N702ML From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1531 times:
This is the information I could find:
Airside D (gates 46-55A) was the last of the original 1971 satellites in operation. Its two concourses could accommodate ten Boeing 757s or eight Boeing 767s. Originally occupied by Northeast, Northwest and United Airlines, the facility later became home to low cost carriers like AirTran, Independence Air, JetBlue and Spirit Airlines. The terminal was closed in 2005.
Airside D (gates 46-55A) was the former home of Northwest and United Airlines. The Airside's architectural style was identical to Airside B, but the building's layout is different. Ten Boeing 757s could be accommodated by the Airside's two concourses. When the facility opened Northwest occupied four gates and United Airlines occupied three. Northeast Airlines occupied the remaining three gates but the colorful carrier never equipped them with jetways. Northeast merged with Delta Airlines on August 1, 1972 and its operation was relocated to Airside C. Air Florida began operating from the facility on April 5, 1974 when it commenced Lockheed L-188 Electra service to Miami. In 1978 (after Airline Deregulation) the vacant (Northeast) gates were equipped with jetways and were used by Continental, Ozark and Piedmont Airlines. During 1996 the building was completely renovated, its interiors were remodeled and the Westinghouse Shuttles were replaced. Northwest Airlines relocated to Airside A during the fall of 1999. Air Canada replaced Northwest occupying the gates adjacent to United Airlines. Three years later Air Canada and United Airlines relocated to the newly completed Airside E. AirTran, Independence Air, JetBlue and Spirit Airlines were the last carriers to occupy the facility. Airside D was closed on May 2005 (after 34 years of operations) and its tenants were relocated to Airsides A and C.
3201 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1471 times:
D was smokin' hot in the early/mid 80's. QH was there, with their 8am connecting bank and more flights all day. PI was there with a ton of flights at their peak. NW was there with the closest thing TPA had to a hub operation. After QH90, RC-NW, and US-PI, it wasn't anywhere near the same.
Nasty little place by today's standards, though -- completely out-dated.
USPIT10L From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 3266 posts, RR: 8 Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1346 times:
Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 6): I was just looking at TPA on Google Earth and it appears the old NA/PA terminal had been torn down and a newly built terminal is being completed in its place! I've been asleep at the switch!
That has already been renovated. DL, UA and AC use Airside E. Very nice terminal. I was there in 2003.
Newsguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1329 times:
The airport is going to tear down Airside D, starting with asbestos abatement in the coming weeks. I don't think they plan to build any new airsides at the current terminal, choosing instead to move right into building the first quarter of the next landside/landside complex north of the current terminal by 2015.
727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5722 posts, RR: 20 Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1167 times:
Quoting LGA777 (Reply 9): Actually seeing a NW 742, 2 DC-10's, and a couple of 727's all at once was very, very cool !
Yep. It was cool seeing the airside empty, then a NW jet would land, then another, then another, then another..........suddenly all 6 gates were full. Then 45 minutes later, they'd all leave, leaving 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, & 55A empty. remember they had to squeeze that 55A in there.
The airside may be outdated, but there are a lot of childhood memories there. I flew Indy in Feb 05, just 3 months before the closure....the airside's, not Indy's.
The way I remember:
NW had 53, 54, 55
UA had 49, 50, 51
52, 46, 47, 48 had no jetways
Then Ozark moved into 50
Then Midway moved into 50
Then NW added 52
UA gave up 51, and added 48
47 and 46 added jetways for PI
55A was added for NW hub
Original Airtran used 50
PI also used 55 and 55A
UA shared 48 with NK
Kiwi used 55
47 and 46 became jetwayLESS again
AC moved from C to 46, jetways again
NW moved to A
FL used 51, 52, 53
NK used 54
DH used 46 and 47
B6 used 50
Zippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 4724 posts, RR: 13 Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1142 times:
Quoting Crogalski (Reply 2): Yep, without a doubt you could tell the age of that building..
I remember our FL TPA gates in the now closed D concourse. Actually, this terminal area was very well kept and sort of intimate. Our old boarding areas reminded me of a 1960s/1970s vintage synagogue. A lot of Blue, Green and aqua; sort of like those late 20th. Century "contemporary"
temples. The area seemed very comfortable and the air conditioning kicked ass! I've yet to vist our new digs at TPA. If anyone can chime in on what the new gates are like, I'd love to hear it.
Graham697 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 350 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1068 times:
Presently, the HCAA is deciding whether to build the new control there or rebuild it as an airside in order to maximize space before spending a billion on a new terminal (which will happen anyways). Either way the building has to come down, so it is bitter sweet, but needed.