAA, Traveling
MDT Dodges the Rain and “High Fares”
Aug 6 : 12:00AM
Eleven teams arrived at Skyline Sports Complex on August 3rd, ready to dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge for Allegiant’s “Dodge High Fares” charity event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region. As tournament play began the rain stopped and the eleven teams battled hard until one team was left standing.
The Bad News Balls came out on top against Erie Insurance to secure the golden dodgeball trophy as well as gift certificates to Arooga’s Grill House & Sports Bar. However, the biggest winner of the day was Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region who received $1100 from the event.
Thank you to all the teams who competed including Erie Insurance, Arsenal, Phoenix Contact, The Bad News Balls, MDT’s very own Turbulence and the six teams from HMS Host!
Allegiant’s “Dodge High Fares” tournaments will continue across the country at participating airports to support a variety of local charities. Visit www.dodgehighfares.com to register to win free airfare from Allegiant and find the next tournament.
Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Dodge
Jun 28 : 12:00AM
Do you have what it takes to dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge? That's right, we're talking about a seriously fun game of dodgeball!
Join Allegiant, Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) and other local dodgeball enthusiasts for a fundraising effort on August 3 at Skyline Sports Complex to raise money for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region.
Plus while you're there you'll have a chance to win free airfare! What's not to like about that?
Visit Dodge High Fares online for more information and to register a team for the event.
So, gather up 6-10 of your friends, family, colleagues or coworkers and join us for the fun! We'll see you there!
Tags: Allegiant, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Dodgeball, family travel, family vacation, Harrisburg International airport, online
2013 Summer Travel Trends
Jun 18 : 12:00AM
Every summer seems to bring something new and exciting to do and see when it comes to travel. So, what destinations are the hottest sellers this season?
Music festivals – there are thousands of them to choose from around the country and in all genres. Think about your favorite type of music – chances are there are many options for festivals to choose from!
Disney dinners – to call this a popular destination for families is an understatement. To get a reservation of dinner with the famous characters, you’ll need at least a 6-month lead time!
Wilderness delight – the Cumberland Island off of Georgia’s coast boasts no paved roads, wild horses and pristine natural settings. Don’t miss out!
Island hopping – on the Grecian isles, you’ll find sun, sand and more! Study volcanos, soak up the sun, enjoy white beaches and that’s just the beginning!
So if you know where you want to go for a later summer vacation, we urge you to book it sooner rather than later! Or, perhaps start planning your ideas for next summer’s travel. If you’ve already booked a trip – where are you of to this season?
Tags: air travel, family travel, family vacation, kids, summer travel, summer vacation, travel
Ugly Bags are Good!
Jun 4 : 12:00AM
Did you read that right? Yes, we are advocating for ugly luggage. We didn’t say in bad shape, we just said ugly. Making your luggage ugly has its benefits. And, what benefits are those and how should you make your suitcase ugly?
Personalizing your luggage with touches that are uniquely yours makes it more recognizable on the baggage belt and lessens the likelihood that someone will mistakenly grab it off the belt – thinking it’s theirs. We all are familiar with the ever-popular colors of luggage – black, grey, navy blue, red – and also the fact that innumerable fellow travelers also have bags in those colors. Make your mundane bag, uniquely yours!
Consider knotting a thick, brightly colored ribbon to one of the handles.
Write or draw something on the side or front of the bag using fabric paints or pens.
Create and laminate custom luggage tags.
Decorate the sides of the baggage with duct tape. Duct tape comes in more patterns and colors then just the standard dull grey anymore!
Luggage straps can serve two purposes – first they can hold your stuff inside the bag more securely and also can identify it as yours.
Fancy yourself a paracord artist? Make some special to tie onto your bag.
Iron or stitch patches to the sides of your suitcase.
If you use a hard-sided bag – perhaps decorate it with stickers from places you’ve traveled.
Have fun with the process. The sky’s the limit, literally! The uglier, the better!
Share your photos of your personalized, ugly luggage with us – we’d love to see your creativity at work.
Tags: baggage, luggage, summer vacation, travel, travel tips
MDT Plane Spotting: Beechcraft 1900D
May 21 : 12:00AM
In this post we will take a look at one of the aircraft that you may spot flying to and from Harrisburg International Airport (MDT).
The Beechcraft 1900D is the smallest commercial aircraft that flies through Harrisburg International Airport. It was manufactured by the Beechcraft Division of Raytheon between 1991 and 2002. The 1900D is the third iteration of the Beechcraft 1900 series, following the 1900 and the 1900C. The 1900 series are all 19 passenger turboprop airliners which were themselves an evolution of Beechcraft’s Model 200 Super King Air.
The 1900C was an early redesign of the 1900, distinguished primarily by the removal of a second airstair door. The 1900D was a more significant redesign. The most obvious feature of the 1900D when compared with the earlier 1900 models is the shape of the cabin. The 1900D is notable in its class for being one of only two 19 passenger airliners in service with a ceiling height that allows most passengers to walk through the craft without bending over. Changing the shape of the body necessitated other changes to the design, including more powerful engines and a larger tail.
Although more than 70 airlines currently operate Beechcraft 1900Ds, the only ones you’ll see at MDT wear the livery of Air Georgian, operating flights for HIA’s airline partner Air Canada. As many as 900 passengers make their way between Toronto and Harrisburg on 1900Ds every month.
Tags: Air Canada, aircraft, airplanes, Harrisburg International airport