There simply was no other airport in more desperate need of a modern terminal than Bakersfield (BFL). The original building was constructed just after WWII, and although extensions on the runway were completed to allow for a possible emergency landing of the space shuttle if nearby Edwards AFB was not useable, the terminal building never was changed. Small, cramped, horrifically designed for the realities of jet service, and lacking a modern baggage claim until the mid 1980's, BFL was just an atrocity.
Fortunately, the city is building a much more modern facility that can handle mainline jets (if they ever return) as well as the plethora of RJ's that will form the backbone of service there for many years. Let's see if the pics match the final product!!
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Flyabunch From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 517 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4135 times:
LAX LAX LAX
This airport is an embarrasment. They have tried to make a 1950's design work with volume way above its capacity. Anyone who has arrived at LAX and had to wait on a taxiway for gates or even taxiways to open in front of them knows what I mean.
Jetpixx From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 823 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4094 times:
CLE and MIA.....Cleveland's too busy charging exorbitant landing fees and not worrying about upgrading the ugly Concourse A and B. I'd love to see a Concourse E added, move all the airlines from A and B over to the new terminal, then tear down the old ones and build new.
I flew UA through MIA last year and was surprised how nasty the terminal area was. You walk down deserted hallways and in places that look like you do not belong. The signage is poor and it is old and musty. Will choose FLL over MIA any day of the week!
Zrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3011 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3937 times:
While I agree that many of these older facilities need to be revamped (or torn down?), I for one LOVE the older terminals. The new ones all look alike on the inside. Even the spifiest of them seem to lack character. Give me BOS terminal D any day!
OzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2701 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3922 times:
Here's a plan, renovate CDG:
Step one: Sack ADP management and suppress the name from history
Step two: Ferret-out any last vestige of this infamous family of tribes
Step three: Check you got them all
Step four: Re-hire at leat the top 16 layers of management drawing from people who know something about airports and passengers, even 'clients'
Step five: Give the whole place a good hosing down
Step six: rebuild 2E and complete T1 renovations and inter-terminal train
: Voila - a great new mega-hub is born...
[Edited 2005-02-09 00:52:41]
When all's said and done, there'll be more said than done.
BoeingATL From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3903 times:
for me, LGA. What a mess. Landlocked, no room for expansion. No real public transportation compared to the Orange Line from Midway and the Blue Line from O'Hare. Taking the bus into LGA is like working your way through a corn maize; or a lottery if you're on a tight schedule. Next terminal. . . .?