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A French-flavored Vacation in New Orleans

August 5, 2020

France may have been on your radar for this year’s summer vacation, but due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions, that is not possible. Why not travel to New Orleans for a French flavored vacation? Air General Travel Services operates at Louis Armstrong International Airport and our Greeters are waiting to assist you through all airport formalities, making the journey through the airport as “touchless” as possible.  We can also help with bookings for cars, restaurants, and escort you to wherever you want to go. There are restrictions, but as long as you follow the rules you can enjoy all the New Orleans has to offer. Restaurants and cafes are open:

Café du Monde, 800 Decatur Street, the place to go for coffee and beignets, is open 24 hours.
Broussard’s, 819 Conti Street, French-Creole cuisine, for brunch or dinner.
Museums, and other indoor attractions are open, with limited capacity and staggered reservations.
The Presbytere, 751 Chartres Street, an architecturally important building in the French Quarter.

The New Orleans Jazz Museum, 400 Esplanade Avenue, dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of jazz music.

Walking and bike tours are available, but limited to 14 people so reservations are highly recommended. Outdoor live music is permitted with the gathering limited to 50 people.

Jackson Square, facing the Mississippi River and surrounded by historical buildings, is a place to gather and enjoy the open-air artist colony.

Enjoy a visit to New Orleans and remember to follow all the safety guidelines, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and maintain social distancing. Let our Greeters help you navigate the airport safely!

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Vacationing at Home in the USA during the COVID Era

Blue Ridge Mountains

July 29, 2020

As some states lift the stay at home order, we are seeing a spike in travel again! In these ever-changing times, our ideas of a typical vacation might also be changing. Once headed for the Vegas strip or a Broadway production, people are mixing it up a bit now. Here are a couple of ideas for your next getaway! Air General Traveler Services Meet & Greet team offers assistance to navigate airports and train stations and can help with all your travel needs. This concierge service benefits you and your family as we encompass many enhanced safety protocols to get you to your vacation destination as safely as possible. Ask us about sites and amenities for your next trip!

Mountains – Hiking trails allow for social distancing and are the perfect way to get your blood pumping. A vacation rental settled on the side of a mountain provides a breathtaking morning view to start your day off right. Enjoy your own tranquil space, trails and exercise. Many rentals are incorporating new cleaning procedures to accommodate the newly recommended protocols.

Air General Traveler Services operates in Charlotte! What a perfect place to experience the wonder of the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Historical Trails – Walking the paths of historical sites and monuments is a treasure not easily forgotten. Learn and enjoy at your own pace while staying safe. Major cities like Boston and Chicago offer miles of remarkable historical attractions easily accessible by foot. Enjoy the historical Freedom Trail from Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument; the Old Granary Burying Ground, the King’s Chapel, the USS Constitution, and many more!
From momentous parks to museums and art institutes, you can find something for everyone!

Air General Traveler Services provides Greeters in Boston to assist at Logan Airport and Boston North/South Train Station.

Lake Shore Drive in Chicago offers multiple exciting new places to explore, from Lincoln Park to the Field Museum, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Shedd Aquarium, etc.  Call us for Greeter/concierge service today at Chicago O’Hare Airport or Union Train Station! Continue reading

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Sources of Travel Information

Cool artwork in the new LaGuardia Gateway Partners Terminal B in New York

July 21, 2020

Traveling has changed in the last few months and it’s likely you haven’t been on an airplane in a while – a sad note for most of us wanderlusts! As time goes on and restrictions open up in a safe way, we will be packing our suitcases, checking that our passports are valid and visas are confirmed, and we will also need to keep up to date on changes to travel plans. In addition to following information from the airline you’re flying on – and the airports you are flying to and from – here are some key Twitter handles to follow:

@tsa – the official Twitter account of the Transportation Security Administration. It provides information on what you can and cannot bring onboard – often with a lighthearted touch;

@terminalBLGA – LaGuardia’s Terminal B recently opened its new building, operating with four airlines. It’s a great source of what shops and restaurants are open and offers updates on the operation;

@flightradar24 – track your flight in real time!

@statedept – the official account for the US Department of State, it will update you about international travel to and from the US, including passports, visas and travel advisories;

@weatherchannel – if you’re staying close to home, The Weather Channel is one of the most trusted sites for the latest weather reports;

@xe – if you are traveling internationally, this site offers the most up to date currency tools.

And for our Air General Traveler Service passengers who visit New York City, follow @nycparks for local neighborhood events. Stay safe and happy travels!

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Experience the new Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport

LaGuardia Terminal B, Location: Queens, New York, LaGuardia Gateway Pertners

July 17, 2020

The newly opened Arrivals and Departures Hall in Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport is a beautiful 850,000 square foot facility with soaring ceilings, an abundance of natural light and fabulous artwork! The Air General Greeter team at LaGuardia Terminal B look forward to providing you with a “touchless service” the next time you arrive in or depart from this exciting terminal, presented by LaGuardia Gateway Partners.

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REDUCING THE RISK OF SUMMER HOLIDAY TRAVEL

Aids to safe travel provided by our Greeters

The July 4th Weekend celebrations were tempered by the lessons learned from compliance challenges we experienced during the Memorial Day weekend activities. This holiday weekend seemed to usher in a new dynamic for beaches, parks, bars, outdoor clubs, restaurants and travel with mixed messages from community leaders. Airlines began to focus on adding more flights both domestically and internationally; some started filling all seats on planes.

The holiday uptick in the passenger activity at Newark (EWR) airport, a key international travel hub in the New York region, was partially the result of some international flights being allowed to depart for the first time in month. Some flights required the aid of foreign consulate officials verifying Covid-19 test results, nurses taking temperatures and special transit entry authorization for certain countries before passengers are allowed to complete check in.

As travel continues to evolve during the remainder of this summer season, please remember to seek the latest information from the CDC and to refer to the various travel advisories from local and international organizations such as AAA, the airlines, municipal websites, Consulate or Embassy websites and the State Department. Continue to follow guidelines like wearing a face mask in public places, practicing proper hygiene by washing hands frequently and using sanitizer and keeping six feet apart when communicating or waiting in line for various services. Enjoy the remainder of the summer; it’s never too early to plan a safe and fun- filled Labor Day weekend for you and your friends & family. If you choose to travel by train or by air, let us help you with Greeter service & travel aids! Happy Safe Summer Fun!!!

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