TRAVELING THROUGH JACKSONVILLE, NC'S OAJ-ELLIS AIRPORT

OAJ-Ellis Airport, located in Richlands, NC, near Jacksonville, is served by Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. Daily flights go between OAJ-Ellis and Atlanta and Charlotte. If you need to travel via an NC flight to or through any of these cities for business, personal or military reasons, book a flight today.

AIRLINE INFORMATION

Both American Airlines and Delta Air Lines serve our airport. Which airline you use will depend on where you are traveling and your schedule. Some of the best airfares are available on their websites. Before your flight, visit your airline’s website and sign up for text alerts to check on your flight’s status and print out your boarding passes. Printing your boarding passes means that, if you aren’t checking luggage, you can bypass the ticket counter and go straight to security upon arrival at the airport.

ALLOW EXTRA TIME

Arriving early means you will have plenty of time to check in and pass through security at a leisurely pace, and even grab a bite to eat at the restaurant before boarding your flight. This is especially important during the holidays, when more people are traveling. Typically, we recommend arriving one hour in advance of a domestic flight and an hour and a half ahead of an international flight.

PACK LIGHT

Delta Air Lines and American Airlines allow passengers to carry on one piece of carry-on sized luggage and a personal item for free. Check with your airline for specific details. Packing lightly avoids baggage fees and the inconvenience of toting heavy luggage through the airport.

AVOID COMMON MISTAKES

  • Do not pack the following in checked luggage: keys, medications, travel documents, valuable or fragile items, or anything that you can’t live without, even for a day or two, in case your baggage is delayed.
  • Update baggage tags, but also leave your name and phone number in your baggage, as tags can fall off.
  • Send your travel arrangements ahead to waiting family members. Many large airports have multiple terminals and baggage claims, sometimes making it difficult for people to find each other.

PREPARE FOR SECURITY

The following tips will help you get through security faster:

  • Pack your bags in layers — this makes it easier to screen.
  • Have your boarding pass and ID easily available.
  • Remove your shoes. Slip-on shoes are the best choice.
  • Remember TSA’s 3-1-1 rule. If you have liquids in your carry-on bag, place all of the 3.4 oz or smaller sized liquids and gels into a 1 quart zip-top plastic bag. Pull that bag out for screening. The limit is 1 bag per passenger.
  • Send coats and jackets through the X-ray machine.
  • Remove any items that might set off the metal detector, such as keys, loose change, watches, computers and heavy jewelry, before you are screened.
  • Do not wrap any gifts. If security needs to inspect a package, they may have to unwrap it.
  • If traveling with food, check TSA’s list of items that should be checked or shipped ahead.
  • If traveling with children or the elderly, check the TSA website for special rules.

KEEP IN MIND THAT DELAYS OCCUR

Plan ahead for flight delays that may be caused by weather, technical difficulties or crowded flights. Bring along snacks and games for the kids, chargers for phones or other devices, and keep phone numbers for family, friends and airlines handy should you need to adjust travel plans. Most airlines have websites designed to work with mobile devices that contain useful information, should you be delayed.

OAJ-Ellis Airport is located in Richlands, NC, near Jacksonville, and offers flights to and from Charlotte and Atlanta. Contact us for more information.