Detailed USA Airport Maps

Hi all,

They may not be as popular as google, but over at Bing they do like to innovate. I was searching for some detailed airport maps for the USA and came across these excellent images.

Today there are maps for 42 airports covering most of the medium and large hub airports in the United States. Bing will be adding new airports regularly, so check their website if your airport isn’t currently listed.

How to find airport maps

Bing have made locating airport maps an easy task from your desktop. There are two ways to do this:

1. Just search for the airport (by name, city, or even code) on Bing Maps, and zoom in using map.

2. Search for your flight status on Bing (for example: CO 1665), and click on the map link besides the airport to see its map.

Quick links to Airport Maps

1. Albuquerque International Sunport Albuquerque NM
2. Baltimore Washington International Airport Baltimore MD
3. Bob Hope Airport Burbank CA
4. Buffalo Niagara International Airport Cheektowaga NY
5. Charlotte/Douglas International Airport Charlotte NC
6. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Cleveland OH
7. Columbus Airport Columbus OH
8. Denver International Airport Denver CO
9. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Detroit MI
10. Eppley Airfield Omaha NE
11. George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston TX
12. Hartsfield Jackson International Airport Atlanta GA
13. Indianapolis International Airport Indianapolis IN
14. John F Kennedy International Airport Jamaica NY
15. LaGuardia Airport Flushing NY
16. Logan International Airport East Boston MA
17. Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles CA
18. Manchester Boston Regional Airport Manchester NH
19. McCarran International Airport Las Vegas NV
20. Memphis Shelby County Airport Memphis TN
21. Minneapolis International Airport Saint Paul MN
22. Nashville International Airport Nashville TN
23. Newark Airport Newark NJ
24. Norfolk International Airport Norfolk VA
25. Norman Y. Mineta San Jose San Jose CA
26. Oakland International Airport Oakland CA
27. Ontario International Airport Ontario CA
28. Orlando International Airport Orlando FL
29. Philadelphia International Airport Philadelphia PA
30. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Phoenix AZ
31. Portland International Airport Portland OR
32. Ronald Reagan National Airport Arlington VA
33. Sacramento International Airport Sacramento CA
34. Salt Lake City International Airport Salt Lake City UT
35. San Antonio International Airport San Antonio TX
36. San Diego International Airport San Diego CA
37. Seattle Tacoma International Airport Seatac WA
38. Southwest Florida International Airport Fort Myers FL
39. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Anchorage AK
40. Theodore Francis Green State Airport Warwick RI
41. Tucson International Airport Tucson AZ
42. William P Hobby Airport Houston TX

I think you’ll agree this is a great feature especially if your unfamiliar with the airport, Bing also give the option to send the map directly to your mobile.

What do you think?

Regards,

James,

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Is Car Hire Availability Now A Clue To Summer Shortage?

Hi all,

OK granted, perhaps the title is a little suggestive and the experience below is definitely a very rare occurrence however I think the message is true, which is basically pre-book to avoid disappointment.

I’ve changed the names of the car hire suppliers to protect the innocent….mostly ME!

Car Hire Company A

Yesterday I tried to book an Economy Vehicle for one of our customers for collection on the 19/02/11 with Car Hire Company A from Orlando International Airport, a simple process and one I’ve done millions of times before. I expected this to be a very straight forward process, a confirmation, the voucher to be prepared and the customer notified and so didn’t really give it another thought!

Until my phone rings and its Car Hire Company A and they are stating that unfortunately they are sold out!!! My first reaction was that this was an error, so I politely sent the Car Hire Company A representative away to try again and fully expected the embarrassed agent to come back and say “So sorry James, you are indeed king of Car Hire and the vehicle is available”.

However this wasn’t the case, the agent was correct and Car Hire Company A were sold out of all vehicles for collection on the 19/02/11 from Orlando International Airport!

Car Hire Company B

I was surprised but I wasn’t too worried as we also use Car Hire Company B and Car Hire Company C, so I gave the customer a quick call and explained the situation, we talked over some possibilities and decided that Car Hire Company B was the best option.

So off I went again, there was no way Car Hire Company B would have any problems with this request… how wrong I was!!  “Hi James, nope sorry can’t help you on this one I’m afraid we are totally sold out at MCO for the 19/02/11″. Wow! Car Hire Company B were sold out as well!!

Car Hire Company C

So back I went to the customer for a second time, to again explain the situation and state I’d try Car Hire Company C for her, which she agreed too.

So Car Hire Company C were my last hope to rescue me from this Economy 4dr hell… “Yep, James I can help you out, we do have an Economy 4dr available”. Hooray!!! I practically bit Car Hire Company C’s hand off.

Conclusion

Now this type of situation is very rare for rentals from Orlando, it is the first time I can ever remember Car Hire Company A or Car Hire Company B not being able to offer the vehicle we have requested. Also the next week in usa car hire is generally a busy one with half term starting. I also believe that most suppliers are replacing their fleet at present which does create a small cross over period.

However as mentioned at the top of this post, I think the moral (not really a moral) is to book early for peak periods.

Regards,

James

 car hire USA

Compare Car Hire – Sports Utility Vehicles or 4×4′s

Hi all,

Our most popular blogs are generally about the makes and models our customers are collecting at present. Today’s blog will Compare Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) and 4×4′s from our 3 main suppliers Alamo Rent  A Car, Budget Rent A Car and Dollar Rent A Car.

Intermediate Sports Utility Vehicle (4×4)

Alamo Car Hire – Collected from Los Angeles Airport on the 08/11/10 a Jeep Laredo.

Budget Car Hire – Collected from Orlando International Airport on the 05/11/10 a Ford Freelander.

Dollar Car Hire – Collected from Sarasota Airport on the 17/11/10 a Ford Escape.

Standard Sports Utility Vehicle (4×4)

Alamo Car Hire – Collected from Orlando International Airport on the 20/11/10 a Grand Jeep Cherokee.

Budget Car Hire – Collected from Orlando International Airport on the 20/11/10 a Ford Explorer.

Dollar Car Hire – Collected from Orlando International Airport on the 11/11/10 a GMC Yukon.

Full Size Sports Utility Vehicle (4×4) 7/8 Seaters

Alamo Car Hire – Collected from Washington Dulles Airport on the 09/11/10 Chevy Suburban

Budget Car Hire – Collected from Orlando International Airport on the 13/11/10 Chevrolet Traverse

Dollar Car Hire – Collected from Sanford International Airport on the 15/11/10 a Chevrolet Tahoe

Some great variety there from all suppliers. Have you recently rented a sports utility vehicle, if so what did you get?

Kind regards,

James

 car hire USA

A Guide To Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Orlando International Airport

Codes: IATA: MCO, ICAO: KMCO, FAA LID: MCO

Information

Orlando International Airport is the closest airport to the business district ofmcoOrlando approximately 6 miles away. Its it also the closest to the World famous Orlando attractions such as Disneyland, Universal Studios and SeaWorld.

It is Florida’s 2nd busiest airport just behind Miami International Airport (MIA), and welcomes more than 36 million passengers a year through its terminals.

Originally called McCoy Air Force Base due to its past life as a strategic air command  location, Orlando International Airport takes its airport code from its original roots, MCO, the name McCoy relates to Colonel Michael Norman Wright McCoy.

Structure

The Orlando International Airport consists of a hub-and-spoke layout with a large main terminal building and four airside concourses accessible via monorail or treadmills.

The main terminal building is divided into two terminals; Terminal A and Terminal B. Passenger check-in and baggage claim facilities can be found on both the building’s north side (A), and on the building’s south side (B). Both terminals share two security checkpoints, one in the West Hall leading to Airsides 1 and 2, and another in the East Atrium, leading to Airsides 3 and 4.

Airside 4 currently serves as the airport’s primary international arrivals concourse; however Airside 1 also handles some international arrivals. Arriving international passengers who require immigration and/or customs clearance are processed through those checkpoints in the airside terminal where they arrive. After clearing US immigration, passengers collect their baggage and clear US customs. After clearing customs, international passengers must ride the people mover to the main terminal. Airside 4 provides escalator access directly from the customs hall to the people mover platform. This has eliminated the requirement for arriving international passengers to go through a security inspection between the customs area and the people mover, and as a result they now have the option of bringing their checked baggage with them on the people mover. Alternatively, passengers also have the option of placing their baggage on a transfer belt in the customs hall for transport to the main terminal’s baggage claim. Only those passengers, who are connecting to a flight in Airside 4 and airport employees, will need to go through security upon exiting customs.

The airport features a unique on-site Hyatt Regency hotel within the main terminal structure. The hotel is located on the East Atrium side of the terminal with a fourth floor lobby level and guest rooms beginning on level five and above. The airport features an expansive lobby area for guests awaiting flights, convention space, several bars, and two restaurants including a signature restaurant on the top level of the terminal building overlooking the airport facility and runways below.

Terminal A

Major carriers based in Terminal A include Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, American Airlines, and several international carriers including Air Canada, Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, Martinair, GOL, Volaris, Interjet, and Copa Airlines. However, the majority of international arrivals at Orlando International Airport are processed by Airside 4.

Airside 1

Gates 1-17 and 20-28

Secondary International Arrivals Concourse

Part of original terminal, Opened in 1981

Airside 2

Gates 101-106, 110-112 and 120-126

Hub Concourse for Southwest Airlines and Jetblue Airways (except for International Flights, which depart from Airside 4)

Terminal B

Major carriers based in Terminal B include AirTran Airways, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, US Airways and major international carriers including British Airways, Lufthansa, and Virgin Atlantic. Airside 4 serves as the airport’s primary international arrivals concourse.

Airside 3

Gates 30-48 and 50-59

United Airlines Red Carpet Club

Part of original terminal, opened in 1981

Airside 4

Gates 60, 70-78, 80-87 and 90-97

Primary International Arrivals Concourse

Delta Air Lines Sky Club

Hub Concourse for AirTran Airways

Airlines  Destinations Airside
Aer Lingus Dublin 1
Aeroméxico Mexico City 4
Air Canada Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Ottawa
1
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle [begins June 7] 4
AirTran Airways Akron/Canton, Allentown, Aruba, Asheville, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Bloomington/Normal, Branson (MO), Buffalo, Charleston (WV), Charlotte, Chicago-Midway, Columbus (OH), Dallas/Fort Worth, Dayton, Des Moines, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Harrisburg, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Key West, Knoxville, Lexington, Milwaukee, Moline/Quad Cities, Montego Bay, Nassau, New York-LaGuardia, Newport News/Williamsburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland (ME), Richmond, Rochester (NY), St. Louis, San Juan, Washington-Dulles, Washington-Reagan, White Plains
Seasonal: Boston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, San Antonio, Wichita
4
Air Transat Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson 1
Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma 1
Allegiant Air Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, Des Moines, Grand Rapids, Greenville/Spartanburg, Huntington (WV), Knoxville, Lexington (KY), Springfield (MO), Tri-Cities (TN), Youngstown (OH) 1
American Airlines Chicago-O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York-JFK 1
Bahamasair Nassau 3
British Airways London-Gatwick 4
CanJet Halifax, Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Quebec City
1
Continental Airlines Cleveland, Houston-Intercontinental, Newark 3
Copa Airlines Panama City 1
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Detroit, Hartford, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Salt Lake City, Washington-Reagan [begins October 31]
Seasonal: Cancùn
4
Delta Connection operated by Comair Raleigh/Durham [begins November 1] 4
Delta Connection operated by Compass Airlines Grand Rapids [seasonal] 4
Frontier Airlines Denver, Milwaukee 3
Frontier Airlines operated byRepublic Airlines Seasonal: Omaha 3
Interjet Seasonal: Monterrey, Merida 1
JetBlue Airways Aguadilla, Austin, Boston, Bogotá, Buffalo, Burlington, Cancún, Hartford [begins November 17], Montego Bay, Nassau, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Newark, Newburgh, Ponce, Portland (ME), Richmond, Rochester (NY)[ends November 30], San José de Costa Rica, San Juan, Santo Domingo, Syracuse, Washington-Dulles, Washington-Reagan [begins November 1], White Plains 2
Lufthansa Frankfurt 4
Martinair Amsterdam [ends January 15] 1
Southwest Airlines Albany, Albuquerque, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham (AL), Buffalo, Chicago-Midway, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Detroit, Denver, Ft Lauderdale, Ft Myers, Hartford, Houston-Hobby, Indianapolis, Jackson, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Long Island/Islip, Louisville, Manchester (NH), Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Panama City (FL), Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis, San Antonio 2
Spirit Airlines Atlantic City, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, San Juan 3
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Lansing [begins December 22]
3
Sunwing Airlines Ottawa, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Montreal-Trudeau
1
TACA Airlines San Salvador
Seasonal: Guatemala City
1
TAM Airlines São Paulo-Guarulhos 4
United Airlines Chicago-O’Hare, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington-Dulles 3
US Airways Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Washington-Reagan 3
US Airways Express operated by Republic Airlines Washington-Reagan 3
Virgin America Los Angeles, San Francisco 2
Virgin Atlantic Airways London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Seasonal: Glasgow-International
4
Volaris Seasonal: Monterrey 1
WestJet Calgary, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Edmonton [begins December 18] Halifax, Hamilton, London (ON), Montréal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Winnipeg
1

Rental Car Quick Turnaround Facility

The Rental Car Quick Turnaround Facility at OIA will allow rental carcar rental quick turnaroundcompanies to house 96 percent of their fleet on property so passengers will no longer need to catch shuttle buses to off airport locations.

“B” TERMINAL RENTAL CAR QUICK-TURNAROUND AREA OPENS:

While the car renting public may never set foot in the new rental car quick-turnaround area (QTA), they will notice an immediate difference in enhanced customer service. The 41 million dollar construction project designed to bring 96 percent of rental car activities back onto airport property is more than half way complete. The “A” terminal portion, the larger of the two, is still under construction while the “B” side began limited operations before the holidays. The project expands the QTA where rental car companies will be capable of storing hundreds of vehicles while also processing dozens of cars simultaneously including interior cleaning, washing, fuelling and light maintenance.

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Orlando International Airport’s CFC Tax Now Included

Hi all,

I’m delighted to announce that all Alamo Rent A Car and Dollar Rent A Carthumbsup bookings collecting from the 07/09/10 now include the $2.50 a day tax levied at Orlando International Airport.

We have been working on incorporating this tax for some time so we are delighted to have finally reached an agreement on this.

This tax was already being incorporated in our Budget Rent A Car rates. See out terms for more information.

Kind regards,

James

 Florida car hire


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