BMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15349 posts, RR: 26
Reply 17, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3565 times:
Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 16): While no longer offering scheduled pax flights, when did BLV open?
That airport would be up for debate. They built a new runway some distance from the existing one for the commercial side, but it is still connected by a taxiway to the Air Force base, so it probably falls under the same category as AUS and MCO.
Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
SurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2778 posts, RR: 31
Reply 22, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3426 times:
From youngest to oldest:
1) SGU: Opened January 13, 2011. Replaced the old, landlocked SGU airport.
2) ECP: Opened May 23rd, 2010. Replaced PFN.
3) BKG: Opened May 11, 2009. Complemented the distant SGF airport that had previously been the nearest commercial airport to Branson.
4) XNA: Opened November 1, 1998. Replaced the commercial aviation function of FYV, which became a general aviation facility.
5) DEN: Opened February 28, 1995. Replaced the old DEN (Stapleton) airport.
6) RSW: Opened May 14, 1983. Replaced the commercial aviation function of FMY, which became a general aviation facility.
7) DFW: Opened January 13, 1974. Was intended to consolidate all commercial air service in the area in a neutral location between Dallas and Fort Worth, but WN fought to keep DAL open and...the rest is history.
After that, the history is a bit more hazy. During the 50s and 60s, virtually all existing facilities became obsolete due to the advent of jets, followed by jumbojets. Most cities managed to expand their established airports, and others (notably Chicago and Kansas City) drastically transformed sleepy suburban airfields into their primary major commercial airports. So, it seems these were the only truly greenfield site projects after the World War II era (predating the highly touted opening of DFW):
Of course, as with the development of ORD and MCI, the conversion of former military facilities into commercial airports like AUS and MCO are also quite notable, as the cities essentially gained newer, bigger, better airports in the process.
However, there are cases like this
Quoting KBUF (Reply 20): BUF got a completely new terminal in 1997, replacing the old ones that had been in use since the 1920's.
that just don't count. Airports like IND and RSW recently got wholly new terminals that were in such different locations from their predecessors that even all roadway access to the airport changed. However, existing runways and other support functions (hangars, etc.) were already there. New, freshly built state of the art terminals open throughout the country all the time.
Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!