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User currently offlineMidway DC9-10 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 265 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 10 months 3 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

Are there any US Airports (small and big) with concourses/gates that have passengers boarding from ground level? I live in Chicago and MDW's old gates are still at ground level. I always liked the view from this level, however, at MDW there is too little window space and too much equipment in the way to get good photographs. Any suggestions welcomed!

Thanks,

Dave

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User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 3 hours ago) and read 1153 times:

Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) has at least two gates at ground level, maybe four. I boarded a Continental Express flight from one of these ground level gates. Most of the gates are at jetway height, but that doesn't preclude pax from exiting a smaller plane at ground level and taking the stairs. I once did that on a USAirways Express/Allegheny Airlines flight on a DH-8.

redngold



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User currently offlineKonaB777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 3 hours ago) and read 1151 times:

Kona Int'l Airport on the Big Island in Hawaii is totally outdoor, the way a Hawaiian Airport should be. It is a secure area with different sheltered podiums for ticket agents, & a sheltered waiting area. It is totally ground level, & when boarding time comes, you are guided onto the apron towards the plane, which you board by using airstairs.

User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 2 hours ago) and read 1143 times:

SJC (San Jose Int'l) has one such concourse. BUR (Burbank) is the same way. ONT (Ontario) was until fall of 1998 when the new terms opened.

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 1 hour ago) and read 1126 times:

Let's see how many I can think of:
1) Monroe, Louisiana
2) Yuma, Arizona
3) Bakersfield and Fresno, California (I think)
4) Monterey, California
5) Abilene, Texas
6) Flagstaff, Arizona
7) Long Beach, California...
...are just a few off the top of my head. What you may notice here is that most of these airports are commuter-service only type airports. No major service.

If you had asked this question 10 years ago, you would have a lot more. In Florida alone, brand new terminals (with jetways) were added in Daytona Beach, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Sarasota/Bradenton, etc alone.

Tom in NO (at MSY)



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User currently offlineSKYTEAM From France, joined Nov 2009, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 1 hour ago) and read 1123 times:

St. Petersburg/Clearwater Int'l Airport (PIE) has all 12 Gates at Ground Level. An L-1011 looks like a 25 Story Tower, and a 727 looks like a 747 at PIE.

SKYTEAM


User currently offlineViflyer From US Virgin Islands, joined May 1999, 500 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 10 months 1 hour ago) and read 1116 times:

MacAuthur Airport (ISP), all the gate are ground level and on WN you actually board using a Jetbridge. It's a funny feeling to have to walk uphill on a Jetbridge to board a 73NG, usually it's downhill.


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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7780 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (13 years 10 months 1 hour ago) and read 1119 times:

The only jet gate that I have encountered at ground level is gate C in terminal two at Phoenix Sky Harbor. It is all off by itself and usually used by United 757/767s to ORD and Air Canada uses it as well.


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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 10 months 1 hour ago) and read 1114 times:

The Southwest gates in SLC are ground level.

User currently offlineMidway DC9-10 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1094 times:

Thanks for all the responses. I may plan a road trip in the future and some of these airports may be somewhat interesting to visit. I realize one day all concourses will be higher off the ground, thus limiting the different perspectives of photography.

Dave


User currently offlineScaredflyer21 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 355 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1083 times:

At my airport half of our gates are at ground level

User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1074 times:

The FAT gates are all at ground level, until 2004, when the new concourse area is complete.


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User currently offlineAJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2391 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1072 times:

It was quite a few years ago, but Eagle County airport allowed some terrific shots of a line up of B757s. Once airside I kept snapping right up to the base of the stairs!
This might have changed now(?).


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1069 times:

C97 and C99 at EWR

User currently offlineN766AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1066 times:

At Seattle (SEA), all Horizon, SkyWest (United Brasilias) & AirBC "gates" are on ground level.

User currently offlineRedraider From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 531 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1058 times:

Love Field has (East? Concourse) ground level gates that the city of Dallas is offering to AA. AA is refusing to use in these saying they are not sufficient for their clientele in the competition against Legend.


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User currently offlineKohflot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1050 times:

Santa Barbara, CA
Washington-Dulles (Terminal A)
Baltimore (The Express gates at C or D, can't remember)

I guess you could consider the SkyWest terminal at LAX to be "ground-level" too...




User currently offlineMidway DC9-10 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1036 times:

Scaredflyer21,

What airport is the one you described as being your hometown airport?

Dave


User currently offline767ALLTHEWAY From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1030 times:

I belive that there is one ground level gate at KMHT (Manchester International Airport, NH). I live in Boston but i have used MHT twice. The gate is used by a Delta COMAIR jet, I think thats the only ground level gate there.


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