Welcome to the new Speaking of Travel series, Speaking of Flying, a Speaking of Travel airport interview series highlighting passengers and their unique adventures through the Asheville Regional Airport! Interviewing passengers is a blast! Find out where people are heading and also learn some valuable travel tips! After listening to these fun tales from the terminal you'll want to book your next flight! Seriously!
Speaking of Flying - Traveling In Style
Arielle is headed home to New York and she likes to strike the balance of cute and comfortable.
“I like to get travel size makeup,” she said. “Whether it be mascara, my lashes or just some quick lip gloss. You have to look good when you travel. You don’t know who you’re going to see on the plane.”
Arielle likes the customer service she receives at AVL. “It’s very intimate,” she said. “United lets me know when things are delayed or on time. I enjoy it because the customer service is nice here. I know that I can get checked in… and go through the process pretty quickly.”
Speaking of Flying - Artistic Adventures
Sierra is the Marketing and PR Coordinator at the Asheville Regional Airport. As part of the marketing team, she helps organize AVL’s art and music programs for passengers and airport visitors.
“We invite local artists to come and play for our passengers,” she said. “It sets a nice relaxing tone for everyone.”
Highlighting local talent in the terminal allows passengers to have an immersive Asheville experience before they even leave the airport.
“Our art gallery features a lot of local artists,” Sierra said. “It allows people to get a taste of Asheville and gives them something to do while they are traveling.”
Off To Switzerland
Madison is headed to Switzerland for an impromptu adventure. With nothing but a rented car, Madison and Steven plan to spontaneously explore Europe for a week. From the Holy Land to Russia, these two young travelers know a thing or two about experiences abroad.
“Getting to see all these different cultures, you just have a deep respect for other people’s viewpoints and opinions,” Madison said. “It really broadens your horizons. If you have the opportunity, I would highly recommend everyone to go out and travel.”
Madison loves kicking off his adventures at the Asheville Regional Airport. “I don’t think we’ve ever walked through these doors in the last two years without someone greeting us by name. They make such a personal connection and take such good care of us.”
Traveling With A Baby
April and three-month-old Carter are making the trip back home to Orlando after visiting with family here in Asheville.
Traveling with a baby can be daunting, but April has some great tips for moms on the move. “We usually go to the dollar store and get a bunch of little items – they don’t even have to be toys – maybe calculators or boxes with things in them," April said.
"I find the best way to keep him occupied is to have anything that he hasn’t seen before, lots of snacks, let him engage with other kids on the flight and explore.” For April, flying out AVL makes all the difference. “I love going out of small, nice airports. It makes traveling with kids so much more convenient and less stressful.”
Biking Around Germany
Tom is off to Germany for an eight-day bike trip. Touring the country by bike leaves little room for excess when it comes to packing, and Tom understands the key is packing only the necessities. “I packed once and then I cut it in half,” Tom said. “People don’t need all that they pack.”
Tom loves starting his travels at AVL. “Every chance I get I come out of Asheville because it’s small,” Tom said. “These guys actually know me. I travel a good bit, and it’s easy. Lines are almost not existent and I love the friendly mountain people.”
Dan and Jen are making their way to Phoenix, Arizona, for a family event. Both Dan and Jen travel for work and they have figured out the secrets to packing like a pro.
“Pack for the security line to get in and out as quickly as you can,” Dan said. “Make sure you have liquids handy at the top of your bag… and reduce the number of electronics that you carry on with you.”
Natalie and her family can’t wait to begin their family vacation! They're flying from the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) to Tampa to kick off their cruise to Cozumel and the Grand Cayman Islands.
Natalie’s children enjoy the perks of traveling with family. “They love traveling with their cousins,” Natalie said.
AVL helps Natalie start her vacation as quickly as possible. She said, “I love that it is so close to us, and that it has direct flights.”