DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4419 posts, RR: 35 Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3389 times:
Shoot...I have a postcard aerial photo of the old terminal, probably taken around 1978, in my collection up in Rochester. Which I bought when I flew through ATL in 1979. Here's a quick description:
The terminal complex was located north of the northernmost parallel set of runways. There's a big hotel with a swept-back front sitting on the spot now.
There was a two-story central building, about the size of YVR's old building, with a four-or five story greenish-blue adminsitrative block with the control tower cab on top of it. A y-shaped concourse protruded from the middle. Corridors on each side, at about a 60-degree angle, linked to two finger concourses poking out parallel to the arms of the 'y.'
If you faced the terminal from the small garage, the two concourses to the right served Eastern. The two to the left served Delta. There was a one-story tiny international arrivals building attached to the outer Eastern concourse.
The "Y" concourse served All Other Airlines.
Eastern's innermost concourse, which was greenish-blue like the administrative building, had ground-level gates and no jetways. I still remember boarding and debarking on airstairs and walking outdoors. The outermost Eastern concourse was two-story with jetways, as were both Delta concourses. I think one or both of DL's had a satellite at the end, too. I don't remember if the Y concourse had jetways, but I think at least part of it was ground-level.
Jsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1941 posts, RR: 16 Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3300 times:
DCA-ROCguy gave a great summary of the old terminal's layout. The two Delta concourses both had rotundas on the end, each with six jetway gates (in addition to the six gates on the length of each concourse), although the rotundas weren't built until 1968.
Eastern had upper-level gates on its northern concourse, they were built in 1972 to handle the L1011 TriStar (although 727s and DC9s could use them as well.)
The "Y" concourse in the middle was used by Eastern, Southern, Piedmont and National (on the western arm) and United, Northwest, TWA and Braniff (on the east arm). Northwest added jetways to its gates in 1976.
In the 1960s and 1970s United had a very large presence in Atlanta (after Eastern, Delta and Southern, they were the largest airline at the airport). After Deregulation, they pulled out of ATL and attempted to set up a hub at MEM, which didn't work too well. Delta took over many of the old United gates and used them until the present terminal opened in 1980.
I have always wondered how baggage claim was handled in the old ATL terminal. Were there carousels, or belts, or just those crummy shelves like Dallas-Love Field used to have?