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Thanks, airport employees

December 18, 2013

I recently came back to my hometown for Thanksgiving to visit with family. Flying from Washington State to Williamsport is not a fun and quick endeavor, but holiday traveling rarely i....

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AnnoyingKidFromLoyalsock

Dec-23-13 12:37 PM

CMReeder "So was the trip worth the aggravation?"

Any aggrivation is sufferable to spend time with family when these trips are so far in between. I was fortunate enough to make it home and see a family member before his death, and am thankfull for the time I was able to spend with him.

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ladydawg4

Dec-21-13 7:07 PM

On our recent trip to Arizone, I thought it would be nice and convient to fly out of Williamsport. Unfortunatly, my wallet told me !NO! It was hunders of dollars cheaper for us to drive our SUV to Baltimore, pay for a hotel with park and stay, and fly out of BWI than it would be to fly out of williamsport. I just dont' understand how a single ticket can cost up to $200 more than a ticket anywhere else.

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rmiller

Dec-19-13 10:13 AM

wwhickok,

Long time no hear! How are you?

eric, have a Merry Christmas!

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wwhickok

Dec-19-13 7:27 AM

I have a strong appreciation for 'gratitude' letters! I haven't personally flown out of too many airports including Williamsports, but it is always nice to hear about the times when people treat others with kindness!

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eriklatranyi

Dec-18-13 7:00 PM

Rmiller:

Yes, having three airports within 2 hour drive reduces the chances of Williamsport ever growing too much.

I imagine we will see another carrier, like United, start service to Newark, but not much beyond that.

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rmiller

Dec-18-13 4:09 PM

Thanks eric,

I would love to fly out of Wmspt, as would many, I'm sure. But, the cost to re-connect at a larger airport is almost the price of another ticket. It makes sense, more flyers....it's just the cost. I usually go to Harrisburg, either someone coming in, or out. But, the hassle of getting out of Harrisburg is unbelievable for someone who is geographically challenged like myself. Wilkes Barre is easier, as is State College, but the distances are comparable.

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eriklatranyi

Dec-18-13 3:56 PM

rmiller:

It takes more passengers to reduce prices. More passengers results in more airlines, meaning more competition.

The airport itself can handle 737 size aircraft easily. So, infrastructure is not an issue.

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RealAmerican

Dec-18-13 11:35 AM

Wow, practical advice and good questions here. And zero politics. Good job people.

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rmiller

Dec-18-13 11:07 AM

Wonder what it would take to enlarge Williamsport airport and reduce the cost of flying in and out? I'm ignorant on the issue of transportation and wondering if anyone has some info.

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BornHere

Dec-18-13 10:40 AM

I don't fly anymore as long as I am in the States I use Amtrak and book a Viewliner Roomette it's much more easier on my husband than flying was and I get to take some great pictures.

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rick424

Dec-18-13 9:36 AM

Travel insurance is a great little thing. We always buy it when we travel. I agree with erik, flying out of Williamsport is always a pleasant experience but unfortunately expensive.

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eriklatranyi

Dec-18-13 8:59 AM

Having flown nearly every US carrier, US Airways is not as bad as many proclaim. It is the main carrier for our area, so it gets the complaints, just as those living in North Jersey complain about United.

But the local US Airways (becoming American Airlines) has always been fantastic. Our local TSA is also a great group of women and men and deserve praise.

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enigma

Dec-18-13 8:20 AM

I too have found the personnel here at IPT to be very helpful and friendly, which is good because the airline service itself leaves something to be desired. When I have needed customer service in Philly, I found them to be not as friendly, but if you are willing to work with them, you can get your business done. You just have to remember that the employees are trying to help, but the don't make the big decisions so they can't create a flight just because you need one. All in all, U.S.Air is a horrible airline, but the people here are very good.

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nobud74

Dec-18-13 8:03 AM

I'll bet those employees appreciate you taking the time to thank them. Most of the time people only grumble. And, thanks for the tip on missed flights.

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CMReeder

Dec-18-13 7:32 AM

So was the trip worth the aggravation?

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ToTEXASfromPA

Dec-18-13 6:14 AM

This is a good lesson for any traveler that when there is any change to the original travel itinerary that you check to make sure subsequent reservations are not cancelled.

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