DeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13 Posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 9065 times:
Well the trip had been delayed long enough so it was time to visit the out-laws up in Pennsylvania. I traded in some miles with Delta and got the little lady and myself two tickets to Scranton. The day came and it was time to trudge to the airport. It was oh-dark-thirty and I had just gotten home from the airport the night before quite late so I was not looking forward to being right back there. So I gathered up the wife, the rugrat, and myself and made the 30 minute trip down to the airport. It was the second trip with the little one and he's becoming a seasoned traveller even at just under 8 months. Despite all my fears of taking a kid on a flight I have to say he's pretty darn good. Hopefully that continues as he gets older and gets more active.
I apologize in advance for some of the pics being blurry. The cell phone camera just doesn't work great unless it is held perfectly still.
The new ticketing area of the south terminal at ATL.
The Crown Room Club out on the C Concourse which used to be the Eastern lounge. Although I don't get out here too much since I'm on DL mainline 99% of the time I have to say this lounge is my new favorite in ATL. Not very crowded and still has that new lounge smell.
Looking down onto the ramp between concourses C & D.
Our flight was departing from the end of the C Concourse and given the large number of planes departing and arriving in a short period of time it has the atmosphere of a bus terminal. Once called for the flight we got one of the agents to punch the security code into the elevator so we could schlep our bags, stroller, and car seat down to the plane. Boarding was quick and easy and we settled into our seats in row 4.
According to the ASA magazine in the seatback we should be seeing some decent improvements at the C Concourse in the coming months. One of these improvements include jetways to each plane. Not sure I'm a big fan of these since you have to sit and wait in the jetway for your gate checked bags. We'll see how that works out. I suppose in the rain it would be good but otherwise kind of a pain.
I think the rugrat might be addicted to planes already. He sat there and stared out the window the entire time we were on the ground watching planes taxi by. Once we took off he continued to stare out the window and just tookin everything that was going on. He finally took a bottle and settled done for a little nap. The flight was uneventful and service was the standard quick round of drinks and choice of crackers, Biscoff cookies, or peanuts. After a 90 minute flight time we arrived at AVP and taxied quickly to the gate. They used a jetway here so I was dreading waiting for the baggage. It turned out to be not so bad and they had a small elevator up by the door into the terminal that raised the luggage up to the top level and we could just grab our bags off. Still a little cramped but not a bad design.
Our flight path today.
Well the trip was over and it was time to get home. The out-laws packed us up in the car and after a couple of vists to family members in the area one last time we were at the airport.
A billboard on the way to the airport pitching the airport and the ability to fly around the world. What amused me was the use of the Air Jamaica plane in the ad since I doubt that plane has ever graced the area with its presence.
Driving up into the airport you can see the old terminal and the new terminal beside each other.
A little bit better picture of the old terminal.
A little bit better picture of the new terminal.
Looking back out into the valley from the dropoff area.
The ticketing counters.
A plaque detailing out who Congressman McDade was and why the terminal was named after him.
Looking into the baggage claim area.
Escalator up to the departures level.
Little snack shack outside of security.
The bookstore connected to the snack shack.
A little bit of airport history.
Looking down the concourse. No snacks or drinks beyond security unfortunately.
As with the first flight I don't have any pics from the inside of the plane because it was nice and cramped plus we had the rugrat to deal with as well. While we were waiting to push back the rugrat was chattering to himself and us and when he started to get a little bit fussy we fed him a bottle and he calmed down since it was close to his bedtime. I really do think he's a good little traveller but it seems the guy in front of us didn't although his seat was never kicked or did he have to have a screaming baby a foot from his ears the entire trip. Once we were up in the air he turned around and asked if our kid would be acting better now. I asked him if he thought that him babbling to himself and not kicking the back of his seat was a bad kid. I could tell the guy was a peckerwood so before he could answer I told him he was being a dick and then turned back to feeding the rugrat. He was also complaining the entire time we were waiting on the ground (a whole extra 10 minutes) because he had a 20 minute connection in ATL. I just chalked it up to him being a Yankee with a pissy attitude and moved on as I've got better things to worry about.
Service was again the same old drinks and snacks. Flight time was about the same as the flight up though it was scheduled for more. We were supposed to arrive around 2015 and were taxing to the gate by 1945. Luckily the gate was open so we got off the plane quickly, gathered our bags, and made our way to the parking deck to hop in the car and get home.
That's about it. AVP is a nice little airport serving the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area and easy to use. We used SkyMiles because the price for tickets was around $500 roundtrip for each of us. I suppose that is because of DL being the only one to fly non-stop from ATL to there. Had we wanted to connect through DTW on NW it wouldn't have been so bad but we wanted to get in and out quickly and I had plenty of SkyMiles sitting around asking to be used.
"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
There's a little kiosk near the end on the left with candy and soda. I grabbed a bagel there a couple weeks ago while I was waiting to for a flight. For any crew members stuck there, ask in the restaurant for the breakfast special. It's a good deal from what I hear.