by Airman 1st Class Dymekre Allen
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Each year, active duty and Reserve service members, as well as retirees and dependents, use Space Available as a viable option to commercial travel.
“Space Available travel is one of the best programs the military offers for its members,” said Airman 1st Class Robert
Storey, 721st Aerial Port Squadron passenger service agent.
Space-A travel is a specific program for travel authorized by the Department of Defense allowing authorized passengers to occupy an aircraft seat. Some trips come without cost, but most are within an affordable price.
For instance, if you are selected for a flight on one of the passenger rotators heading from Ramstein to Baltimore-Washington International Airport, the only cost is a head tax to enter the U.S.
Due to lack of space on these flights, Space-A passengers travel only after all duty cargo and passengers have been accommodated. All available seats are released, but there are no guarantees.
“There’s not a lot of space after all the mandatory items and people are on board, but we still try and help dependents save a whole lot of money by boarding,” said Cody Campbell, 721st APS passenger service agent.
In order to maintain the equity and integrity of the Space-A system, seats may not be taken or used at en route stops along mission routes.
For many service members in Europe, Space-A is the only way for them to return stateside and visit friends and family.
“We try to ensure that families at least have the opportunity to board one of our flights,” Storey said. “At times, it can seem frustrating, however, if you become familiar with the system and plan ahead to cover any problems that may arise, Space-A can and will save you and your family thousands of dollars per trip.”
Prospective travelers through Ramstein looking for Space-A travel information can also check www.ramstein.af.mil or call the 721st APS at 314-479-4440.