At this California airport, you don’t need a ticket to hang out with loved ones at the gate.
I don’t think it’s a stretch to add a third airport to the growing list of the ultra-convenience airport-to-airport-transfer-gate-to-airplane-gate in U.S. cities.
Airlines like Southwest, Frontier, Allegiant, SkyMall, and Spirit now offer ground transportation to and from the airport directly from the terminal or directly from the gate with pickup and drop-off service at the end of the trip, which can be a convenient time to take a last-minute vacation or a last-minute business trip, as well as a fun way to get a jump on spring break at a popular beach destination.
There’s a lot to love about this service: from the discounted airfare for the same cost of taking a rental car, to the ease of flying, to the freedom to sit where you want to sit.
Most importantly, though, is the fact that it makes a lot of sense that most people would buy their tickets and then drive or take public transit to the airport for a quick exit.
I recently talked with Ryan Ruhland, the author of The City Where Everything Is Better: A True Story of the New Urbanism, an exploration of what he sees as an ideal urban form that could be built in the suburbs of Atlanta. I asked him to tell me about airport-to-terminal passenger transportation and why he thinks it’s a good idea in the world of modern transportation. Here’s his story.
The City Where Everything Is Better: A True Story of the New Urbanism
You’re the author of the The City Where Everything Is Better: A True Story of the New Urbanism. Could you tell me about that book?
I was living in Los Angeles and commuting regularly to San Francisco. It was like the perfect city for me: It was small enough to get around without spending too much time in transit, it was affordable, it had reasonable parking, it was very walkable, and it had a lot