Sunday, November 15, 2015


I have been asked the following question several times: "Where do I fly to get to Rochester?" To which I usually reply, "Rochester."  The general surprise that comes with learning about Rochester's airport is yet another marker of the fact that the region is poorly branded and overall misunderstood.  Although the Greater Rochester International Airport is by no means a transportation hotspot, it suits the region well.  Here are a few facts that exemplify how the airport adds to an already remarkable quality of life:

  • Direct flights are available to major cities such as New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Toronto, Boston, and Atlanta.  As such, when the airport calls itself a "Gateway to the World," that's actually kind of reasonable.
  • A door-to-door trip can easily be less than 30 minutes.  That means getting from your front door to a parking lot, taking a shuttle to the airport, checking in, clearing security, buying a magazine, and reaching the departing gate can occur in under 30 minutes.
  • The airport is barely 3 miles from downtown and actually looks really nice.
  • Shuttle parking is available for $7 per night.
  • Wi-Fi is free.

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