Gainesville Regional Airport is busy in the morning with several flights leaving between 6:50 a.m. and 7:26 a.m. It is strongly recommended that you arrive at the airline terminal a minimum of 75 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time. Avoid passenger screening delays that could cause you to miss your flight; arrive at the terminal early.
Gainesville Regional Airport will be getting a new Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) building in 2017. Officials and guests had a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, January 5th. The new building will be in a new location adjacent to the Air Traffic Control tower on the south side of the main runway and taxiway.
The existing station building of 5,600 square feet was built in 1979. While the building has served the airport well, it was not designed with space or facilities for washing and drying protective equipment and efficiently drying hoses. There are no overhead lift facilities to assist with loading agent or transferring equipment to minimize the chance of injury. Over the years, ARFF vehicles of the same agent capacity have gotten taller and wider.
GNV’s Master Plan update examined the feasibility of renovating the existing ARFF building versus construction of a new building. It was determined that the current site was not optimal and renovation costs, including temporary facilities during construction, would be cost prohibitive.
The chosen site offers improved views and response to the main commercial runway, improved access to the commercial terminal, good access to an existing service road and utilities. The 8,700 square foot building will accommodate the wider fire trucks as well as add training space and more equipment storage.
The estimate on costs for the project, including construction, utility upgrades, access roads and demolition of the old structure is approximately $3.8 million. The project is covered by FAA Airport Improvement (AIP) grants, both entitlement and discretionary. Local match is approximately $300,000. Construction will be led by Scherer Construction and is expected to last about ten months.
Individuals may not transport the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device on their person, in carry-on baggage or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the U.S.
For Frequently Asked Questions on the FAA's Pack Safe website, click here.
The U.S. DOT press release regarding the ban can be found here.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (Image: Samsung Press)
Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) is transitioning to a new, automated pay parking system and new ticketing technology. The change is part of more than $800,000 of customer service upgrades required to make exiting the parking lot more efficient for passengers. The project includes the addition of a third exit lane to expedite the process. Exiting traffic back up had become an issue with the arrival of larger jets carrying more passengers at a time.
Customers can now self-pay at one of three exit lanes. The self-pay option works for credit cards or cash. During a short transition period, visitors needing the assistance of parking personnel should use the exit lane on the far left. Each exit lane is marked with digital signage for guidance.
As in the past, passengers arriving at either short or long term parking will approach the entrance gate arm but now have two options. He or she can press the “Ticket” button on the machine to retrieve a parking ticket and open the gate. The second option is to insert a credit or debit card to open the gate. The card will not be charged until the passenger uses the same card at the exit gate upon departure.
A new option is also available when paying for parking at the return of the trip. Passengers who wish to pay at a kiosk located inside the terminal in the baggage claim area while they await checked baggage will want to take their ticket with them instead of leaving it in the vehicle. Passengers should not leave their parking ticket in direct sun while they are away as a faded bar code could cause a delay when exiting.
In an effort to help visitors with a smooth transition, there is a list of Frequently Asked Questions on the Parking page of the FlyGainesville.com website.
GNV staff asks that visitors allow some time for issues to be worked out with the new technology. GNV reminds residents picking up travelers that there is free use of a cell phone lot located on the west side of the Terminal Loop Road. Drivers can wait in their car to be notified via cell phone by a passenger arriving at the terminal curb.
Gainesville Regional Airport has a new way for customers to tell administrative staff about their experience in Flying GNV. The survey allows visitors to answer simple questions through point-and-click. There is also room to add in-depth comments. There is a seperate survey for visitors using University Air Center, the airport's fixed base operator.
Click here to take the GNV Customer Service Survey.
General aviation visitors can click here for the UAC survey.
All of GNV's airlines are now accepting eboarding--electronic boarding passes on smart phones. Delta, US Airways/American Airlines and Silver Airways as well as the TSA checkpoint now have the capability to read eboarding passes.
Eboarding is a great convenience (and saves paper.) Passengers will still need to check in for their flight prior to the 30 minute window before flight departure. Also note that boarding gates close approximately 10 minutes before scheduled time of departure. Please plan your trip accordingly for a stress free visit.
Delta Airlines will upgrade its fleet to offer area travelers a better product when flying from Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV.) The mainline carrier will replace its current CRJ 200s with several CRJ 900s and one B717, all of which include first class accommodations.
The transition to larger aircraft will take place beginning April 1st. The replacement will mean first class seats will be available on all flights and one flight a day will feature First and Economy classes as well as Economy Comfort which offers more legroom.
The replacement reflects Delta Airline’s move toward a more fuel-efficient fleet. Currently, Delta serves GNV with 50-seat CRJs. The first flight of the day will be on a Boeing-717 which seats 110 people in three tiers. The remaining flights will be on CRJ 900s, a 76-seat aircraft that features first class cabin space.
“Gainesville is a business travel market,” says airport CEO Allan Penksa. “Since many of them earn the upgrades, first class service is an opportunity our most frequent Road Warriors have been asking for from our airlines.”
As the planes are replaced and more seat capacity is added at GNV, the flight schedule will be consolidated. Although GNV will go from seven to five daily Delta departures, there will actually be an 18% increase in the number of available seats each day.
GNV travelers can begin booking flights on these aircraft today.
Schedule Starting April 1, 2014
7 am B-717 110 seats
10:15 am CRJ 900 76 seats
1:10 pm CRJ 900 76 seats
3:25 pm CRJ 900 76 seats
6:15 pm CRJ 900 76 seats
Airport Earns Environmental Award from Florida Airports Council
The Florida Airports Council (FAC) is honoring Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) for recent sustainability projects. GNV was singled out among commercial airports for the 2013 J. Bryan Cooper Environmental Award during the Florida Airport Council’s annual conference held in Orlando the last week of July.
Projects garnering recognition for the airport include the rental car service facility, the rooftop photovoltaic solar panels and energy-efficient additions to the phase III terminal renovations.
“This is the community’s airport and the facilities and operations are a reflection of the entire region,” says Ian Fletcher, chairman of the Gainesville Alachua County Regional Airport Authority. “Our efforts in sustainability are something in which our passengers and local residents can take pride.”
Photovoltaic solar panels with the capacity to capture 292 kilowatts of power adorn the roof of the John R. Alison commercial terminal, as well as the roof of the rental car wash facility just west of the terminal. The car wash facility features a wastewater recovery/reuse and surface water management systems, as well as an irrigation system utilizing well water.
The annual award is presented for promoting, implementing or undertaking environmental projects and programs that have a positive effect on the Florida aviation system. The FAC looks for projects that demonstrate a balance between environmental benefits and financial viability. They also recognize the importance of partnerships with entities outside of aviation. The photovoltaic solar panel project and the participation in Gainesville Regional Utilities’ Feed In Tariff program were important.
“We are thankful to have so many great partners involved in our efforts at GNV,” says airport CEO Allan Penksa. “The staff at GRU was supportive and accommodating. GNV has had the assistance of focused engineers with Reynolds Smith & Hills and Passero & Associates who put all these pieces of the puzzle together. We must also thank our colleagues with the Florida Department of Transportation for assistance in securing funding for these initiatives.