Travel: Flying out of Roswell, NM

The Finger Post Travel (July 19, 2017)

Southeast New Mexico has two of the best options for departures out there. Both Hobbs and Roswell are small airports that allow a lot more flexibility to the traveler: free parking, short lines, and an ability to check in a bit later than you would have to if you flew out of a Denver or Houston.

But I have to admit, I really love flying out of Roswell.

I feel like if I ran an airport it would look like the Roswell International Air Center. First, it has a free book exchange, which is a nice touch. And the book selection is surprisingly good…usually. ┬áToday’s trip had nothing but Daniele Steele books and some other paperbacks I wasn’t interested in, so I fear I may have jinxed it.

But the best part is the airport in Roswell is like a junkyard full of random old planes and parts just scattered all over the place.

Now I don’t mean that as a negative. It gives the airport atmosphere and an adventurous feel. It can feel comparable to “Brad Pitt escaping the World War Z zombie apocalypse” when you are going down the runway and, looking out your window, you see dozens of old, gutted commercial jets.

 

It’s just a unique experience and coupled with an awesome staff at the Air Center you really can’t go wrong flying out of there.