Travel News: More Vacationers Prefer to Plan Rather than Wing-it

For Immediate Release: Chicago (August 31, 2015)

When it comes to vacations, more travelers opt to plan every detail than those who plan nothing according to surveys conducted by GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation and GO Airport Shuttle, an international transportation provider.

Of the more than 1000 people who responded to the surveys, 22 percent of men and 20 percent of women said they plan months in advance, creating detailed itineraries so as not to miss out on any key activities or sites.

This compares with just over four percent of both men and women who noted they make no plans at all, preferring last minute trips and adventures.

Most people, however, are somewhere in the middle. Fifty-six percent of all respondents said they plan airfare and hotels and some activities in advance of their trips, but like to have plenty of unscheduled time to enjoy as they please. Sixty-one percent of women are these “partial planners” as are 52 percent of men. Twenty percent of men and 15 percent of women said the only pre-planning they do is booking hotels and airfare in advance, leaving all activities unscheduled.

“While most of us keep tight work, social and family schedules, when it comes to vacations we want to be more flexible,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express. “However, a significant number don’t like to leave anything to chance.”

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. The GO Group LLC is the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
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Travel News: Travelers Not So Social on Planes

For Immediate Release: Chicago (April 6, 2015)

While people “share” just about everything and anything online, travelers are not especially social in person, according to a recent survey.  The GO Group, LLC, an international ground transportation service provider, along with GO Airport Express, a GO member and Chicago-based ground transportation company serving O’Hare International and Midway airports asked their passengers about how often, if ever, they engage in conversation with their seatmates.

Of the 736 respondents, just five percent said they always speak to their seatmates and 25 percent responded “frequently.”  The most common answer, at 44 percent, was “it depends on who I am sitting next to.”  Seven percent said they never speak to people on planes and almost 20 percent said they do so only if their seatmate initiates the conversation.

Women were slightly chattier than men, with six percent responding “always,” compared with men at four percent.  However, when survey participants were asked if they have ever formed an ongoing relationship with someone they met on a plane, 12 percent of men replied yes, compared with 8 percent of women.

“With in-flight programs, high-tech gadgets and WiFi being offered on planes, people are less inclined to entertain themselves with one-on-one conversations while flying,” says John McCarthy, president of The GO Group.

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.  The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Travelers Eschewing Hotel Mini Bars

For Immediate Release: Chicago (May 1, 2015)

More than 70 percent of travelers say they never use hotel mini-bars according to a survey conducted jointly by GO Airport Express, and The GO Group, LLC, an international ground transportation service provider.

GO Airport Express, which offers a shuttle service to and from O’Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW) airports, is a member of The GO Group.
Just fewer than four percent said they always raid the mini-fridges, while 20 percent said they do so sometimes or occasionally.

Several of the more than 733 survey respondents had comments, noting they think the food and beverage offerings are too expensive, or they use the mini-fridges to store their snacks bought elsewhere.

Of those who did purchase from the hotel mini-bars, men were more likely to purchase alcoholic beverages, at 27 percent, compared with 14 percent of women. Women bought more bottled water (47 percent) compared with men (35 percent). Women also purchase healthier snacks such as nuts and granola bars, than men, at 14 percent and seven percent respectively.

“Today’s travelers are more savvy, health and budget conscious,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express.  “Successful hotels are starting to respond by catering to the changing preferences of their guests.”

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.  The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from more than 60 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Men in Bigger Hurry than Women to Get to the Airport

For Immediate Release: Chicago (July 4, 2015)

Airlines might not have stellar on-time records, but passengers don’t want to risk missing their flights.  More than 71 percent of travelers say they arrive at the airport two hours before their scheduled domestic flights, according to a survey conducted jointly by GO Airport Express, and The GO Group, LLC, an international ground transportation service provider.

GO Airport Express, which offers a shuttle service to and from O’Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW) airports, is a member of The GO Group.

At 75 percent, more men than women prefer to arrive early, with 69 percent of women answering they did so.  Thirty one percent of women and 24 percent of men said they arrive just one hour before their flight times, preferring not to spend too much time at the airport. Just less than one percent of either gender said they like to arrive as late as possible, noting they like to board the plane as soon as they arrive at the gate.

Five of the 267 respondents wrote in that 90 minutes is the ideal time.

“We can infer that travelers don’t want to risk missing a flight due to unexpected delays such as traffic to the airport, long check-in and security lines,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express.  “Fortunately, airports continue to offer more choices for business, dining, shopping and entertainment such as play areas for kids and art exhibits to help those waiting to pass the time more productively and enjoyably.”

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.  The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from more than 60 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Poll: Airplane Passengers Value Courtesy Over Comfort

For Immediate Release: Chicago (October 15, 2014)

Poll finds air travelers may not be as rude as stories have suggested.  23 percent of fliers say they rarely recline their seats, according to poll.

Airplane passengers are actually more considerate about reclining their seats than might lead you to believe after recent news of onboard spats over infringing personal space, at least according to a recent poll.

Just 18 percent of fliers said they always recline their seat, while 15 percent said they recline frequently, according to a poll of 807 respondents by Chicago-based airport shuttle service Go Airport Express. Twenty-three percent said they rarely recline while and 14 percent never recline, noting the practice as “rude.”

The largest portion of those surveyed, 26 percent, make a judgment call. They said they sometimes recline, depending on whether anyone is sitting behind them or if a passenger would be made uncomfortable.

“Contrary to news stories that portray air travelers as rude, our survey shows that, in most cases, passengers are concerned about the comfort level of others as much as or even more than their own,” said John McCarthy, president of Go Airport Express.

The long-running conflict became news in August when two United Airlines passengers feuding over a reclined a seat forced the airline to make an unscheduled landing at O’Hare. Reports of similar seat-reclining conflicts followed.

How far are passengers reclining? According to the poll, 21 percent said they always recline all the way, 42 percent said they recline part way.

Almost half of the respondents said they always check to see if anyone is sitting in back of them before they recline, and 7 percent said they ask permission from the person behind them.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
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Travel News: Travelers Cautious but Not Panicking Over Ebola

For Immediate Release: Chicago (November 4, 2014)

While most travelers aren’t changing or cancelling travel plans due to fear of contracting Ebola,  40 percent noted they are taking extra precautions while flying, according to a survey conducted by GO Airport Express, a GO member and Chicago-based ground transportation company serving O’Hare International and Midway airports and The GO Group, LLC, an international ground transportation service provider.
 
Of the 802 respondents, 46 percent said were taking no extra precautions and 12 percent said they were unsure.

Of the 417 respondents who said they were taking precautions, 57 noted they were washing hands more frequently and 27 percent said were using hand sanitizer.  Just three percent were cancelling travel plans altogether while less than one percent noted they planned on wearing protective gloves or facemask.  In total 802 travelers responded to the survey.

Comments included that more attention would be paid to surroundings and the health of fellow travelers, and some indicated they would stay home if they felt ill or had a fever. 

“While the results indicate that people are wary of catching Ebola while traveling through airports and on planes, they are not significantly changing travel habits overall,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express.  “The benefit of the extra sanitary precautions that are taken may result in fewer instances of colds and influenza spreading between passengers.” 

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.  The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Heavy Travel Predicted for this Holiday Season

For Immediate Release: Chicago (November 20, 2014)

The December and New Year’s holidays are typically the airlines’ busiest travel times, and this year will be no exception.  Thirty-four percent of those polled in a recent survey said they would be traveling by plane.

The survey was conducted by The GO Group, LLC, an international ground transportation service provider and GO Airport Express, a GO member and Chicago-based ground transportation company serving O’Hare International and Midway airports.

Of the almost 969 who answered the survey, 48 percent they were not traveling by air during this time but 18 percent responded they have not yet decided. 

“With almost 20 percent still undecided, the airlines should be preparing for a robust holiday travel season,” says John McCarthy, president of The GO Group.  “This is terrific news for the travel industry and the economy overall.”

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.  The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Travelers Split About Pets on Planes

For Immediate Release: Chicago (December 29, 2014)

When asked about whether (non-service) animals should be allowed to travel in airplane cabins,  52 percent responded “yes” , according to a survey conducted by GO Airport Express, a GO member and Chicago-based ground transportation company serving O’Hare International and Midway airports and The GO Group, LLC, an international ground transportation service provider. 

However, 63 percent of those who responded “yes” noted that it was acceptable only if the animals were kept in designated areas to accommodate those with allergies.

Several of the more than 430 survey respondents had comments:

“Cargo is a not good idea for the animals. I am a veterinarian and I can see potential issues with animal comfort and safety,” wrote one respondent. 

Several commented that pet owners should advocate to the airlines to have better cargo care for animals, making travel in cabins a non-issue and one wrote that people put too much emphasis on pets and should just leave them at home while traveling. 

“It is understandable that people have concerns about the potential of additional challenges of adding animals on already full flights,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express.  “However, people also understand the potential dangers of having animals travel in cargo.  We recommend that travelers tell their gate agents if they are allergic or prefer to be seated away from animals if there are any scheduled on their flight.  GO Airport Express and most GO Airport Shuttle vehicles do allow for crated pets and all service animals are welcome. ” 

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.  The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from more than 60 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Airfare Increases Won’t Deter Travelers

For Immediate Release: Chicago (September 15, 2014)

Although airfares are expected to rise this fall, almost half of those who responded to a recent survey are not planning on changing their travel plans during the remaining months in 2014, compared with the same time last year.

More than 712 people responded to a survey conducted by The GO Group, LLC,  an international ground transportation service provider and GO Airport Express, a GO member and Chicago-based ground transportation company serving O’Hare International and Midway airports. 

Just under 50 percent of respondents said they plan on traveling the same amount for leisure and 46 percent for business, despite the higher fares during this time. 

Five percent said they planned on traveling more frequently and 10 percent noted they would be traveling less. Thirty-nine percent said they didn’t know yet whether or not their leisure of business travel would be affected by the expected fare increases. 

“These results indicate that raising air fares does not automatically translate into a decrease in travel,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express . “Overall, this is good news for the hospitality business.”

GO Airport Express provides airport shuttles to and from O’Hare International and Midway Airports.

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.  The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Travelers Want Full Airfare Prices Listed in Ads

For Immediate Release: Chicago (August 25, 2014)

The majority of air travelers prefer to see fares, fees and taxes listed as one total cost, according to surveys conducted by The GO Group, LLC,  an international ground transportation service provider and GO Airport Express, a GO member and Chicago-based ground transportation company serving O’Hare International and Midway airports

The survey was conducted in response to the proposed Transparent Airfares Act, which would allow airlines to quote fares that excludes taxes and fees, until immediately before the final purchase. Consumer groups say this would allow airlines to promote misleadingly low prices. The public seems to agree.

More than 934 travelers responded to the survey.  Fifty-eight percent said they want to see all the total cost in one place; Less than two percent answered prefer to see the fares without taxes and 40 percent said they would prefer to see a breakdown of all costs listed separately.

“This indicates that travelers want a simple way to shop for air fares and to make sure they are comparing apples to apples when doing so,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express .  “

GO Airport Express provides airport shuttles to and from O’Hare International and Midway Airports.

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.  The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: GO Airport Express Adds Free WiFi to all Shuttles

For Immediate Release: Chicago (July 2, 2014)

GO Airport Express, a ground transportation company serving Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airports, has added free WiFi to all its shared-ride airport shuttles.

Free WiFi also is available on the company’s shuttles between Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont, downtown hotels and North Bridge Shopping Center on Michigan Ave. as well as Rivers Casino in Des Plaines. 

Riders can access the service using a code provided by their driver. 

“Offering free WiFi is our way of making riding with us more enjoyable and productive,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express.  “We’ve gotten lots of positive feedback from our passengers.”

GO Airport Express provides airport shuttles as well as sedans and private charters and bus services for groups and conventions.  At more than 160 years, it is one of Chicago’s oldest companies, tracing its founding to the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. It also is a founding member of The GO Group LLC, the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 66 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: More Travelers Checking Bags

For Immediate Release: Chicago (June 20, 2014)

Compared with last year, slightly more travelers are checking bags this year.  This was the finding of a recent survey conducted by The GO Group, LLC,  an international ground transportation service provider and GO Airport Express, a GO member and Chicago-based ground transportation company serving O’Hare International and Midway airports.

More than 917 travelers were polled in this year’s survey on their luggage preferences.  In 2014, some 58 percent of respondents said they prefer to check their luggage all or some of the time, with 32 percent saying they always do so, and 26 percent noting they both carry on and check.  Twenty one percent they always carried their bags on the plane with them.

In a 2013 poll, of the 570 traveler polled, some 55 percent of all travelers preferred to check their luggage either all or some of the time.  Twenty-seven percent said they always check their luggage, while 28 percent said they both check and carry on.  Only 19 percent said they always carry on.

For others, the situation dictated which option they chose with 27 percent selection this answer in 2014, and 30 percent checking this response in 2013. Respondents commented that the length determined which option they chose. 

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics,  passenger airlines collected $797 million in baggage fees, or 1.6 percent of total operating revenue in 2103.

“With airlines frequently changing fees and restrictions for carry-ons and checked bags, travelers can pick and choose which carriers and options work best for them for each particular trip, ” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express

GO Airport Express provides airport shuttles to and from O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airports, polled travelers nationwide.

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.  The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Back-to-Front Boarding Preferred by Air Passengers

For Immediate Release: Chicago (May 19, 2014)

The majority of travelers say they think boarding a plane from back to front would be the most efficient according to a joint survey conducted by The GO Group, LLC, an international ground transportation provider and GO Airport Express, a GO Group member company based in Chicago. 

More than 280 people responded to the survey, which was conducted in response to news some airlines have been testing boarding from back to front as well as outside in, with window passengers first, then middle seats then aisles.  Fifty-five percent expressed the view that back-to-front would be the fastest and fairest way to board.

Some survey participants had their own suggestions, including requiring that passengers be required to store their carry-ons only in the bins directly overhead their seats. Another suggested randomized boarding so that passengers are scattered throughout the plane when storing their luggage and getting seated to reduce jams in the aisles, while one said it didn’t matter much “once the baggage wars break out.”

“While every loading system will have its challenges, passengers are clearly frustrated with the current system,” says John McCarthy, president, The GO Group, LLC.  “Airlines should continue to experiment and test new ways to reduce boarding time and best manage carry-on storage issues.” 

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for shared-ride shuttles, private cars and sedans.  Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.  One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Baseball Stadium Tours a Home Run with Fans

For Immediate Release: Chicago (March 31, 2014)

Baseball fanatics who can’t get enough of American’s most beloved sport can book behind-the-scenes tours at most professional stadiums.  The travel experts at The GO Group, LLC, the nation’s largest ground transportation company, says these tours are “fan-tastic”: 

Purists will love touring Fenway, the country’s oldest and most intimate ballpark in the majors.  Located in Boston, the Red Sox home is often referred to as “America’s most beloved ballpark.”  The hour-long tour includes a walk out to Yawkey Way, a visit to Pesky’s Pole and a chance to sit atop the world-famous Green Monster which stands 37 feet high and overlooks left field.

Located in downtown Baltimore, Oriole Park is as an integral part of its surrounding neighborhoods.  The tour at “the ballpark that forever changed baseball”  takes visitors behind the scenes to learn how it has continued to change the baseball fan’s experience by its intimate but state-of-the-art design and location in a historic neighborhood.  Included is a visit to the press level,  dugouts and the scoreboard/JumboTron control room; plus visitors are given a historical perspective of the Camden Yards area, including The B & O Railroad, the Inner Harbor and Babe Ruth.

In 2012, the Miami Marlins moved to Marlins Park , the league’s newest baseball stadium.  One of six stadiums to feature a retractable roof, the structure also has two aquariums behind home plate; a bobblehead display and spaces for private functions.  The tour includes visits to the field, clubhouse, the batting cage area and access to “art in public places” found throughout the facility.

Busch Stadium in St. Louis offers tours year round, during which visitors can see the radio broadcast booth, view the World Series trophies in the Champions Club and have a chance to hang out Cardinals dugout before using their discount in the Official Cardinals Team Store.  The Cardinals have called Busch Stadium home since 2006 when they became the first team in nearly 100 years to win the World Series in the inaugural season of a new stadium.

Chicago offers fans two ballparks to tour: the homes of rivals Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox.  Start with the Cubs on the north side at the “friendly confines” of Wrigley Field. Built in 1914, Wrigley is known for its distinct features such as ivy on the outfield fence; bullpens along the foul lines and roof-top seating from neighboring residences around the field.  To the south lies U.S. Cellular Field, known as Comiskey Park before taking its current name in 2003. Tours include the home dugout, the press box, the field, the suites and the Stadium Club. 

San Francisco’s AT&T Park is an architectural landmark and offers sweeping views of the bay. The tour takes visitors to areas usually accessible only to players and staff, including the field warning track; the dugout and the press box. The tour also features a trip to the indoor batting cage, the visitor’s clubhouse and luxury suites.  Kids will enjoy the Coke Bottle slide, the Levi’s mitt and a Build-a-Bear Workshop.

Other GO cities with Major League stadiums and tours include Seattle, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.  The GO Group serves all the airports in the cities above. For a complete list, visit the website: www.GOAirportShuttle.com. 

The GO Group, LLC provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.  The company serves some 13 million passengers per year. 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Time More Important than Money for Travelers

For Immediate Release: Chicago (April 8, 2014)

The majority of vacation travelers report that saving time is more important than saving money, according to a joint survey conducted by The GO Group, LLC, an international ground transportation provider and GO Airport Express, a GO Group member company based in Chicago.

Survey recipients were asked whether they prefer to book non-stop flights, even if tickets costs were more expensive, or if they opt for cheapest flights, even if these require extra stops or layovers.

Of the more than 350 people who responded to the survey, men and women responded almost identically, with 64 percent of men and 60 percent of women saying they choose non-stops in order to save time.

One respondent offered a parent’s advice: “My father used to say, you don’t go on vacation to save money or lose weight. He was right.”

Other considerations listed in the comments section included flight times, the overall value of the trip and finding a balance between saving money and time

“These results indicate that today’s travelers value their leisure time and want to spend more of it on actual vacation than in airports or on board planes,” says John McCarthy, president, The GO Group, LLC.  “Finding ways to accommodate those preferences should be a priority for companies in all areas of the hospitality business.” 

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for shared-ride shuttles, private cars and sedans.  Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.  One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Travelers Still Checking Bags Despite Fees

For Immediate Release: Chicago (May 28, 2013)

With the airlines collecting record bag fees, some 55 percent of all travelers still check their luggage either all or some of the time.  This was the finding of a recent survey conducted by The GO Group, LLC,  an international ground transportation service provider and GO Airport Express, a GO member and Chicago-based ground transportation company serving O’Hare International and Midway airports.

More than 570 travelers were polled on their luggage preferences.  Twenty-seven percent said they always check their luggage, while 28 percent said they both check and carry on.  Only 19 percent said they always carry on.

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the country’s 15 largest carriers collected a combined $3.5 billion in bag fees in 2012 as they continually seek ways to generate non-airfare revenue.

“With airlines frequently changing fees and restrictions for carry-ons and checked bags, travelers can pick and choose which carriers and options work best for them for each particular trip, ” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express

GO Airport Express provides airport shuttles to and from O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airports, polled travelers nationwide.

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.  The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Leisure Activities on the Plane Trump Work According to Travelers

For Immediate Release: Chicago (June 25, 2013)

Just seven percent of travelers say they work while in the air according to a survey conducted by The GO Group, LLC,  an international ground transportation service provider and GO Airport Express, a GO member and Chicago-based ground transportation company serving O’Hare International and Midway airports. This number is down from 10 percent from the same survey distributed in June 2012.

The companies polled travelers nationwide about how they prefer to spend their time while on an airplane; more than 570 people responded. 

Once again topping the list of preferred activities is reading, at 43 percent, up 11 percent from last year.  Thirteen percent of respondents said they sleep, up just one percent from last year.  Tied at seven percent were work, listening to music and watching the in-flight movie. 

Watching a movie or playing games on a personal digital device was next at almost four percent, followed by chatting with seatmates and surfing the Internet, with just one percent of respondents choosing these options.  Less than one percent said they do nothing at all, and 13 percent said they do a combination of some or all of the activities listed. 

“Even though more airlines are offering low-cost or free in-flight WiFi, travelers still prefer to relax and spend their time on entertainment instead of catching up on work,”  says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express. 

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.  One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Most Travelers not Interested in Carrier’s Annual Subscription Program

For Immediate Release: Chicago (August 1, 2013)

Seventy five percent of polled travelers would not pay an annual fee upfront for guaranteed airline amenities according to a joint survey conducted by The GO Group, LLC and GO Airport Express. 

The GO Group, LLC is an international ground transportation service provider and GO Airport Express, is a GO member and Chicago-based ground transportation company serving O’Hare International and Midway airports.

The companies surveyed their travelers after United Airlines recently announced it would begin implementing subscription programs offering amenities for up-front, annual fees.

Of the choices offered, 14 percent of the 380 respondents said they would participate in a subscription program for more leg room.  The next three highest choices, tied at eight percent, were pre-paid checked bags; priority boarding and priority seating. Just three percent responded that it would be worth the up-front costs for priority overhead bin storage and complementary alcoholic beverage service.  Just seven percent of polled travelers said they would be interested in enrolling in airline carrier’s annual subscription for all of the options.

“These results indicate that while most travelers still prefer the pay-as-you-go system, a small percentage are willing to pay up from to guarantee amenities that make air travel more enjoyable, ” says John McCarthy, president of both The GO Group and GO Airport Express. 

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.  One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Business Travelers Dine Out, Take Tours According to GO Airport Express

For Immediate Release: Chicago (April 22, 2013)

Going out for a nice meal tops the list of leisure activities people engage in while traveling for business, according to a survey conducted by GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation provider.

Twenty-seven percent of the almost 200 survey participants selected that option; the second most popular answer was taking a tour/participating in a local activity at 16 percent.  Tied for third place at 13 percent was visiting with friends or working.

Almost nine percent of respondents say they use they use their free time to shop, while seven percent say they catch up on reading.  Exercise and surfing the Internet are next, at six and four percent respectively.  Three percent responded they watch TV and two percent go to bars. Less than two percent use the hotel spa facilities and services. Last on the list was going to a local networking event, at less than one percent. 

“The top two choices of dining out and taking tours indicate business travelers prefer to spend their free time outside their hotel rooms engaged in social activities,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express.  Hotel properties might benefit from making it easy for guests to find and get to venues and attractions they would enjoy.” 

GO Airport Express provides airport shuttles to and from O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airports, polled travelers nationwide.

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. It is a founding member of The GO Group LLC, the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: GO Airport Express Brings Troops Home for Memorial Day 2013

For Immediate Release: Chicago (May 3, 2013)

GO Airport Express, Chicago’s premier ground transportation provider, will offer the “Bringing Heroes Home” program to active military personnel in honor of Memorial Day.

Under the program, active military personnel in uniform will be provided free rides from O’Hare and Midway airports to downtown Chicago and Lincoln Park on Sunday (May 26) and Monday (May 27).

To participate, military personnel must show their military IDs to GO Airport Express representatives at the shuttle service’s counters located near the baggage claim areas.

“All of us at GO Airport Express appreciate the services of our dedicated troops,” says company President John McCarthy. “It’s a pleasure and honor to do anything we can to simplify their journeys home.”

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. It is a founding member of The GO Group LLC, the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Travel Frequency Should Increase in 2013

For Immediate Release: Chicago (February 13, 2013)

When asked about their travel plans for 2013, 23% of respondents stated they plan on traveling more frequently compared to 2012. The GO Group, LLC., which provides ground transportation at more than 50 airports, and GO Airport Express, which provides airport shuttles to and from O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport, recently conducted a customer survey and 374 people responded.

Just 7 percent of participants said they planned on traveling less in 2013 and slightly less than 50 percent noted they will travel the same amount. Twelve percent said they didn’t know yet how frequently they would be traveling in the new year.

This is good news for the hospitality industry, for business in general and for the overall U.S. economy,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express and The GO Group. “The US tourism and travel industry makes up a large part of US GDP and employment.”

The GO Group, the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, is one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services, operating in more than 50 airports. Each year, its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe. Travelers can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO’s website, www.goairportshuttle.com

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, Ill., traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. It is a founding member of The GO Group LLC.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Location and Price Matter Most

For Immediate Release: Chicago (February 4, 2013)

When it comes to leisure, travelers say location and price are the most important issues in selecting a hotel, according to a nationwide survey conducted by GO Airport Express, which provides airport shuttles to and from O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport. More than 250 people responded to the request to rank seven factors in order of importance.

Eighty seven percent chose price or location as the most important criteria. The number of stars a hotel has and amenities were next with 85% splitting their choices between third and fourth place in rank. A close fifth place was service, followed far behind with the ability to earn points through a loyalty program.

The ability to use frequent flyer points was clearly the least important, with 91% picking it last or next to last with the vast majority ranking it last.

“The survey shows that convenience and affordability are the most important factors when choosing a hotel for vacation accommodations,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express.

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. It is a founding member of The GO Group LLC, the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Travelers Engage in Leisure Activities on Planes

For Immediate Release: Chicago (July 24, 2012)

Bosses take note that just 10 percent of travelers said they work while on the plane according to a survey conducted by GO Airport Express, a Chicago ground transportation provider.  Reading for fun tops the list of activities at 32 percent.

The company, which provides airport shuttles to and from O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport, polled travelers nationwide about how they prefer to spend their time while on an airplane; more than 640 people responded. 

Fourteen percent of respondents said they sleep and 12 percent read business books and publications while on airplanes.  Seven percent watch in-flight movies and two percent play computer games. Luckily, while annoying seat mates rank high on travelers’ lists of pet peeves, only two percent of them actually admit to engaging other passengers in conversations. Just two percent said they do nothing at all while 19 percent stated they do a combination of all activities listed on the survey.

Others noted they watch their own movies, listen to audio books, knit or do puzzles.

“These results indicate people prefer to use their travel time to relax and pursue leisure activities vs. catching up on work,”  says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express.  “However, this may change as more airlines offer low-cost or free in-flight WiFi.” 

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. It is a founding member of The GO Group LLC, the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Travelers Willing to Pay More for Space, Peace and Quiet

For Immediate Release: Chicago (August 3, 2012)

With airlines continually seeking non-fare revenue sources, GO Airport Express asked its customers exactly what services or amenities they would be willing to pay for. At the top of the list was more leg room, at 48 percent, with WiFi coming in second, at 33 percent.  Thirty percent said they would pay more to sit in a designated child-free area. 

GO Airport Express, which provides airport shuttles to and from O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport, polled travelers nationwide.  More than 360 people responded. 

Some respondents noted they would be willing to pay for amenities that used to be free, such as in-flight meals (21 percent); movies (nine percent) and pillows and blankets (five percent). However, 17% of respondents said all the choices listed on the survey should be included in the air fare, with many expressing unhappiness over airlines charging for services that were once complimentary.

At 13 percent, aisle seats beat out window seats, which were selected by just under six percent of respondents.

Eleven percent said they’d like the option to submit seatmate preferences when traveling alone and nine percent would pay for larger overhead bins.  At the bottom of the list?  Just four percent said they would pay extra to sit in a designated child-friendly area. 

“Controlling their level of comfort seems to be the top priorities that airline travelers would be willing to pay for,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express.  “Airlines may benefit by focusing on these areas.”

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. It is a founding member of The GO Group LLC, the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Tips for Saving on Air Travel by GO Airport Express Passengers

For Immediate Release: Chicago (August 29, 2012)

GO Airport Express, which provides airport shuttles to and from O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport, polled its customers nationwide about how they save on air travel.  Booking in advance topped the list, with 82 percent of the 702 respondents checking this option. Participants were allowed to provide multiple answers.

Using frequent flyer points and reducing the amount of luggage tied at 25 percent.  Seventeen percent noted they fly during off-peak times, such as on a Tuesday or Wednesday.  Some travelers opt for increased travel time over convenience; seven percent save by booking a connecting flight vs. direct.  Just five percent noted they wait for last minute deals.  Six percent responded “none of the above” and seven percent checked of “all of the above.”

Some respondents provided their own tips, such as using buddy passes; online comparison shopping and using a corporate program through their employer.

“With fluctuating airfares and a still shaky economy,  finding ways to reign in travel costs seems to be a priority for most people,”  says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. It is a founding member of The GO Group LLC, the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Travelers Prefer Dining at Airports Instead of on the Plane

For Immediate Release: Chicago (March 20, 2012)

While the airlines may not be making money on food service, airport restaurants are: According to a survey conducted by GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation provider, just 2% of travelers say they purchase food on the plane.   

The company, which provides airport shuttles to and from O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport, polled travelers nationwide; more than 400 people responded. 

The number one response to the question on dining preferences when traveling, 55 percent of participants said they eat after going through security.  Twenty six percent reported they don’t spend any money on food while going from point A to B; they eat before they leave or after they arrive at their destination.  Eight percent responded that they bring their own food; four percent said they eat before they go through security and another four percent purchase food to eat while on the plane.  Several others commented that time and circumstances dictate where and when they eat while traveling.

“Travelers are spending their spare time by taking advantage of the dining establishments offered post-security,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express.  “Airports might benefit by increasing the number and types of restaurants to accommodate the many tastes and budgets of its flying customers.” 

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. The GO Group LLC is the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Travelers Prefer Itemized Fees According to GO Airport Express

For Immediate Release: Chicago (January 4, 2012)

How do travelers feel about extra fees for checked bags and snacks?  According to a survey conducted by GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation provider, a small majority (54%) prefer itemized fees, while 46% prefer all services to be included in the overall ticket price.

The company, which provides airport shuttles to and from O’Hare and Midway airports, polled travelers nationwide: more than 750 people participated. 

“I think the survey tells us that most travelers want to know exactly how much it costs for each service and they want choices so they are the ones in control of what they are purchasing and how much they are spending,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. The GO Group LLC, is the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Five Tips for Easier Travel this Holiday Season

For Immediate Release: Chicago (November 10, 2011)

With predictions of fewer travelers this holiday season, airlines are compensating by increasing fares and fees and cutting the number of flights offered.  This adds up to long lines, crowded airplanes, more delays and heavier road traffic due to an increase in people driving to their destinations. 

GO Airport Express, Chicago’s top ground transportation service, offers these tips to make the journey less stressful. 

1 . Contact the airlines via phone or online before you leave for the airport. Avoid the frustration of arriving at the airport and discovering your flight has been delayed or cancelled. If cancelled, rebook your flight as soon as possible. If you are using GO Airport Express to get to the airport, you can ask your driver to check this for you.

2.  Avoid rush hour. Schedule your departure so you are not arriving at the airport during peak times, which are between 6:45 and 9:30 a.m. and between 3:45 and 6:30 p.m.

“It’s not just the traffic to the airports, but traffic at the airports that can slow you down,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express. Also, for the best rates, travel on off days, such as Thanksgiving Thursday or December 25, and return a day earlier than usual.

3. Let someone else drive: Consider booking a private or shared ride van that will pick you up at your home, office or hotel.  In addition to safety, convenience and affordability, you’ll save time by avoiding circling the airport parking lot looking for vacant spaces. 

4. Circumvent the boarding pass line. Print your boarding pass off your computer and pre-check your bags online to reduce the time spent waiting in lines. 

5. Dress appropriately. Easy on, easy off shoes and jackets will speed up the time it takes going through security. Use checkpoint friendly laptop carriers to breeze through security. 

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. The GO Group LLC, is the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Free WiFi at Airports Tops Lists of Travelers’ Wishes

For Immediate Release: Chicago (November 8, 2011)

Travelers, who are spending increasingly longer wait times at the airport, would most appreciate the opportunity to check their e-mails, search the web and catch up with their social networking sites, according to a recent survey by GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation provider

The company, which provides airport shuttles to and from O’Hare and Midway airports, surveyed travelers nationwide about how they currently spend their time while waiting to board and what they wish was available to make this time more enjoyable. 

Once they pass through security, 50 percent of the 789 respondents replied they spend their down time “reading.”  Just “waiting by the gate” ranked number two with 35 percent of respondents checking that box. Next were surfing the Internet at 24 percent followed by eating and/or drinking and shopping at 21 percent and 14 percent respectively.

Participants were then asked what they activities or amenities they would engage in if offered by the airports. Answers varied from playing billiards to practicing yoga and having a nice place to work. But free WiFi topped the results, with close to 30 percent saying they wish it was available in all airports.

Once the computer is shut off, seven percent noted they would like to be able to get spa treatments, such as manicures and massages.  Sleeping and playing slots or gaming also were top answers.

“I think the survey tells us that travelers want to use their time at the airport productively and   appreciate amenities such as free WiFi and comfortable places to work,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. The GO Group LLC, is the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Wifi and Ground Transportation Named Top Hotel Amenities

For Immediate Release: Chicago (June 7, 2011)

When asked about their favorite hotel “freebie,”  in-room WiFi services was listed at number one by 40 percent of survey respondents.  Complimentary ground transportation between the airports and hotels was listed second, at 30 percent.

Some 563 travelers responded to the survey conducted jointly by GO Airport Express, Chicago’s premier ground transportation company and The GO Group, an international franchise organization of ground transportation companies. 

“I think the survey tells us that hotels create the greatest added value for their guests by offering savings related to WiFi and airport transportation,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express.

Other favorites, in order, included in-room coffee and tea at 10 percent; free use of a health club and pool at six percent; cocktail hour at five percent; bottled water in the room at four percent and complimentary newspapers and free cookies at three and one percent, respectively. 

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. The GO Group, the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Chicago Travelers Have Option for Inexpensive Airport Transportation

For Immediate Release: Chicago (May 9, 2011)

GO Airport Express has launched Value Van, a new airport shuttle service that offers one low rate for transportation to O’Hare and Midway airports from designated locations in downtown Chicago.  One-way fares to O’Hare and Midway are 14 and 12 dollars per person, respectively. 

To date, locations include Presidential Towers at 555. W. Madison and the AON Center at 200 E. Randolph, with several more sites planned for the near future. 

“There are several thousand residents in our building who will definitely benefit from Value Van,” says Phyllis Kempton, senior community manager for Presidential Towers. “You really can’t beat the convenience, service and price.” 

“We assessed our operations and developed a way to efficiently service these densely populated areas and provide passengers with our standard high quality, safe and convenient transportation ultra-affordable rates.  This is an attractive option for those living or working in or near the designated buildings,” says Rob Hann, vice president, sales and marketing, GO Airport Express. 

Departures from the sites will occur every half hour by reservation and are available from 4 a.m. through 11:30 p.m.  No more than two additional stops will be made, and passengers can earn airline miles and free rides via the company’s Preferred Rider Program.  Reservations to secure space to and from the airports can be made online at www.airportexpress.com/valuevan or by calling 1.888.2theVan.  Walk ups at the airports will be accommodated based on availability. 

The company will continue to provide its door-to-door services in downtown Chicago, its surrounding neighborhoods and most suburbs. 

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, GO Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports.  It is also a founding member for GO Group, LLC., offering transportation in airports worldwide. For more information or to book transportation online visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: GO Airport Express Offers Time Saving Holiday Tips

For Immediate Release: Chicago (November 19, 2010) With an estimated 24 million people expected to fly over the Thanksgiving travel period, (up 3.5 percent from a year ago) , and new, tighter TSA screening, travelers can expect longer lines and delays at airports this upcoming holiday weekend, according to the travel experts at GO Airport Express, the door-to-door shuttle company that serves O’Hare and Midway.

O’Hare has already replaced many metal scanners with the full body electronic scanners, while Midway’s will not be in place by Thanksgiving. The body scanners may take longer because passengers are required to remove all items from pockets (not just metal); an image is taken and a person in another location then views the image before clearing the passenger. Passengers who opt out of the scanners will be required to undergo a pat down, which will cause added delays.

While the general rule is to arrive 90 minutes prior to take off for domestic flights and two hours for international, travelers may want to leave earlier next week. Following are some travel tips from GO Airport Express to make the process of navigating your way onto a plane this holiday season a little easier.

  1. Know beforehand what you can carry on and what must be checked or left at home. Even the TSA's menu of holiday foods that are approved for carry-on travel has changed. Cakes and pies are OK to carry on flights; gravy, cheese dips and other dense edibles that detection devices might flag are banned as carry-ons. All gifts must be unwrapped. For a complete list of prohibited items, visit the TSA web site.

  2. You will be required to remove items such as oversized electronics (laptops, full-size video game consoles, etc.) from your carry-on bag and submit them separately for x-ray screening. However, TSA now allows for certain "checkpoint friendly" laptops to be carried on. In general, these bags need to have a designated laptop-only section that lies flat on the X-ray belt and have nothing in this section other than the laptop itself. A quick online search will help you find which bags are approved.

  3. Coats, jackets and shoes will all need to be removed. Prepare your one, quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag of liquids and have this readily accessible before arriving at the airport. The bag must be removed and placed in the provided tote for processing.

  4. Children must be removed from strollers and pets from carriers for separate screening. However, TSA is not allowed to separate parents or guardians from their children during the process.

  5. Rather than drive, consider a door-to-door shared ride service, which will pick you up at home or office, and deliver you to O’Hare or Midway without the need to park at the airport.

The key to stress-free travel this holiday season is to plan ahead; be prepared; know the rules and allow for plenty of time traveling to the airport and through security.

This Thanksgiving, GO Airport Express is offering 10 percent off for one-way or round trip transportation to either airport. Travelers can relax in roomy vehicles with plenty of space for luggage, gifts and gear without worrying about driving through Chicago’s busy streets and highways; finding spaces in crowded lots or paying expensive parking fees.

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, GO Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports. Its door-to-door services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as most Chicago neighborhoods and its surrounding suburbs. It is also a founding member for GO Group, LLC., offering transportation in airports worldwide. For more information or to book transportation online visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dyana@schindlercommunications.com
312.464.9668

 

Travel News: Joint Venture Offers Hyde Park Improved Airport Service

For Immediate Release: Chicago (October 25, 2010)

Two local companies, GO Airport Express and Omega Airport Shuttle, have announced a joint venture starting October 25, that calls for Omega’s south side O’Hare and Midway services to operate under the GO Airport Express banner.

In addition to greater frequency and more convenient scheduling, Hyde Park and near South Side residents will be able to book on-line for door-to-door pick ups and returns from home or office as well one of Omega’s regularly scheduled Hyde Park stops. 

Omega’s Jeff Smith will retain ownership of the company along with Illinois Commerce Commission authority for the routes. Omega will continue to operate its scheduled shuttle service between O¹Hare and Midway.

Our customers will enjoy a better, faster service, explains Smith, who has owned Omega for 13 years. “They’ll also have the ability to book return trips at the walk-up counters at O’Hare and Midway.”

Other new benefits include membership in the GO Airport Shuttle Preferred Rider Program, which offers free rides as well as AAdvantage® miles.

Among the service areas are the South Loop, Chinatown, Hyde Park, University of Chicago, IIT and other near south locations.  Regular stops are made at Q Club, 1155 E. 57th Street; Rockefeller Chapel, 59th & Woodlawn; International House, 1414 E. 59th Street; Windermere Hotel, 1642 E. 56th St.; Shoreland Hotel, 5454 South Shore; DelPrado Hotel, 5300 S. Hyde Park Blvd.; Market in the Park bus shelter, 5050 S. Lake Shore Drive, and Ramada Inn, 4900 Lake Shore Drive.

GO Airport Express is part The GO Group, the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

‘We are very excited about this new venture,’ says John C.McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express.  ‘The many synergies between our businesses will make this a seamless transition for customers, employees and the city of Chicago.’

Smith served as operations manager for C.W. Limousine Service for 13 years before purchasing the company in 1997 and changing its name to Omega Airport Shuttle.

He is a resident of the Chatham neighborhood and an active member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, the National Black MBA Association and his church.

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.

Reservations for the new South Side service can be made by calling 888-2THEVAN or at www.goairportexpress.com.

Contact: Judi Schindler
judi@schindlercommunications.com
312-890-9660

 

Travel News: Overcrowded Parking at O’Hare Boosts Airport Express Ridership

For Immediate Release: Chicago (August 11, 2006)

Continental Airport Express, which provides passenger service to and from Chicago’s two major airports, reports a 60 percent increase in Lincoln Park ridership, a 45 percent increase in suburban ridership, and a 10 percent increase in overall ridership for the first five months of this year.

At a time when public parking at O’Hare is severely overloaded, Airport Express carried a grand total of 306,244 passengers from January through May of this year as opposed to 278,949 passengers for the same period in 2005.

The Lincoln Park door-to-door service grew from 2,834 passengers last year to 4,519 this year.  Suburban services grew from 16,092 to 23,355

“We believe the boost can be attributed to the fact that our door-to-door service is proving a popular alternative for Chicago area residents - particularly those who used to drive to the airport and park,” says John C. McCarthy, president of Airport Express.

In recent months, sections of parking lots at O’Hare have been closed for repaving causing parking capacity issues. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the lots fill up quickly, forcing many travelers to park in a remote lot and take both a bus and a tram to reach the terminal.

Airport Express will add 22 vans to its fleet in the next few months to accommodate the increase in ridership.

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, Continental Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports.  Its services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as most Chicago neighborhoods and its surrounding suburbs. For more information visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6662

 

Travel News: GO Airport Express Offers Money Saving Tips for Holiday Travel

For Immediate Release: Chicago (November 5, 2009) — While the airlines may be offering special incentives, like Southwest’s end of October $25 fare sale, travelers are not likely to find that kind of deal closer to Thanksgiving or Christmas. The travel experts at GO Airport Express are advising travelers to buy earlier and shop smarter to save money. 

GO Airport Express, which provides ground transportation to and from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports, offers practical ways to save so travelers can be with their families without breaking the bank.

“Saving money is on everyone’s to-do list this year,” said John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express. “Travelers will need to plan ahead and be willing to fly at off-peak times.”

  • Be flexible. Avoid ideal (but pricey) mid-morning to early afternoon flights. Also, holiday season flights are more likely to be overbooked, and if you volunteer to transfer your seat to the next day’s flight, you could get a free flight voucher. 
  • Be persistent. Sifting through Orbitz, Expedia, Priceline and airline Web sites could reward you with a surprise budget fare. Try booking flights one leg at a time, or using two one-ways.
  • Many airlines offer discounted fares exclusively through e-newsletters and e-mails. Sign up through each airline’s Web site to be regularly apprised of the latest deals and discounts. Or, call the airlines directly, as the newest, cheapest fares can take up to four hours to appear on ticket Web sites.
  • Monday afternoon through Wednesday are the busiest days for online ticket shoppers. As such, prices are cheapest Sunday evening and Monday morning. Conversely, airlines will almost always increase fares on Thursday evenings.
  • Bring your own food and fill an empty water container from a drinking fountain after you pass through security.
  • Flying to your destination on the Tuesday instead of Wednesday before Thanksgiving and Christmas could save you a $100 or more.
  • Book now. Whatever cheap fares remain are disappearing quickly. Procrastinators will pay more this year.
  • Choose a shared-ride service for transportation to and from the airport. It can cost up to $30 or more a day for parking - if you can find it. For example, GO Airport Express fares are up to 40 percent cheaper than a cab to O’Hare or Midway, plus it is an environmentally friendly transportation option. 

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, GO Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually between O’Hare and Midway airports and downtown Chicago, its surrounding neighborhoods and most suburbs. Its shared-ride, door-to-door services are convenient, affordable and environmentally friendly: with six people on board, a van uses only 30 percent of the fuel that six cars would use and creates 54 percent fewer carbon emissions.

GO Airport Express is also a founding member of GO Group, LLC., a network of global ground transportation providers to better serve the needs of customers worldwide. To book ground transportation online visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6662

 

Travel News: GO Airport Express Launches Penny-per-Passenger Program

For Immediate Release: Chicago (December 16, 2009)

GO Airport Express, Chicago’s premier ground transportation company, has become an official donor for the World Land Trust-US (WLT-US). Under the Penny-per-Passenger program, GO Airport Express will donate one cent for every individual who books a ride to/from O’Hare or Midway airports.

The company transports almost one million passengers per year, meaning approximately $10,000 will be donated annually to support the WLT-US’s efforts to save rainforests and other threatened habitats, such as those in Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Bolivia.

“The Penny-per-Passenger program is part of the GO Airport Express mission to broaden its green efforts,” says John McCarthy, company president.

“A shared ride is an environmentally friendly ground transportation option,” he explains. “With six people on board, a van uses only 30 percent of the fuel that six cars would use and creates 54 percent fewer carbon emissions.”

“Now, we’re even greener. The more people who ride, the more money will be generated for WLT-US, funding direct action to save tropical forests,” McCarthy adds.

“The destruction of tropical rainforests accounts for 20% of the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere by man and is the major contributor to the loss of biodiversity on the planet,” says Byron Swift, executive director of WLT-US. “Preventing this destruction by preserving existing forest is the most efficient and effective way to mitigate climate change and preserve biodiversity, and we deeply welcome this support from GO Airport Express and its passengers.”

In addition to its per passenger donations, GO Airport Express encourages riders to learn more about and donate directly to WLT-US through a link on its Web site, www.worldlandtrust-us.org. he World Land Trust-US is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 1989 to save rainforests and other threatened tropical habitats that are critical for preventing immediate species extinctions. Celebrating 20 years of lasting conservation actions, the organization has saved over 1,600,000 acres of endangered habitats in 16 countries and over 50 sites.

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, GO Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports. Its door-to-door services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as most Chicago neighborhoods and its surrounding suburbs. It is also a founding member for GO Airport Shuttle, offering transportation in airports worldwide. For more information or to book transportation online visit www.airportexpress.com.

 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6662

 

Travel News: GO Airport Express Sets Low-Cost Shuttle Service to O’Hare

For Immediate Release: Chicago (September 30, 2008)

Northwest suburban residents now have a new low-cost option for getting to O’Hare aboard GO Airport Express’ newly launched service.

The ground transportation company is offering scheduled pickups to more than 40 hotels in five suburban communities, including Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Palatine and Schaumburg, at rates as much as 60 percent below current taxi and private car fares.

The service can be used by individuals or groups who are dropped off at the designated hotels. Pickups from participating hotels must be scheduled in advance by calling 888-2THEVAN (888.284.3826)) or by making an online reservation at www.airportexpress.com.

Reservations from O’Hare back to the hotels are recommended, but not necessary as vans leave the airport to the suburbs on a regularly scheduled basis. Plans call for expanding the service to additional suburbs in early 2009.

“We believe that this service will be popular with budget-conscious travelers as well as those who are environmentally conscious and wish to conserve fuel and reduce emissions by taking a shared ride to the airport,” says John McCarthy, president.

Chicago-based GO Airport Express operates more than 150 vehicles providing shared ride service to and from Chicago’s airports.

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, GO Airport Express currently transports more than 1 million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports. Its door-to-door services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as most Chicago neighborhoods and its surrounding suburbs. It is also a founding member of the GO Group, LLC. offering transportation from more than 100 airports worldwide. For more information or to book transportation online visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6666

 

Travel News: “Heroes in the ‘Hood” Ceremony Puts Spotlight On Outstanding Youths

For Immediate Release: Chicago (April 16, 2009)

In a year when 32 Chicago Public School (CPS) students have been killed due to violence, 125 very special Chicago teens have been recognized for their roles in building their community in a positive way.

The young people were honored as part of the 16th Heroes in the ‘Hood award program, held April 2 at the DuSable Museum of African American History. The initiative pays tribute to individuals and groups of teenagers who give back in various ways to help support and improve their neighborhoods.

This year, the program also recognized Kenyatta Stansberry, principal of Harper High School in West Englewood, with the first “Stop the Violence” award. Stansberry reduced the number of fights in her school by 200 percent by personally getting involved in student conflicts and encouraging young people to solve their problems peacefully.

“The recent tragedies in our schools make it even more important to recognize teens who are making a positive difference in their communities,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express and founder of the Heroes in the ‘Hood program. “They are the ones who should be making the evening news.”

Clarence McCray, 17, of Michele Clark Academic Preparatory Magnet High School, took top honors in the individual category for organizing a coat drive in his community and school. He created flyers and passed them out around his school, church and neighborhood. In just two weeks McCray collected more than 100 coats. He then distributed them at his church’s annual Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless.

“One women with four kids was so grateful, she cried,” says McCray. “I will never forget that and I hope to make the coat drive an annual event at my school.”

First place in the group category went to four students at Kelvyn Park High School. These students researched Chicago gangs for a class project. Their biggest discovery was a connection between gangs and strained youth-police relationships, which led them to set up a meeting with the local police commander. As a result of their meeting, the police chief came to speak to classes at Kelvyn Park and set up a police-sponsored youth soccer clinic in a local park.

Second place individual winner was Jade Stewart, 13, of Alice L. Barnard Elementary School, who collected shoes for the “Share Your Soles” organization; and taking third was Shantell Germany, 17, of Gage Park High School. She participated in a variety of programs, including volunteering with the mentally disabled, working with local senior citizens, and helping to clean up the Chicago River.

In the group category, second place went to 20th District Youth Group Explorers. These active community members are involved in an assortment of programs, including a peer jury, monthly “Victory over Violence” youth discussions, a Safety Fair, a Youth for Peace forum, rummage sales, car washes, bake sales, Multi-Cultural Festival, and visits to nursing homes. Third place went to Mr. Victor Harbison’s Civics Class at Gage Park High School, whose class project was to build a modern interactive memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., because he had led marches through their neighborhood in 1966.

The top winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to Springfield, Ill., compliments of GO Airport Express.

In addition to GO Airport Express, other sponsors of “Heroes in the ‘Hood” include Dominick’s, The Chicago Crusader, the DuSable Museum of African American History, and WCGI-FM/Clear Channel Radio Chicago. For more information call 312.666.6662. Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, GO Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually between O’Hare and Midway airports and downtown Chicago, its surrounding neighborhoods and most suburbs. Its shared-ride, door-to-door services are convenient, affordable and environmentally friendly: with six people on board, a van uses only 30 percent of the fuel that six cars would use and creates 54 percent fewer carbon emissions.

GO Airport Express is also a founding member of GO Group, LLC., a network of global ground transportation providers to better serve the needs of customers worldwide. To book ground transportation online visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Robyn Velasquez
rvelasquez@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6666

 

Travel News: Continential Airport Express Adds Do-It-Yourself Kiosks at O’Hare

For Immediate Release: Chicago (February 13, 2007)

Continental Airport Express announced the addition of two new do-it-yourself kiosks to O’Hare Airport; ensuring passengers always have immediate access to ground transportation.

The stand-alone and countertop walkup kiosks are located in terminals two and five, and allow passengers to purchase one-way or round-trip ground transportation 24 hours a day.  They also reduce dependency on manned stations and shorten waiting time during busy periods.

“Tighter security at airports has significantly increased overall travel times which is very frustrating to travelers. The least we can do is simplify the final step,” says John McCarthy, president, Continental Airport Express.

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, Continental Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports.  Its services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as most Chicago neighborhoods and its surrounding suburbs. For more information visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6662

 

Travel News: GO Airport Express Honors Unions for Labor Day

For Immediate Release: Chicago (August 26, 2008)

In honor of Labor Day, union workers will receive a $10 discount on Go Airport Express shuttle service from the Midway or O’Hare to downtown Chicago or Lincoln Park.

To participate, members must show their union cards to GO Airport Express representatives at the shuttle service’s counter at O’Hare or Midway airports.

“At GO Airport Express, we support our union workers who represent a real strength of this country,” says company President John McCarthy. “It’s a pleasure to show our appreciation by extending this discount.”

Full fare to downtown Chicago from O’Hare is $27; full fare from Midway is $22.

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, GO Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports. Its door-to-door services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as most Chicago neighborhoods and its surrounding suburbs.  It is also a founding member of GO Airport Shuttle, offering transportation at more than 100 airports worldwide. For more information or to book transportation online visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6666

 

Travel News: It’s Lights, Camera, Drive! on Airport Express

For Immediate Release: Chicago (March 28, 2006)

The next time you ride in an Airport Express van, smile - you may be on a candid camera!  Continental Airport Express, Chicago’s premier ground transportation service provider, is installing DriveCam Driving Feedback System in its 22 new, 10-passenger vans.

DriveCam aids and promotes driver and passenger safety while reducing maintenance and insurance costs.  The system incorporates a video camera mounted on the rear view mirror, which monitors driver activity and events outside the vehicle. Should an accident occur, the DriveCam provides a record of 10 seconds before through 10 seconds after the incident occurs. This valuable information will be used to help determine fault and liability and to serve as a reference to help prevent future incidents.

“Improving driving performance is key to controlling expenses related with vehicle repair, maintenance and insurance. Ground transportation providers using this technology have documented a reduction in collision of 30 to 50 percent,” says Mike Zuniga, safety director at Airport Express.  “Airport Express prides itself on its exemplary safety record and we are continually researching ways to provide passengers with the safest, most reliable and efficient transportation option.”

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, Continental Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports.  Its services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as most Chicago neighborhoods and its surrounding suburbs.  For more information visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6662

 

Travel News: “Heroes in the ‘Hood” Seeks Outstanding Chicago Teens

For Immediate Release: Chicago (January 4, 2009)

“Heroes in the ‘Hood,” which has honored more than 400 young people over the past 15 years, has kicked off its 2009 program, issuing its call for nominations of outstanding Chicago youths who make a difference in their communities.

Launched in 1993 by GO Airport Express, the program aims to single out young people who realize the impact they can make on the world around them by the giving of themselves.

Applications for the 2009 ‘Heroes are being accepted through February 20. Nominees must be between the ages of 12 and 18, reside in Chicago, and have performed volunteer service in 2008. Applicants will be judged on initiative, benefit to the community and the results of their efforts. For more information, or to pick up an application, go to community or call 312.666.6662.

This year, a new “Stop the Violence” award will recognize a principal, teacher, counselor or administrator who has demonstrated extraordinary effort in making the community a safer place through school-based programs. The winner will receive a prize of $1,000. Applications for this award are also now being accepted. Click here for an application

All nominees will be invited to attend an awards ceremony on April 2 at the DuSable Museum of African American History, featuring presentations by a number of prominent Chicagoans, who will receive “Honored Role Model” awards.

Past ‘Heroes have tutored children, organized community events, visited senior citizens and even written children’s books. The winners receive a prize package that includes an all-expenses-paid trip to the state capital in Springfield.

“It is wonderful to see the enthusiasm and effort from our applicants each year,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express. “These young people obviously touch the lives of others in a meaningful way and it’s our privilege to recognize them and encourage future generations.”

In addition to GO Airport Express, other sponsors of “Heroes in the ‘Hood” include Dominick’s, The Chicago Crusader, the DuSable Museum of African American History, and WCGI-FM. For more information or applications, call 312.666.6662.

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, GO Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually between O’Hare and Midway airports and downtown Chicago, its surrounding neighborhoods and most suburbs. Its shared-ride, door-to-door services are convenient, affordable and environmentally friendly: with six people on board, a van uses only 30 percent of the fuel that six cars would use and creates 54 percent fewer carbon emissions.

GO Airport Express is also a founding member of GO Group, LLC., a network of global ground transportation providers to better serve the needs of customers worldwide. To book ground transportation online visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Robyn Velasquez or Christy Lukes
rvelasquez@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6666

 

Travel News: GO Airport Express Offers Green Travel Tips

For Immediate Release: Chicago (April 15, 2009)

Being environmentally responsible does not mean giving up business trips or vacations.  Travelers can still be eco-friendly by following these tips offered by ground transportation provider GO Airport Express: 

  1. Use the bathroom at the airport vs. on the plane. The fuel used for every flush on the plane could run an average car for six miles.  Avoid cramped airplane bathrooms and “go” before you go.
  2. Pack lighter. Heavier planes use more fuel. Keep luggage light and wash clothes at your destination so you can wear them again.
  3. Re-use sheets and towels at hotels. This saves thousands of gallons of water and reduces the amount of detergent being dumped into waterways. 
  4. For every mile you travel, you use a certain amount of energy. To make up for it, donate it back to an environmental organization.
  5. Use the recycle bins at the airport. 
  6. Take your own empty water or coffee container and fill up once you get past security.
  7. Stay at a Green Seal™ Certified hotel. Hotels earning this designation have met a rigorous set of environmental standard to reduce impact on the environment and human health. 
  8. Eat locally and avoid fast food chains and delivery services. Eating food native to the area is both healthier and better for the environment. 
  9. When you do go out, carry your own plastic bags or usable “doggie bag” for leftovers.
  10. Take a shared ride vehicle such as GO Airport Express to and from the airports. With six people on board, a van uses only 30 percent of the fuel that six cars would use and creates 54 percent fewer carbon emissions.

“GO Airport Express makes sense both economically and environmentally. And because our vans provide door-to-door service, passengers don not have to give up convenience,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express.

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, GO Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports.  Its door-to-door services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as most Chicago neighborhoods and its surrounding suburbs.  It is also a founding member of GO Airport Shuttle, offering transportation from more than 100 airports worldwide. For more information or to book transportation online visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6666

 

Travel News: Airport Express Becomes Part of Largest Airport Shuttle Company

For Immediate Release: Chicago (August 1, 2007)

Airport Express announced today it has joined 39 independent airport shuttle operators in the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, France, Italy, Scotland and Spain to form the world’s largest ground transportation company, GO Airport Shuttle.

Serving 110 airports from Kahului Airport in Maui, Hawaii to Charles de Gaulle Airport in France, GO boasts a fleet of 3,765 vehicles, carrying almost 29 million passengers annually.

The company will continue to be locally owned and operated, but Airport Express’ familiar red, white and blue vans and motor coaches are being converted to a new green and white GO identity. Each participating operator is converting its vehicles as well.

A key component of the new company’s business model is a central Web-based reservation system, www.goairportshuttle.com, which also launches today. Through it, customers can conveniently visit one Web site to book door-to-door transportation to and from both departure and destination airports, or they can call one phone number 1.877.544.GoGo (4646).  In addition, they’ll now be able to accumulate frequent rider points on their ground transportation as they do for other travel-related expenses.

“The GO concept responds to a growing demand in the market for a single-source ground transportation company,” says John McCarthy, newly-elected president of GO Airport Shuttle and president of Continental Air Transport in Chicago, which operates the newly named GO Airport Express.

The company’s next largest competitor serves 19 airports - all in the United States. GO Airport Shuttle, organized as a closely held corporation, is owned and operated by a core group of 40 GO operating companies which must adhere to the same set of operating standards. It is licensing the use of the GO identity and reservation system to the other companies.

The new company is an outgrowth of GroundNet, a consortium of airport transportation companies founded in 1993. Continental Air Transport was a founding member.

While positioning itself as a global company, GO Airport Express and all local operators that comprise GO Airport Shuttle will remain independently owned and managed.

“Chicago residents and visitors will still receive the high level of service they have come to rely on in our 153 years of business. Additionally, the GO Airport Shuttle brand means customers will receive that same quality of service in every location,” says McCarthy. “When you go with GO, the boss is always nearby to make sure the passenger experience is comfortable, affordable and on time.”

GO Airport Shuttle provides shared-ride transportation service to and from 110 airports around the world.  Reservations can be made online at www.goairportshuttle.com or by calling 877.544.GoGo (4646).

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, GO Airport Express offers door-to-door services between Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports, downtown Chicago, as well as most Chicago neighborhoods and its surrounding suburbs. For more information visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6662

 

Travel News: Free Downtown Shuttle Service Extended by GO Airport Express

For Immediate Release: Chicago (January 9, 2010) — Due to the success of its Holiday Shuttle program, GO Airport Express has extended its free shuttle service for hotel guests to local destinations contingent upon the purchase of a return ticket from the hotel to O’Hare or Midway airports.   

“Out-of-towners have been very appreciative of this free service which,  lets them enjoy many of Chicago’s attractions while avoiding expensive taxi fares and the difficulties of navigating downtown,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express.  “Also, we want to be supportive of Chicago’s tourism industry and encourage people to visit our city during what is typically a slower season.”   

The Winter Shuttle program will now run through February 28, 2010 and is available from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.  Hotel guests must book the service through their hotel concierge or front desk staff and provide proof of a GO Airport Express return purchase.  Service area boundaries are:  north to Division; west to Ashland and south to 26th street, including the Museum Campus. 

GO Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports.  Its door-to-door services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as most Chicago neighborhoods and its surrounding suburbs. GO Airport Express is a “green” ground transportation option; with six people on board, a van uses only 30 percent of the fuel that six cars would use and creates 54 percent fewer carbon emissions.  The company also is a founding member for GO Airport Shuttle, offering transportation from airports worldwide. For more information call 1.888.2-The-Van (1.888.284.3826) or visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6662

 

Travel News: Free Downtown Shuttle Service Offered by GO Airport Express

For Immediate Release: Chicago (December 16, 2009) — GO Airport Express, Chicago’s premier ground transportation company, is now offering hotel guests free shuttle service to local destinations contingent upon the purchase of a return ticket from the hotel to O’Hare or Midway airports. 

“Out-of-towners are often intimidated about getting around downtown Chicago, and taxi fares can be expensive,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express.  “We want visitors to take full advantage of the myriad attractions this city has to offer; and free shuttle transportation makes it easier, less expensive and more enjoyable for them.” 

The Winter Holiday Shuttle program runs from December 11, 2009 through January 3, 2010 and is available from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.  Hotel guests must book the service through their hotel concierge or front desk staff and provide proof of a GO Airport Express return purchase.  Service area boundaries are:  north to Division; west to Ashland and south to 26th street, including the Museum Campus.

GO Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports.  Its door-to-door services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as most Chicago neighborhoods and its surrounding suburbs. GO Airport Express is a “green” ground transportation option; with six people on board, a van uses only 30 percent of the fuel that six cars would use and creates 54 percent fewer carbon emissions.  The company also is a founding member for GO Airport Shuttle, offering transportation from airports worldwide.  For more information or to book transportation online visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6662

 

Travel News: Reader Responses to Memorial Day Promotion

For Immediate Release: Chicago (June 27, 2008)

In honor or Memorial Day, GO Airport Express offered active military free rides home from the airport. Below are just a few of the many positive responses we received from newsletter recipients.

That’s terrific!  Thanks so much for supporting our troops!

~ Rebecca H.

Hurray for Airport Express!
                       
~ Howard and Mary W.

What a lovely thing to do.

~ Sall L.

Thanks for the support, I’m sure the personnel will appreciate it.

~ Chris B.

Wow this is wonderful.  I will make sure I will be using Airport Express whenever I travel.  Good Job.

~ Sandy V.

That’s great, I applaud your idea and program to support the Troops!

~ Sandra L.

Awesome idea.  I commend you.

~ J. Paul T.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6666

 

Travel News: GO Airport Express Brings Troops Home for Memorial Day

For Immediate Release: Chicago (April 24, 2008)

GO Airport Express, Chicago’s premier ground transportation provider, will offer the “Bringing Heroes Home” program to active military personnel in honor of Memorial Day.

Under the program, active military personnel in uniform will be provided free rides from the airports to downtown Chicago and Lincoln Park on Sunday (May 25) and Monday (May 26) of Memorial Day weekend.

To participate, military personnel must show their military IDs to GO Airport Express representatives at the shuttle service’s counter at O’Hare or Midway airports.

“We at GO Airport Express support our dedicated troops,” says company President John McCarthy. “It’s a pleasure and honor to do anything we can to simplify their journeys home.”

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, GO Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports.  Its door-to-door services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as most Chicago neighborhoods and its surrounding suburbs.  It is also a founding member of GO Airport Shuttle, offering transportation from more than 100 airports worldwide. For more information or to book transportation online visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6666

 

Travel News: 10 Tips for Hassle Free Travel this Holiday Season

For Immediate Release: Chicago (December 11, 2007)

More than 1.4 million passengers will travel through Chicago’s airports during the 2007 holiday season according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. This translates into long lines, congested traffic and stress, particularly for those traveling with children.

As seasoned travel professionals, GO Airport Express, Chicago’s top ground transportation service, offers 10 holiday travel tips to make the journey as pleasant as the destination.

Call the airlines before you leave for the airport.
Nothing is more frustrating than arriving at the airport and discovering that your flight has been delayed or cancelled. If your flight has been cancelled, call the airline or your travel agent immediately to try and reschedule your flight.

Avoid rush hour.
Try to schedule your departure so you are not arriving at the airport during between 6:45 and 9:30 a.m. or between 3:45 and 6:30 p.m. “It’s not the traffic to O’Hare, but the traffic at O’Hare that slows you down,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express.

Arrive early.
Domestic and international passengers should arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure during the holidays when crowds and security are greatest.

Circumvent the boarding pass line. If your airline has the option, print your boarding pass off your computer so you do not have to wait in line.

Bring identification.
Bring at least one photo I.D. for domestic travel and a passport for international travel. Keep your boarding pass and forms of identification within easy access at security checkpoints.

Double-check luggage guidelines.
Follow weight and quantity guidelines for luggage and carry-on bags. All liquids in carry-on baggage should be kept in three-ounce or smaller containers and placed in a quart-sized, zip-top clear plastic bag. Breast milk or formula is allowed on board in containers larger than three ounces but mothers should only bring enough for the flight. For a complete list of allowed and banned items visit www.tsa.gov.

Attire.
All types of footwear must be removed for screening. Be sure to wear shoes that are easy to take on and off (and socks if you are concerned about germs). Avoid wearing metal that may set off alarms, and be prepared to remove jackets and cardigans.

Packages.
Do not bring wrapped gifts to the checkpoint. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will unwrap them for security reasons.

Make time fly by for your children.
If you have little kids in tow, O’Hare Airport offers an interactive exhibit called “Kids on the Fly.” Located in Terminal 2, children 12 and younger can pretend to be pilots or baggage personnel. International Terminal 5 has play areas for children provided by the Chicago Fire Department and Rotary International.

Look for travel deals.
Many travelers find discounts for flights, hotels and ground transportation during the holiday season by booking online. You can money - up to 40 percent less than a taxi - and time by booking transportation to and from your departure and destination airports on one website, www.goairportshuttle.com. Plus, with door-to-door service, passengers can be picked up and dropped off at their homes, eliminating the need to navigate public transportation turnstiles and buses with bags, presents and holiday goodies.

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, GO Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s airports. Its services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Bucktown, Near North, West Loop and South Loop neighborhoods and O’Hare service to and from most West, North and Northwest suburbs. It has recently joined the GO Group network of global ground transportation providers to better serve the needs of customers worldwide. To receive more information, become a Preferred Rider, or book a ride online, visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6662

 

Travel News: Free “Meet and Greet” Service for Children by Airport Express

For Immediate Release: Chicago (November 16, 2007)

GO Airport Express is offering a free “Meet & Greet” services for all it passengers ages 12 and under, who are traveling to O’Hare Airport in Chicago without an adult the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 21.  To participate, parents or guardians of unescorted children should contact a GO Airport Express reservationist at 1.888.2.TheVan (1.888.284.3826).

A uniformed Airport Express employee who will hold a sign with the child’s name will meet him or her in the baggage claim area.  The free service will be available at O’Hare airport from 8:00 a.m. through 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21.

“Picking up children at the airport is a two-person job under normal circumstances,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express.  “One person has to go in, find the child and gather up luggage, while the other circles the terminal. At the holidays, it’s even harder.  The traffic at the airport is a nightmare; the garages are full and cars are three-deep at the curb,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express.  “By meeting young travelers personally at the baggage claim areas, parents will be assured that a responsible adult is watching after their children and overseeing their safe arrival at their destination, while avoiding the inherent aggravation of navigating the airport themselves.”

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, GO Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports.  Its services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as most Chicago neighborhoods and its surrounding suburbs.  It is also a founding member of GO Airport Shuttle, offering transportation from more than 100 airports worldwide. For more information visit www.airportexpress.com

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6662

 

Travel News: Carry-on Luggage Fees a No-Go According to GO Airport Express Visitors

For Immediate Release: Chicago (November 21, 2008)

Airlines are now charging for checked bags, and if they think travelers won’t mind paying for carry-ons as well, they should think again.

According to a survey conducted by GO Airport Express, Chicago’s premier ground transportation provider, 60 percent of respondents voted no when asked if they would be willing to pay extra for carry-on luggage - even if it reduced ticket prices.

More than 250 site visitors responded to the survey, which was posted over a two-month time period on the GO Airport Express home page (www.airportexpress.com).

The survey is among a series of bi-monthly, Web-based GO Airport Express opinion polls designed to gauge consumer response to travel-related issues.

“We want our customers to know we’re listening, whether it’s concerning an airport shuttle issue or about the travel industry as a whole,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express. “These latest findings reinforce others that show consumers are carefully watching their dollars.  Clearly, travelers are unhappy with the ongoing addition of fees for what formerly were complimentary services and practices.”

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, GO Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually between O’Hare and Midway airports and downtown Chicago, its surrounding neighborhoods and most suburbs. Its shared-ride, door-to-door services are convenient, affordable and environmentally friendly: with six people on board, a van uses only 30 percent of the fuel that six cars would use and creates 54 percent fewer carbon emissions.

GO Airport Express is also a founding member of GO Group, LLC., a network of global ground transportation providers to better serve the needs of customers worldwide. To book ground transportation online visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6666

 

Travel News: Travel Without Hassle this Holiday Season

For Immediate Release: Chicago (November 21, 2005)

More than 1.4 million passengers will travel through Chicago’s airports during the 2005 holiday season, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.  This translates into long lines, congested traffic and stress, particularly for those traveling with small children.

Continental Airport Express, Chicago’s top ground transportation service, offers a number of holiday travel tips to make the journey as pleasant as the destination.

Call the airlines before you leave for the airport.

Nothing is more frustrating than arriving at the airport and discovering that your flight has been delayed or cancelled.

Avoid rush hour.

Try to avoid departing during rush hours, 6:45 to 9:30 a.m. and 3:45 to 6:30 p.m.  “It’s not the traffic to O’Hare, but the traffic at O’Hare that slows you down,” says John McCarthy, president of Airport Express.

Arrive early.

Domestic and international passengers should arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure during the holidays when crowds and security are greatest.  If you have time afterward, you can eat at a restaurant or food court, shop for holiday gifts or read a book.

Bypass the boarding pass line.

If your airline has the option, print your boarding pass online so you do not have to wait in line.

Bring identification.

Bring at least one photo I.D. for domestic travel and a passport for international travel.  If you do not have a driver’s license, you can obtain a state I.D. at the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles.  Keep your boarding pass and forms of identification within easy access for security checkpoints.  A badge-holder worn around the neck is a great idea when you have carry-on luggage in tow.

Double-check luggage guidelines.

Follow weight and quantity guidelines for luggage and carry-on bags. Keep sharp items such as scissors, nail files and razors in your checked-in luggage.  Pack the night before your flight so that you can double-check your travel checklist.

Lock your luggage.

Despite previous security regulations, travelers can now use certain luggage locks.  One approved model is Travel Sentry Luggage Locks.  Recognized by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), these locks allow airport security to examine your luggage quickly.

Make time fly by for your children.

If your flight is delayed and you have little kids in tow, O’Hare Airport boasts an interactive exhibit called “Kids on the Fly.”  Located in Terminal 2, children 12 and younger can pretend to be pilots or baggage personnel.  “Kids on the Fly” also features “Centennial of Flight,” an exhibit celebrating aviation history.  International Terminal 5 has play areas for younger children provided by the Chicago Fire Department and Rotary International.  To keep children busy on the plane, pack small carry-ons complete with books, puzzles, headphones, toys and hand-held video games.

Look for travel deals.

Finally, many travelers find discounts for flights, hotels and ground transportation during the holiday season by booking online.  Airport Express fares for transportation to and from the airport can be up to 40 percent cheaper than a taxi. Customers won’t need to drain their wallets by filling their own gas tanks or waste valuable time trying to find parking spots at airport lots which are rapidly filling up.

Additionally, with door-to-door service, passengers can be picked up and dropped off at their homes, eliminating the need to navigate turnstiles and buses with numerous bags, presents and holiday goodies. Airport Express offers discounts for ground transportation by booking online at www.AirportExpress.com. 

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, Continental Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s airports.  Its services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Bucktown, Near North, West Loop and South Loop neighborhoods.  It also offers O’Hare service to and from most Western, North and Northwest suburbs.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6662

 

Travel News: Airport Express Offers First Quarter Deals

For Immediate Release: Chicago (October 2, 2006)

Continental Airport Express, Chicago’s premier ground transportation provider, announces Home for the Holidays, a program offering active military personnel free rides between the airports, downtown Chicago and Lincoln Park.  Home for the Holidays will run December 23 to December 26, 2006.

To participate, active military personnel must show their military I.D. to the representative at the Airport Express counter.

“All of us here at Airport Express support our hard-working troops,” says John McCarthy, president, Airport Express.  “We are very pleased and honored to do anything we can to simplify their long journey home during the holiday season.”

Airport Express is also the preferred ground transportation provider for Great Lakes Naval Base in Great Lakes, Ill.

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, Continental Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports. Its services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as most Chicago neighborhoods and its surrounding suburbs. For more information visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6662

 

Travel News: Chicago Scores High Marks with Meeting Attendees

For Immediate Release: Chicago (May 16, 2006)

According to a survey conducted by Continental Airport Express, Chicago ranks high as a destination among meeting and convention attendees.

Among the 644 survey participants, 71.4 percent of respondents thought they received “above average” or “extra” value in terms of shopping, food, hotel and other services. Additional findings were:

  • More than 79.7 percent of respondents deemed Chicago above average or spotless in its appearance.
  • 96.8 percent said Chicagoans were friendly.
  • When asked what they liked most about the city, 56.4 percent responded it was the food. Culture was ranked second at 23.4 percent.
  • For restaurants, visitors preferred popular steak and seafood houses.  Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse was the top choice followed by Morton’s and Shaw’s Crab House. 

The participants were surveyed on-site at three shows held at McCormick Place. Two-hundred twelve people were surveyed at the International Home and Housewares show held March 12 - 14; 251 were interviewed at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual meeting, held March 17 - 26; and 181 attendees at BIO 2006, which was held April 9 - 12, were interviewed. The Home and Housewares Show is traditionally held in Chicago, while AAOS and Bio change locations annually.

The three groups drew diverse audiences including representatives from all areas of interior design and furnishings; health and medical industry professionals; and those from the food, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology industries. The groups had several notable differences in responses.

Of the 181 BIO 2006 survey respondents, 36.4 percent visited local cultural institutions.  Of those, 66 percent cited the Field Museum as their favorite, followed by the Museum of Science and Industry at 16.6 percent; the Art Institute at 6.9 percent and the Museum of Contemporary Art at 6.9 percent.

In contrast, only 15.9 percent of AAOS and 1.4 percent of Home and Housewares participants attended cultural institutions. Of those who did, 50 percent of AAOS and 100 percent of Home and Housewares visitors cited the Art Institute as the favorite site.

Additionally, BIO 2006 attendees were almost evenly split between “food” and “culture” when asked about what they liked most about the city. Seventy-four percent of Home and Housewares and 69.5 percent of AAOS respondents reported that the cuisine was what they liked most about Chicago.

“The city and its businesses catering to travelers and meeting and convention attendees are apparently doing an excellent job of creating a welcoming and engaging environment,” says John McCarthy, president of Airport Express, which provided ground transportation for attendees at all three shows.

Airport Express transports 75,000 to 90,000 convention attendees to and from the airports every month and also provides shuttle service between hotels and McCormick Place.  To accommodate those traveling directly to the airports from McCormick, Airport Express recently began offering baggage check-in with purchase of ground transportation. For a flat fee of $30, passengers using Airport Express can check their bags at the designated area at McCormick. The luggage will be taken to the airline and checked through the final destination for pick-up at the airport baggage claim areas.

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, Continental Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports.  Its services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as most Chicago neighborhoods and its surrounding suburbs.  For more information visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6662

 

Travel News: GO Airport Express Gives Travelers a Break this Spring

For Immediate Release: Chicago (March 17, 2008)

GO Airport Express, Chicago’s premier ground transportation provider, has lowered its rates an average of 30 percent for its dedicated 10-passenger vans to or from O’Hare or Midway airports in time for Spring Break.  Families or groups who want exclusive use of the van for their trip in March can receive the discount by calling 1.888.2.TheVan.

GO Airport Express offers door-to-door service between the airports and travelers’ homes or places of business. The vans drop customers off at their airline and have exclusive inner-lane loading for the return trip home.

“Since last Spring, both airfares and parking rates have gone up,”  says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express.  “Hopefully, our Spring Break discounts can help offset those increases.”

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, GO Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports.  Its door-to-door services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as most Chicago neighborhoods and its surrounding suburbs.  It is also a founding member of GO Airport Shuttle, offering transportation from more than 100 airports worldwide. For more information or to book transportation online visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6662

 

Travel News: Three Women Recognized as Honored Role Models

For Immediate Release: Chicago (April 20, 2006)

On March 23, three Chicago area women were recognized as “Honored Role Models” at the 13th annual Airport Express “Heroes in the Hood” program held at the DuSable Museum.  The recipients are Angela T. Ingram, vice president of communications, Clear Channel Chicago; Wynona Redmond, director of public affairs, Dominick’s Fine Foods and Carol Sagers, director of US marketing, McDonalds USA.  They were selected for their outstanding professional achievements and commitment to community service.

The Airport Express “Heroes in the Hood” program honors and rewards Chicago youth for their volunteer efforts.  Participants have tutored children, organized community events, visited senior citizens, initiated fundraisers, and worked with other youth who have physical disabilities. The winners received a prize package that includes an all expense paid trip to the state capital in Springfield.  Additionally, in their acceptance speeches, each honored role model praised the youth for their achievements and encouraged them to continue with their education and volunteer activities.

“Heroes in the Hood” was created by Airport Express to honor area youth for positively contributing their time and efforts to strengthening the Chicago community.  Other sponsors include The Chicago Crusader, WGCI, the DuSable Museum, Walgreen, Co. and Dominick’s Fine Foods. For more information or applications, call 312.666.6662.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6662

 

Travel News: Airport Express Offers Motorists Tips on How to Reduce Fuel Costs

For Immediate Release: Chicago (April 17, 2006)

Higher gas prices might not force families to postpone or cancel vacation plans this summer, but that doesn’t mean people haven’t noticed - and complained about - the higher prices, which are expected to be 25 cents higher than last summer’s record highs.

John McCarthy, president of Continental Airport Express, a ground transportation company,  says that conserving fuel is a major consideration for his company, which uses a monthly average of 42,000 gallons of gasoline to fuel its fleet of 95 vans. Out of necessity, the company has become very savvy about reducing fuel costs.

McCarthy offers the following tips to the general driving public.

  • Under 40 miles an hour, you can save gas by turning off the air conditioner and keeping the windows open.  Over 40 miles an hour, the reverse is true.  Open windows will create a drag, and the engine will have to work harder to compensate.
  • Stay within speed limits and use cruise control if you have it.  Slowing down and speeding up wastes fuel.
  • After stopping at an intersection, accelerate slowly, which allows the carburetor to operate at peak efficiency.
  • Park car in such a way that when you start up again you can begin to travel in forward gear without maneuvering back and forth.
  • Keep tires inflated to the maximum.
  • Make sure vehicle is well maintained.  In particular, have air filters cleaned regularly as poor air flow increases gas waste.  Regular tune-ups will also allow engine to work at peak efficiency.
  • While idling for long periods of time wastes fuel, so does turning the engine on and off needlessly.  For stops of more than two to three minutes, you are probably best served by shutting down.

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, Continental Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports.  Its services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as most Chicago neighborhoods and its surrounding suburbs.  For more information visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6662

 

Travel News: Meeting Planners Seek New Hotel Pricing, Among Other Cost-Cutting Tactics

For Immediate Release: Chicago (October 7, 2008)

At a time of continuing economic pressures, the nation’s meeting planners are taking concrete steps to reduce costs, according to a new survey of corporate meeting planners conducted by GO Airport Express, the ground transportation company that serves Midway and O’Hare International airports.

Nearly 70 percent of the survey respondents reported negotiating more aggressively with hotels within the past year to reduce fees, and include extra services such as transportation. Nearly half have negotiated multi-year deals designed to offset expected cost increases for corporate travel. Not surprisingly, about 80 percent of the respondents in the GO Airport Express survey cited price as the most important criteria when selecting a city for their events.

In the last 12 months, 20 percent have eliminated or reduced the number of meetings held annually or reduced the number of days for each gathering to save money, an approach the same percentage said would apply to future meetings. Nearly one-third of the survey group also reduced the amount spent on meals.

“With the U.S. economy expected to face continuing problems well into 2009, meeting planners feel a need to address the top-line costs of attending or hosting trade shows in order to make them more cost effective,” says GO Airport Express President John McCarthy.

GO Airport Express polled about 300 meeting planners, who collectively were responsible for coordinating meetings in more than 35 cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Most of the respondents (61.9 percent) plan meetings outside of the area in which their companies are located, an indication that the need to better manage corporate travel costs is a major concern among the group.

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, Chicago-based GO Airport Express currently transports more than 1 million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports. Its door-to-door services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as most Chicago neighborhoods and its surrounding suburbs. It is also a founding member of GO Airport Shuttle, offering transportation from more than 100 airports worldwide. For more information or to book transportation online visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6666

 

Travel News: Avoid Airport Parking Woes by Taking Airport Express

For Immediate Release: Chicago (February 29, 2008)

Travelers looking for relief from the cost and stress associated with parking at O’Hare have a viable alternative with GO Airport Express.

With airport parking lots typically full from Tuesday through Thursday, travelers often spend time searching for spaces only to wind up parking in the distant economy lots where they have to take a bus and then a train to get to their terminal, according to Rob Hann director of operations for Airport Express. 

“Travelers who don’t plan on the extra time required for parking at the outer lots may miss their flights,” says Hann.

O’Hare’s current rates are $30 per day in the main lots, which adds up to $90 for a three day trip. Hourly parking in the garage is $50 per day and daily rates at economy lots are as much as $16. 

GO Airport Express offers door-to-door service between both airports and travelers’ homes or places of business.  The vans drop customers off at their gates and have exclusive inner lane loading for the return trip home.  Rates for one person start at $27 between Chicago and O’Hare and $22 for Midway Airport. Discounts of up to 50 percent are available for pairs and groups. Suburban rates vary depending on location but are typically cheaper than taxi cabs. 

“In addition to being more economical, a shared ride is a more environmentally friendly transportation option because it reduces fuel consumption,” says Hann. 

Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, GO Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s airports. Its services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Bucktown, Near North, West Loop and South Loop neighborhoods and O’Hare service to and from most West, North and Northwest suburbs. It has recently joined the GO Group network of global ground transportation providers to better serve the needs of customers worldwide. To receive more information, become a Preferred Rider, or book a ride online, visit www.airportexpress.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@hodgeschindler.com
312.666.6662