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American Airlines Increases Service at Huntsville International

Beginning in June, American Airlines will offer more early morning and evening flight options for passengers traveling direct from Huntsville to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Customers in Huntsville will have the opportunity to make one stop in Dallas/Fort Worth to travel to places such as Dublin and Munich, where American is launching seasonal service for the first time in June.

“We are very excited that American made the decision to add service to the Huntsville market and we know that our customers will appreciate more options and will utilize this service,” said airport Board Chairman Dr. Carl J. Gessler Jr.

While airport officials recognize the benefits of the added service, they are quick to point out that continued growth will require the support of the community.

“These additions are another step to provide all of the citizens of the Tennessee Valley more air travel options and phenomenal savings,” said airport Executive Director Rick Tucker. “American sees potential in Huntsville’s market, and we are glad they chose to expand their presence (here).

“This is great news and if the business community and our residents support our local airport we will all enjoy more air travel options with guaranteed lower fares.”

For more information or to make reservations, visit aa.com. Reservations can also be made at no additional charge using the Huntsville Hot Ticket Hot Line service by calling 256-258-1944, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Large Turnout for Airport Planning Presentation

There was a solid, enthusiastic turnout Tuesday when the Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority presented its long-range master plan.

Business leaders and the public reviewed the colorful architectural renderings and learned more about the components of facility’s plans for future expansion. 

The audience was encouraged to provide feedback and suggestions. As an incentive, everyone who submitted an idea for airport enhancements, upgrades, or improvements qualified for entry in a random drawing for a $500 flight voucher.

The overarching goal of the airport master plan is to present a long-range strategic direction that’s consistent with the airport’s mission: To provide quality multimodal transportation services to its diverse regional customer base and to stimulate economic growth and development of the Tennessee Valley Region.

In October 2016, the airport authority began developing the master plan. The initial input was solicited included suggestions, such as the introduction of light rail, developing a “more open” concourse plan, providing a low-cost carrier, and making the hotel and airport terminal more “user friendly.”

One stand-out comment was, “Huntsville is more than just rockets and military, we have a strong arts presence here, too. There should be more public art and changing exhibits.”

As a collaborative venture, the components of the master plan are scheduled to run concurrently with regional planning efforts. Timing is crucial, as these initiatives will mutually support one another.  This comprehensive endeavor will allow for an integrated development of the airport as well as the surrounding area.

To find out more information about the Huntsville International Airport Master Plan, visit: http://hsvmasterplan.mbakerintl.com/ . 

Delegation from North Alabama meets with international partners in Japan

The delegation from the city, county and state visit Toyota officials. The group later met with Mazda and GE Aviation officials and will take part in the Southeast U.S./Japan Association meeting this week.

 

A delegation from Huntsville, Madison County and the state is visiting Japan this week to further strengthen the area’s ties with its international partners.

The team includes elected officials, Chamber of Commerce leaders and company representatives of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama. On Monday, the team visited Toyota City and met with members of the Executive Team for Toyota USA.

“We have been traveling to Japan for many years, and we are pleased to be able to meet again with our Toyota partners in their home country,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. “This provides us with the opportunity to tour their plants and facilities and to visit with our new partners at Mazda.”

The group also toured the Toyota Motomachi Plant and Toyota Kaikan Museum, seeing some of the company’s newest automotive technologies and smart cars.

Tuesday, the delegation met with leaders of Mazda.

“I can’t stress enough the importance of relationships in doing business with our overseas partners,” Battle said. “If we had not already established a long-standing collaborative relationship with Toyota, we would not have landed the new Mazda-Toyota plant.

“These commitments don’t just happen in 15-minute meetings or phone calls. There is a long process of communication, listening, and work toward mutual respect before we develop a trusted business relationship.”

Mazda-Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A. is building an automotive plant in the Huntsville city limits of Limestone County. The two companies will build the facility on 2,400 acres near Interstates 65 and 565. The plant will be able to produce 300,000 cars annually and employ about 4,000 people.

“These meetings in Japan with the Mazda and Toyota corporations have created an even greater sense of understanding of the partnership and commitment that has been created with two of the world’s most renowned automakers, while engineering, road design and site prep continues on more than 2,000 acres locally,” said Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong. “It is truly exciting to be one of so many working together at so many levels to ensure the success of the largest economic development projects in the history of the state of Alabama. This project will be a redefining moment for North Alabama.”

Production will be divided evenly into two lines for each company to produce Mazda’s crossover and the Toyota Corolla. Operations are expected to begin in 2021.

“The plant will bring thousands of jobs to our area,” said Chip Cherry, president and CEO of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber. “We secured this new plant because of a trusted relationship we have built over many years with our Japanese partners. In fact, much of it goes back to Toyota’s engine plant locating in Huntsville nearly two decades ago and becoming a true community partner.”

Members of the North Alabama delegation will also meet with GE Aviation and NGS Advanced Fibers, their Japanese partner in developing the silicon carbide for ceramic matrix composites. NGS is in Toyama, where the delegation will tour the sister facility to the one being built in Huntsville. These plants are the only two in the world to mass produce silicon carbide and ceramic matrix composite materials.

The delegation will also attend this week’s annual meeting of the Southeast U.S./Japan Association in Tokyo.

The group includes Cherry; Battle; Strong; Greg Canfield, Alabama Department of Commerce; Hollie Pegg, Alabama Department of Commerce; Madison Mayor Paul Finley; Limestone County District 3 Commissioner Jason Black;   Lucia Cape, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber senior vice president of Economic Development, Industry Relations & Workforce; 2018 Chair-Elect Huntsville/Madison County Chamber Kim Lewis; Rick Tucker, executive director, Port of Huntsville; Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama President David Fernandes; Kim Ogle, corporate communications, Toyota Motor North America.

 

Frontier Takes Flight at Huntsville International Airport

It was a Rocky Mountain high kind of day Friday when Frontier Airlines’ first flight from Huntsville took off.

“We are excited to be starting service and proud to bring our unique brand of ‘Low Fares Done Right’ to Huntsville,” said Jonathan Freed, director of Corporate Communications for Frontier Airlines. “Frontier is always looking for ways to make travel easier and more affordable, and our … frequent flier program with family-friendly benefits and attainable elite status, as well as our reduced change fees – free if you make changes more than 90 days before you fly – are the latest examples …”

The first flight departed for Denver at high noon Friday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Frontier will begin service to and from Orlando on Oct. 21.

“Frontier Airlines boasts a network that serves over 100 cities in the U.S., Mexico and Dominican Republic,” said Airport Executive Director Rick Tucker. “They have over 1,000 nonstop and connecting routes. Couple that stability and structure with our region’s excellent track record of supporting low cost carriers and it’s a recipe for success.

“This partnership fills a void in our market and provides our leisure and business travelers with more options for a lower price. Our customers appreciate convenience and we know they will support this service by flying local from Huntsville International Airport on Frontier Airlines.”

For information, visit flyfrontier.com and flyhuntsville.com.

Sen. Shelby announces $29.1M grant for Huntsville International Airport

 

A $29.1 million federal grant will be used to build another taxiway at Huntsville International Airport. The grant was announced by U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby.

“The city of Huntsville is growing at a rapid pace,” Shelby said. “This new taxiway will allow for increased accessibility and efficiency for air traffic to and from North Alabama. Additionally, the funding will play a vital role in enhancing economic development throughout the region.

“As Huntsville continues to attract more business, it is essential that the city and surrounding area improve and modernize local infrastructure in order to meet the demands of its booming economy.”

The construction of a 4,600-foot taxiway will provide access to airport property that can accommodate building nearly a dozen 747-9 parking positions, as well as more than 600,000 square feet of hangar space – more than doubling the airport’s current cargo capacity.

“The funds … will impact our facility as a whole and include improvement to the Jetplex Industrial Park, International Intermodal Center and the airport, itself,” said Airport Executive Director Rick Tucker. “The announcement ensures our ability to continue economic development initiatives within our region and positively impacts our entire state.”

Huntsville Strikes Silver with Flights to Orlando

Silver Airways has joined the ranks of air carriers at Huntsville International Airport.

And it didn’t waste any time with its first nonstop flight to Orlando taking off Thursday morning.

We are very excited to start this highly-requested nonstop service for business and leisure travelers from Alabama and the Tennessee Valley travelling to the attractions, beaches and businesses of Central Florida, including NASA and Florida’s Space Coast,” said Alabama native and Silver Airways Vice President David LeNoir. “We are delighted with the support and outstanding reception from the folks in the Tennessee Valley for our safe, affordable, and friendly air service.”

To celebrate the new nonstop Huntsville-to-Orlando service, Silver is offering fares for a limited time from only $99 at silverairways.com. In addition, Silver offers one-stop connections from Huntsville to Fort Lauderdale and Key West and one-stop connections from Huntsville to Marsh Harbour and Freeport in the Bahamas.
“The addition of Orland0 … to the list of nonstop destinations for our market has been received with great excitement,” said Betty Fletcher, chair of the airport’s board of directors.
Mayor Tommy Battle emphasized the importance of non-stop air service.
“Our push to offer more non- stops to our top destinations has brought us another outstanding airline to better serve North Alabama,” said Battle.
Airport Executive Director Rick Tucker said it’s important for local residents and businesses to take advantage of the opportunities at Huntsville International Airport.
“Attracting and sustaining new air service is a community-wide matter that affects each and every one of us – both the leisure traveler and the business traveler,” he said. “Launching this service from Huntsville to Orlando is an excellent step to providing all of the citizens of the Tennessee Valley more air travel options and savings.
“Support from the business community and our residents is integral to attracting and sustaining service like this in Huntsville and so we encourage everyone to fly HSV and Silver Airways so that we can continue to provide more air travel options to more destinations and with lower fares.”

Huntsville International, Frontier Airlines woo leisure travelers with low-cost fares, non-stop flights

Huntsville International Airport announced a new carrier to serve the area.

Frontier Airlines will begin service in October and, in making the announcement, Rick Tucker, executive director of the Airport Authority, revealed introductory $39 air fares; non-stop flights from Huntsville to Denver International Airport; and the only non-stop service to Orlando International Airport.

In front of more than a hundred people on hand for the “Big Reveal” in the airport’s main terminal, Tucker said it is an exciting time to be here in our community and an exciting time to welcome Frontier Airlines to Huntsville.

“Known as an ultra, low-cost carrier, Frontier is going to be a tremendous benefit to everyone in our community,” Tucker said. “For business travelers and especially for leisure travelers – get ready for low fares!”

Huntsville International Airport Executive Director Rick Tucker announces the arrival of Frontier Airlines.

Guests at the event were provided with paper airplanes upon arrival. Two guests opened their paper airplanes to find they had won a $500 airfare voucher – one to Orlando and the other to Denver. The introductory air fares are available at flyfrontier.com.

“We are proud to bring our unique brand of ‘Low Fares Done Right’ to the Rocket City,” said Stephen Shaw, spokesman for Frontier Airlines. “Frontier’s new flights to Denver and Orlando will make air travel more accessible and affordable for everyone in Huntsville and northern Alabama.

“We look forward to making it easier for people to fly, and for people to fly more often.”

“This partnership is important to us because it fills a specific void for a low-cost carrier for our leisure travelers at HSV,” said Betty Fletcher, chairman of the board for Huntsville International Airport. “It is no secret that Huntsville has a lot of expendable income in the market, it also it is a known fact that we have a lot of very frugal engineers that have demanded fair, competitive, comparable fares.

“We can be certain that our community will respond well to and support Frontier Airlines.”

The Frontier Airlines network serves more 80 cities in the U.S., Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Frontier has more than 1,000 nonstop and connecting routes.

“Couple that with stability, structure, and an excellent track record for supporting low cost carriers, and you have a recipe for success,” Shaw said.

New International Cargo Connection for HSV: Panalpina Launches Flights to Mexico

Panalpina has added Queretaro International Airport in Mexico to its charter network which also connects Mexico City and Guadalajara with Panalpina’s air freight gateway in Huntsville, according to a news release from Huntsville International Airport.

Querétaro’s addition to the regular connections of the Panalpina Charter Network means Panalpina is the only freight carrier to serve three international airports with scheduled flights within and out of Mexico.  Panalpina is also the first and only company to offer a transatlantic flight from Querétaro to London Stansted Airport in the UK and to Luxembourg via Huntsville.

Government representatives, members of the Huntsville Port Authority, partners and customers were on hand Thursday to celebrate the first scheduled landing of the Spirit of Panalpina at Querétaro International Airport.

“Panalpina has been committed to Queretaro for over five years now,” said Matthias Frey, global head of the Panalpina Charter Network. “We have been working closely with Queretaro airport operatives and government authorities, strategic airline partner Atlas Air, and Huntsville International Airport to build on the continued success of the network.”