TSA Reminders for 2019 PGA Masters at Augusta National Travelers

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would like to remind Augusta Regional Airport passengers to expect higher than usual passenger volumes over the next several days (April 12-15) as travelers return home from the 2019 PGA Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club.

TSA, the airlines and airport have worked together over the past few months to prepare for the busy travel period, which will see the heaviest volume tomorrow and Monday, April 15. Additional TSA officers and canines will be on hand Monday to assist with the screening of passengers and luggage.

Passengers are urged to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to their scheduled departure time for flights throughout the week.
In the days immediately after the championship, TSA also sees a large increase in baggage and golf bags. Often, golf bags have to be opened and screened by hand, which can cause delays.

Passengers traveling with golf bags can help expedite the process by removing prohibited items from their bags and allowing additional time for screening of these items. Those carrying golf items should also ensure the items being checked are clean, as environmental debris/residue can trigger alarms, delaying the screening process.

For assistance in determining what is and is not allowed on board aircraft, visit http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items

Augusta Regional Airport and America’s Adopt A Soldier Hosts Dedication Grand Opening of the MG Harry Greene Military Family Hospitality Suite!

Augusta Regional Airport (AGS) partnered with America’s Adopt A Solider® to renovate, upgrade and rededicate the hospitality suite. The project was made possible by sponsor-partnerships-grants from the Myers Greene family, the Augusta Fort Gordon Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), and Ashley Furniture. We are honored to rededicate the Military Hospitality Suite as the “MG Harry Greene Military Family Hospitality Suite”, which now offers a new big screen TV, new furniture, a kids play area, wall of honor, and new computer stations!

A ribbon cutting will be held on Friday, April 5th at 11:00 a.m. in front of the “MG Harry Greene Military Family Hospitality Suite” located inside the main terminal building.

“It was a privilege to work with the dedicated team at Augusta Regional Airport to redesign, furnish the Military Family Hospitality Suite. The experience of coordinating with Myers Greene family concerning the dedication of the Military Family Suite in honor of MG Greene, was very humbling.” Said Mary Keeser, founder and chairman of America’s Adopt A Soldier. “This Lounge will provide a welcoming, clean, and safe environment for our service members to relax with Family and Friends.”

America’s Adopt A Soldier is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our service members, homeless veterans, and veterans and their families. For additional information on this organization please visit their website at www.americasadoptasoldier.org.

All media wishing to cover this event should contact Lauren Smith by Wednesday, April 3rd.

AGS Prepares for Masters Week 2019

Augusta Regional Airport (AGS) prepares for an influx of visitors April 7th – 15th by implementing parking protocols, introducing new amenities, and offering more direct flights though Delta and American Airlines.

As part of AGS’ curb enforcement implementation, the Airport has initiated new parking protocols for all “for hire” commercial ground transportation operators. These protocols extend to for profit enterprises that enter the premises for the sole purpose of picking up passengers i.e. taxies, limousines, hotel/motel shuttle services, and hospitality transportation services. During the week of April 7th -15th, these operators will be required to pay a nominal trip fee to gain access to a designated parking lot adjacent to the main terminal building. All “for hire” commercial ground transportation operators will be required to use this lot to stage their vehicles and pick up passengers. This protocol has been established to enhance safety and security, provide better traffic flow, and reduce congestion on the front curb.

AGS visitors will also see new amenities for 2019. As part of the Airport’s “Advancing. Growing. Stronger” (AGS) Campaign, this year customers will experience many upgrades and amenities including new passenger boarding bridges, renovated restrooms & rental car counters, charging stations, and customer service personnel.

In addition to regularly scheduled destinations, Delta and American Airlines will offer added direct flights to and from Augusta during the week of the Masters. This year’s itinerary includes direct service to and from New York LaGuardia, Chicago O’Hare, Washington National, Philadelphia, and for the first time at AGS, Miami.

“The increased activity of Master’s Week is great for our Airport. We are honored to serve as one of the primary gateways into our city for this international event and are pleased to have many new positive changes and amenities this year,” said Herbert Judon Jr. Airport Executive Director. “For our local customers, Masters Week also provides a great opportunity to ‘get out of town’ with direct flights to cities that we don’t typically serve.”

Augusta Regional Airport Installs Two Additional Passenger Boarding Bridges!

Augusta Regional Airport (AGS) is excited to announce the purchase and installation of two additional passenger-boarding bridges.

This new amenity offers AGS customers a safe, secure, and efficient way to access their aircraft. Previously, many AGS customers had to ground board requiring them to walk outside on the tarmac and utilize manual stairs to enplane or deplane. With the implementation of the new passenger boarding bridges, AGS customers will have a smooth and safe transition from the terminal building to the aircraft. Additional benefits include protection from the elements, ease of accessibility for individuals with disabilities or limited mobility, and an overall professional experience.

“This is one of the more momentous additions to our Airport in recent years. The passenger boarding bridges will significantly heighten the efficiency, perception, and customer service experience of the AGS operation. They also make our Airport more attractive as we position ourselves for future growth,” said Mr. Herbert Judon Jr., Airport Executive Director.

“This project represents the hard work of our airport director and the entire airport team,” says Mayor Hardie Davis Jr. “The new jet bridges will provide travelers with ease of access to embark and deplane in a safe and comfortable environment year round. I’m excited for Augusta and the region.”

The new passenger boarding bridges have been installed at gate one and gate five and both of AGS’ commercial air carriers (Delta & American) will primarily utilize the bridges to enplane and deplane their passengers. This $1.3 million dollar capital improvement was an approved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) project funded by Passenger Facility Charges (PFCS)/Airport user fees.

Local Airports Partner with Challenge Air to Provide Flights for Special Needs Kids!

Augusta Regional Airport (AGS) along with Augusta Aviation, Daniel Field (DNL), have partnered with Challenge Air for Kids & Friends, Inc. to host a Fly Day at AGS.

Challenge Air is a non-profit organization established in 1993 by Rick Amber, a quadriplegic navy veteran, as an effort to encourage children that they can overcome their disabilities. The organization is made of a network of over 3,500 volunteers dedicated to providing children with special needs the opportunity to take a flight with a private pilot and build their self-esteem.

On May 4, 2019 AGS will host a Challenge Air Fly Day for 50 children with special needs, ages 7-21, at no cost to the participants. The event will provide each child with an opportunity to “co-pilot” during a flight in a private aircraft, lunch, and activities during the event.

“At Challenge Air we have a special saying ‘You just flew an airplane! If you can fly an airplane, just think what else you can do!’ ” April Culver, CEO of Challenge Air.

This event requires a reservation. All reservations are first come first served. If you would like to participate, please visit www.challengeair.com The registration deadline is Friday, April 26th.

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