Rhode Island Airport

There is only one Rhode Island airport with significant commercial passenger traffic. This is TF Green Airport (Theodore Francis Green State Airport) located in Providence, which is the primary airport in Rhode Island and a fairly large facility. TF Green Airport is just over an hour's drive from Boston and, since Logan Airport in that city is such a large and busy facility, it is often used by passengers whose ultimate destination is Boston.

Rhode Island airport parking is abundant here, with covered and open spaces for both short and long term visitors, and there is free shuttle service to the terminal from all the parking facilities. Look for the vans with green and blue graphics reading "Green Express Airport Parking," so called because of the gas compressed, energy efficient vans that are used. TF Green Airport is served by almost ten major airlines, with service between cities in eastern Canada, Phoenix, and Florida, as well as numerous East Coast and Midwest cities. In addition to the Rhode Island airport parking available here, this Rhode Island airport has all the facilities and amenities you would expect from a major airport, including shops, dining venues, and wireless Internet accessibility. There is also public bus service into downtown Providence and Amtrak rail service to Boston. You'll also find car rentals available, with most major national franchises right in the terminals. TF Green Airport serves more than five million passengers per year. It is the central hub for most Rhode Island vacations, and is close to many Providence hotels.

You will find another airport in Rhode Island at Westerly, near the Connecticut border. While this facility is primarily for private, general aviation service, there are commercial flights to and from Block Island. Needless to say, there is also an airport in Rhode Island on Block Island. There is Rhode Island airport parking at both of these facilities, as well as outlets for car rentals. Both have only the basics for other passenger services, since neither is a major hub where travelers will spend any significant amount of time.

Westerly on the mainland is just across the sound from Block Island, which is one of the major vacation resorts of the state. Other than the Block Island ferry services to Point Judith on Narragansett Bay, the town of Newport, and New London in Connecticut, this Westerly air route is the only way to get from the mainland to Block Island. While this Rhode Island airport does have car rentals, several of the resorts and Block Island hotels provide transportation both to the airport and the ferry ports. If you've booked a fishing charter, most outfitters also will provide airport pick up and drop off services. You can also rent mopeds, one of the more practical and enjoyable modes of transportation on this lovely small island.

The state is small enough that the lack of another Rhode Island airport is not all that important for getting around. Driving to any of the attractions within the state can be accomplished in a very short amount of time. However, if you have private aircraft, you can fly into North Kingstown, Pawtucket, Newport, and West Kingston.

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