Midway DC9-10 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 265 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1290 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!
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1252 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.
KonaB777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1250 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.
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 31
Reply 4, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1225 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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Viflyer From US Virgin Islands, joined May 1999, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1215 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.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7843 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1218 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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Midway DC9-10 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1193 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.
AJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2403 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1171 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(?).
Redraider From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 531 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1157 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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767ALLTHEWAY From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1129 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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