SWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 43 Posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1868 times:
All I can say is WOOOOOOOOOW!
It is truly an amazing structure. TPA certainly out did themselves with this one! The whole thing is freaking HUGE! The roof is like miles above you! Floor to ceiling glass. Everything is rich woods, brushed silver, glass and marble. It looks incredibly modern yet harkens back to the romantic days of aviation. The lines and curves of the building flow incredibly gracefully. There is a huge mural in the security area of an old Eastern Airlines prop plane on the tarmac as people in their "Sunday best" board their awaiting flight. A HUMONGUS bronze statue of an old time aviator sits upon a pedestal near the sports bar. There is a children's play area full of soft molded plastic fighter jets and prop planes for the kids to climb into and on. Free wi-fi.
A replica of an older style (non jet) aircraft wing hangs from the ceiling, leading edge facing down. Mosaics depicting space and such decorate the floors. Various shapes of artistic lights hang from the ceiling in groupings all around the airside.
Security area? Whoa. Laaarge.
This place is incredible. It really took my breath away.
Words simply can not describe the true elegance and beauty of this airside.
I just found a link that describes the planning and building process a bit. Interesting.
What's funny is I described it as old time romantic and I honestly thought it kinda reminded me of the pictures of JFK back when 707's ruled the sky.....
That is exactly how they describe it in this article I just found. All I can say is they did an incredible job if I walked in and thought those very things without knowing that's what they were trying to achive.
Graham697 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 350 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1784 times:
One thing I forgot to mention in my original post about this, is the new info "pods" (I am not sure what to call them) but they are station at every gate or so and we were told that they will have information about the gates, services, and terminals at TPA. They won't FIDS though, but otherwise they can tell you whatever else you want to know. I was impressed.
Phatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1322 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days ago) and read 1681 times:
After visiting the open house yesterday (4-16-05) for the viewing of Airside C, I felt the terminal had a retro look (as described by SWA TPA), as if the airport took the LAX Terminal 6 and modernized it. It was obvious by how the lights and air conditioning ducts were styled on the ceiling, in addition to the wood paneling used on various parts of the terminal. There are also various models of vintage wings hanging from the ceiling, and in the area of C34-C35, a wing is affixed to a rooftop skylight.
Also, there were plenty of former Eastern Airlines employees attending the open house, with most of them wearing flight attendant uniforms, ramp jumpsuits, and even the I.D. cards furnished by EA. Most of them congregated in front of the mural at the tram lobby of Airside C, which features passengers saying goodbyes to the people that took them to the airport, and then boarding an Eastern DC-3 in the background.
Southwest- Will be utilizing gates C30-C41, for a total of 12 gates. Southwest's display included a caricature drawing, someone making balloon hats, a knight mime, and agents distributing peanuts/pretzels. There were also several videos playing showing some employees discussing the company and what they do.
Independence- Will be utilizing gate C42. Independence's display included a miniature golf challenge with choice of prizes (DH hat, DH shirt, DH mousepad, DH license plate outline), and agents handing out drinks, various snacks served inflight on DH, and beads with an Independence baggage tag on the end. A video was showing on the day DH was revealed.
Spirit- Will be utilizing gate C44. Spirit's display included a 3M pad distribution with the NK logo, and plastic NK wings.
Midwest- Unknown gate (sharing with NK at C44??). There were no representatives from ME present at the open house.
There are a total of 16 gates, although jetways for gates C43 and C45 were missing at the time of the open house. From outside the airside, the jetway for gate C45 was sitting on the ground waiting placement. Gates C42 and C43 were most likely designed for Independence Air, since both gates have a ramp which leads to the jetway, and makes boarding to a CRJ a less harrowing experience by having a lower angle walk to the plane. Since DH's recent flight cuts out of TPA, both gates will not be needed and therefore DH will use only gate C42. Finally, gates C37-C38 and C40-41 are designed dual-jetway style and A380 compatible. For practical WN operations though, both jetways will be used individually for the WN 737s.
TLHFLA From United States of America, joined May 2003, 584 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days ago) and read 1655 times:
So AirTran won't be using Airside C? I want to see the new Airside C, but now that I live in ATL, I won't be able to unless I fly Independence Air with a connection at IAD, or drive to BHM to fly on WN... I was hoping AirTran would move in there. I assume they will move to A once D closes...
Cactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2380 posts, RR: 34 Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1616 times:
This sounds a bit like Phoenix's new concourse D at terminal 4 that Southwest just opened up.. When I flew out of Phoenix last month I took a walk through it. Gotta say, beautiful. Huge windows at the south end looking out at the two south runways. Nice woods, steel, high ceilings and plenty of places to eat and drink.
Phatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1322 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1549 times:
WN currently uses in Airside A: 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18
CO currently uses in Airside A: 3, 4, 5, and 6
3M and 9K currently use in Airside A: 1
NW currently uses in Airside A: 7, 8, and 9
F9 currently uses any CO gate that is open (although F9 frequently parks at gate A3)
HP currently uses any CO gate that is open (although HP frequently parks at gate A5)
To answer the original question by COEWR777, the WN gates in Airside A will be going to FL and B6.
Given the recent point-to-point expansion by NW, and the likelihood that more are on the way, NW may gain a gate from WN's vacancy. I'm not sure if CO really needs more gates at TPA, unless CO is intent on boosting frequency to all of its hub destinations.