Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions 2019-11-06T14:53:45+00:00

Passenger Q&A

Since PGD is an originating airport for Allegiant, there are multiple flights departing between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. For these early morning flights, we recommend that passengers arrive at the airport two hours before their scheduled departure time. For more information, view a list of airlines and contact information. 

No. Passengers at PGD board an aircraft by walking along the ground-level and up a gently-sloping ramp. If it’s raining while boarding, airline staff accommodates passengers by providing ponchos. However, safety standards require that lightning within a five-mile radius subsides before passengers, staff or crew begin the boarding or deplaning process.  These standard safety regulations are employed regardless of whether or not PBBs are utilized, so even passengers at large airports experience lightning-related delays.  Federal regulators, airport and airline staff all want to make sure our passengers get where they’re going safely.

Safety standards require that lightning within a five-mile radius subsides before passengers, staff or crew begin the boarding or deplaning process. All personnel must vacate the ramp, cease airside ground activities and outdoor baggage handling while lightning is within a five-mile radius. Unfortunately, lightning in the area may lead to delays in flight arrivals, flight departures and delivery of baggage as well.  We appreciate our passengers’ patience with the inconveniences caused by Florida’s unpredictable weather patterns.

Animals (excluding service or law enforcement) are prohibited inside the terminal unless they are carried in approved travel containers. There are pet relief areas designated across from the terminal crosswalk in the short-term parking lot. Please remember to clean up after your pets. For more details, review the Airport Animal Policy.

Passengers age 18 and older must present photo identification, such as a passport, driver’s license or military ID issued by a local, state or federal government agency. Passengers without proper identification may be denied boarding. For more information, call the TSA Contact Center toll free at (866) 289-9673 during the following hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. You may also e-mail TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations allow only passengers with tickets through security clearance areas and into the concourses. If you are assisting or meeting a child traveling alone, a person with a disability or someone else who needs your help, please contact your airline.

Check with your airline, as quantity, size, and weight restrictions vary by carrier. View a list of airlines.

Yes, portable electronic devices are allowed in carry-on luggage, and will be thoroughly screened at the checkpoint. For a complete list of authorized devices, please visit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website.

For a complete list of authorized items, please visit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website.

Gulf Coast Car Service is the provider of ground transportation at PGD. They have a fleet of minivans on site and mobility options for special needs customers.

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The ATM is in the baggage claim area.

The Junction is located in the terminal after you have passed through the security checkpoint. They have food, drinks, bar and gifts.

The SkyView Cafe is located next to the terminal. They have food, drinks and cocktails available.

Vending machines are located in the baggage claim area.

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Anywhere inside the terminal! Punta Gorda Airport offers free Wi-Fi service.

No, current security procedures prohibit lockers or item storage in the airport terminal. All items must remain with their owner.

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Flight Information Display Systems are located throughout the terminal and provides information about flight arrivals and departures. The same information is available in real time on Arrivals webpage. Please note, it is highly recommended that you contact the airline directly for the most current flight status information.

The airport offers two parking options: Long-term parking and short-term parking. There are no parking garages.  For parking fees and a locator map, click here. The curb is not a parking option — vehicles left unattended at the terminal curb will be towed.

Yes, the airport does  have a designated cell phone lot shown on this map which can be accessed from Golf Course Blvd. and Viking Ave. Another option is the short-term parking lot, where the first two hours are free if space is available.

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PGD participates in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Screening Partnership Program, which contracts security screening services at commercial airports to qualified private companies. These companies run screening operations under federal oversight and must comply with all TSA security screening procedures.

Nowhere. Smoking is prohibited inside the airport terminal.

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Community Q&A

Generally, no.  The Federal Aviation Administration’s informative website will help you find out what rules and regulations apply to your specific situation.

This website was designed to make its pages as accessible as possible to the widest range of users, including users with disabilities. Please contact 941-639-1101-x100 or use this contact form if you have any accessibility issues on the website.  If you are using assistive technology to access content on this website and the format of any materials interferes with your ability to access it, please let us know immediately and we will correct it. If you contact us, would you please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the webpage address of the requested materials, your contact information, and any other information that would allow us to better assist you.

PGD strives to be a good neighbor and requests that aircraft use our noise abatement arrival and departure procedures. Learn more about our Noise Mitigation Program.  

Aircraft emissions have not been found to create soot on homes. There have been various research projects conducted at airports in which the researches collect samples from exhaust plumes behind aircraft. The studies have yet to conclude that the particulate matter emissions from aircraft are significant contributors to the material deposited on surrounding communities (Task 5: Investigating air emission impacts on the community, 2006). The black roof stains are classified as a black algae, called Gloeocapsa magma, a cyanobacteria (Clark, 2013).

The recent prevalence of the black algae may be due to the increased usage of limestone in shingles (“Black or Green Algae Stains on Asphalt Roof Shingles,” 2018). Blackened roofs are more common in warm, humid climates and are most often mistaken for dirt, moss, or granule loss (Algae discoloration of shingles, 2017).

Image credit: Clark, 2013

In 2006, the Broward County Aviation Department conducted a study to analyze the air emissions impact on their community from their airport. The researchers were unable to identify any particulate matter that looked representative of known aircraft engine-generated particles. The material that were found did not include any petroleum hydrocarbons or similar compounds. The study noted that there is particle matter being deposited on homes and buildings, however; the particulate matter found is not aviation related (Task 5: Investigating air emission impacts on the community, 2006).

It is important to note that there are multiple sources of particulate matter that could potentially stain roofs in our community. The sources include fungi, pollen, industrial emissions, diesel and gasoline exhaust, dust (including rubber dust from I75 or US41), and ash. The ash is especially notable, as there are regular controlled burnings in our nearby conservation areas to prevent forest fires.

References

Algae discoloration of shingles (13). (2017). Retrieved from Canadian Asphalt Shingle

Manufacturers’ Association website: https://inspectapedia.com/roof/Algae-Discoloration-of-Shingles-CASMA.pdf

Black or Green Algae Stains on Asphalt Roof Shingles. (2018). Retrieved from https://inspectapedia.com/roof/Shingle_Algae_Stains.php#Cause

Clark, P. (2013, June 18). Roof algae: The prehistoric organism that streaks your shingles.

The Washington Post. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/metro/urban-jungle/pages/130618.html

Reid, A. (2015, September 30). Beginning of sugar cane harvest reignites field burning debate.

Sun Sentinel. Retrieved from http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/fl-cane-burning-resumes-20150930-story.html

Task 5: Investigating air emission impacts on the community. (2006). Retrieved from Broward County Aviation Department