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This Secret Airport Perk Could Save Your Trip

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Have you ever been driving a rental car toward an airport to catch a flight, only to realize you didn’t know where you could fill the tank before returning the car? Or driven away from an airport but realized you needed to pick up a few items before starting your trip? If so, you might like to know about Airport Plazas, a new chain of off-airport facilities designed to serve airport employees.

But travelers can take advantage of them too. Facilities, open 24/7, typically include:

  • Gas, diesel, and alternative fuel service, including compressed natural gas and—soon—high-capacity electric-car battery recharging;
  • Other automotive services: tire air, car wash, lube, and minor repair;
  • Convenience store and food court;
  • Dry cleaning drop off and pick up;
  • Public restrooms;
  • Free Wi-Fi; and
  • Flight information screens.

Airport Plazas currently operates a plaza at Newark and opens another at New York/JFK in April. The company is building plazas at Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Ft. Myers, Indianapolis, Portland, Washington/Dulles, and West Palm Beach. Active negotiations or proposals are in the works for Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Memphis, Orlando, San Francisco, and Washington/Reagan National.

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