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  • AIRPORTS TN: Chattanooga Airport Likely to Set Record High in Passenger Boardings

    This article was originally published on aviationpros.com.With a new annual high expected this year for passenger boardings, Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport officials are looking at the possibility of bringing back an observation deck for non-fliers.Boardings are up nearly 18 percent through September over last year to 353,549 passengers, airport figures show.Terry Hart, the airport's chief, said it's a matter of how far 2017 boardings will surpass last year's high mark of 419,059 passengers, w...  Read More...

  • Chattanooga Airport Eying Expansion, Inks New Six-year Deal with CEO

    This article was originally published on timesfreepress.com.Higher traffic at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport is spurring officials to consider expanding the passenger concourse and boosting parking, and they're pursuing seasonal nonstops to Destin, Fla.Also, the record passenger boardings at Lovell Field have helped earn airport chief Terry Hart a new six-year deal."We've been on steroids for five years," said Airport Authority member Mike Mallen at a meeting of the panel Monday as he endorsed...  Read More...

  • Friends of the Chattanooga Public Library Receive National Honorable Mention

    This article was originally published on timesfreepress.com.The Friends of the Chattanooga Public Library have received an honorable mention from the American Library Association, according to a news release.United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, hosted the Baker & Taylor Awards, which recognized the group for its efforts to support the library.Friends opened the SkyLib Honor Bookstore at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, raising funds, providing a quiet sp...  Read More...

  • Sharks Sighted at the Chattanooga Airport

    This article was originally published on chattanoogan.com.Some new creatures are thrilling travelers passing through the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. Whether they’re arriving or departing, visitors now can watch a live video feed of toothy Sand Tiger and Sandbar Sharks, majestic Green Sea Turtles, gliding Stingrays and a swarming profusion of colorful reef fish navigating the Tennessee Aquarium’s massive Secret Reef exhibit. “It’s very relaxing,” said one ...  Read More...

  • Photo of the Day: Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport in 1991

    This article was originally published on nooga.com. Every Friday, the Photo of the Day will be a historical image of Chattanooga, thanks to Picnooga.The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport's new passenger terminal was under construction in 1991. Designed by San Francisco architect Gensler, the terminal opened in 1992.   Read More...

  • Wilson Air Center in Chattanooga Voted Most Improved

    This article was originally published on timesfreepress.com. Wilson Air Center's fixed base operation at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport was named most improved U.S. FBO for 2017 by Professional Pilot (Pro Pilot) Magazine.Countrywide, Memphis-based Wilson Air's operation in Chattanooga was named the No.   Read More...

  • Chattanooga Airport Eyes Growing its Solar Farm

    This article was originally published on timesfreepress.com.Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport's solar farm, already paying 90 percent of Lovell Field's electricity bill, could grow by about a third.Airport officials said they're looking at building another phase to its solar farm, pushing it to a little more than 3 megawatts in size."It's keeping costs down so we don't have to raise fees," said Terry Hart, the airport's chief executive.The power generated by the ...  Read More...

  • Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Reports Best-ever March

    This article was originally published on timesfreepress.com.Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport may be on its way to a fourth consecutive record year after passenger boardings in the first three months of 2017 surged almost 23 percent."I've got to call this crazy good," said Dan Jacobson, the Airport Authority's chairman, at a meeting of the panel on Monday.Terry Hart, the airport's chief executive, said March boardings alone of 40,779 hit an all-time high for the month, up ne...  Read More...

  • Historic Steamship's Backers Think Congress will OK Law to Let Delta Queen Carry Overnight Passengers

    This article was originally published on timesfreepress.com.The Delta Queen may finally sail again after a decade at dock.The historic steamship did duty as a floating boutique hotel in Chattanooga's Coolidge Park from 2009 to 2015. Then it was towed away in 2015 to a canal in Houma, La., — where it still sits — after high winter Tennessee River water levels on several occasions submerged its dock and gangway, and the hotel, restaurant and bar were closed to the public.Chattanoog...  Read More...

  • Chamber Helps Airport Keep Interest in NYC Flight

    This article was originally published on Nooga.com.Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce President Bill Kilbride recently sent a letter to members asking them to support Chattanooga's relatively new direct flight to New York City. The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport announced in April that United Airlines would provide new nonstop service from Chattanooga to New York and Chicago. The inaugural flight happened in September. The flight was something many area businesspeople wanted, b...  Read More...

  • Chattanooga Airport Hits Record with 2016 Passenger Mark

    This article was originally published by Associated Press.Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport hit a record for passengers in 2016, prompting discussions about more flights, gates and parking.The Times Free Press reports more than 419,000 passengers boarded planes at the airport in 2016. It’s the first time the airport crossed the 400,000 passenger mark, and a 6.8 percent increase over 2015.Airport CEO Terry Hart says boardings are up 38 percent over five years.Hart says officials will start c...  Read More...

  • Missouri Senators Renew Effort to Get Delta Queen Cruising

    This article was originally published on abcnews.go.com.Missouri's U.S. senators are renewing efforts to get the legendary riverboat the Delta Queen cruising again on the Mississippi River and its tributaries.Legislation filed by Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and co-sponsored by Republican Sen.   Read More...

  • Chattanooga Airport's Passenger Boardings Soar Toward Annual Record

    This article was originally published on TimesFreePress.com. Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport in October posted its biggest-ever month for passenger boardings as it's poised to power to a new annual record.October boardings were 42,948 passengers as new United Airlines service helped fuel the high mark, said Airport Chief Executive Terry Hart on Monday.For the full year, Hart told members of the Airport Authority at a meeting that he expects Lovell Field to top 400,000 boardings for the firs...  Read More...

  • West Star Aviation Announces Details Of Expansion At The Chattanooga Airport

    This article was originally published on chattanoogan.comWest Star Aviation announced the expansion details for the Chattanooga location. The expansion is set for completion during the fourth quarter of 2017.The expansion will consist of a new maintenance hangar with over 65,300 square feet incorporating 40,000 square feet of hangar and 25,300 square feet of office and support space. Additionally, the expansion will include a state-of-the-art paint facility with 41,519 square feet consisting of ...  Read More...

  • Chattanooga Airport Headed For 3rd Year In A Row Of Record Enplanements

    This article was originally published on chattanoogan.com.The Chattanooga Airport continues to get busier and is headed for its third year in a row of record enplanements, president Terry Hart said.He said for September, Delta was up five percent, American up four percent, and Allegiant up 13 percent.Plus, new flights were launched by United on Sept. 7 to Chicago and Newark. Mr.   Read More...

  • A First-timers Trip to NYC and Tips on the New Direct Flight

    This article was originally published on nooga.com.Last week, I took the inaugural direct flight from Chattanooga to New York City with several other members of the media.I've already written about what it was like to be in the city around the time of the 9/11 anniversary, about similarities in how Chattanooga and NYC approach economic development, and about how to visit the city without overspending.But there's so much more to say. So here we go.Details about the direct flight 
Seven days ...  Read More...

  • United to Help Propel Chattanooga Airport to Record Year

    This article was originally published in Aviation Pros. Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, already on pace for a record-breaking year in passenger boardings, is expected to gain a big lift from new United Airlines service, officials said Monday.United, slated to start nonstops between Chattanooga and the New York City area and Chicago on Sept. 7, will help the airport top 400,000 passenger boardings for the first time ever this year if figures stay on course, said Terry Hart, Lovell Field's ...  Read More...

  • Library Group to Open Bookstore at Chattanooga Airport

    This article was originally published on TimesFreePress.com.Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport offers food, drinks, and even live video of the alligator exhibit at the Tennessee Aquarium to help travelers pass time awaiting their flights.Soon, airport patrons will have access to a bookstore as well.Friends of the Library, calling the business model a first for an airport nationally, will lease about 750 square feet in the lower level of the terminal where it will sell books.William Sundquist, chai...  Read More...

  • Chattanooga Airport Announces Aircraft Upgrades to Dallas/Fort Worth & Charlotte

    This article was originally published on newschannel9.com. Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport officials announced this week that American Airlines is upgrading aircraft at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) to include increased seating capacity for direct flights to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).Originally servicing DFW and CLT, the Bombardier CRJ-200 features 50 seats. DFW will be serviced using the Embraer 175, which seats 76 ...  Read More...

  • United to Offer Nonstops from Chattanooga to New York, Chicago

    This article was originally published on TimesFreePress.com. For the first time in a dozen years, Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport fliers can travel nonstop to the New York City area as United Airlines begins two daily flights starting in September.The new United nonstops between Chattanooga and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey will cut more than half the time it now takes travelers to fly to the Big Apple, officials said Friday.United, which hasn't serviced Chattanooga in at l...  Read More...

  • Chattanooga Airport Offering Mobile Payment Option for Airport Parking

    This article was originally published on newschannel9.com. Chattanooga Airport announced on Monday that it has implemented mobile payment solution Parkmobile to enhance its current parking structure and make parking at Chattanooga Airport easier than it was before.Parkmobile's mobile application will let motorists use their mobile phones to pay for parking in approximately 1300 spaces in the three airport parking lots."Our passengers are constantly telling us what a positive, convenien...  Read More...

  • EPB's high-speed Internet live streams Aquarium's gator exhibit

    This article was originally published on TimesFreePress.com. Two innovations for which Chattanooga is well known, the Tennessee Aquarium and EPB's high-speed Internet, have joined together to give the city another first.Chattanooga on Tuesday became the world's first city to use live ultra-high definition video for tourism as it began to transmit from the aquarium's alligator exhibit.A 98-inch Planar UltraRes 4K display screen was unveiled at the lobby of Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport where l...  Read More...

  • Airport Works to get Nonstop NYC Flight

    This article was originally published on nooga.com. Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport leaders are still working to get a direct flight to New York City; they are applying for a federal grant—which they didn't get in 2014—to attract a new carrier to provide the service. "The New York market is our largest market not currently served with nonstop service," Terry Hart, CEO of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority, said via email. Community and business l...  Read More...

  • Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Sets New Passenger Record for 2015

    This article was originally published on Timesfreepress.com. Another year, another passenger boarding record at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport.For the second consecutive year, the airport in 2015 set a new high mark in boardings, and it nearly hit the 400,000-passenger level, officials said Monday.It's the first time since record-keeping began at the airport 45 years ago that Lovell Field has posted back-to-back annual highs.A growing economy, competitive fares and convenience compared to larg...  Read More...

  • Chattanooga Airport Officials Eye New Passenger Record

    This article was originally published on TimesFreePress.com.Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport passenger boardings soared 12.8 percent in September as Delta Air Lines has added more seats out of Lovell Field, officials said today."It's been very positive," Airport Chief Executive Terry Hart said about the boardings increase, which could hit an annual record for the second consecutive year at the airport. For the year through September, boardings are 12.9 percent above a year ago to 289,286 passeng...  Read More...

  • Chattanooga Airport Celebrates LEED Certification

    This article was originally published on TimesFreePress.com. Chattanooga Airport officials Monday celebrated the achievement of LEED Silver Certification of the commercial terminal with a dedication ceremony in honor of the late architect, Andy Roth."Andy Roth was a talented architect who had a significant impact on the overall look of our community and the airport," Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport President Terry Hart said. "He was an integral part of the DH&W design team, both when this t...  Read More...

  • Delta Queen to Call Kimmswick Home

    This article was originally published on bizjournals.com. The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. has selected Kimmswick to serve as its new homeport and operations base.The company expects the historic Delta Queen steamboat to visit more than 80 U.S.   Read More...

  • Delta Queen May Have Chosen Kimmswick to be its Home Port

    This article was originally published on stltoday.com. The company trying to resurrect the Delta Queen’s cruising career on the Mississippi River may have chosen the city of Kimmswick as its headquarters.The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. and city officials are planning an announcement Sept.   Read More...

  • Higher Chattanooga Airport Traffic Drives More Parking for Travelers

    This article was originally published on TimesFreePress.com. With Chattanooga Airport passenger traffic on pace for another record year, 300 new parking spaces are opening up to help travelers who've been pressed at times to find a spot.Terry Hart, the airport's chief executive, said parking is growing by more than 20 percent to about 1,650 spaces. The $3.4 million project will add canopies over sidewalks in the parking lots to shield travelers from the elements, he said."That's a huge amenity,"...  Read More...

  • Steamboat Could Return to Rivers if OK’d by Congress

    This article was originally published on Neworleanscitybusiness.com. The historic Delta Queen steamboat could once again carry passengers on overnight river trips if Congress approves legislation recently introduced by Ohio’s two U.S. senators and a representative from the state.Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman introduced a bill last week that would clear the way for the wooden steamboat to return to the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.   Read More...

  • Chattanooga Airport Begins Parking Equipment Installation

    This article was originally published on nooga.com. The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport started upgrading its parking revenue control equipment today.Leaders said that visitors should be on the lookout for posted signs for guidance through the transition. "We are trying to create awareness of this project to help our customers exit our parking lots as easily as possible and to minimize customer confusion during this process," President Terry Hart said in a prepared statement. Crews wi...  Read More...

  • Chattanooga Airport Expands Parking to Cope with Record Boardings

    This article was originally published on TimesFreePress.com.Passenger boardings at the Chattanooga Airport are on the ascent again this year and may jet past 400,000 this year for the first time ever.To help address the parking crunch created by the increased passenger traffic, airport officials Monday approved plans for $3.4 million in improvements, including adding 300 more spaces and a new "economy" lot.In March, boardings climbed 13.2 percent over a year ago to 32,859 passengers, the best mo...  Read More...

  • Delta Queen Steamboat to Pass Through New Orleans

    This article was originally published on nola.com. The historic Delta Queen steamboat will pass New Orleans around 6 p.m. Sunday, on its way to dock in Houma where the 1927 vessel will undergo a $5 million renovation.The steamboat, which docked in New Orleans from 1986 to 2008, left Chattanooga, Tenn., in March, and is being towed to Houma to begin renovations and repairs that could see the Delta Queen cruising under her own power as soon as 2016, said Cornel Martin, president of the steamb...  Read More...

  • Delta Queen Departs Chattanooga North Shore

    This article was originally published on wrcb-TV online. CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -The historical Delta Queen sailed away this afternoon after docking on Chattanooga's north shore for more than five years.The boat is on its way to Louisiana where it will receive a full renovation inside and out, before being put back on the water to begin a new chapter of river tours."It's been a great day. It's an exciting day.   Read More...

  • Bon Voyage! Delta Queen Sold, will Sail Away From Chattanooga this Spring

    This article was originally published on TimesFreePress.com. The historic Delta Queen riverboat is sold and set to sail in March to Louisiana, where millions of dollars in repairs could ultimately return the storied steamer to America's waterways by 2016.New Orleans businessman Cornel Martin purchased the Queen from TAC Cruise, a division of Xanterra Holding Corp., for an undisclosed sum Tuesday following years of torturous political and business wranglings that ultimately involved two of the th...  Read More...