Rochester, home of the Kodak corporation is a 200,000 people city in Monroe county, New York state, south of Lake Ontario. And despite the towns small size it actually has an international airport called “Greater Rochester International Airport” (IATA: ROC). Just don’t expect to fly there directly from anywhere far away, it’s not that international (in fact, I think the only international flight is across the lake to Toronto). But at least it features frequent flights to and from JFK. The only problem is that if JFK is disrupted for some reason, you’re stuck at Kodak’s home airport.
And that’s exactly what happened last time I went there for business: I was hoping to get back to JFK quickly in order to catch my flight back to London Heathrow. But unfortunately a major storm over New York caused my JetBlue flight to be delayed by several hours (and making me miss all possible flights back to London that day, but that’s another story…).
So, what was there to do at thrilling Rochester airport? Here’s my top 5:
- Feast on JetBlue’s generous food and drink offerings (mind the cookies, but indulge on the blue crisps)
- Make use of the free Wifi (while getting annoyed with yourself for leaving the charger in the checked bag)
- Search for the one coffee shop which actually does have soy milk coffee (the one between the two concourses has!)
- Calm down the lovely lady next to you who has tickets for the premiere of the Sex and the City movie at the Radio City Music Hall tonight
- Bond with fellow stranded travellers and complain in loud voices about the lack of information (and the distasteful cookies, see 1.)
What? You think that stained glass thing (see picture above) should have made it into the top 5? Common, stay focused! 😉
(Picture from Flickr)