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Publication: Albany Daily News. Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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Celebrity Then And Now
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While there are several hotels around the Albany International Airport, a lot of people would agree that they aren’t the most convenient. The closest airport currently is the Hilton Garden Inn, but that’s still more than a half mile away from where people are getting dropped off and picked up. This can lead to a lot of congestion around the airport as people from area hotels make their way to their flights, but the airport itself is offering up a solution: build a hotel that is directly connected to the airport itself.

These hotels tend to have “airport” in their names and are attached to brands, but have received complaints about their location. Some of them simply take too long to get to and from because of the increased amount of people flowing to the airport. Just a one mile trip can take a long time with the congested traffic, especially during the busier hours of the day.

It’s all about the convenience aspect, says Airport Authority CEO Philip Calderone, who says that the hotel would serve as a hub to attract travelers who might not want to stray far away from the hotel during short trips to the city. “Today’s travelers are seeking overnight lodging in close proximity to airport terminals and parking,” he said. “An on-site, brand name hotel would provide convenient access to the terminal while offering meeting rooms and a high-end restaurant to meet the needs of our region’s business and leisure travelers.”

Because the land that the airport sits on is the property of the county, there are a lot of hoops that they’d have to jump through. The county would need to approve the hotel construction, but that might not be too big of an issue. After doing studies of other major airports that have done the same with hotels that are connected to the airport, they’ve seen how lucrative it can be, and it would solve a major traffic issue in the immediate area. To keep people out of traffic, there would also be meeting rooms and convention halls, so that people don’t have to leave at all.

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