LONDONDERRY — Eight o’clock on a Tuesday morning and the regional aviation hub that is Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is lacking the hubbub air travelers typically encounter across the nation.
There are a dozens of empty parking spaces in the A lot out front of the terminal.
People walk right up to the airline counter for check-in, then meander, coffee in hand, through the concourses, and leisurely view the arrivals and departures board.
Travelers appear relaxed, not stressed.
By airport standards, this is a spa treatment.
The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport experience is why people say the airport is one of “603 Reasons” that make New Hampshire special.
“It’s very convenient; it’s a nice, small airport,” said Brenda Urban, working the information booth for the Granite State Ambassadors, the volunteer tourism group that helps people find their way around the state.
“Most people like the smallness of the airport. They don’t get lost going from point A to point B,” she said. “That’s why most people like it.”
Urban will interact with as many as 150 people during the day at the booth or in her rounds of the terminal.
Driver Alfredo Diaz’s limo is parked curbside. He hears about the airport from his customers.
“They like the convenience and that it is close to everything,” Diaz said. “They like it and they look forward to coming back.”
Susan Vaillancourt of Fitchburg has driven her father, Tom Chaplin, in from Massachusetts for his flight to Florida. She has her own trip upcoming later this month and will fly from Manchester herself.
“It’s easy in and easy out. Everybody is so less stressed,” Vaillancourt said. They are hospitable. The parking is great. You can’t really get lost.”
Her father said he won’t fly out of Logan Airport in Boston.