Friday, October 30, 2009

Detroit Airport Makes Travel Easy from Ann Arbor


Fall is rolling into town, colorful leaves are falling off trees, ducks are flying high in the sky, and the air is feeling crisp. This is the perfect time of year to plan a holiday get-away. Ann Arborites are lucky to live close to a major airport serving many domestic and international airlines. Airfare prices are low, and many airlines are running special fall sales right now. Whether you’re looking to plan a long-awaited get away or a quick weekend jaunt, you’re sure to find a flight that fits your needs out of Detroit’s Metropolitan Airport, which is only a 40-minute drive from Ann Arbor.

Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus was named by Airports Council International's Airport Service Quality Awards 2008. The award measures various customer service benchmarks, and also surveys customers on what airports are doing the best job at getting customers where they're going, in the most efficient and comfortable manner possible. Detroit is served by several major carriers, including Delta Airlines, American Airlines, and Spirit Airlines, among others. The airport recently opened a new domestic terminal serving Spirit Airlines and other domestic carriers.

After you’ve booked your flight (try www.kayak.com or www.travelocity.com to compare fares), you need to plan your transportation from your Ann Arbor home to the airport. The airport offers both short and long term parking on site. Several parking lots nearby offer parking, with shuttle busses transporting flyers to and from the airport. If you have an early morning flight, consider staying at a hotel near the airport, many of which offer free parking for customers flying out the next day. Another option is to take the Michigan Flyer to the airport. The Flyer leaves from the west side of Ann Arbor on a regular schedule to DTW, and is a convenient way to get to the airport without worrying about parking.

Take advantage of Ann Arbor’s proximity to Detroit’s award-winning airport and enjoy your trip, wherever your travels may take you.

Image courtesy Flickr: aschweigert

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