Harnessing the Web

SAN's eMedia initiatives inform travelers; connect with the community

  • Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) — One of the world’s busiest airports in terms of passenger numbers, Atlanta has some 35 uploaded videos available for viewing via the airport’s dedicated YouTube channel. The channel, which was created in December 2008 and currently has some 240 subscribers, is maintained by the City of Atlanta Department of Aviation’s Office of Public Affairs.

    The airport’s latest submission to the YouTube channel, headlined Rental Car Center Opens Tuesday, Dec. 8!, gives viewers an in-depth look at the airport’s most recent construction project.

    On December 8, the airport celebrated the grand opening of its new rental car center and the ATL SkyTrain. Once the new facility opened, all rental car companies operating in the passenger terminal were to move to the rental car center; the facility houses all customer transaction counters and all vehicles for rental agencies that operate at Hartsfield-Jackson.

    The video features important facts about the new rental car center and gives viewers step-by-step instructions for accessing the new facility via ATL’s new SkyTrain elevated people mover.

  • Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) — has developed a series of online videos highlighting key features of the six area airports that comprise its reliever airport system: Airlake Airport (Lakevile), Anoka County – Blaine (Blaine), Crystal Airport (Crystal), Flying Cloud Airport (Eden Prairie), and St. Paul Downtown Airport/Holman Field (St. Paul).

    MAC’s reliever system is one of the largest in the nation with more than 400,000 takeoffs and landings annually and a local economic impact of $255 million, according to the MAC.

    The series of short videos was created to showcase the variety of airports in the MAC reliever system. In a public statement, the airport system says it recognizes the enormous popularity and easy public access that YouTube’s online video format provides.

  • Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) — CAK’s YouTube channel was created in January 2009, yet it already houses some 30 videos featuring everything from on-the-spot passenger interviews to the arrival of the airport’s newest fire truck. Recent video submissions highlight the airport’s CAK 2018 -- the most ambitious capital improvement plan in Akron-Canton Airport’s history. The ten-year, $110 million plan calls for ten extensive construction projects during the next ten years.

  • Denver International Airport (DIA) — Denver Int’l created its YouTube page in September 2008 utilizing the platform to inform airport users of the many initiatives underway there, including the airport’s “Art of the Dunes” exhibition, as well as its many ‘green’ sustainability efforts.

    In a video submitted in March of this year and titled DIA is Green, airport director of environmental programs Janell Barrilleaux outlines steps the airport has taken to be environmentally sustainable. DIA is Green is an educational experience for viewers that relates the benefits of sustainable airport construction by exhibiting DIA’s ‘green’ airport projects including dedicated deicing pads and associated infrastructure for collecting and recycling glycol, an underground fuel delivery system to reduce emissions during fueling, and the airport’s terminal roof and concourses which maximize daylight energy.

  • Harrisburg International Airport (HIA) — has submitted a variety of videos to its YouTube channel, mostly emphasizing the airport’s overarching philosophy: setting the standard for simple, convenient air travel.

    New to the channel are videos straight from HIA’s observation deck. YouTube viewers can now watch airplanes as they take off and land at the airport.

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