Asheville Regional Airport

Travel Tips

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Booking A Flight

  • The best time to book a trip is 21+ days before your departure date.
  • If your flight will connect in another city, be sure to leave plenty of time between your arrival in that airport and your departure — an hour is a good rule of thumb.
  • If you’re using an online booking engine, be sure to plug in “AVL” for the Asheville Regional Airport code.
  • Did you know you can find the lowest fares from Asheville and book your flight right here? Search flights.

Identification

  • If you are traveling within the United States, a valid government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, will be sufficient identification.
  • If you will be traveling outside of the United States, including Mexico, Canada, and U.S. Territories you will need a current passport.
  • If you do not have a valid government-issued ID, you will need to present at least two alternate forms of identification, such as a social security card, birth certificate, marriage license, or credit card. The documents must bear the name of the passenger. Additionally, one of the two documents must contain one of the following: date of birth, gender, address or photo. If TSA can confirm the passenger’s identity, they may enter the secured area, but could be subject to additional screening.
  • Minors (under 18) traveling domestically do not need to present ID at the security checkpoint; only a boarding pass is required.
  • Minors traveling internationally are required to have a passport.
  • For more information on identification, visit http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/acceptable_documents.shtm.

Packing for Your Trip

  • Keep your bag organized: Packing your bag in an organized way will help your trip through the security checkpoint to go more smoothly.
  • Liquids and gels: The 3-1-1 rule is still in effect for your carry-on bag, which means all liquids and gels need to be 3oz or smaller containers, packed into a 1-quart, zip-top plastic bag, and only one bag per traveler. If you need to take larger quantities of liquids or gels, pack them in your checked luggage, and be sure they’re wrapped securely. You can learn more about the 3-1-1 rule at http://www.tsa.gov/311/index.shtm.
  • Prescription medication needs to be in its original container with the patient’s name on the label. This name must match the ID of the person carrying the medication. All medications should be packed in your carry-on bag, just in case your checked luggage doesn’t arrive at your destination the same time you do.
  • Pack your car keys in your carry-on, for the same reason.
  • Lighter fluid is not permitted in any of your luggage; common lighters, however, are acceptable. To learn more, visit http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/sop/index.shtm.
  • Leave your pocket knife at home or in your checked bag.
  • Taking gifts? Leave them unwrapped or they may need to be unwrapped during the screening process.
  • If you wish to lock your checked bag, use a TSA-approved lock. Otherwise, if the TSA needs to access the contents of your bag for screening, they may have to break the lock.
  • For complete information on prohibited items, visit http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm.

 

Before You Go to the Airport

  • It’s always a good idea to check your flight status before you leave for the airport. The best way to do this is directly with your airline, either over the phone or on their website.
  • If you won’t be checking any bags, consider checking in and printing boarding passes online. This can usually be done up to 24 hours before your flight time. It will save you time at the airport and keep you from waiting in line at the airline ticket counter.

 

Dressing for Flight

  • Even though suits and ties were the proper attire in years past, we suggest wearing something a bit more comfortable — whatever will make your travel experience easier.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that are easily removable for the screening process.
  • Limit the amount of metal on your person — belt buckles, large jewelry, etc. — and if you have any metal in your body, such as plates, screws, pins or rods, alert a TSA agent before proceeding through the checkpoint.

Arriving at the Airport

  • Plan to arrive at the airport 90 minutes - two hours before your departure time. During peak travel times, such as the holidays, you may want to increase this time.
  • All Allegiant Air passengers should arrive at least 2 hours before your scheduled departure time. 
  • Please remember that while we are a very convenient airport, security lines can sometimes become long.  You will most likely breeze right through and have time for a bite at the Blue Ridge Tavern, but please don't cut your time too close!  It is each passenger's responsibility to check-in, go through airport security, and make it to your gate in time for boarding. 

 

Parking

  • If you will be parking your car, plan a little extra time to find a parking spot and walk to the terminal.
  • Make a note of where you’ve parked your car and keep it somewhere safe for when you return.
  • Our parking lot is equipped with emergency phones. Should you need to use them, look for the tall poles with the blue lights on top.
  • Leave your parking stub in your vehicle; you will pay when you return from your trip and exit the parking lot. Cash and credit cards are accepted.
  • Need more information? Find it on our parking page.

Checking In

  • Most airlines have a 30-minute check-in policy, meaning you MUST check in at least a half hour before your scheduled flight time, or you will not be permitted on the flight. Allegiant requires passengers to check in no less than 45 minutes prior to flight time.

Going Through Security

  • Have your boarding pass and valid government-issued photo ID ready to show the TSA agent (children under 18 are not required to show ID).
  • Be prepared to remove your shoes, coat, cell phone, loose change and any large pieces of metal from your person.
  • All of the above items, plus any carry-on items (such as a purse, backpack or similar), will need to go through the X-ray scanner.
  • If you’re traveling with a laptop, you will need to remove the laptop from its case and place it in a bin provided by the TSA.
  • Camera film with a speed of 1000 or higher, as well as X-ray films, should not go through the X-ray machine. You may request a hand-screening of these items at the checkpoint.
  • If you packed a 1-quart bag of liquids/gels, you will need to remove it from your carry-on and place it in a TSA bin.
  • Please note that TSA agents are not permitted to move travelers ahead in line, so be sure to plan plenty of time to get through security.

After Security

  • Locate your gate — AVL’s gates are numbered one through seven — and relax until your flight begins boarding. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, a gift shop and restaurant and other great amenities.

Boarding Your Flight

  • Depending on your airline, your flight will begin boarding as early as 30 minutes before the departure time. Most airlines board by “zone,” a number or letter that you will find printed on your boarding pass.
  • When your zone is called, or when “all zones, all rows” is announced, take your boarding pass to the gate agent.

On the Plane

  • Locate your row and seat; if you have any carry-on bags, they will need to go in the overhead compartment above, or near, your seat, or in the compartment below the seat in front of you.
  • The flight attendant(s) should be able to answer any questions you may have. They will walk you through the safety features of the aircraft, as well as provide information about beverages and snacks available, flight duration, and more.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask your flight attendant for help if you have any questions, concerns, or requests.

Arriving at Your Destination (or connecting) Airport

  • Most airports have good signage to direct you in your travels, whether you need to find restrooms, your next gate, or just the exit. You can always ask an airport or airline employee for assistance if you need help.

Unaccompanied Minors

  • Check with your airline if you have questions about unaccompanied minors and air travel.  

Traveling with Children

  • A ticket must be purchased for children two (2) years or older.
  • Minors (under 18) traveling domestically do not need to present ID at the security checkpoint; only a boarding pass is required.
  • Minors (under 18) traveling internationally are required to have a passport.
  • Medications, baby formula and food, breast milk and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3.4 ounces (100ml) and are not required to be in the zip-top bag, but you must declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.
  • Learn more about going through the security checkpoint with children.

Traveling with Pets

  • For those traveling with pets, there are two designated Animal Relief Areas. The first is located landside on the North end of the terminal, behind the bus stop. The second area is located airside and is accessible to service animals and pets traveling in carriers; travelers must ask an airline agent for assistance.

 

Special Needs

  • Airport parking and terminal
    • Handicap parking is available in the short-term parking lot at the long-term rate, and it is located near the terminal entryways. Handicap placards must be displayed in the vehicle, and the parking attendant must be notified at the time of payment to receive the handicap parking rate.
    • A TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) is located in the main lobby area, across from the Art Gallery.
  • For information about going through the security checkpoint, please visit http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/index.shtm.
  • If you require assistance boarding the aircraft, please contact your airline.